|Grade 3 race|
|Location|| Chepstow Racecourse |
|Distance||3m 6½f (6,154 metres)|
|Qualification||Four-years-old and up|
|Purse|| £150,000 (2019)|
|Secret Reprieve||The Two Amigos||Yala Enki|
|Potters Corner||Truckers Lodge||Yala Enki|
|Elegant Escape||Ramses De Teillee||Yala Enki|
|Raz De Maree||Alfie Spinner||Final Nudge|
|Native River||Raz De Maree||Houblon Des Obeaux|
|Mountainous||Firebird Flyer||Shotgun Paddy|
|Mountainous||Hawkes Point||Tidal Bay|
|Le Beau Bai||Giles Cross||Cappa Bleu|
|Dream Alliance||Silver By Nature||Le Beau Bai|
|Notre Pere||Cornish Sett||Halcon Genelardais|
|Miko de Beauchene||Halcon Genelardais||Over The Creek|
|Halcon Genelardais||Mon Mome||Juveigneur|
|L'aventure||Heros Collonges||Cornish Rebel|
|Silver Birch||Strong Resolve||Chives|
|Mini Sensation||Chives||Gunner Welburn|
|Supreme Glory||Jocks Cross||Bindaree|
|Jocks Cross||Moral Support||Edmond|
|Kendal Cavalier||Fiddling The Facts||Forest Ivory|
|Earth Summit||Dom Samourai||Samlee|
|Master Oats||Earth Summit||Party Politics|
|Riverside Boy||Fiddlers Pike||Cool Ground|
|Run For Free||Riverside Boy||Miinnehoma|
|Carvill's Hill||Party Politics||Aquilifer|
|Cool Ground||Carrick Hill Lad||Rowlandsons Jewels|
|Bonanza Boy||Cool Ground||Charter Hardware|
|Bonanza Boy||Run And Skip||The Thinker|
|Playschool||Rhyme 'N' Reason||Midnight Madness|
The Coral Welsh Grand National is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Chepstow, Wales, over a distance of about 3 miles and 6½ furlongs (3 miles 6 furlongs and 130 yards, or 6,154 metres), and during its running there are twenty-three fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year on 27 December.
The race was first run in 1895, and it originally took place at Ely Racecourse in Cardiff. It remained at this venue until the closure of the course in 1939. After World War II it was transferred to Caerleon in 1948, and it was then moved to its present venue in 1949. Dick Francis, the famous jockey turned author, rode the first Chepstow winner of the race, Fighting Line. David Nicholson, later a successful racehorse trainer, rode three successive Welsh National winners in 1959, 1960 and 1961.
Originally run on Easter Tuesday, it was moved to February in 1969 with the aim of attracting better horses, albeit with the increased risk of bad weather forcing its cancellation. It has been sponsored by bookmakers Coral from 1973 and is now the longest running sponsorship in jump racing.
It was moved to late December in 1979, after that year's original fixture was abandoned due to snow. The meeting is now held the day after Boxing Day and since then the class of runners has improved further, making it an informative guide to future races such as the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. The race distance was extended from 3 miles 5 furlongs and 110 yards to its present distance in 2019, to allow a longer run to the first bend; this also meant that field now jumps 23 fences rather than the previous 22.
Among the winners were Burrough Hill Lad in 1983, who went on to land the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup less than three months later. Trainer Jenny Pitman had the previous season saddled Corbière to win the Welsh and Aintree Nationals. In the late 80s and early 90s, the race was dominated by Somerset trainer Martin Pipe. Bonanza Boy achieved consecutive successes in 1988 and 1989, and in 1991 the giant Carvill's Hill became one of the easiest winners in the history of the race.
More recent winners of both the Welsh and the Aintree Grand National are Bindaree and Silver Birch. The 2010 winner, Synchronised, went on to win the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup. The 2016 winner Native River, ridden by champion jockey Richard Johnson, went on to win the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup.
