Welsh Grand National 2024 Odds & Tips

The Coral Welsh Grand National Handicap takes place on 27 December 2024, with the runners and riders competing over three miles, six and a half furlongs. As many as twenty horses will line up at Chepstow Racecourse, with this race one of several on the Welsh Grand National racecard and there are eight encounters in total.

This is a jumps meeting which takes place between midday and 3.55pm, with the Welsh Grand National also accompanied by the Finale Juvenile Hurdle on the card. There is sure to be a big attendance for a meeting where previous winners of the Welsh National include Potters Corner, Secret Reprieve, Iwilldoit and The Two Amigos.

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2023 Welsh Grand National Tips

The Coral Welsh Grand National is one of the highlight races on the National Hunt racing calendar, with the 2023 renewal taking pride of place on Welsh National Day, with the bookmakers having a typically wide open market as the runners and riders tackle twenty-three fences. We look forward to the twenty horses battling it out.

Monbeg Genius could be among the horses to beat and the Jonjo O’Neill-trained runner has been respected in the market, with Iwilldoit also among the favourites. The ten-year-old is trained by Sam Thomas, while The Big Breakaway and Highland Hunter also among the highest-rated runners for this long distance encounter.

Many people like betting on the Chepstow racing on Coral Welsh Grand National day, with customers able to get extra places when it comes to this twenty-runner race. There is the chance to secure generous each-way terms, especially with the sponsors Coral who are likely to offer price boosts when it comes to some of the favourites.

Sometimes there is the chance to get Chepstow price boosts when it comes to some of the other leading races on the card, with customers able to wager on the action and access live streams of the various encounters. Compare the odds at Racing-Odds.com to make sure you get the best value for the various selections.

2022 Welsh Grand National Tips

The 2021 Welsh National was won by Iwilldoit, with the eight-year-old trained by Sam Thomas and the horse could be bidding to land a double when lining up twelve months down the line. The bookmakers certainly respect the chances of a horse who claimed two victories last season.

However, it’s the Venetia Williams-trained Quick Wave who is trading as the betting favourite and the nine-year-old looks more than capable of getting the trip of three miles, six-and-a-half furlongs. After all, it was the beginning of December where we saw the horse claim a win at Sandown Racecourse and that was over a similar distance.

Ask Me Early is also prominent when it comes to the 2022 Welsh Grand National betting, with the horse most recently being seen in a handicap chase at Bangor-on-Dee, with the eight-year-old performing relatively well on bottomless ground over a distance of three miles on that occasion.

Another interesting runner is Gericault Roque who was second in the 2022 Ultima Handicap Chase when finishing second to Corach Rambler. He flattered to deceive on a seasonal reappearance at Aintree, although produced a decent showing in the Coral Gold Cup Handicap Chase at Newbury Racecourse, with this being over three miles and two furlongs.

Many of the biggest and best horse racing meetings on the calendar have numerous big races that capture the imagination of racing fans. The Cheltenham Festival, Royal Ascot and Glorious Goodwood have plenty of highlights, for instance. Some big meetings, meanwhile, revolve around one main race, which is the case here at Chepstow for the Welsh Grand National meeting.

Racing Betting Highlights

The Welsh Grand National itself is a historical Grade 3 handicap steeplechase that has been run since 1895 and runs – or at least is scheduled to run – on 27th December each year at Chepstow Racecourse in Wales. Open to horses aged four years and older and run over a distance of three miles, five and a half furlongs, there are 22 fences to be negotiated. Add to that the often terrible weather conditions in Wales in late December and this race is certainly a real challenge for runners and riders.

Aside from the main event, the Welsh National, the other highlight on the Chepstow card is the Grade 1 Finale Juvenile Hurdle. Open to three year olds, this two mile hurdle event has eight hurdles to jump and is one of three Grade 1 juvenile hurdles in the National Hunt season, alongside the Triumph Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival and the Anniversary 4-y-o Novices’ Hurdle, which runs at the Grand National Meeting at Aintree in April.

These two races are joined by a Class 4 Maiden Hurdle, a Class 3 Novices’ Limited Handicap Chase for five year olds and older, a Class 2 Handicap Hurdle for five year olds and older, a Class 2 Handicap Chase, also for horses aged five and older, and a Class 5 National Hunt Flat race to make up a solid seven-race card.

