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Coral Welsh Grand National - 27th December, 2014

Midnight Prayer and Shotgun Paddy fought out the finish in the Cheltenham Festival four-miler in March and they will now lock horns in a wide open renewal of the Coral Welsh Grand National, which will take centre stage on a terrific Chepstow card on Saturday afternoon.

The former prevailed in that race, but the latter is more fancied with the bookmakers for this contest that has a whole host of stayers doing battle in what is a devilishly difficult betting conundrum for punters to get stuck into over the festive period.

Mountainous and Hawkes Point produced a fine spectacle last year with the former just landing this prize, but they look to have stiffer tests ahead of them this time, whilst 2012 winner Monbeg Dude is hoping to build on a fine fifth in the Hennessy Gold Cup and he is another leading player.

David Pipe is aiming to win this race for the first time and he will saddle Amigo, who at his best has to stand a terrific chance of landing a blow in the 3m 5f 110y marathon, whilst Benvoilio and Gas Line Boy are another duo that stand out for what should be a Christmas cracker and could provide some Aintree Grand National clues.

Latest Betting for 2014 Coral Welsh Grand National

8/1 Shotgun Paddy

8/1 Monbeg Dude

8/1 Midnight Prayer

10/1 Benvolio

10/1 Hawkes Point

11/1 Amigo

12/1 Mountainous

12/1 One In A Milan

14/1 Gas Line Boy

14/1 Benbens

16/1 Edmund Kean

16/1 Victor's Serenade

20/1 BAR

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Coral Welsh Grand National History

The Welsh Grand National is one of the biggest sporting events of the season in Wales and forms the highlight of the year for Chepstow, it is the first ‘National’ of the season as it falls just after Christmas and can offer some great clues ahead of the Aintree version in April. As well as playing its part as a Grand National trial it is also a prestigious race in its own right and it has been won by some legendary names since it was first run all the way back in 1895.

A number of horses down the years have won the Welsh Grand National before heading up to Liverpool to claim the Grand National itself, it recent years horses to have done the double include the likes Bindaree and Silver Birch so it really can prove to be a vital stepping stone for staying chasers. The Welsh Grand National is one of the highlights of the Christmas racing calendar as it falls on the 27th December, with that time of the year comes a true stamina test for the horses with soft to heavy ground the norm for the Welsh National each season.

The Welsh National always attracts a lot of attention from punters due to its position at Christmas time and the fact that it is a race targeted by all the top yards across the country as well as attracting a healthy support from one or two Irish trainers. One trainer who had a great record in the race was Martin Pipe who trained the winner at Chepstow five times in just six years in the late 80’s and early 90’s. Two of those wins were with Bonanza Boy in 1988 and 1989 and he will be remembered at Chepstow with great fondness for that success. The second success in 1989 is of particular importance as it came off of a weight of 11st 11lbs in what goes down in the record books as a great weight carrying performance in Welsh National terms.

Another memorable winner of the Welsh Grand National was Burrough Hill Lad who won at Chepstow in 1983 before going onto win the Cheltenham Gold Cup just a few months later in the same season. That proves that the Welsh National is a race of the highest class and punters are well advised to watch the race carefully with an eye on looking out for future stars of the chasing game.

Welsh Grand National Tips 2013

The key Welsh Grand National Tip is that the horses must be able to act on the heavy ground which akways greets the runners at Chepstow at Christmas time, it often decends into a mud bath and that should be taken note of when looking at the betting. We shall be making our tip for the Welsh Grand National when the race card is released prior to the event and that will be a comprehensive list of contenders for Chepstow.

Recent Welsh Grand National Winners

  • 2000 - Jocks Cross
  • 2001 - Supreme Glory
  • 2002 - Mini Sensation
  • 2003 - Bindaree
  • 2004 - Silver Birch
  • 2005 - L’Aventure
  • 2006 - Halcon Genelardais
  • 2007 - Miko de Beauchene
  • 2008 - Notre Pere
  • 2009 - Dream Alliance
  • 2010 - Synchronised
  • 2011 - Le Beau Bai
  • 2012 - Monbeg Dude
  • 2013 - Mountainous
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