Earth Summit, 20 lengths behind Master Oats last year when the race was switched from Chepstow's abandoned meeting to Newbury on New Year's Eve, is 5-1 favourite with the sponsors, Coral.
Nigel Twiston-Davies's chaser received 8lb from Master Oats last year but the difference between the pair would be 25lb this time.
Master Oats is 7-1 joint second-favourite in Coral's list but is not a definite runner. At the same odds is Superior Finish, trained by Jenny Pitman, who could also run Willsford. The latter's participation depends on the ground conditions not being too soft.
WELSH NATIONAL (Chepstow, 3m 5f 110yds) Coral: 5-1 Earth Summit, 7-1 Master Oats, Superior Finish, 8-1 Lo Stregone, Willsford, 10-1 Cache Fleur, Miinnehoma, 12-1 Flyer's Nap, Grange Brake, Midnight Caller, Nuaffe, Tartan Tyrant, 14-1 Riverside Boy, Sibton Abbey, 16-1 Commercial Artist, Lucky Lane, Plastic Spaceage, Well Briefed, 20-1 others.Reuse content