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Sunday, 09 December, 2018

Welsh National hero in brilliant form and Aintree could be next says Cromwell

Raz De Maree is A1 after Chepstow, says Gavin Cromwell
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Raz De Maree is not the retiring kind and less than 24 hours after winning the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, Gavin Cromwell reported his sprightly teenager to be showing his usual signs of wellbeing back at his base in County Meath.

"I was out taking videos of him this [Sunday] morning for Facebook and Twitter and he was in brilliant form, bucking out in the field,” Cromwell said. "He came out of the race in great spirits and we couldn't be happier with him."

The gallant 13-year-old proved age is no barrier to success in becoming the joint-oldest winner of the Welsh Grand National under James Bowen on Saturday, the only previous winning teenager being Snipe's Bridge way back in 1927.

Now Cromwell is weighing up options for Raz De Maree and says the Irish and English Nationals, as well as the Midlands version, will come under serious consideration.

The trainer said: “He’s not up to carrying a big weight, which he shouldn’t get at Aintree or Fairyhouse, but I wouldn’t be sure about Uttoxeter at this stage – he might end up with a big weight in that, I don’t know.

“The Aintree National is the last of the three races and the only thing I’d say on that is, if we were to hold off and prime him for that race alone and the ground came up good, it would be far from ideal as he likes it soft."

Raz De Maree, who unseated at Becher's on the first circuit as a 33-1 shot in last season's Grand National, is a general 50-1 chance to enjoy better luck this year.

Wherever Raz De Maree is primed for next, he is likely to run without a prep, and Cromwell added: “The system we have at home seems to work well and I’d say, wherever we go, we’ll probably go straight there.

“He’s such a pleasure to be around. My little lad is only six years old and he rides him home from the gallops. We all love him around here and all of the kids like to ride him out. He’s a gentleman of a horse.”

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He’s not up to carrying a big weight, which he shouldn’t get at Aintree or Fairyhouse
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