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Newsboy's Saturday tips: Springfield Fox the pick in Welsh National


SPRINGFIELD FOX is fancied to stay ahead of the chasing pack to land the Coral Welsh Grand National (3.10) at Chepstow today.

His days as a novice chaser last winter suggested the Tom George-trained grey could make up into a smart performer.

The three-time point-to-point winner had just three outings over hurdles before hitting the bullseye on his debut over fences at this afternoon’s course last January.

Springfield Fox scored by 12 lengths that afternoon, and add another five lengths to his winning distance at Exeter three weeks later.

On the strength of those two victories, my selection went off at 7-1 for the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last March, only to unseat the trainer’s son Noel at the 16th of the 23 obstacles.

That mishap doesn’t detract from the eight-year-old’s profile as a chaser still on the up – and a distance of ground with plenty of give underfoot make for his ideal conditions.



Potters Corner won the 2019 Coral Welsh Grand National

A recent pipe-opener over hurdles will have put an edge on Springfield Fox for his toughest test – and a British Horseracing Authority rating of 140 looks within range for Sean Bowen’s mount, who has plenty more to offer.

Saturday racing tips

LINGFIELD PARK

11.30 SUBLIMINAL

12.00 WHO CARES WINS

12.31 STARSHIBA

1.05 SNOW OCEAN

1.40 SHEILA

2.15 CARDANO

2.50 CORAZON ESPINADO

3.25 INVINCIBLE LARNE

CHEPSTOW

11.45 CHAMPAGNE RHYTHM

12.17 ESPRIT DU LARGE

12.50 FARRANTS WAY

1.25 NASSALAM

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1.58 ASK ME EARLY

2.30 EASY AS THAT

3.10 SPRINGFIELD FOX (NAP)

3.50 WHITEOAK FLEUR

WINCANTON

11.52 MALINELLO

12.25 ON TO VICTOR

12.58 EDE’IFFS ELTON

1.30 TAKE YOUR TIME

2.05 PROTEKTORAT

2.35 GALA BALL

3.05 ANIGHTINLAMBOURN

3.45 GLAJOU

KEMPTON PARK

12.05 SAGE ADVICE

12.35 THE DOMINO EFFECT

1.10 ERICK LE ROUGE

1.45 COMMODORE

2.20 MCFABULOUS (NB)

2.55 IMPERIAL AURA

3.30 MISTY WHISKY

3.57 FRANSHAM

CHELMSFORD

1.29 EL HOMBRE

2.04 SIR HECTOR

2.34 REVOLUTIONISE

3.04 ASAD

3.40 CHARLIE ARTHUR

4.10 SUPERCONTANGO

4.45 AT YOUR SERVICE

5.15 CARRYONREGARDLESS

5.45 JOYFILLY

DOUBLE: SPRINGFIELD FOX and MCFABULOUS





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