Plans on hold for Secret Reprieve says Evan Williams

Evan Williams says there is no immediate plan for his 2020 Welsh National winner Secret Reprieve, who came home last of the five to finish in this year's renewal at Chepstow on Monday December 27.

Williams felt Secret Reprieve badly needed the outing as the seven-year-old had not run since landing last season's rearranged renewal in early January.

"He's absolutely fine. He got very tired but everything is good," said the Llancarfan trainer.

"I thought he ran like he desperately needed the run. I thought the trainer had left him looking rather well but he ran a very creditable race.

"We've got a run under our belts and I'd been so desperate to run him. It's lovely when you get a run under their belts and we'll see how he is in the next few weeks and go from there."

Secret Reprieve just missed the cut for Randox Grand National last spring and he is likely to be given an entry though Williams feels, at this stage, he might miss out again.

"I'll probably give him an entry in the Grand National. He'll struggle to get into the National - he'll get dropped for that - but he's a long way short of the standard of getting into the race. We'll play it by ear," he added.

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