Wychwoods Brook bids to upstage seasoned campaigners for a second time at Haydock when he tackles the Betfred Grand National Trial on Saturday.
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The eight-year-old lifted the Peter Marsh Chase at the Merseyside track from more experienced performers such as Vintage Star, Merry King and Katenko on only his fourth start over fences last month.
While that race was over three miles and a furlong, his trainer Evan Williams likes to think this extra half a mile could help him find the necessary improvement after he was put up 5lb for that success.
"He's in good form. He's a tad lighter than he was going into the Peter Marsh. He's only a novice and it will be very interesting," said the Llancarfan handler.
"He's going to have to improve on his revised mark. We are hoping the step up in trip with bring about that improvement.
"It was a very good performance by a novice. To win a handicap of the calibre of the Peter Marsh as a novice is very difficult."
Williams' 7lb-claiming conditional Conor Ring, who guided Wychwoods Brook to victory in the Peter Marsh, keeps the ride.
"It is imperative we claim off him as he'd have no chance without that half a stone so we're giving it another go," said the trainer.
Jo Hughes is concerned about the predicted heavy ground for Soll, though he equipped himself creditably when fourth in similar conditions at Sandown two weeks ago.
"He's in good form, but he's not a lover of heavy ground - even though he's won on it," said the Lambourn handler.
"I was very happy with him at Sandown as he did not appreciate the ground that day."
Ryan Mahon will try to go one better on Hawkes Point after finishing second on the Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old in the Coral Welsh Grand National.
It is seven weeks since Hawkes Point slogged through the Chepstow mud, when going down by only a head to Mountainous, and Mahon feels that long break between races will help.
"I'm massively looking forward to it. He should have a good chance. He ran very well at Chepstow," said the jockey.
"He's had a good break to freshen up since that. Races like that obviously takes a bit out of them so. He's back in good form and the conditions will suit.
"He jumps and stays so I'd be hopeful of a good run.
"He's one of the least exposed horses of all of them. He's got little mileage on the clock at the minute so hopefully there's a bit more to come."
Hawkes Point has also been declared for the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Chase at Ascot as a second preference if Haydock is abandoned.
Well Refreshed attempts to win this race for the second year running on the back of a poor show in the Welsh National when he was pulled up.
The 10-year-old was found to be out of sorts after his Chepstow blip but trainer Gary Moore reports all to be well again now.
"Hopefully he can do it again this year. It won't be easy though and he's off a higher mark, but he seems in good order and it'a a track he likes, so he should have every chance," said Moore.
"He stays the distance quite well and obviously he's going to get his ground.
"He wasn't himself at Chepstow. He came back a bit wrong in himself, but he seems fine now."
Across The Bay has to lump top weight of 11st 12lb over the three miles five furlongs after his half-length win over Wellforth on this course at the end of December.
"Obviously he's got a big weight. He won well there the last day is it's the right sort of race," said trainer Donald McCain.
"It's a tough task with the weight."
Our Father warms up for a crack at the Crabbie's Grand National, for which he has been allotted 10st 8lb, with a return to the track for the first time since he was seventh in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury 11 weeks ago.
Trainer David Pipe believes the eight-year-old will relish this slog before being prepared for the world's greatest steeplechase at Aintree in April.
"It will be a real stamina test, but he's always appeared to want that as we think he's crying out for a trip. He won't mind the ground either," said Pipe.
"We gave him a break after the Hennessy and put him away until the National weights came out.
"All being well, that is where he will head after this."
Nuts N Bolts will try to put behind him a disappointing run at Wetherby on Boxing Day when he returns to the scene of his course and distance success in November, when he defeated Red Rocco by six lengths.
"He's back to the track he loves," said trainer Lucinda Russell.
"Conditions will be fine. His run last time was very disappointing. I don't know why.
"He's not a great traveller so maybe that had something to do with it, so he's going there early.
"If he can put that run behind him he'll have every chance."