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Horse Racing: Williams aiming Secret Reprieve at Haydock

Haydock's Grand National Trial is on the agenda for Secret Reprieve, although trainer Evan Williams is hoping to find a suitable outing before next month's race.

Williams had to be patient after Secret Reprieve hosed up in last season's Welsh Grand National, with the talented staying chaser kept off the track throughout an unseasonably dry autumn.

He only made his return when defending his crown in the Welsh National and race fitness perhaps told as he finished fifth, 44 lengths behind the Sam Thomas-trained winner Iwilldoit, who is 20/1 to win the Grand National at Aintree later this year.

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Williams is eager to turn the eight-year-old more frequently and is considering several options in the coming weeks.

He said: "I wouldn't be surprised if he gets entries in all those good, big staying handicap chases.

"Doncaster definitely comes into consideration, Warwick (Classic Chase) won't suit him and that'll come too quickly. He could even get an entry in the Peter Marsh or even Cheltenham (Cotswold Chase) at the end of the month."

Wet weather a boost for Williams

"I'm not so worried now we've had the rain. Once you've had the run with the rain, then you can slot them in when the ground is drier, but starting them out when it's quick is not a very wise thing to do.

"You don't want to make a mess of things with big boys like that.

"There's another good handicap chase in him and I hope that we can get him out again before the National Trial. We want to get him going sooner than that in an ideal world."

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