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The Welsh National is the first of the four major Grand Nationals to be held each season and it is the ultimate test of stamina for long distance chasers. The Coral Welsh National takes place at the lush Chepstow racecourse each year a few days after Christmas. It is run over three miles and five and a half furlongs and due to the time of year, it is usually raced on very testing ground. It is a spectacular race and quite rightly is regarded as the biggest and best steeplechase on Welsh soil.

There have been many top horses that have won the race and gone on to bigger and better things. For instance, Rag Trade won the Welsh National in 1976 and then went on to win the Grand National at Aintree as too did the Jenny Pitman trained, Corbiere, who achieved the feat in 1982/3. Burrough Hill Lad, also trained by Jenny Pitman was one of the classiest horses to have won the race and he went to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup in the same season. This feat was also emulated by both Cool Ground in 1990 and Master Oats in 1994.

This years Welsh National Betting looks to be as open as ever and the betting is headed by the Alan King trained, Nenuphar Collonges at 6/1 who made a winning return to the larger obstacles at Bangor having not run over fences since 2007 and impressed with his jumping and the Welsh National should be a perfect test of stamina for him. Mon Morne is next at 13/2 and put in a top performance at Cheltenham the other week to show his well being and would be one of the Welsh National Tips. Halcon Generlardais, also trained by King, won this race in 2006 and was second in last years race and is a 10/1 chance. Local trainer, Evan Williams, has entered High Chimes, who ran a great race when finishing sixth on the Hennessey Gold Cup, he is in the betting at 11/1 best price with Paddy Power.

The Online Bookmakers Free Bets will be available to new customers placing a bet in the race and many cash strapped punters will be looking to avail of these offers after all the Christmas expenses.

Mark Cohen
Moneta Communications
01202 708048

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