Welsh Grand National Betting

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The Coral-Welsh Grand National betting hots-up in the build-up to Christmas with the race being run each year in between the Christmas Day and New Year.

The 2020 Welsh Grand National will be run on Sunday 27th December, and is sponsored by leading bookmaker Coral. Staged at Chepstow racecourse and run over a trip of 3m 6 ½ furlongs, with 22 fences to tackle, this is a gruelling test of stamina for these staying chasers.

In recent years, the Welsh Grand National betting market has seen just three winning favourites win the race in the last 18 years, while the average price of the Welsh Grand National winner over that same period is 10/1.

Welsh Grand National 2020 Runners

In 2019, the Welsh Grand National winner was a home-trained one as Potter’s Corner took the prize for Welsh handler Christian Williams, who also rode in the race many times as a jockey.

Welsh Grand National – Antepost Runners

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Form: Won the Welsh Grand National in 2019 and could be back for more. The last back-to-back winner of the Welsh Grand National was Bonanza Boy, who won the race in 1988 and 1989. This 10 year-old has been lightly-raced since winning this race in 2019 and having landed the race with only 10st 2lbs on his back, if he does line-up again, we can expect more weight to be carried this time.
Form: Won the Welsh Grand National in 2019 and could be back for more. The last back-to-back winner of the Welsh Grand National was Bonanza Boy, who won the race in 1988 and 1989. This 10 year-old has been lightly-raced since winning this race in 2019 and having landed the race with only 10st 2lbs on his back, if he does line-up again, we can expect more weight to be carried this time.
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Form: Sixth in the 2019 Welsh Grand National and the winner of the 2018 running. He’s still only an 8 year-old and could turn up in this Christmas race again in 2020. He’s had a wind operation since running in this race 12 months ago, but at the time of writing his last career win came in this race in 2018, so does have a bit to prove at the moment and he’s likely to be lumped with a lot of weight again, if running in the Welsh National in 2020. He was sent off as the 9/4 favourite for the Welsh National in 2019.
Form: Sixth in the 2019 Welsh Grand National and the winner of the 2018 running. He’s still only an 8 year-old and could turn up in this Christmas race again in 2020. He’s had a wind operation since running in this race 12 months ago, but at the time of writing his last career win came in this race in 2018, so does have a bit to prove at the moment and he’s likely to be lumped with a lot of weight again, if running in the Welsh National in 2020. He was sent off as the 9/4 favourite for the Welsh National in 2019.
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Form: Was sent off at 8/1 in the Welsh Grand National betting in 2019 and didn’t run too badly to finish fifth. He only carried 10st 8lb that day and with another year on his back he could be a force if running in the 2020 Coral Welsh National. He’s not the biggest horse, but has plenty of stamina and that is crucial in a race that’s run over 3m 6 1/2f.
Form: Was sent off at 8/1 in the Welsh Grand National betting in 2019 and didn’t run too badly to finish fifth. He only carried 10st 8lb that day and with another year on his back he could be a force if running in the 2020 Coral Welsh National. He’s not the biggest horse, but has plenty of stamina and that is crucial in a race that’s run over 3m 6 1/2f.
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Form: The Nigel Twiston-Davies yard have a good record in this race – winning it twice before with horses called Bindaree and Earth Summit, who both also won the Aintree Grand National during their careers. Arthur’s Gift was priced at Welsh Grand National odds of 20/1 when running in the 2019 race and ran a respectable race to finish seventh. If running again in 2020, he should get in with a nice racing weight and could be another that can run well with the experience of last year a big help.
Form: The Nigel Twiston-Davies yard have a good record in this race – winning it twice before with horses called Bindaree and Earth Summit, who both also won the Aintree Grand National during their careers. Arthur’s Gift was priced at Welsh Grand National odds of 20/1 when running in the 2019 race and ran a respectable race to finish seventh. If running again in 2020, he should get in with a nice racing weight and could be another that can run well with the experience of last year a big help.

*All runners and odds subject to change.

Prior to 2019, the 13 year-old – Raz De Maree – had become the oldest Welsh Grand National winner in recent times, while former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner – Native River, who won the Welsh Grand National in 2016, is another big name to win the prize recently.

The 2018 Welsh Grand National was won by the Colin Tizzard-trained Elegant Escape – this was the second Welsh Grand National winner for the yard in the last three years. If lining-up again for the 2020 Welsh Grand National, then Elegant Escape will looking to become the first horse to retain his Welsh National crown since Mountainous won the race in 2013 and 2015.

At just 8 years-old, Elegant Escape still has time on his side so there is every chance that he’ll be aimed at the race again and will be a Welsh Grand National runner again in the coming years.

Welsh Grand National at the Chepstow Racecourse. Photo Credit: Amanda Slater / Flickr / CC-BY-SA 2.0

Welsh Grand National 2020 Odds

The Welsh Grand National odds are often available from most of the main bookmakers a few months before the race is run. However, once the final Welsh Grand National runners are released a few days before the race, this is when the Welsh Grand National betting gets more popular and when the Welsh Grand National odds start to change.

