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Dreaper has to alter Goonyella plan

Jim Dreaper has had to come up with a Plan B to get Coral Welsh National fancy Goonyella to Chepstow on Saturday.

Dreaper had hoped to send the six-year-old on the journey from Ireland on Tuesday as there are no ferries leaving the Republic on Christmas Day or the 26th.

However, due to rough seas the ferry companies would not allow livestock to travel, and Dreaper will now send his charge up to Belfast in the hope he can sail on Thursday.

Dreaper won the race in 2008 with the seven-year-old Notre Pere, who went on to win at Grade One level.

"We didn't get him away today, which was the plan," said Dreaper, whose charge is joint-favourite with a number of firms in company with Well Refreshed.

"The sea was too rough and they weren't shipping any animals., so that was a shame.

"What we are planning to do now is to sail from Belfast on Thursday morning, which means a lot more driving when we get to the UK but there you go.

"There's no ferries from (southern) Ireland on St Stephen's Day so that's why we are having to do it like that.

"Other than that everything is fine, the horse is very well and the ground is in his favour."