|1948||Bora's Cottage||10||10-02||Eddie Reavey||Ryan Price|
|1949||Fighting Line||10||10-09||Dick Francis||Ken Cundell|
|1950||Gallery||12||10-08||Alf Mullins||William "Rip" Bissill|
|1951||Skyreholme||8||10-13||Arthur Thompson||Neville Crump|
|1952||Dinton Lass||10||10-00||Alf Mullins||J Roberts|
|1953||Stalbridge Rock||10||11-03||Bob McCreery||Harry Dufosee|
|1954||Blow Horn||10||10-06||John Hunter||T Jarvis|
|1955||Monaleen||10||09-07||Paddy Fitzgerald||H T Smith|
|1956||Crudwell||10||11-06||Dick Francis||Frank Cundell|
|1957||Creeola II||9||10-05||Michael Scudamore||Fred Rimell|
|1958||Oscar Wilde||8||09-13||Brian Lawrence||Bill Wightman|
|1959||Limonali||8||10-02||David Nicholson||Edward Morel|
|1960||Clover Bud||10||10-10||David Nicholson||G Llewellin|
|1961||Limonali||10||11-12||David Nicholson||I Lewis|
|1962||Forty Secrets||8||10-11||Josh Gifford||E Jones|
|1963||Motel||9||10-06||Paddy Cowley||W Lowe|
|1964||Rainbow Battle||8||10-00||Paddy Broderick||Arthur Stephenson|
|1965||Norther||8||11-00||Terry Biddlecombe||D Jenkins|
|1966||Kilburn||8||11-02||Tim Norman||Chris Nesfield|
|1967||Happy Spring||11||10-04||Ken White||J S Wright|
|1968||Glenn||7||10-04||Eddie Harty||Fred Rimell|
|1969||Abandoned because of snow|
|1970||French Excuse||8||10-09||Terry Biddlecombe||Fred Rimell|
|1971||Royal Toss||9||10-12||Paddy Cowley||H Handel|
|1972||Charlie H||10||11-03||Johnny Haine||Bob Turnell|
|1973||Deblin's Green||10||09-12||Nigel Wakley||G Yardley|
|1974||Pattered||8||10-02||Ken White||E Jones|
|1975||Abandoned because of waterlogged state of course|
|1976||Rag Trade||10||11-02||John Burke||Fred Rimell|
|1977||Abandoned because of waterlogged state of course|
|1978||Abandoned because of frost|
|1979||Peter Scot||8||10-02||Paul Barton||David Gandolfo|
|1980||Narvik||7||10-11||John Francome||Neville Crump|
|1981||Peaty Sandy||7||10-03||Geordie Dun||Helen Hamilton|
|1982||Corbiere||7||10-10||Ben de Haan||Jenny Pitman|
|1983||Burrough Hill Lad||7||10-09||John Francome||Jenny Pitman|
|1984||Righthand Man||7||11-05||Graham Bradley||Monica Dickinson|
|1985||Run and Skip||7||10-08||Peter Scudamore||John Spearing|
|1986||Stearsby||7||11-05||Graham Bradley||Jenny Pitman|
|1987||Playschool||10||10-11||Paul Nicholls||David Barons|
|1988||Bonanza Boy||7||10-01||Peter Scudamore||Martin Pipe|
|1989||Bonanza Boy||8||11-11||Peter Scudamore||Martin Pipe|
|1990||Cool Ground||8||10-00||Luke Harvey||Reg Akehurst|
|1991||Carvill's Hill||9||11-12||Peter Scudamore||Martin Pipe|
|1992||Run for Free||8||10-09||Mark Perrett||Martin Pipe|
|1993||Riverside Boy||10||10-00||Richard Dunwoody||Martin Pipe|
|1994||Master Oats||8||11-06||Norman Williamson||Kim Bailey|
|1995||Abandoned because of frost|
|1996||Abandoned because of frost|
|1997||Earth Summit||9||10-13||Tom Jenks||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|1998||Kendal Cavalier||8||10-00||Barry Fenton||Nigel Hawke|
|1999||Edmond||7||10-00||Richard Johnson||Henry Daly|
|2000||Jocks Cross||9||10-04||Brian Crowley||Venetia Williams|
|2001||Supreme Glory||8||10-00||Leighton Aspell||Pat Murphy|
|2002||Mini Sensation||9||10-04||Tony Dobbin||Jonjo O'Neill|
|2003||Bindaree||9||10-09||Carl Llewellyn||Nigel Twiston-Davies|
|2004||Silver Birch||7||10-05||Ruby Walsh||Paul Nicholls|
|2005||L'Aventure||6||10-04||Leighton Aspell||Paul Nicholls|
|2006||Halcon Genelardais||6||11-03||Wayne Hutchinson||Alan King|
|2007||Miko de Beauchene||7||10-05||Andrew Thornton||Robert Alner|
|2008||Notre Pere||7||11-00||Andrew Lynch||Jim Dreaper|
|2009||Dream Alliance||8||10-08||Tom O'Brien||Philip Hobbs|
|2010||Synchronised||8||11-06||Tony McCoy||Jonjo O'Neill|
|2011||Le Beau Bai||8||10-01||Charlie Poste||Richard Lee|
|2012||Monbeg Dude||8||10-01||Paul Carberry||Michael Scudamore|
|2013||Mountainous||8||10-00||Paul Moloney||Richard Lee|
|2014||Emperor's Choice||7||10-08||Aidan Coleman||Venetia Williams|
|2015||Mountainous||11||10-06||Jamie Moore||Kerry Lee|
|2016||Native River||6||11-12||Richard Johnson||Colin Tizzard|
|2017||Raz De Maree||13||10-10||James Bowen||Gavin Cromwell|
|2018||Elegant Escape||6||11-08||Tom O'Brien||Colin Tizzard|
|2019||Potters Corner||9||10-04||Jack Tudor||Christian Williams|
|2020||Secret Reprieve||7||10-01||Adam Wedge||Evan Williams|
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