The rearranged Coral Welsh Grand National backed to go ahead on Saturday

The rearranged Coral Welsh Grand National backed to go ahead on Saturday

Friday, January 5, 2018 Posted by Joseph Streeter
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The race was originally postponed because of torrential rain over Christmas

It’s looking increasingly likely that the previously rearranged Coral Welsh Grand National will be staged at Chepstow on Saturday, so long as there isn’t a repeat of the rainfall that originally scuppered the race from taking place over the coming evening.

The only other time that the Welsh National was moved to a Saturday was in 2015, a postponement that subsequently led to a dramatic increase in turnover for the race.

Coral PR director, Simon Clare told “The value of the sponsorship to Coral will not be as great on Saturday, as there will only be two races televised live from Chepstow on ITV4 rather than the four that would have been shown on the 27th December, however it is extremely good news that we have got the meeting back on, in partnership with Chepstow and the BHA, and with the support of ITV.

“On the plus side, the move to a feature slot on a Saturday will see even more money bet on the race than had it taken place on it's original midweek slot, so every cloud has a silver lining, and one that all bookmakers and Racing will benefit from, not just Coral.

“We are getting cautious optimism from Chepstow that the meeting will take place, based on all the forecasts available, so now is the time to keep every finger firmly crossed.”

Clerk of the course Keith Ottesen added: “The course is looking all right today. The forecast for the next couple of days isn’t bad at all. There is some rain around on Thursday and potentially Friday. As long as it isn’t anywhere near what we had last week you would have to be very hopeful.

“Boxing Day through to the morning of December 27 we got 40mm of rain in one episode and on Christmas Day we had 20mm so we had 60mm in two days leading up to the race. We would have raced on Boxing Day because the course took 20mm very well. It was an incredible amount of rain.

“The track is fine now. It’s not that we have been without rain in the last few days but it’s not been in the quantity we had early last week.

“The track is taking it, as long as we get some breaks. We will keep an eye on the weather as the week goes on but at the moment we are positive.”

Totally Gaming says: Although the postponement of the Welsh grand national was disappointing for everyone involved, however, having the race on a saturday may be a silver lining for operators as they may end up taking more bets on the event.


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