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Monday 21 January 2019

Nigel's three on Trial

Nigel Twiston-Davies is keeping his fingers crossed one of his three runners can find the target in the totesport.com Grand National Trial at Haydock.

The betting suggests Major Malarkey, a winner at Newbury on his latest start, represents the Naunton handler's best chance of claiming tomorrow's Grade Three prize.

But in Ballyfitz and Jaunty Journey, Twiston-Davies believes he has two lively outsiders.

"He's in good form and won well at Newbury last time. He's stepping up in trip but it shouldn't be a worry to him," said the trainer of Major Malarkey.

"He's in the four-miler (National Hunt Chase) at Cheltenham and all going well on Saturday (tomorrow) the plan would be for him to go for that.

"Ballyfitz did really well at Ffos Las last time. He's got blinkers on for the first time on Saturday, so hopefully that might help him.

"He's come down the ratings as well and he should run a very good race.

"Jaunty Journey is good on soft ground and enjoys long distances. All three of them have excellent prospects."

A field of 14 runners have been declared, with Malcolm Jefferson's King Fontaine bidding for his third course win in succession.

Another major player is the Alan King-trained West End Rocker, a winner of Warwick's Classic Chase on his latest start, while Lucinda Russell's top-weight Silver By Nature bids for his second victory in the race.

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