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Welsh National

The Welsh National is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older. It is run at Chepstow, Wales, over a distance of about 3 miles and 5½ furlongs (5,934 metres), and during its running there are twenty-two fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year late December.

The race was first run in 1895, and it originally took place at Ely Racecourse in Cardiff. It remained at this venue until the closure of the course in 1939. After World War II it was transferred to Caerleon in 1948, and it was then moved to its present venue in 1949. The event is often contested by horses which also run in the Grand National. Several have won both races, most recently Silver Birch.

Winners since 1976

  • Weights given in stones and pounds; Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".







1976 Rag Trade 10 11-02 John Burke Fred Rimell
1977 no race 1977–78
1979 Peter Scot 8 10-02 Paul Barton David Gandolfo
1980 Narvik 7 10-11 John Francome Neville Crump
1981 Peaty Sandy 7 10-03 Mr Geordie Dun Helen Hamilton
1982 Corbiere 7 10-10 Ben de Haan Jenny Pitman
1983 Burrough Hill Lad 7 10-09 John Francome Jenny Pitman
1984 Righthand Man 7 11-05 Graham Bradley Monica Dickinson
1985 Run and Skip 7 10-08 Peter Scudamore John Spearing
1986 Stearsby 7 11-05 Graham Bradley Jenny Pitman
1987 Playschool 10 10-11 Paul Nicholls David Barons
1988 Bonanza Boy 7 10-01 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1989 Bonanza Boy 8 11-11 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1990 Cool Ground 8 10-00 Luke Harvey Reg Akehurst
1991 Carvill's Hill 9 11-12 Peter Scudamore Martin Pipe
1992 Run for Free 8 10-09 Mark Perrett Martin Pipe
1993 Riverside Boy 10 10-00 Richard Dunwoody Martin Pipe
1994 Master Oats [1] 8 11-06 Norman Williamson Kim Bailey
1995 no race 1995–96
1997 Earth Summit 9 10-13 Tom Jenks Nigel Twiston-Davies
1998 Kendal Cavalier 8 10-00 Barry Fenton Nigel Hawke
1999 Edmond 7 10-00 Richard Johnson Henry Daly
2000 Jocks Cross 9 10-04 Brian Crowley Venetia Williams
2001 Supreme Glory 8 10-00 Leighton Aspell Pat Murphy
2002 Mini Sensation 9 10-04 Tony Dobbin Jonjo O'Neill
2003 Bindaree 9 10-09 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
2004 Silver Birch 7 10-05 Ruby Walsh Paul Nicholls
2005 L'Aventure 6 10-04 Leighton Aspell Paul Nicholls
2006 Halcon Genelardais 6 11-03 Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
2007 Miko de Beauchene 7 10-05 Andrew Thornton Robert Alner
2008 Notre Pere 7 11-00 Andrew Lynch Jim Dreaper
2009 Dream Alliance 8 10-08 Tom O'Brien Philip Hobbs

1 The 1994 running took place at Newbury.


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 46. ISBN 1-871093-21-X. 

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