All horse racing fixtures in Wales will continue behind closed doors under review with stringent safety measures in place until further notice. Unfortunately owners will not be permitted to attend mee
The biggest race day of the year in Wales, the £150,000 Coral Welsh Grand National, is taking place Behind Closed Doors (due to the coronavirus pandemic) on a new date of Saturday 9th January. There are on-going discussions with the Welsh Government about the return of spectators and any updates will be posted on the NEWS page of our website. Due to the current lockdown in Wales, owners are unfortunately not allowed to attend. Visit our news page HERE.
Follow all the action LIVE
There are several ways you can follow the action. The whole 8 race card from 11.45am is live on Sky Sports Racing (you can find the channel on Sky 415 or Virgin 535). If you want to watch on Sky Sports Racing on your phone or tablet, click HERE.
Two races are live on ITV Racing – 1.25pm (the Coral Finale Hurdle) and 3.10pm (the Coral Welsh Grand National). BBC Radio 5 Live will be providing commentary on the big race.
For the latest information on the runners and riders, click HERE
If you would like to see the latest betting for the Coral Welsh Grand National go to – www.coral.co.uk
We look forward to safely welcoming all customers back to Chepstow when circumstances allow.
After the war, the Welsh Grand National came to Chepstow in 1949. The three and three-quarter mile race, known as the Coral Welsh Grand National, owes much to the support of the bookmaking firm for establishing it as one of the major events in the National Hunt calendar.
David Nicholson, ex-racehorse trainer and jockey, added his name to the Chepstow hall of fame by partnering three successive winners in 1959, 1960 and 1961. Other winners have been Stearsby, Run and Skip, Righthand Man and Burrough Hill Lad, who went on to complete the big double by landing the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup less than three months later.
In more recent times, Native River won the race in 2016, going on to win the Magners Gold Cup in March 2018. The year after, 16 year old James Bowen broke the record books by becoming the youngest jockey to ever win the race. The winner of the 2018 Coral Welsh Grand National was Elegant Escape for Colin Tizzard and jockey Tom O’Brien, and in 2019 Potters Corner became the first Welsh-trained horse since 1973 to take the title.
Trained by Christian Williams in Ogmore and ridden by Bridgend's Jack Tudor, Potters Corner won to the delight of his owners, the All Star Sports syndicate and Welsh rugby international, Jonathan Davies.
It was another tremendous achievement for trainer Jenny Pitman who during the previous season had saddled Corbière to pull off the Coral Welsh National - Aintree Grand National double. In the late 80s/early 90s, the race was dominated by trainer Martin Pipe. Bonanza Boy achieved successes in 1988 and 1989, but pride of place must go to the giant Carvill's Hill who outclassed, out galloped and out jumped his rivals in 1991 to become one of the easiest winners in the history of the race.