Runners to watch in the Welsh Grand National
This year the Welsh Grand National takes place at Chepstow on 27 December, and the race is once again poised to deliver the perfect send-off to another year’s great horse racing.
In 2016, the Welsh Grand National was won in fine style by the favourite Native River. And already the tipsters are discussing which runners could be in line to pick up the £150,000 in prize money this year.
All eyes will certainly be on Wild West Wind who recently scored a great victory at the Coral Welsh Grand National Trial in Chepstow earlier this December.
Thanks to a flawless display by jockey, Ciaran Jennings, the eight-year old racehorse gave the owner, Tom George, plenty to celebrate and it’s clear that Wild West Wind could be a good bet at Gambling Kingz where brands like Boyle Sports always offer competitive odds on races like the Welsh Grand National.
The three-mile and five-furlong steeplechase race is certainly capable of delivering plenty of upsets, and whilst many bookies currently have Wild West Wind at 16/1, it seems that the eight-year old could be a good outsider to back.
Despite this, it’s evident that the majority of bookmakers are putting Beware The Bear as their favourite to win this celebrated race. The seven-year old put in a spectacular performance in the At The Races Rehearsal Chase in Newcastle earlier this December.
The jockey, Sean Bowen, even managed to overcome a slipped saddle incident to provide a spirited fightback when all looked lost. And thanks to Beware The Bear’s natural galloping skills it seems that this will be a tough racehorse to beat at the Welsh Grand National.
Ask The Weatherman is another strong contender who is getting plenty of recognition from the bookies. Thanks to some great wins in Exeter and Winchester, the Jack Barber-trained eight-year old has managed to have his odds cut to 12/1 to sit beside Rock The Kasbah in the bookmakers’ predictions.
But with 75 entrants for the Welsh Grand National, it’s going to be fascinating to see who will emerge victorious in this legendary race. The Welsh trainer, Evan Williams, has already had a good record at the Welsh Grand National and it’s no surprise that he has entered no less than five horses for the race.
Although his horse, Firebird Flyer, currently has odds of 33/1, it could be a good bet as the horse has already managed to get second and eighth positions in the Welsh Grand Nationals in the previous two years.
But it could be his seven-year old, Pobbles Bay, who could be a good bet for punters. Despite having a tough race in Aintree in November, the bookies are giving Pobbles Bay tempting odds of 16/1 and it’s clear that this racehorse is keen to regain its strong form of 2016.
And with many other great contenders like Final Nudge, Chase The Spud and Bishops Road, it looks like it will be another Welsh Grand National to remember.