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Dream Alliance's Grand National plan

Dream Alliance wins Welsh Grand National

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Welsh National winner Dream Alliance is set to be entered for the 2010 Grand National, his owners have confirmed.

The 20-1 chance won the 60th Welsh National at Chepstow to complete a remarkable return to racing following career-saving stem-cell surgery.

Now the eight-year-old, who is owned by a 23-strong Welsh syndicate, is being primed to run in the famous Aintree marathon on 10 April.

"The Grand National is now the plan," said syndicate manager Howard Davies.

The Welsh gelding held off Silver By Nature to win the 2009 Welsh National by three-quarters of a length to seal his first triumph since pioneering treatment to save his career.

Trainer Philip Hobbs confirmed the horse was "fine" after his dramatic comeback victory.

Dream Alliance has been given odds of 25-1 to win the Grand National as Hobbs hopes to win the world's richest jump race for the first time.

"The trainer has indicated the Grand National is a must," Davies told BBC Sport.

"The Grand National is a definite now, we just must decide whether to ride him before Aintree or just allow him to have a good four-month break."

The Somerset trainer has come close before, saddling the 2002 runner-up What's Up Boys who led over the last before being the grey was passed by Bindaree in the dying strides.

Dream Alliance won the 2007 Perth Gold Cup before running second to the great Denman in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury.

The Welsh horse, who made his jumps debut in November 2004, had enjoyed a host of top four finishes and four wins before suffering a career-threatening injury at the 2008 Grand National meeting.

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He severed a tendon in a leg - an injury that could end a horse's career - in a handicap hurdle at Aintree but was rescued by stem cell surgery.

Dream Alliance completed a remarkable comeback by winning the Welsh National after 18 months recovering from his horrific injury.

Now Davies and his syndicate of bailiffs, tax consultants, garage owners and barmaids is targeting the Grand National for their amazing horse.

"We've spoken to the trainer and he says the horse is fine," he said.

"He ate all of his tea after the race and is walking around the stable like he owns the place.

"So the next step is the Grand National and that is now the aim."

Weights for the National will be announced in February, giving an indication of which horses are likely to make the field, for which there is a 40-runner limit, and what their likely burdens will be in the demanding four-and-a-half mile contest.



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Dream Alliance wins Welsh honours
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Alliance fulfils a valley's dreams
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