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Giles Cross - Haydock - 18/02/2012

Giles Cross: finished second in the Coral Welsh National last year

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Welsh National weights all set to take a hike

LAST year's runner-up Giles Cross is set to have just two horses above him in the weights for Saturday's rearranged Grade 3 Coral Welsh National at Chesptow.

Tidal Bay, Quel Espirit and Hey Big Spender were all taken out of the race at the latest stage meaning the 153-rated Across The Bay is now in line to carry top weight.

With the three at the head of weights among a host of horses at the upper end of the handicap taken out of the race, the weights are set to rise by 13lb.

Giles Cross, who was beaten just two and three-quarter lengths by Le Beau Bai in the race last season, will be attempting to give Victor Dartnall a well deserved change of luck as the trainer was forced to close down his yard for a number of weeks following an outbreak of equine herpes.

All the leading fancies remained in the race for which Teaforthree is the general 7-2 favourite. Wyck Hall, as short as 12-1 in places, was the shortest price of those to be taken out of the race.

Updated card to follow . . .

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