‘He’s the marathon king’ – Christian Williams with 9-2 National contender at Fakenham 👑

There are few better at training marathon trip staying chasers than Christian Williams. The Welshman trained Kitty’s Light to win the Eider, the Scottish Grand National and the bet365 Gold Cup in a two-month spell. Having also won the Welsh Grand National in recent years, he’s developing a bit of a reputation. Williams goes for another one at Fakenham on Tuesday, in the shape of the Norfolk National. He’s the marathon king and there will be few surprised faces if he manages to win another staying chase. Check out our free tips page for daily content across British and Irish racing.

4.20 Fakenham

Jony Max hasn’t been seen since November and the combination of an inadequate trip and being over the top after a busy summer, probably explains that below-par effort. The handicapper has dropped him 2lb for that effort which is certain to help his cause. His current mark of 110 is just 3lb higher than his last winning mark. That last victory came at Newton Abbot in July and it was a comfortable winning margin, over a trip just shy of 3m2f.

Ellis Collier takes another 7lb off, which can only be a positive. The eight-year-old does have some questions to answer as he was beaten by 20 lengths over course and distance in December 2021, off a mark of 101. Kitty’s Light’s bet365 Gold Cup victory was Christian Williams’ last winner and it would be quite telling if his next one was to come in another marathon handicap chase. If Jony Max is sharp enough here on his first start for 185 days, there’s every chance a big run could be on the cards.

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