Coral Welsh National / Welsh National

The Welsh National takes place annually in late December at Chepstow Racecourse in Wales. It is one of the last major Jump Racing events of the year, ending a year of racing on a high. Initially the Coral Welsh National was run at Cardiff's Ely Racecourse when it was introduced in 1895, where it was held annually until the racecourse closed in the early days of WWII. After the war, when racecourses across the United Kingdom were re-opened and racing resumed, the Welsh National was moved to Caerleon racecourse in 1948. However, in 1949 the race was moved again, this time to Chepstow Racecourse, where it is still staged today.

This tribute race to the Grand National hosted at Aintree, is a seriously involved Steeple Chase. It is run over the distance of three miles and five-and-a-half furlongs, littered with no less than twenty-two fences. As it is an advanced and incredibly demanding level of steeple chasing, the age restrictions limit the contenders to horses aged four and over.

Recent Winners of the Coral Welsh National:

Year Winner Age Jockey Trainer

2009

Dream Alliance

8

Tom O'Brien

Philip Hobbs

2008

Notre Pere

7

Andrew Lynch

Jim Dreaper

2007

Miko De Beauchene

7

Andrew Thornton

Robert Alner

2006

Halcon Genelardais

6

Wayne Hutchinson

Alan King

2005

L'Aventure

6

Leighton Aspell

Paul Nicholls

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