Bryony Frost reports Yala Enki in excellent shape as he bids to make it third time lucky in the rearranged Coral Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.
Frost will bid for more big-race glory in Saturday’s extended three-mile-five furlong showpiece – originally planned for December 27, the day after she steered Yala Enki’s stablemate Frodon to Grade One glory in the King George VI Chase at Kempton.
After finishing third in the 2018 renewal when trained by Venetia Williams, Yala Enki filled the same spot under Frost in the Grade Three marathon 12 months ago, on his second start for Paul Nicholls.
Although the pair made an early departure in last month’s Becher Chase at Aintree, Frost points out the evergreen 11-year-old’s second in a Grade Three at Cheltenham in November puts him in the mix once again.
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She stated: “He has schooled since Aintree – and if anything he is schooling even better than before, so we will ignore the mishap at Aintree.
With testing conditions almost certainly guaranteed this weekend, Frost cites another box ticked in favor of Yala Enki, who is one of two runners in the race for Nicholls alongside last year’s runner-up Truckers Lodge.
She added: “The more testing it can become the better it is for him – so fingers are are firmly crossed that it will be on, come hail, rain, snow or whatever.
“If we get there and it’s raceable then I will be really looking forward to it, because he has stamina in abundance.
“It is a long way, but he is tough and he enjoys that sort of challenge.”
Frost is confident Yala Enki will not be out of his comfort zone early on either.
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