Quality Entries for the 2016 Coral Welsh Grand National
Wed, Nov 16, 2016
Two time winner Mountainous is amongst an illustrious list of 102 entries for the £150,000 Coral Welsh National, which takes place at Chepstow Racecourse on 27 December.
The eleven year old, trained locally by Kerry Lee, was successful in 2013 and 2015 and will aim to make history this December by becoming the first horse to win the race for the third time.
He will potentially face stiff opposition with six of his stablemates also entered, as well as six from Colin Tizzard, seven from Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls and nine by Jonjo O’Neill.
In addition to last year’s winner, the second, third and fourth, Firebird Flyer, Shotgun Paddy and Saroque, receive another entry, as will Emperor’s Choice, who won the race in 2014.
Other notable entries include Lord Windermere, the former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, The Last Samurai, runner-up in this year’s Grand National and Minella Rocco, a confirmed stayer, who won over four miles at the Cheltenham Festival. He was running on strongly to finish third at the end of his seasonal reappearance last weekend.
The first and second in that race, Viconte Du Noyer and Warrantor, are also entered.
Kerry Lee has also entered Bishops Road, who took the Haydock Grand National Trial in gruelling conditions in February. Although having something to prove after coming down at the first fence in his next two races, he has been nibbled at in the very early betting for the Welsh National.
Other entries includes Native River, Sausalito Sunrise and Annacotty.
David Stevens, of sponsors Coral, said:, "The entries for this year's Coral Welsh Grand National are strong both numerically and in terms of quality, with the market headed by a Cheltenham Festival winner in Minella Rocco, and two classy staying chasers from the in-form Colin Tizzard team, Native River and Viconte du Noyer.
“Once again we are offering a bonus of £100,000 should the Chepstow winner go on to victory in the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr in April,"
Executive Director of Chepstow Racecourse, Phil Bell said, “This is an exceptionally high quality set of entries. The increase in prize money from £120,000 to £150,000 has clearly attracted some of the leading staying chasers in the country.
"It will be fantastic to see Mountainous try and make history but it will be tough if some of the big names stand their ground.
“As well as top class racing, we are looking forward to putting on a great show for the customers with international opera singers Bryn Terfel and Rebecca Evans singing the national anthem and the Bridgend Male Voice choir entertaining the crowds before racing.”
For more information on the Coral Welsh Grand National meeting at Chepstow Racecourse and to purchase tickets, please visit www.chepstow-racecourse.co.uk.