Don’t forget, if you are betting on the Coral Welsh Grand National on an ante-post market, you will lose your stake if the horse doesn’t run. This is why many horse racing punters prefer to wait now until nearer to the day before getting involved in any Welsh Grand National betting markets and knowing the final runners first before placing a bet on the Welsh Grand National.

Welsh Grand National Tips

With two wins in the last four runnings of the Welsh Grand National, the Colin Tizzard yard run will be popular in the Welsh Grand National betting markets.

Other Welsh Grand National tips to note ahead of the race each year are that ALL of the last 18 winners of the Welsh Grand National had won between 1-5 chase races, had raced in the last 7 weeks and had won at least once over 3 miles (fences) in the past.

Some other stables that often have Welsh Grand National runners are Paul Nicholls, Jonjo O’Neill and Nigel Twiston-Davies – between the trio, they’ve had the winner of the Welsh Grand National six times since 1997.

Welsh Grand National Betting Trends

There are many Welsh Grand National betting trends that can often help find the winner of the Welsh Grand National year-after-year.

After all, if a certain profile of horse has a habit of winning the race, then following some key Welsh Grand National trends is often a great way of building up your own Welsh Grand National tips ahead of the race.

Did you know – 16 of the last 18 (89%) Welsh Grand National winners were aged 9 or younger? Since 1994, we’ve also only seen two Welsh Grand National winners aged in double-figures.

We’ve listed the recent winners of the Welsh Grand National below. These key Welsh Grand National betting trends and stats will hopefully allow you to narrow down the Welsh Grand National runners when the final card is announced a few days before the race.

Recent Welsh National Winners

  • 2019 – Potters Corner (8/1)
  • 2018 – Elegant Escape (3/1 Fav)
  • 2017 – Raz De Maree (16/1)
  • 2016 – Native River (11/4 Fav)
  • 2015 – Mountainous (9/1)
  • 2014 – Emperor’s Choice (9/1)
  • 2013 – Mountainous (20/1)
  • 2012 – Monbeg Dude (10/1)
  • 2011 – Le Beau Bai (10/1)
  • 2010 – Synchronised (5/1)
  • 2009 – Dream Alliance (20/1)
  • 2008 – Notre Pere (16/1)
  • 2007 – Miko De Beauchene (13/2)
  • 2006 – Halcon Genelardais (7/1)
  • 2005 – L’aventure (14/1)
  • 2004 – Silver Birch (10/3 Fav)
  • 2003 – Bindaree (10/1)
  • 2002 – Mini Sensation (8/1)

Key Welsh National Betting Trends

These are significant trends from the last 18 years that you can take into account when placing your bets in 2020:

  • 18/18 – Had won between 1-5 chase races before
  • 18/18 – Raced within the last 7 weeks
  • 18/18 – Had won over at least 3m before (fences)
  • 16/18 – Aged 9 or younger
  • 16/18 – Placed in the top 4 last time out
  • 14/18 – Carried 11-0 or less in weight
  • 13/18 – Aged 8 or younger
  • 12/18 – Carried 10-8 or less in weight
  • 12/18 – Had won just 2 or 3 times before over fences
  • 12/18 – Returned 10/1 or shorter in the betting
  • 11/18 – Irish bred
  • 9/18 – Had won over fences at Chepstow before
  • 7/18 – Unplaced favourites
  • 7/18 – Won last time out
  • 6/18 – French bred
  • 6/18 – Had run in the Welsh National before
  • 5/18 – Ran at Chepstow last time out
  • 3/18 – Winning favourites
  • 2/18 – Trained by Jonjo O’Neill
  • 2/18 – Trained by Paul Nicholls
  • The average winning SP in the last 17 years is 10/1

Welsh Grand National Bookmakers

The Welsh Grand National betting markets often have many bookmaker offers and promotions attached to them in the lead-up to the race. Therefore, it’s also worth shopping when looking at the Welsh Grand National odds.

One of the leading Welsh Grand National bookmakers is the races sponsor – Coral. Being the main backer of the Welsh Grand National, then Coral will often have many unique offers to attract customers.

With the Welsh Grand National often attracting a big field of runners then a lot of bookmakers will also have enhanced place odds on the race and other specials like ‘faller insurances’. Being the race is a handicap and there are often 16+ runners in the race, then the normal each-way terms are paid out for the first four places. However, many layers will have their own place terms and can often pay their each-way Welsh Grand National bets done to the fifth, sixth or even seventh place.

Welsh Grand National History

First run in 1895, the Coral-sponsored Welsh Grand National is steeped in history.

The Welsh Grand National was first run at Ely racecourse, but was switched to be staged at Chepstow racecourse in 1949 – where it remains to this day. The Welsh Grand National is always run in between Christmas and New Year, with the 2020 renewal being run on Sunday 27th December.

In recent years the Welsh Grand National has had its issues with the weather and been called off a few times, but then rescheduled when possible.

In recent years, the 2010 winner – Synchronised – went onto win the 2012 Cheltenham Gold Cup, while the Colin Tizzard-trained Native River did a similar thing after winning the Welsh Grand National in 2016 and then landing the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup as few years later.

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