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The 2021 Welsh Grand National will be taking place on Monday the 27th of December at Chepstow Racecoursein Wales, United Kingdom.

Make sure you get the latest information on Horse Racing Racecards & Results by checking our updated racecards for the day.

Welsh Grand National Betting Odds 2021

12:30 Chepstow

Horse OddsBookmaker
7 Nothing To Ask 13/8Coral
4 Chavez11/4Unibet
5 Go Sacre Go4/1Unibet

13:05 Chepstow

HorseOddsBookmaker
6 When You're Ready 2/1Coral
Paint The Dream
9/2Unibet
Zambezi Fix5/1Unibet

13:40 Chepstow

HorseOddsBookmaker
Forever Blessed9/4Coral
6 Porticello 18/1bet365
10 Saint Segal6/1bet365

14:10 Chepstow

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4 Take Your Time7/4Ladbrokes
1 Al Dancer 4/1Ladbrokes
3 Kateson11/2Unibet

14:50 Chepstow

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11 Secret Reprieve11/2Coral
16 Iwilldoit11/2Unibet
7 The Big Dog17/2Unibet

15:25 Chepstow

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2 Imperial Alcazar13/8Ladbrokes
1 Brinkley 9/4Ladbrokes
3 Storm Rising11/2Unibet

15:55 Chepstow

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6 Mister Marbles9/4Unibet
9 Seventeen O Four
9/4Coral
1 Alternative Fact13/2Coral

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Tips & Predictions 2021

It's looking like Secret Reprieve could maintain a home run with the recent weather conditions. Before the win in 2019,  it had been 54 years since the Welsh Trainer won a Welsh Grand National at Chepstow, but 2019 brought success. Chepstow now has two local winners recorded for the 3m 6½f contest in successive years. Could this be another year in the books to become the first back-to-back winner since Bonanza Boy in 1989.

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  • There are many great Grand National betting offers out there, but one of the best ones around can be found at Ladbrokes. Newcomers can enjoy £20 in free bets after wagering an initial £5.
  • Another terrific Welsh Grand National promotion is BoyleSports’ £20 bet bundle, which is available to new customers.
  • This is a Group Three race.
  • The race carries a purse of £150,000.
  • It’s a major National Hunt occasion
  • … and it provides good pointers for Cheltenham.
  • It is one of the horse racing highlights of the festive season.
  • bet365
  • Unibet
  • Paddy Power
  • Betfair
  • Coral

Like with most horse racing events, there are plenty of markets to wager on the Welsh Grand National – perhaps even more so than usual, given the prestige of the occasion. We have listed some of the most popular below.

To Win the Welsh Grand National 

With Welsh Grand National betting, one of the main ways to bet is to back the horse that you believe will win the race. It is merely a matter of picking one of the runners – either one that has been tipped or one that you believe will win – and adding your selection to the betting slip before pressing the relevant button to place your bet.

Best betting site for win betting: Coral

Forecast Betting

Forecast betting is a simple case of selecting two horses to finish the race in first and second place. The trickiest part of a bet such as this is that the order that you selected the horses in is fixed, and just getting the correct two horses home first isn’t enough. You have to get their finishing order right too. Unless, that is, you place a reverse forecast, which allows for the horses to finish first and second in either order.

Best betting site for forecasts: Ladbrokes

Tricast Betting

What the forecast does for two horses, the tricast does for three. Tricast betting on the Welsh Grand National is a matter of predicting the first three horses to pass the winners post, again in a fixed order. If you wish to place a bet that allows the same three horses to come in the front three – but in any order – then you will need to place a combination tricast. A combination tricast is six bets and requires six stakes, which is something to bear in mind.

Best betting site for tricasts: Betfair

Trixie Betting

A Trixie bet is a nice way to bet on horse racing in general and, if you include a selection from the Welsh Grand National, is a fun way to bet on this race too. For a Trixie bet, you are looking at four bets, each requiring a stake, on three different selections that combine into one final payout after each result has been determined.

The great thing about a Trixie bet, and indeed all other system bets, is that they offer potentially huge payouts for a minimum bet. Unlike with a straightforward accumulator, where you need every bet to win, such system bets can be broken down into three doubles and a treble which allows one horse to lose, and the bet still stays alive.

