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61 Horses Remain In The Coral Welsh Grand National


20 November 2019

The overall standard of entries for the 2019 running of the Coral Welsh Grand National has seldom been higher with the three most recent winners amongst a total of 61 entries remaining in the race, which will take place on Friday 27 December at Chepstow Racecourse.

Colin Tizzard’s 2016 winner NATIVE RIVER, the subsequent Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, 2017 winner RAZ DE MAREE, at 13 the oldest horse to win the Coral Welsh Grand National; and 2018’s victor ELEGANT ESCAPE all remain in the entries for what is one of the highlights of the Christmas racing calendar.

Heading up the Welsh trainer contenders are Rebecca Curtis’ JOE FARRELL and POTTERS CORNER, trained by Christian Williams, winners of the Scottish and Midlands Grand Nationals respectively 

BALLYOPTIC, beaten a nose by Joe Farrell at Ayr, beat Elegant Escape in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby earlier this month, and comes from the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard that loves collecting Nationals. 

Paul Nicholls has four entries, including YALA ENKI, a five-length third in last year’s Coral Welsh Grand National, when carrying three pounds more than the winner; GIVE ME A COPPER, part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson, recent winner of the Badger Beer Trophy at Wincanton; and the novice TRUCKERS LODGE, who won a beginners’ chase at Chepstow in October but is a confirmed stayer and has been installed as 10/1 favourite with sponsors Coral.

Eight runners are trained in Wales, with its leading trainer Evan Williams supplying three of them. 

There are four Irish entries, plus a rare raider from Scotland, Nick Alexander’s LAKE VIEW LAD.  He is one of three horses who could line up in the colours of Trevor Hemmings, who has collected three Aintree Grand Nationals to date. 

Philip Hobbs’ ROCK THE KASBAH is a real Chepstow specialist, having won at the course three times, and he also finished runner-up in the 2018 Bet365 Gold Cup.

Speaking on behalf of the sponsor Coral, David Stevens commented, “We’re delighted with a typically classy set of entries for the latest renewal of the Coral Welsh Grand National – one of the longest running sponsorships in sport – with previous winners Native River and Elegant Escape both prominent in the betting for trainer Colin Tizzard, while his great rival Paul Nicholls also has a strong hand, spearheaded by ante-post favourite Truckers Lodge, and Give Me A Copper, co-owned by a man who’s no stranger to sporting success, Sir Alex Ferguson”

Run over almost three- and three-quarter miles, it is sure to be one of the truest, classiest stamina tests of the season.  For more information, or to by tickets, please visit

