Tidal Bay still in Chepstow feature

  • Last Updated: December 23 2013, 14:29 GMT

Tidal Bay heads a total of 41 entries to stand their ground for Saturday's Coral Welsh National at Chepstow.

Tidal Bay: Welsh National hopeful
Tidal Bay: Welsh National hopeful

Paul Nicholls' charge is set to shoulder top weight of 11st 12lb in the stamina-sapping marathon, with the 12-year-old having to concede upwards of 10lb to all his rivals if he runs.

Next in the list is Teaforthree, who finished a creditable second 12 months ago before going on to be third behind Auroras Encore in the Grand National at Aintree.

Gary Moore's Well Refreshed currently heads the market with the sponsors, and Jim Dreaper's Goonyella and the Emma Lavelle-trained Highland Lodge, who finished fourth in the Hennessy, are also towards the fore.

Donald McCain has left in Sydney Paget, although he is also declared at Wetherby on Boxing Day, while other leading fancies include Hawkes Point and Merry King.

Moutainous, Alfie Sherrin, De La Bech and Goulanes are other notable names still among the possibles.

"As always in the Coral Welsh National, stamina and an ability to go on testing ground will be required in abundance, and Well Refreshed has proved he has both, although Gary Moore's charge is by no means certain to start favourite, with Goonyella, Highland Lodge and Merry King all popular in recent days," said Coral's David Stevens.

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