Potters Corner wins the Welsh National
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Christian Williams could run his Welsh Grand National winner Potters Corner in a hurdle contest at Auteuil, as a preparation for a run in the Grand National.

The 10-year-old may run in the Listed Prix Hubert D’Aillieres on March 7th and has prior experience of the Parisian track.

Williams told Press Association: “We might go to France for a Listed hurdle on March 7. It is something different.

“I’ve taken him to Auteuil before and I probably couldn’t run him in level-weight races over here. If I was to run him here, it would be in 20-runner staying chases and, off his mark, I thought it would be a nicer option to go to France. He is very laid-back – I’ve taken him to Auteuil before and he took it all in his stride.

He said: “I wasn’t massively sure he would jump round Aintree until his win at Chepstow, but he has been good all this year. Last season things didn’t go for him, but he still won a Midlands National.

“He travelled lovely at Chepstow and he doesn’t get behind the bridle like most staying chasers do. He travels nicely on the bridle and I’m hoping Aintree will suit him.

He said: “I will take him down to Henrietta Knight’s before France, if we go there, as I did that before the Midlands National and before the Welsh National.

“It gets him out of the yard and seems to be working. It was nice to have another set of eyes look at him before the Welsh National and tell me he looked well, it gave me a bit more confidence.”