The Welsh Grand National

Last Updated 1 Sep 2020 | Commercial content | 18+

The Welsh Grand National is a handicap chase run over three miles and six and a half furlongs at Chepstow  racecourse between Christmas and New Year. The race is one of the most important staying chases of the season and is run over two circuits and a bit at Chepstow and there are 23 obstacles. Since 2003, two winners have won the Grand National and two have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. 

The Welsh Grand National 2018

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Betting on the Welsh Grand National 2019

The latest edition of this horse race festival was run on December 27th 2019 at Chepstow. There was no racing in Britain and Ireland for three days over Christmas but racing began again on Boxing Day.

There was plenty of good racing the following day and the programme featured this horse racing festival. The race is a trial for the Grand National at Aintree in April. Once the result was known some of the horses that ran well appeared in lists of Grand National tips.

The Welsh Grand National is a handicap and is always well-contested with 16+ runners.

Bookmakers settle bets on the first four places at one quarter the odds in line with standard terms. However, some bookmakers paid out on the first five finishers.
The runners that made the frame ran good trials for the Grand National and some were listed as Grand National tips. The favourite in ante-post betting for the 2019 Welsh Grand National was Elegant Escape and the horse went into finish sixth in the race at a starting price of 9/4.
The best bets on this event were placed in ante-post markets. Most bookmakers offered Best Odds Guaranteed on the race. Bets were settled on the biggest price available which could have been early odds or the starting price.
Each way bets with bookmakers paying out on five places are decent bets. Any horses that make the frame in the Welsh Grand National will then become popular Grand National tips because the two races are similar.

Welsh National Runners

Elegant Escape was the favourite for the Welsh Grand National 2019 but the horse could only finish sixth. The race was won by Potters Corner who became the first winner trained in Wales for 54 years. The winning jockey was the 17-year old called Jack Tudor. Potters Corner will now be a one of the popular Grand National tips. The horse was always going well and tracked the leaders. He led three fences from the finish and stayed on well to win by one and three quarter lengths.
Since 2002 only three outright favourites have won this festival. Native River won the race as the 11/4 favourite in 2016 and Silver Birch was a winning favourite at 11/4 in 2004. Native River went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup that same season and Silver Birch subsequently won the Grand National in 2005 and was one of the main Grand National tips for that race – he gave trainer Gordon Elliott his first success in the race too. Backing the favourite blindly in the Welsh Grand National this century would have been a losing strategy.

Here is the full result for the Welsh Grand National 2019:

  • 1st Potters Corner 8/1
  • 2nd Truckers Lodge 10/1
  • 3rd Yala Enki 8/1
  • 4th Prime Venture 11/1
  • 5th Perfect Man 7/1

There were 12 finishers from a field of 17 runners. No horses fell but five were pulled up. Five runners started at single figure odds, including the winner and favourite. The horses that finished the race showed stamina and that makes them worth the Grand National tips.

Welsh Grand National Betting Trends

The most recent dual of this competition are Bonanza Boy (1988 and 1989) and Mountainous (2013 and 2014). The winning jockey in 2018 was Tom O’Brien who also rode the winner in 2009. He is the only multiple winning jockey this century.

Colin Tizzard has now trained the winner in two of the last four years.

Elegant Escape was aged six when winning in 2018 so is the youngest winner this century. Since 2010 three of the winners carried 11 stones or more. Native River carried most weight when winning the race in 2016.

Since 2002 seven winners of this horse racing competition started at double figure odds. The winning horses were in the range from 1/4 to 20/1. Eleven winners were returned at less than 10/1 which is a large number for such a competitive handicap. The horses that were well backed to win this horse racing competition became popular Grand National tips.

Both race distances are extreme so horses that are suited to the conditions of this festival often run well in the Grand National and that is why in future they become Grand National tips.

Welsh Grand National Bets To Avoid

There is usually a field of 20 runners in this horse race competition so it is difficult to identify the winner. The race is a handicap which means each horse is weighted on form and ability. In theory, each horse should have an equal chance and that is why bookmakers like races such as the Welsh Grand National.

The Grand National tips to pick the winner of that race can be applied to this horse race competition. Win and forecasts bets should be avoided because of the number of runners and nature of the race.

The best bets for this competition are place and each-way bets because five horses count for this type of bet. You can place tricasts bets on the Welsh Grand National but these should be avoided.

This bet involves selecting the horses to finish in the first three in correct or any order.

Runners that were Grand National tips in the past are popular for tricast bets. Even so, these are difficult predictions to get right so should be avoided when placing bets on this horse racing competition.

The Welsh Grand National Results 2018

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Welsh Grand National History

The Welsh Grand National is the biggest and most famous race run in Wales. There is often a huge crowd at Chepstow and the race takes place when many local people are on holiday from work. The race was first run in 1895 and was first staged in December in 1979.

Due to the race distance and premium on jumping the race is a good trial for the Grand National.

The time between the races means horses can run in both races and many runners in this festival are then Grand National tips. No horse has won this competition three times.

Welsh Grand National Betting Markets

Here are the main betting markets for this competition:

  • Win
  • Place
  • Each way
  • Forecast
  • Tricast
  • Number of finishers
  • Betting without the favourite
  • Head to head

The same range of bets is available for horses who are Grand National tips.

Best bookmakers to bet on the Welsh Grand National

The best bookmakers listed below are our opinions and are subjective. Every bookmaker that offers odds on horse racing will publish betting markets for the Welsh Grand National.

However, Paddy Power, Betfair and William Hill are the best based on the research undertaken for this article.

Bookmaker name

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Each bookmaker listed in the table has a welcome offer for new customers and offers a full range of betting market for the Welsh Grand National.

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