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Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Welsh National will be a slog but I can't wait to ride old ally Vicente

Vicente (left) wins the Scottish Grand National under Sam Twiston-Davies
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Sartene's Son (12.30 Chepstow)
Needs a bit more experience and should find life a bit easier when he gets a handicap mark.

Scotchtown (1.00 Chepstow)
Ran well over the course last time, goes on the ground, and must have a chance.

Vicente (2.05 Chepstow)
It’s never easy carrying top weight on very heavy ground in any race – let alone one as competitive as the Coral Welsh Grand National. The 2016 winner Native River managed it under 11st 12lb, and I'm hopeful Vicente can do likewise.

We all know Vicente is a better horse in the spring, but he seems to be handling testing ground better as he gets older. That is testament to his good attitude as he doesn’t really enjoy this sort of ground – he just deals with it.

There has been so much rain around over the last few weeks and some of the tracks are really testing. The horses were going in a long way at Bangor on Thursday, for example, and there is no doubt the Welsh National, as always, will turn into a real test of endurance.

Vicente has been responsible for two of my career highlights – his two Scottish National victories – and I can’t wait to get back on him.

Good Boy Bobby (3.55 Chepstow)
He won nicely over the course and distance on his debut in November and we’re putting a hood on this time to help him relax.

Good Boy Bobby has a 7lb penalty, but is a horse we like and we hope he can develop into quite a smart performer over hurdles.


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We all know Vicente is a better horse in the spring, but he seems to be handling testing ground better as he gets older
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