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SOLAR IMPULSE: Aintree winner chases 3 in a row at Market Rasen

8-time winner Solar Impulse bids for a ninth success at Market Rasen on Sunday afternoon

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2F9Y1W2 Solar Impulse ridden by jockey Charlie Todd during the Watch On RacingTV Now Handicap Chase at Ludlow Racecourse. Picture date: Wednesday April 21, 2021.

Ian Williams’s former Merseyside victor Solar Impulse bids for a hat-trick of successes at Market Rasen on Sunday afternoon.

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Previously trained by Paul Nicholls, the son of Westerner was a winner of the Johnny Henderson Grand Annual once upon a time but has refound a strong level of form for the West Midlands yard in recent times.

WATCh: SOLAR IMPULSE WINS WELL AT AINTREE UNDER CHARLIE TODD [CREDIT: RACING TV]

He clocked up wins in Liverpool and Cartmel on his last two outings following a fourth in the north-west prior, with that form for Captain Tom Cat now incredibly strong in the wake of his two successes since and Empire De Maulde also franking the contest since.

2C7CCPM Captain Tom Cat and jockey Sam Twiston-Davies win the Sky Sports Racing Virgin 535 Novices' Hurdle at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
Captain Tom Cat has won twice since his Aintree exploits, with Solar Impulse and Empire De Maulde claiming three successes between them since

Handler Williams admitted before the Cumbria race that his stable normally “focus on the flat” at this time of year, but with conditions “right” for his charge, connections had opted to take their chance.

WATCH: AN ENTHRALLING BATTLE IS WON BY SOLAR IMPULSE WHO DENIES TONTO’S SPIRIT AT CARTMEL [CREDIT: RACING TV]
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The 11-year-old now faces competition from Pilbara who finished a good second on British debut for Sue Smith last month, with Hes No Trouble representing Fergal O’Brien for the first time.

Top-weighted Royal Village and five-time chase winner Townshend complete the quintet of declared runners.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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