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WELSH NATIONAL GOES TO IRELAND

08 January 2018

County Meath trainer Gavin Cromwell continued a terrific season when training his thirteen-year-old charge RAZ DE MAREE to win Saturday’s Welsh Grand National at Chepstow worth £150,000. Second to Native River (IRE) in the 2017 running on soft ground, he now tackled heavy ground under the partnership of 16-year-old jockey James Bowen.   He clearly relished the tough stamina test, being one of seven finishers of a field of 20, and was ridden out to score by six lengths.

Cromwell has a fine string this season, including dual Graded winner Espoir D’Allen, top-class mare Jer’s Girl (IRE) and impressive Listed winner Famous Milly (IRE), and plans to aim his evergreen chaser at the Irish and Aintree National’s. He commented after his latest victory, “He’s not up to carrying a big weight, which he shouldn’t get at Aintree or Fairyhouse, but I wouldn’t be sure about Uttoxeter at this stage – he might end up with a big weight in that, I don’t know. He’s such a pleasure to be around. My little lad is only six years old and he rides him home from the gallops. We all love him around here and all of the kids like to ride him out. He’s a gentleman of a horse.”

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