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The Welsh National: one of the festive highlights of jump racing

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The month of December and the festive season that accompanies it is packed with top-notch show jumping action, and fans may be even more excited after entries for two more of the season’s most prestigious races have been closed. revealed Tuesday.

The Betfair Tingle Creek Chase is a pre-Christmas cracker that often brings together some of the best hunters of around two miles, while the Coral Welsh Grand National is a notoriously difficult handicap chase to face in Chepstow’s biggest race. of the season in December. 27.

The weights were also revealed for the Unibet Becher Chase – which takes place the same day as Tingle Creek on December 4 – and this is the last time the Grand National fences will be in action before the Aintree Grand in April.

Upcoming races: weights and commitments

Total entries: 14
The key horses: Shishkin has played the role of a novice and carries high hopes for coach Nicky Henderson. Last season’s impressive winner Arkle is on his way to spectacular Sandown according to his coach, who said on his Racing Post Stable tour that he has “all the attributes” to emulate Altior and Sprinter Coronation and that he is ” the most spectacular horse “.

Shishkin could face a formidable battalion of Willie Mullins, however, with Closutton’s coach joining the top trio Everyone For Self, Energumene and Allaho, all impressive top winners last season. Captain Guinness could also join the Ireland squad.

Paul Nicholls scored four, headlining last year’s winner Political Scientist, with Celebration heroes Chase Greaneteen and Hitman also entered, while Tingle Creek 2019 winner Defi Du Seuil and Nube Negra also entered. received inputs.
Favorite pre-post: Shishkin (4-5)

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Total entries: 43
The key horses:
Irish raider Chris’s Dream is over 11th 12 pounds and could offer Henry de Bromhead other riches in England, the coach having clinched the Grand National with Minella Times last season.

Scottish Grand National winner Mighty Thunder got a taste of national fencing for the first time and was awarded 11th place in their quest for another victory in a great race, while the trained Escaria Ten by Gordon Elliott, was awarded 11th place by 2 pounds. Mac Tottie, winner of the Grand Sefton on the spruce fences earlier this month, shouldered the 10th 6lb.

Old Red Lion could claim to become the record holder for most wins in the race after his wins in 2016 and last year, but the 12-year-old will have to challenge the 10th 9lb and his veteran status to do so.
Current top weight: Chris’s Dream (11th 12lb)
Favorite pre-post: Mighty Thunder (10-1)

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Total entries: 63
The key horses:
Secret Reprieve became the second winner in a row trained by the Welsh in last season’s rescheduled race and could become the first horse to win the Welsh National’s consecutively since Bonanza Boy achieved the feat in 1989.

He is one of four previous marathon competition winners who have been entered, including 2019 hero Potters Corner, as well as the 2016 winner and Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River and Elegant Escape, who scored in 2018.

This duo lead a five-person Colin Tizzard yard team with the goal of winning the race in memory of coach’s late daughter, Kim Gingell, while British champion coach Paul Nicholls also scored five, including recent Cheltenham winner Yala Enki, Next Destination and promising newbie Threeunderthrufive.

Three horses trained in Ireland have been entered: The Big Dog for Peter Fahey, Screaming Colors trained by William Durkan and Discordantly for Jessica Harrington.
Favorite pre-post: Ask me early (9-1)

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