Welsh National

Welsh Grand National Betting Guide

The Welsh Grand National is the first of the four Grand National run during the year and it takes place at Chepstow racecourse over the Christmas holiday season and is run over three mile five and a half furlong. The Coral Welsh Grand National is usually run in a bog as Chepstow usually gets loads of rain at this time of the year and every year we see the Welsh National runners come home full of mud.

Betting on the Welsh Grand National

Welsh Grand National Betting OddsAs the Coral Welsh Grand National is a handicap there tends to be a very large field of Welsh Grand National runners going to post and the line up for the race will be shown on this site when the Coral Welsh National runners are declared.

In addition the Welsh National betting odds can also be viewed on our Coral Welsh National odds comparison chart ensuring that you get the very best price about your Welsh National selections.

We also will be putting up our Welsh Grand National tips free in the days leading up to the race and once you have decided who you wish to back in the race you can also get your Welsh Grand National free bets from our specially selected list of online bookmakers.

The Welsh National History

Chepstow Horse RacingWe go back to the last century for the first running of the Welsh Grand National which took place at Ely racecourse in 1895. The race moved to its new home at Chepstow when the Ely racecourse closed in 1939.

The Welsh National is very difficult to predict as it is the first major long distance race of the season and as such it usually brings to the fore some surprises and as the Chepstow racecourse fences are not that tough younger horses in their second season of jumping the bigger fences do tend to run well here.

The Chepstow racetrack is very different to Aintree the home of the English Grand National as the Chepstow track has many undulations and it tends to suit a different type of horse that may run well at the flat Aintree track.

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The Welsh National

Some of the biggest names in the jumping game have won the Welsh Grand National including the 2007 Aintree Grand National Silver Birch who won the Coral Welsh National in 2004 this feat was also achieved by Rag Trade in 1976 when he won both and the most famous of all was the 1982 Coral Welsh Grand National winner Corbiere who went on to win the Aintree Grand National the following year.

Another interesting Welsh National fact from the past was that Earth Summit's 1987 Welsh National was the first horse to win the Welsh, Scottish and English Grand Nationals.

Something which probably will not happen again is previous winners who have gone on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup as the Gold Cup tends to attract a higher calibre of horse these days but horses in the past like Burrough Hill Lad won the Welsh National in 1983 and the Gold Cup in 1984 another was Cool Ground who won in 1990 and went on to win the Gold Cup in 1992, and Master Oats who won the Welsh National in 1994 and followed up his success by winning at Cheltenham in 1995.

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