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Horse Racing

O’Brien hoping for Brennan influence

13th January 2018, 15:01 by Daniel McCarthy

Trainer Fergal O’Brien is hoping his horse Chase The Spud will be helped by being ridden by Paddy Brennan.

The nine-year-old is in good form at the moment, winning his last two races in the Midlands Grand National and a valuable chase at Haydock, which has subsequently been franked by the runner up, Robinsfirth.

Now, he is hoping to go strong in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow on Sunday, in a race he ran two years ago but got pulled up behind Mountainous.

And O’Brien is confident he will take his current form into the race, particularly with Brennan on his back.

"He has a bit more weight than I'd like, but it is what it is and we're looking forward to the race," said the in-form O'Brien.

"The horse seems in great form and a bit more rain wouldn't go amiss.

"He ran in the race a couple of years ago and was pulled up, but maybe he just wasn't ready for it at that stage and he didn't have Paddy on his back. As we've seen, nobody gets on with him like Paddy does."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Daniel McCarthy is a reporter who is very knowledgeable about football at all levels, domestically and in Europe, and is also a keen rugby fan.

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