Over £50,000 in prize money is on offer at Chepstow Racecourse on Friday, featuring a potential Grand National contender. The first race takes place at 1.20pm with the final contest of the day at 4.30pm. The Racing Post have previewed all the action with stats and analysis.

Pembrokeshire handler Rebecca Curtis has her team in fine form at the moment, operating at a 22% strike-rate in the last fortnight. In total, Cheltenham Festival winning trainer Curtis has saddled 25 winners at Chepstow at a 13% strike-rate and saddles six-year-old Wayfinder in the 3.25pm, a competitive handicap hurdle. The son of Shantou was a winner at Worcester in October and has shaped well in two runs since at Stratford and Ffos las. Dropped back in trip, there should be more to come from the gelding and for a team in form, he looks to have a solid chance of hitting the frame in a wide-open race.

Fellow Welsh trainer Peter Bowen has saddled 37 winners at the track in total, a respectable 12% strike-rate and he is doubly represented at Chepstow on Friday. The first of his two chances is Orsino who makes his third start over hurdles for Bowen in the 2.20pm novice hurdle. Formerly trained on the Flat, the son of Galileo was pulled-up on his first start for Bowen in December, before finishing sixth a week ago at Fakenham.

Bowen’s other representative runs in the finale at 4.30pm, six-year-old Drift Rock. A €12,000 purchase, the son of Malinas is related to talented types Court Artist, Shady Operator and Private Malone and finished a respectable fourth at Chepstow on his debut at in December.

Nicholashayne handler David Pipe has a fine record at Chepstow saddling 54 winners from 301 runners at the track, an impressive 18% strike-rate. He looks to have a live contender in the second race of the day at 1.50pm with the classy Eden Duc Houx. The six-year-old was a smart performer, winning both of his starts in that sphere. He finished a creditable second on his debut over hurdles against a classy rival before finding the step up to Grade Two company too high at Cheltenham last time out. The Irish Wells gelding has undergone wind surgery since and this looks a manageable assignment.

A fascinating contender is potential Grand National hope Walk in The Mill who runs in the 2.20pm for Robert Walford. The 10-year-old is a dual winner of the Becher Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree and is an intended runner in the £1-million showpiece at Liverpool in April. The son of Walk In The Park reverts back to hurdles to protect his handicap mark over fences until the weights for Britain’s richest Jump race are released on February 11. Having amassed over £306,000 in prize money, this event looks a good prep. He faces stiff opposition from the exciting Mercian Knight who has to a shoulder a penalty following his victory at Doncaster in December. This is Newmarket trainer Amy Murphy’s second runner at Chesptow and he looks a progressive stayer capable of further improvement.

Murphy also has an interesting debutant in the concluding bumper at 4.30pm in the shape of Carole’s Templer. The five-year-old is a half-brother to Mercian Knight, highlighting the family affair feel at Chepstow on Friday!

Chepstow selections

1.20pm M & G Plant Hire Novices' Handicap Chase 2m7½f

Tip: Springfield Fox

1.50pm Crownhill Top Soil/EBF "National Hunt" Novices' Hurdle 2m

Tip: Eden Du Houx

2.20pm Chepstow Trade Centre Novices' Hurdle 2m7½f

Tip: Mercian Knight 

2.55pm Ludlow Langstone & Bristol Classic Car Restorations Handicap Chase 2m3½f

Tip: Never Learn

3.25pm John's Electrical 1989 Ltd Handicap Hurdle 2m3½f

Tip: Wayfinder

4.00pm Morecom Electrical Services Handicap Chase 3m 2f

Tip: Top And Drop

4.30pm Siobhan Winterbottom Supports Children With Cancer UK Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race 2m

Tip: Threeunderthrufive

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