Betting Insight

Given that most racing punters are interested primarily in betting on the Welsh Grand National itself, we will focus here on the betting trends and information for the big race itself. Having said that, some of the information will be applicable to all races on the card, for instance assessing the weather conditions in advance of the meeting.

Key Trends

Starting with the weather, it is clear that any race meeting taking place in the UK or Ireland in December is highly likely to experience potentially extreme weather conditions. Indeed, the Welsh Grand National Meeting has had to be postponed on several occasions due to waterlogging, snow or severe frost. As such it is often the case that the ground will be heavy and thus betting on horses who perform well in the more challenging conditions is almost always likely to pay dividends. This applies especially when placing ante post bets well in advance of specific weather forecasts for race day.

Of course, the flip side of that is that in the unlikely event of the weather and ground being good, there may be some real value racing odds on a horse that prefers the firmer ground and would normally have been overlooked. Fans of long-range forecasting can certainly look to take advantage here, especially if they can grab the value before the market and bookies react.

Looking at trends for the Welsh National, despite the race being open to horses aged four and older, no four year old has ever won the race at Chepstow, indeed no five year old has either and only three six year olds have triumphed (including Native River in 2016).

Since 1948 there have been 14 seven year old winners, 21 eight year old winners, eight nine year olds, 14 aged 10, and four older still. The 2017 victor Raz De Maree was the oldest winner of the race at 13 years of age. But focussing on the eight year old who do their best work on heavy ground should lead you in the right direction more often than not.

No trainer has really dominated this race in recent years, though Martin Pipe saddled five winners between 1988 and 1993. Some of the big hitters of the modern era have each won the race twice (ahead of the 2018 renewal): Jonjo O’Neill, Nigel Twiston-Davies, Paul Nicholls and Venetia Williams.

Clearly seeking the betting value using our racing odds comparison will give you the best chance of maximising your profits, so we would recommend that course of action for this meeting, and indeed all race meetings.

Welsh Grand National – A Brief History

As mentioned the Welsh Grand National was inaugurated in 1895 when it originally took place at Ely Racecourse in Cardiff. This course closed in 1939 and after the Second World War the Welsh National was transferred to Caerleon for the 1948 renewal and then to Chepstow in 1949, where it has remained ever since (except in 1994 when it was run at Newbury).

The race originally took place on Easter Tuesday but in 1969 it was moved to February and then in 1979 it was shifted to late December. Coral have sponsored the race since 1973, making it the longest sponsorship deal in jump racing.

Welsh Grand National FAQ

The Coral Welsh Grand National takes place on Wednesday 27 December 2024, with twenty runners and riders lining up at Chepstow Racecourse. Run over three miles, six and a half furlongs, Monbeg Genius and Iwilldoit are among the favourites to win.
The Welsh Grand National is taking place at Chepstow Racecourse and this racecourse in Wales has always staged this long-distance encounter. There are twenty-three fences that need to be negotiated and this makes the race a stamina-sapping race featuring high-quality horses.
Bookmaker Coral have a long-standing sponsorship deal in place with Chepstow Racecourse in order to put their name to the Welsh Grand National. This is one of several high-profile races sponsored by this bookmaker who are proud to support British horse racing.
There are some big crowds at Chepstow Racecourse when it comes to Welsh Grand National day, with the spectators flocking to watch the long-distance encounter along with seven other races on the card. You can expect this event to be a sell-out when it comes to all of the available enclosures.
The Welsh Grand National takes pride of place on the racecard at Chepstow during the festive season, with the Finale Juvenile Hurdle also appearing at the same meeting. While the former is a Premier Handicap, the latter is an interesting encounter which has Grade 2 status.
There are few bigger long-distance races on the National Hunt calendar than the Welsh Grand National, with this being an affair for twenty runners and riders. It’s comparable with the English and Scottish equivalents, with this chase race proving popular with those wanting to bet on this handicap.
The Welsh Grand National can be watched through a number of different betting sites. Having a registered betting account is your route to placing bets on the horse racing, with a funded account meaning you are able to watch this Chepstow race from start to finish.
The team at Racing-Odds.com have Welsh Grand National odds available on an antepost basis, with customers able to access these prices. Compare the various prices with the top bookmakers and secure odds boosts when it comes to the selections that you want to back.
The best Welsh Grand National bookies are showcased at Racing-Odds.com and you can instantly see the biggest odds for the selection that you want to back. Compare the prices and decide which runner to back. Punters often bet on more than one runner.