Welsh Grand National

Welsh Grand National Odds

The Welsh Grand National is one of the highlights of the jumps racing season each December at Chepstow and we will have all the betting for the big race right here on the site when the prices are released.

Friday 27th December 2020 - Welsh Grand National - Chepstow

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Welsh Grand National Tips

The Welsh National can be a tough contest for punters but we will try to help by making our big race slection right here when the final field is known.

What is the Welsh Grand National?

The Welsh Grand National is a Grade 3 handicap contest run over a trip of 3m5f at Chepstow on the 27th December of each season.

The Welsh Grand National is always a great stepping stone towards the Aintree race in April falling as it does at Christmas time, the race around Chepstow is always an excellent one from a betting point of view as well as having one eye on the Aintree Grand National. In recent times we have had two Welsh National winners in Bindaree and Silver Birch who have gone onto win the Aintree race so it is an important yard stick.

The trip around Chepstow is obviously shorter than Aintree but it is always a tough slog on heavy ground on an undulating course so any horses that stay on well should have no problem at Aintree in April.

The history of the Welsh Grand National

Few races can match the Welsh National for history with the first running taking place all the way back in 1895 and it has since grown into one of the highlights of the winter.

The race originally took place at the now closed Ely Racecourse in Cardiff before finally moving to Chepstow, where it has remained ever since, in 1949. The race was moved to its late December position in 1979 and now forms of the best days of sport over the Christmas period each year.

The race is a big occasion in south Wales with thousands descending on Chepstow just after Christmas to watch the race and with plenty of prize money on offer, it does tend to be a race that produces plenty of drama and quality horses.

What happened in the 2018 Welsh Grand National?

Colin Tizzard has had plenty of top class staying chasers over the past decade and in 2018 he unearthed another one as Elegant escape claimed the Welsh Grand National in impressive style.

The 6-year-old ran an excellent race in the Ladbrokes Trophy on his previous start and such started the Welsh National at a short looking 3/1 on the day. The gamble was justified though as the dour stayer held off Ramses De Teilee in game fashion to land one of the biggest prizes of the year.

Recent winners of the Welsh Grand National

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Who is the most iconic winner of the Welsh Grand National?

This is a tough question to answer with certainty given the quality of the roll of honour with horses like Synchronised and Native River just two of the recent winners of note, but on balance it is Burrough Hill Lad who deserves to sit on top of the Chepstow tree.

The Jenny Pitman trained star claimed the Welsh National in good style back in 1983 and went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup just three months later in a remarkable season. A Hennessy Gold Cup and a King George would follow for the horse in a golden period that started with a special performance in south Wales.

Are there any trials for the Welsh Grand National?

The Ladbrokes Trophy (the old Hennessy) is a good starting point for punters to keep note of with Chepstow in mind with a host of top quality staying handicap chasers likely to run at Newbury at the end of November.

We saw Elegant Escape finish 2nd at Newbury in 2018 before winning the Welsh National and it will be interesting to see of we see a similar pattern emerge this term.

There is also a Welsh Grand National Handicap Trial at Chepstow in the early days of December which offer horses the ideal prep for the big race with Ramses De Teillee winning that in 2018 before finishing 2nd in the main National itself just a few weeks later.

Who is the most successful jockey in the Welsh Grand National?

The great Peter Scudamore won the Welsh National four times during his career with winners coming on Run And Skip (1985), Bonanza Boy (1988 and 1989) and Carvill's Hill (1991).

Who is the most successful trainer in the Welsh Grand National?

There is no surprise to see Martin Pipe with the most Welsh National winners with the iconic handler managing five wins in the big race at Chepstow. Pipe tasted glory with Bonanza Boy (1988 and 1989), Carvill's Hill (1991), Run For Free (1992) and Riverside Boy (1993) during a glorious period.

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