Wild West to stake a claim in Welsh National
Tom George feels conditions will be perfect for Wild West Wind in the rearranged Coral Welsh National at Chepstow today.
Rained off on December 27th, the ground remains extremely testing but having already won the trial for this race, Wild West Wind has proven his suitability and the delay should play into his hands, according to the Slad-based handler.
George said: “He is in great form. The ground won’t be too soft for him as he loves heavy ground. Probably the fact they have put it back 10 days might be to our advantage as it would have come plenty soon enough after the trial race he won there.
“It didn’t take much out of him, but every staying chaser is better for four weeks of rest than two weeks. He is a dour stayer and loves heavy ground. Everything is in his favour, it is just a question of if he is good enough.”
Fergal O’Brien’s Midlands National winner Chase The Spud has had the race as his target since he hit the target at Haydock in November. “Paddy (Brennan) schooled him on Monday and he jumped really well so we are looking forward to it,” said O’Brien. “He has got a lot of weight, but he has earned that weight. He will love the ground and trip so there are a lot of boxes ticked.
“Michael Scudamore’s horse, Mysteree, who was second behind us at Uttoxeter, has a big pull in the weights with us, but Chase The Spud is in great form.”
Like his old rival Chase The Spud, Mysteree is another horse who will not be perturbed by the ground. Trainer Michael Scudamore, who won the race in 2012 with Monbeg Dude, said: “He’s such a laid-back character.
“He did his final piece of work on Tuesday morning and seems all primed for the big day. He does handle very heavy ground. He’ll go on most grounds.”
Kerry Lee triumphed with Mountainous the last time the race was saved until January and runs Alfie Spinner and Bishops Road. Lee said: “Alfie Spinner is in top form and I’m really happy with him. In fact, I would say he has never looked better.”
Tom George runs Wild West Wind at Chepstow today