Welsh Grand National PreviewPublished December 25, 2017
Mysteree – 12-1 generally
With testing conditions almost certain to prevail for Wednesday’s Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow the stamina-sapping 3m 6f marathon will prove too much for many of the expected maximum field of 20 runners. One horse who is unlikely to be fazed by the gruelling test however is the Michael Scudamore-trained Mysteree who looks sure to go close off a mark of 138, and rates a decent each-way bet at the 12-1 available with several bookmakers including William Hill, Paddy Power and Betvictor.
The nine-year-old will be having just his tenth start over fences but boasts some strong form since being stepped-up in trip including a comprehensive win in Newcastle’s Betfred Eider Chase on ground described as soft / heavy in places back in February. The son of Gold Well’s most recent start resulted in an honourable second place behind fellow rival Chase The Spud ( beaten a length and a half ) in Uttoxeter’s Betfred Midland’s Grand National last March.
Mysteree will be a full 13lb better off with that rival on Wednesday afternoon and despite making his seasonal reappearance is sure to be trained to the minute for his first major target of the present campaign. With most of those at the top of the betting set to carry 11st 6lb or more ( Beware The Bear, Rock The Kasbah, Chase The Spud and Final Nudge ) the biggest dangers to the selection may come from further down the handicap.
Possible Irish challenger Bonny Kate takes the eye on 10st 13lb and available at 33-1 with several firms but the mare also holds an entry on the same day at Leopardstown while out-and-out stayer Bob Ford ( 40-1 Skybet ) could outrun his huge odds should Dr Richard Newland’s charge make the cut – needing four to drop out in order to make the final field of 20. It is another Irish challenger however who is feared most, that being Folsom Blue from the all-conquering stable of Gordon Elliott. The 12-1 chance ( Betfred ) has had only the two starts since joining Elliott from ‘ Mouse ‘ Morris and is sure to improve upon his recent fourth over an inadequate trip at Navan.