Play tops Welsh National weights

Hennessy Gold Cup winner State Of Play has been handed top weight of 11st 12lb in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow on December 27.

Hennessy Gold Cup winner State Of Play has been handed top weight of 11st 12lb in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow on December 27.

Evan Williams has stated that it us unlikely the six-year-old will be asked to tackle three-mile-and-five-furlong marathon though, as he hopes his charge will develop into a Cheltenham Gold Cup contender.

Neptune Collonges is next on the list on 11st 11lb, one of eight entries for Paul Nicholls who recently nominated last year’s winner L’Aventure (10st 4lb) and Lou Du Moulin Mas (10st) as his two most likely candidates.

Betfred Gold Cup winner Lacdoudal will be asked to carry 11st 7lb while Sir Rembrandt, second in 2003 and a faller last year has 11st 5lb.

Francois Doumen could send over Innox (11st 5lb) from France while Irish challengers include Southern Vic (11st 3lb), Jack High (10st 9lb), Bothar Na (10st 8lb) and GVA Ireland (9st 13lb).

Ante-post favourite Halcon Genelardais has 11st 1lb while One Knight, a final fence faller 12 months ago when holding every chance, has 11st 3lb.

Juveigneur, runner-up in the Hennessy, has 11st 1lb and Scottish Grand National winner Run For Paddy has 10st 7lb.

Coral Welsh National, William Hill Bet: 7-1 Halcon Genelardais, 10-1 Juveigneur, Neptune Collonges, 12-1 Bob Bob Bobbin, L’Aventure, State Of Play, 14-1 Distant Thunder, Kinburn, Ladalko, One Knight, 16-1 Innox, Lou Du Moulin Mas, Mon Mome, Montgermont, My Will, Omni Cosmo Touch, Preacher Boy, Sir Rembrandt, Southern Vic, 20-1 bar.

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