The 2019 renewal of the Coral Welsh Grand National will take place on Friday December 27 at Chepstow Racecourse and the showpiece race is expected to bring in a sell-out crowd at the South Wales track over the festive period.
The Grade 3 chase is raced over 3 miles and 5 ½ furlongs with 22 fences to be negotiated and has a total prize fund of £150,000, with £85,425 of that going to the winner.
In 2018, Colin Tizzard won his second Welsh National in three years with Elegant Escape (3/1) under Tom O’Brien, holding off the late charge from Ramses De Teillee to win by 1 ½ lengths.
The racecourse was built in 1926 and over 20,000 people attended the inaugural race meeting at Chepstow, while the National itself was first run in 1895 at Ely Racecourse in Cardiff.
It was then moved to its present venue in 1949, when the race was won by Fighting Line under Dick Francis, who rode Devon Loch to near-glory in the 1956 Aintree Grand National for the Queen Mother.