Chepstow Racecourse is pleased to announce entries for the 58th running of the Coral Welsh Grand National on Saturday, 27 December 2014.
Wales most prestigious race has once again attracted a field of high quality entries including previous winners Monbeg Dude, co-owned by rugby stars Nicky Robinson, James Simpson-Daniel and Mike Tindall and Mountainous, which is owned by two Welsh businessmen, Dai Waters and James Potter.
The current entry list stands at 67 horses, with the final 20 runners to compete for the £100,000 prize fund, being released on Boxing Day.
Commenting on the entry, Michael Scudamore, the trainer of 2012 winner Monbeg Dude, said: “We’ve got a few options over the next couple of weeks with the Hennessy and Becher Chase as possible targets. We’ll see what happens, but having won the Coral Welsh Grand National previously, it certainly is a tempting option especially with it being such a great race.”
Kerry Lee, the assistant trainer of last year’s winner, Mountainous, added: “All roads lead to Chepstow. We’re very much looking forward to another crack at this prestigious Welsh prize.”
Keith Ottesen, Clerk of the Course at Chepstow, was delighted with the quality of the entries, saying: “It’s fabulous to see three of the first four home in last year’s race, all entered again, in addition to horses of the quality of Harry Topper, Sam Winner, Houblon des Obeaux and Hadrian’s Approach, to mention just a few. The entry list of potential starters really cements the Coral Welsh Grand National as one of the top staying chases of the season.”
David Stevens, from race sponsors Coral, went on to say: “We are delighted with the high class entry for this year’s Coral Welsh Grand National, a race that always features in the highest betting turnover events of the year, and this latest renewal will be no exception. We are also immensely proud of our association with the Chepstow showpiece, which stands as one of the longest-standing partnerships in horseracing, and we look forward to many future runnings of Wales’ greatest race.”
Phil Bell, Executive Director at Chepstow Racecourse, commented: “We are all looking forward to our premiere meeting of the year. The team has all worked so hard with the preparations, which include some fabulous entertainment throughout the day, with international opera stars Bryn Terfel and Rebecca Evans singing the National Anthem prior to the start of the feature race. This meeting during the festive period always attracts a fantastic and enthusiastic crowd so I’m sure it’ll be another great day to remember.”
Gates open at 10am on 27th December, with the first race under starter’s orders at 12.25pm. The meeting has seven races, with a total prize fund of £190,000. Advanced tickets can be purchased for just £22 from www.chepstow-racecourse.co.uk.
Prior to the main event on Saturday 27 December, Chepstow will be running a Coral Welsh Grand National trial race on Saturday, 6 December. The handicap will be worth £20,000. In the past three years, two winners of this particular race have gone on to claim victory in the main event, Le Beau Bay in 2011, and Mountainous in 2013.
Commenting on the trial, Phil Bell, said: “It’s clear trainers have been using this race as preparation for their Coral Welsh Grand National horses, so it makes sense to acknowledge that fact. We would like to thank Coral for supporting this additional race. The timing is clearly ideal, and we look forward to seeing trainers support the event this year, with their prospects for the 2014 renewal.”