The first horse we are giving a chance to in the 2023 Midlands Grand National is ex Welsh Grand National winner Secret Reprieve, who is now back on the same mark as his win in that event and getting some more juice in the ground should play to his strengths.
Having won the rescheduled Welsh Grand National in January 2021 off a mark of 134, he was then not seen again until next years renewal when finishing a good fifth of 20 off 6lb higher.
Seen once more last season he was pulled up Haydock in the Grand National Trial in a race where only three horses managed to finish the race.
Back for another season and although nine years of age the gelding is very lightly raced for his age, he ran no race at Carlisle on seasonal debut when obviously needing the run but next time out got back to form in a big way when second to Farinet at Chepstow in the Welsh Grand National Trial, giving the winner 4lb.
Sent to Cheltenham on New Year's Day he ran a cracker to finish third behind Rapper for Henry Daly and with this being the plan since and getting his ideal ground he can hit the frame at a double figure price.