Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

WEST WIND WILL BLOW 'EM AWAY; George's Stayer Is Ideal Type for Welsh National Milly to Earn Famous Win for Cromwell

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

WEST WIND WILL BLOW 'EM AWAY; George's Stayer Is Ideal Type for Welsh National Milly to Earn Famous Win for Cromwell

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Byline: GARRY OWEN

WILD WEST WIND can storm home in another gruelling renewal of the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow.

A winner at the venue over timber, Tom George's gelding would always be a better chaser as he showed when bolting up on his fencing bow at Wincanton a year ago.

Sharply progressive, WILD WEST WIND (2.05) relished heavy ground when following up TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE at Hereford then finished third to the useful Label Des Obeaux on a faster surface at Exeter.

The nine-year-old clearly improved again on his comeback over three miles at today's venue, cruising clear and showing plenty of stamina to beat Alfie Spinner on testing ground.

A gritty stayer, Wild West Wind is tailor-made for the demands of the Welsh National and he can show his rivals a muddy pair of heels down the long Chepstow straight off just a 4lb higher perch.

Irish raider FAMOUS MILLY (1.35) can shock hotpot We Have A Dream in the Finale Hurdle.

Gavin Cromwell's mare has taken well to timber and showed a liking for heavy ground when slamming the classy Malaya at Aintree last month. The fouryear-old remains unexposed over hurdles and should be able to take the step up to the highest level in her stride.

Four on ITV4 from Sandown where GINO TRAIL (1.50) can edge a trappy two-miler for trainer Kerry Lee.

The gelding is better than ever at the age of 11, scoring at Wetherby in November before following up in a hot Cheltenham handicap last month.

Up just 3lb for that effort, the bold-jumping veteran can show his rivals no mercy from the front once again under Harry Skelton.

WESTERN RYDER (2.25) can gun 'em down for Warren Greatrex in the Tolworth.

The six-year-old unseated Richard Johnson on his debut at Stratford but has been upwardly mobile ever since with easy wins at Chepstow and Cheltenham.

The promotion to Grade 1 company requires more but he oozed class at Prestbury Park and will love the soft conditions. …

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