Welsh Grand National

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Coral Welsh Grand National
Grade 3 race
Location Chepstow Racecourse
Chepstow, Wales
Inaugurated1895
Race type Chase
Sponsor Coral
Website Chepstow
Race information
Distance3m 6½f (6,154 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFour-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £150,000 (2019)
1st: £85,425
Coral Welsh Grand National
2021
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Previous years
2019
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Potters CornerTruckers LodgeYala Enki
2018
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Elegant EscapeRamses De TeilleeYala Enki
2017
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Raz De MareeAlfie SpinnerFinal Nudge
2016
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Native RiverRaz De MareeHoublon Des Obeaux
2015
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MountainousFirebird FlyerShotgun Paddy
2014
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Emperor's ChoiceBenvolioGlenquest
2013
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MountainousHawkes PointTidal Bay
2012
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Monbeg DudeTeaforthreeTriggerman
2011
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Le Beau BaiGiles CrossCappa Bleu
2011
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SynchronisedGiles CrossI'moncloudnine
2010-2001
2009
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2008
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Notre PereCornish SettHalcon Genelardais
2007
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Miko de BeaucheneHalcon GenelardaisOver The Creek
2006
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2005
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2004
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Silver BirchStrong ResolveChives
2003
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BindareeSir RembrandtHedgehunter
2002
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Mini SensationChivesGunner Welburn
2001
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2000-1991
2000
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1999
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EdmondForest IvoryEarthmover
1998
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1997
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Earth SummitDom SamouraiSamlee
1994
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Master OatsEarth SummitParty Politics
1993
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Riverside BoyFiddlers PikeCool Ground
1992
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Run For FreeRiverside BoyMiinnehoma
1991
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1990-1987
1990
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Cool GroundCarrick Hill LadRowlandsons Jewels
1989
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Bonanza BoyCool GroundCharter Hardware
1988
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1987
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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.

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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. [1]

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. [2] [3]

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.

Winners since 1948

Year
Winner
Age
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
1948Bora's Cottage1010-02Eddie Reavey Ryan Price
1949Fighting Line1010-09 Dick Francis Ken Cundell
1950Gallery1210-08Alf MullinsWilliam "Rip" Bissill
1951Skyreholme810-13Arthur ThompsonNeville Crump
1952Dinton Lass1010-00Alf MullinsJ Roberts
1953Stalbridge Rock1011-03Bob McCreeryHarry Dufosee
1954Blow Horn1010-06John HunterT Jarvis
1955Monaleen1009-07Paddy FitzgeraldH T Smith
1956Crudwell1011-06 Dick Francis Frank Cundell
1957Creeola II910-05 Michael Scudamore Fred Rimell
1958Oscar Wilde809-13Brian LawrenceBill Wightman
1959Limonali810-02 David Nicholson Edward Morel
1960Clover Bud1010-10 David Nicholson G Llewellin
1961Limonali1011-12 David Nicholson I Lewis
1962Forty Secrets810-11 Josh Gifford E Jones
1963Motel910-06Paddy CowleyW Lowe
1964Rainbow Battle810-00Paddy BroderickArthur Stephenson
1965Norther811-00 Terry Biddlecombe D Jenkins
1966Kilburn811-02Tim NormanChris Nesfield
1967Happy Spring1110-04Ken WhiteJ S Wright
1968Glenn710-04Eddie Harty Fred Rimell
1969Abandoned because of snow
1970French Excuse810-09 Terry Biddlecombe Fred Rimell
1971Royal Toss910-12Paddy CowleyH Handel
1972Charlie H1011-03Johnny HaineBob Turnell
1973Deblin's Green1009-12Nigel WakleyG Yardley
1974Pattered810-02Ken WhiteE Jones
1975Abandoned because of waterlogged state of course
1976 Rag Trade 1011-02John Burke Fred Rimell
1977Abandoned because of waterlogged state of course
1978Abandoned because of frost
1979Peter Scot810-02Paul BartonDavid Gandolfo
1980Narvik710-11 John Francome Neville Crump
1981Peaty Sandy710-03Geordie Dun [lower-alpha 1] Helen Hamilton
1982 Corbiere 710-10Ben de Haan Jenny Pitman
1983 Burrough Hill Lad 710-09 John Francome Jenny Pitman
1984Righthand Man711-05Graham BradleyMonica Dickinson
1985 Run and Skip 710-08 Peter Scudamore John Spearing
1986Stearsby711-05Graham Bradley Jenny Pitman
1987Playschool1010-11 Paul Nicholls David Barons
1988Bonanza Boy710-01 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1989Bonanza Boy811-11 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1990 Cool Ground 810-00Luke HarveyReg Akehurst
1991Carvill's Hill911-12 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1992Run for Free810-09Mark Perrett Martin Pipe
1993Riverside Boy1010-00 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1994 Master Oats [lower-alpha 2] 811-06 Norman Williamson Kim Bailey
1995Abandoned because of frost
1996Abandoned because of frost
1997 Earth Summit 910-13Tom Jenks Nigel Twiston-Davies
1998Kendal Cavalier810-00Barry FentonNigel Hawke
1999Edmond710-00 Richard Johnson Henry Daly
2000Jocks Cross910-04Brian Crowley Venetia Williams
2001Supreme Glory810-00 Leighton Aspell Pat Murphy
2002Mini Sensation910-04 Tony Dobbin Jonjo O'Neill
2003 Bindaree 910-09 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
2004 Silver Birch 710-05 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2005L'Aventure610-04 Leighton Aspell Paul Nicholls
2006Halcon Genelardais611-03 Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
2007Miko de Beauchene710-05 Andrew Thornton Robert Alner
2008Notre Pere711-00 Andrew Lynch Jim Dreaper
2009 Dream Alliance 810-08 Tom O'Brien Philip Hobbs
2010 Synchronised [lower-alpha 3] 811-06 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
2011Le Beau Bai [4] 810-01Charlie PosteRichard Lee
2012 [lower-alpha 4] Monbeg Dude 810-01 Paul Carberry Michael Scudamore
2013 Mountainous 810-00 Paul Moloney Richard Lee
2014 Emperor's Choice 710-08 Aidan Coleman Venetia Williams
2015 [lower-alpha 5] Mountainous1110-06 Jamie Moore Kerry Lee
2016 Native River 611-12 Richard Johnson Colin Tizzard
2017 [lower-alpha 6] Raz De Maree1310-10James BowenGavin Cromwell
2018Elegant Escape611-08 Tom O'Brien Colin Tizzard
2019Potters Corner910-04Jack TudorChristian Williams
2020Secret Reprieve [lower-alpha 7] 710-01Adam WedgeEvan Williams
  1. amateur jockey
  2. The 1994 running took place at Newbury
  3. The "2010" running took place in January 2011 after the original fixture was postponed because of snow and frost
  4. The "2012" running took place in January 2013 after the original fixture was postponed because of waterlogging
  5. The "2015" running took place in January 2016 after the original fixture was postponed because of waterlogging
  6. The "2017" running took place in January 2018 after the original fixture was postponed because of waterlogging
  7. The "2020" running took place in January 2021 after the original fixture was postponed because of waterlogging

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References

  1. "Amendments To Coral Welsh Grand National Distance". Arena Racing Company. 2 November 2019.
  2. Lee, Brian. 2002. The Welsh Grand National. ISBN   0-7524-2728-8
  3. Chepstow racecourse website
  4. "Le Beau Bai lands Welsh National victory at Chepstow". BBC Sport. 27 December 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011.