Coral Welsh Grand National – Sponsor’s Betting

10 Truckers Lodge

12 Native River

14 Elegant Escape, Give Me A Copper, Now McGinty, Yala Enki

16 Ballyoptic, Kilfilum Cross, Impulsive Star, Mister Malarky, Steely Addition, West Approach

20 Burtons Well, Captain Cattistock, Daklondike, Lil Rockerfeller, Joe Farrell, Mister Whitaker, Robinsfirth, Rock 

Native River (IRE)9Brocade RacingColin Tizzard 
Elegant Escape (IRE)7Mr J. P. RomansColin Tizzard 
Ballyoptic (IRE)9Mills & Mason PartnershipNigel Twiston-Davies 
Lake View Lad (IRE)9Mr Trevor HemmingsN. W. Alexander 
Yala Enki (FR)9Hills of Ledbury (Aga)Paul Nicholls 
Mister Whitaker (IRE)7Mr T. P. RadfordMick Channon 
Robinsfirth (IRE)10Christine Knowles & Wendy CarterColin Tizzard 
Mala Beach (IRE)11Mr C. JonesGordon Elliott 
West Approach (GB)9John and Heather SnookColin Tizzard 
Mister Malarky (GB)6Wendy & Malcolm HezelColin Tizzard 
Give Me A Copper (IRE)9Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & WoodPaul Nicholls 
Rock The Kasbah (IRE)9Mrs Diana L. WhateleyPhilip Hobbs 
Steely Addition (IRE)7Step By StepPhilip Hobbs 
Daklondike (IRE)7Prof. Caroline TisdallDavid Pipe 
Now McGinty (IRE)8The Garratt FamilyStuart Edmunds 
Keeper Hill (IRE)8McNeill FamilyWarren Greatrex 
Vintage Clouds (IRE)9Mr Trevor HemmingsSue Smith 
Potters Corner (IRE)9All Stars Sports Racing & J DaviesChristian Williams 
Crievehill (IRE)7Highclere T'Bred Racing- CrievehillNigel Twiston-Davies 
Lil Rockerfeller (USA)8Davies Smith Govier & BrownNeil King 
Joe Farrell (IRE)10M Sherwood, N Morris & J TurnerRebecca Curtis 
Kilfilum Cross (IRE)8Andy Bell & Fergus LyonsHenry Oliver 
The Two Amigos (GB)7Bradley PartnershipNicky Martin 
Ami Desbois (FR)9The Reserved Judgment PartnershipGraeme McPherson 
Truckers Lodge (IRE)7Gordon & Su HallPaul Nicholls 
Captain Cattistock (GB)6Exors of the Late Mr P. L. HartPaul Nicholls 
Blow By Blow (IRE)8The StrattonitesStef Keniry 
Pobbles Bay (IRE)9Mr David M. WilliamsEvan Williams 
Impulsive Star (IRE)9Robert Waley-Cohen & Men HoldingNeil Mulholland 
Burtons Well (IRE)10Mr Trevor HemmingsVenetia Williams 
Pop Rockstar (IRE)7Mrs Laura DayJonjo O'Neill 
Big River (IRE)9Two Black LabsLucinda Russell 
Space Cadet (IRE)9Mr C. JonesGearoid O'Loughlin 
Coningsby (GB)6Lady CobhamTom Lacey 
Prime Venture (IRE)8Mrs Janet DaviesEvan Williams 
Virginia Chick (FR)7Mrs C. WilliamsEvan Williams 
Raz de Maree (FR)14James J. SwanGavin Cromwell 
Graceful Legend (GB)8Mrs A. AllenBen Case 
Arthur's Gift (IRE)8Arthur's Gift PartnershipNigel Twiston-Davies 
Commodore (FR)7Mrs C Watson & Mrs S GrahamVenetia Williams 
Wild West Wind (IRE)10Mr Simon W. ClarkeTom George 
Milansbar (IRE)12Mr Robert BothwayNeil King 
Field Exhibition (IRE)9Mr C. JohnstonGrace Harris 
Bennys King (IRE)8Mezzone FamilyDan Skelton 
Potters Legend (GB)9Mrs J. MayLucy Wadham 
The Kings Writ (IRE)8Mr D Stevens & Mrs S StevensKayley Woollacott 
Polydora (IRE)7P. J. H. Wills & J. J. KingTom Lacey 
Midnight Tune (GB)8The Park Homes SyndicateAnthony Honeyball 
Captain Chaos (IRE)8Mike and Eileen NewbouldDan Skelton 
Bobo Mac (IRE)8C & M Baker, K Ibberson, H PearmanTom Symonds 
The Welsh Paddies (IRE)7West Coast Haulage LimitedKerry Lee 
Get On The Yager (GB)9Dick and Mandy HigginsDan Skelton 
Rathlin Rose (IRE)11Mr Fergus WilsonDavid Pipe 
Looks Like Power (IRE)9Mr C. A. HanburyDebra Hamer 
Joueur Bresilien (FR)7Inthewayboy GroupRebecca Curtis 
La Cavsa Nostra (IRE)7Mr Robert Waley-CohenNeil Mulholland 
Johanos (FR)8Mark Phillips, Mrs Pumphrey and PartnersNigel Hawke 
Weststreet (IRE)9Weststreet PartnershipOliver Sherwood 
Kings Monarch (GB)6Miss Kerry LeeKerry Lee 
Goodtoknow (GB)11MacEchern and NolanKerry Lee 
Cloudy Morning (IRE)11Mr M. T. O'DonovanDeclan Queally 

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