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Horses race on the track passed packed stands at Chepstow Racecourse.

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History Of Chepstow Racecourse 

When a group of ten South Wales worthies gathered together in the early 1920s and formed a company to purchase Chepstow's picturesque Piercefield Park, little did they know just how successful their plan to build a racecourse in its 370 undulating acres would be.

Those pioneering stalwarts, including such dignitaries as the Lords Tredegar, Glanely and Queenborough, waited patiently for three long years as 80 men toiled to hew the course from the green and pleasant parkland. But those labours reaped a rich harvest in the summer of 1926 when 20,000 racegoers turned up for the inaugural race meeting at Chepstow racecourse.  

Serious financial problems dogged those early days but with the help of their faithful shareholders and supportive bank manager, Chepstow somehow managed to survive, even though the neighbouring tracks at Brecon, Usk, Monmouth, the Ely course in Cardiff, Abergavenny, St Arvans and Tenby had fallen by the wayside.

Horses and jockeys race on the track at Chepstow Racecourse.

Soon, however, Chepstow made an indelible mark on the history of racing. At a two-day meeting in-1933 Gordon Richards rode into the record books by partnering the winners of 11 consecutive Chepstow races.

An extremely muddy jockey collects his prize at Chepstow Racecourse.

After the war, and the demise of the nearby Caerleon course, the Welsh Grand National came to Chepstow in 1949 and National Hunt racing rapidly put the racecourse even more securely on the map. David Nicholson, ex-racehorse trainer and jockey, added his name to the Chepstow hall of fame by partnering three successive Welsh National winners in 1959, 1960 and 1961.

The three and three-quarter mile race, known as the Coral Welsh National, owes much to the support of the bookmaking firm for establishing it as one of the major events in the National Hunt calendar. Among the winners have been Stearsby, Run and Skip, Righthand Man and in the 1983-84 season, Burrough Hill Lad, who went on to complete the big double by landing the Tote Cheltenham Gold Cup less than three months later. 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 and early 90s, the race was dominated by Somerset trainer Martin Pipe. Bonanza Boy achieved back-to-back successes in 1988 and 1989, but pride of place among the Pipe quintet 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.

Welsh National Roll Of Honour

Year Horse Trainer Jockey


Elegant Escape

Colin Tizzard

Tom O'Brien

2017 Raz De Maree Gavin Cromwell James Bowen


Native River

Colin Tizzard

Richard Johnson



Kerry Lee

Jamie Moore


Emperor's Choice

Venetia Williams

Aidan Coleman



Richard Lee

 Paul Moloney


Monbeg Dude

Michael Scudamore

 Paul Carberry


The Beau Bai

Richard Lee

 Charlie Poste



Jonjo O'Neill

 A. P. McCoy


Dream Alliance

Phillip Hobbs

 Tom O'Brien


Notre Pier

Jim Dreaper

 A. Lynch


Miko De Beauchene

Robert Alner

 A. Thornton


Halcon Genelardais

Alan King

 W. Hutchinson


L' Aventure

P. F. Nicholls

 L. Aspell


Silver Birch

P. F. Nicholls

 R. Walsh


Bindaree (IRE)

N A Twiston-Davies

 C Llewellyn


Mini Sensation (IRE)

JonJo O'Neill

 A Dobbin


Supreme Glory (IRE)

P G Murphy

L Aspell


Jocks Cross (IRE)

Venetia Williams

 B J Crowley (3)


Edmond (FR)

H D Daly

 R Johnson


Kendal Cavalier

N J Hawke

 B Fenton


Earth Summit

N A Twiston-Davies

 T Jenks










Master Oats

K C Bailey

 N Williamson



Horses take on a jump during a race at Chepstow Racecourse.
Crowds can be seen filingl the stands at Chepstow Racecourse across a well maintained track.
Race goers queue at betting stands showcasing the latest odds during a race at Chepstow Racecourse.

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