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Irish hand depleted in Welsh

The Irish challenge for Saturday's Coral Welsh National has been severely depleted with Becauseicouldntsee being ruled out and compatriot Lochan Lacha a "doubtful" runner.

Becauseicouldntsee was an excellent second in last month's Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown and was as short as 14-1 for this weekend's Chepstow marathon, but his trainer Noel Glynn is keen to save his charge for a tilt at the Grand National at Aintree in April.

"We've pulled the plug on Chepstow and we're going to run him in a few hurdle races before going to Aintree," said Glynn.

"I was tempted to have a go as he came out of his last race like he hadn't had a run, but if he had a hard race at Chepstow that might finish him for the year."

Tony Martin's Lochan Lacha is unlikely to make the trip as he is not guaranteed a place in the final field.

"It's doubtful he'll run. He needs seven to come out in front of him in the ballot and there's no point shipping him over if he's not going to get in," the trainer told At The Races.

"We'll know in the morning and if we can get him out fairly quick, there is just a chance we might run him, but it's only 50-50.

"Anything less than three miles is too short and he just jumps and gallops. He's a proper old-fashioned horse and the deeper the ground the better."

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