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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

Dream Alliance


Tom O'Brien

Philip Hobbs


Notre Pere


Andrew Lynch

Jim Dreaper


Miko De Beauchene


Andrew Thornton

Robert Alner


Halcon Genelardais


Wayne Hutchinson

Alan King




Leighton Aspell

Paul Nicholls