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Horses and jockeys race at Chepstow Racecourse.

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Chepstow Racecourse opened its gates in the early 1920's and is the home of the Coral Welsh Grand National, Chepstow is not just a racecourse, it is also an events venue and has staged performances such as Tom Jones and Madness. This year, the racecourse will be hosting Madness on the 8th June and All Saints on the 12th July.

 

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.

Crowds pack the viewing area beside the parade ring at Chepstow Racecourse.
The Coral Welsh Grand National Then

After the war, the Welsh Grand National came to Chepstow in 1949. 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 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. 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.

An extremely muddy jockey collects his prize at Chepstow Racecourse.
The Coral Welsh Grand National Now

In more recent times, the race has continued to be a competitive renewal. Native River won the race in 2016, going on to win the Magners Gold Cup in March 2018. The year after, sixteen year old James Bowen broke the record books by becoming the youngest jockey to ever win the race, providing to be only 3 years younger than his mount, Raz De Maree trained by Irish raider, Gavin Cromwell. The winner of the 2018 Coral Welsh Grand National went the way of Elegant Escape for Colin Tizzard and jockey Tom O’Brien.


Welsh National Roll Of Honour

Year Horse Trainer Jockey

2018

Elegant Escape

Colin Tizzard

Tom O'Brien

2017 Raz De Maree Gavin Cromwell James Bowen

 2016

Native River

Colin Tizzard

Richard Johnson

 2015

Mountainous

Kerry Lee

Jamie Moore

 2014

Emperor's Choice

Venetia Williams

Aidan Coleman

 2013

Mountainous

Richard Lee

 Paul Moloney

 2012

Monbeg Dude

Michael Scudamore

 Paul Carberry

2011

The Beau Bai

Richard Lee

 Charlie Poste

2010

Synchronised

Jonjo O'Neill

 A. P. McCoy

2009

Dream Alliance

Phillip Hobbs

 Tom O'Brien

2008

Notre Pier

Jim Dreaper

 A. Lynch

2007

Miko De Beauchene

Robert Alner

 A. Thornton

2006

Halcon Genelardais

Alan King

 W. Hutchinson

2005

L' Aventure

P. F. Nicholls

 L. Aspell

2004

Silver Birch

P. F. Nicholls

 R. Walsh

2003

Bindaree (IRE)

N A Twiston-Davies

 C Llewellyn

2002

Mini Sensation (IRE)

JonJo O'Neill

 A Dobbin

2001

Supreme Glory (IRE)

P G Murphy

L Aspell

2000

Jocks Cross (IRE)

Venetia Williams

 B J Crowley (3)

1999

Edmond (FR)

H D Daly

 R Johnson

1998

Kendal Cavalier

N J Hawke

 B Fenton

1997

Earth Summit

N A Twiston-Davies

 T Jenks

1996

Abandoned

 

 

1995

Abandoned

 

 

1994

Master Oats

K C Bailey

 N Williamson

 

 

A side profile of a well groomed race horse.
Race goers queue at betting stands showcasing the latest odds during a race at Chepstow Racecourse.
Horses and jockeys race in the sunshine at Chepstow Racecourse.

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