Best betting site for trixies: Paddy Power

  • Ely Racecourse in the Welsh capital of Cardiff was the original home of the Welsh Grand National where it stayed until the track was shut for good in 1939. The race continued to take place until Ely Racecourse closed down. It was first run at Chepstow Racecourse in 1949 after a one year stop off in Caerleon in 1948. The first ever winning jockey in the Chepstow Welsh Grand National was Dick Francis on the back of Fighting Line.
  • Until 1969, the race had been traditionally held on Easter Tuesday, but was moved back in the calendar to February in order to attract better quality horses. In 1979, it was held in winter holiday for the first time after the February race was abandoned due to snow on the course. The race has remained in late December since then and is today held the day after the King George VI Chase.
  • In order to allow a longer chase to the first bend of the course, the distance of the race was lengthened to its present distance of three miles, five furlongs and a 110 yards. The race’s extension also allowed for a 23rd fence to be added to the track. The race’s association with the bookmaker Coral has become the running sponsorship in National Hunt racing having started in 1973. While the 2020 race was unaffected by the pandemic, it was postponed due to a frozen track and was run in early January 2021 instead.

Recent Welsh Grand National Winners

YearWinnerJockeyTrainer
2020Secret ReprieveAdam WedgeEvan Williams
2019Potters CornerJack TudorChristian Williams
2018Elegant EscapeTom O'BrienColin Tizzard
2017Raz De MareeJames BowenGavin Cromwell
2016Native RiverRichard JohnsonColin Tizzard
2015MountainousJamie MooreKerry Lee
2014Emperor's ChoiceAidan ColemanVenetia Williams
2013MountainousPaul MoloneyRichard Lee
2012Monbeg DudePaul CarberryMichael Scudamore
2011Le Beau BaiCharlie PosteRichard Lee
2010SynchronisedTony McCoyJonjo O'Neill
2009Dream AllianceTom O'BrienPhilip Hobbs
2008Notre PereAndrew LynchJim Dreaper
2007Miko de BeaucheneAndrew ThorntonRobert Alner

Welsh Grand National Key Stats

  • The jockey and trainer David Nicholson won this race on three successive occasions in 1959, the year 1960 and also in 1961.
  • With four wins, Peter Scudamore is the most successful jockey in the history of the Welsh Grand National.
  • Since 1973, the Welsh Grand National has been sponsored by the UK betting company Coral in what has now become one of the longest partnerships commercially speaking in sport.
  • The incredible 90’s horse Earth Summit is the only horse in history to win the Welsh Grand National, the Scottish Grand National and the (English) Grand National, known as the National Treble, during his career.
  • The 2019 winner, Potters Corner, is owned by Welsh Rugby Union international Jonathan Davies.

  • 15 – 18 March 2022, The Cheltenham Festival betting sites: The Greatest Show on Turf features many great races, but none are more prestigious than the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
  • 2nd April 2022, The Scottish Grand National: A Grade Three race run at Ayr over four miles prior to the Grand National which takes place a week later.
  • 9th April 2022, The Grand National: A National Hunt race and the English equivalent of the Welsh National, which usually takes place on the first Saturday in April heralding the demise of the jump racing season.

Based on our research, the best betting sites for the Welsh Grand National are Coral, William Hill review and BoyleSports.

You can watch this Grade 3 race live on Sky Sports Racing and ITV 4.

The Welsh Grand National always takes place the 27th of December at Chepstow Racecourse in Monmouthshire, Wales

You most certainly can. There are seven races on the day and the Placepot should apply to the first six, the first of which should get underway at around 12.30.

The Welsh Grand National is a Group Three National Hunt steeplechase that, as well as being a vital part of the British Christmas sporting calendar, also makes up one third of the UK’s National Treble along with the Scottish Grand National and the Grand National race at Aintree in April. Like the King George VI that runs a day earlier at Kempton Park, the race is a good informer for March’s Cheltenham Festival.

Also, like the King George, Welsh Grand National betting has evolved into a very big deal, and following what the bookmakers predict will happen can pay dividends. At the end of the day, the Welsh Grand National is a very big deal in its own right and an absolute must for horse racing bettors, whether new to horse racing or experienced veterans.

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