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Talking Horses: Folsom Blue can bag Welsh Grand National at Chepstow

Gordon Elliott’s runner looks to have been aimed at this race since his unlucky fourth place in last season’s Irish National

The going is merely “soft” for this year’s Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow rather than the desperately heavy ground that is a feature of many renewals. Yet it still promises to be the most demanding test that many of these runners have faced and the good record of veterans in recent years could be maintained.

Raz De Maree attempts to record the unprecedented feat of winning the race twice as a 13-year-old (it was staged in early January last season following an abandonment). He has not found any form so far this season, however, and the 11-year-old Folsom Blue (2.50) has much more to recommend him.

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