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Secret Reprieve is set to bid for a repeat victory in the Welsh Grand National in front of empty grandstands at Chepstow on Monday, December 27.
Evan Williams’ stable star has not been seen on track since romping to a 3l victory in last season’s rescheduled renewal but is a prominent player in our betting market as he bids to become the first back-to-back winner since Bonanza Boy in 1989.
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For the second year in a row, the Welsh Grand National will take place behind closed doors due to coronavirus restrictions. On the plus side, at least the race takes place in its traditional post-Christmas slot…
You can find all the key information you need about the Welsh Grand National 2021 below.
Welsh Grand National 2021 Start Time
The Welsh Grand National 2021 runners and riders are set to go to post at Chepstow Racecourse at 2.50pm on Monday, December 27. Secret Reprieve won last season’s renewal in a time of 8m 7.80s.
Welsh Grand National 2021 Runners and Riders
Ahead of final declarations, former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Native River heads the weights as the popular gelding returns to handicapping for the first time since winning this race in 2016. Colin Tizzard’s other previous winner, Elegant Escape, is second in the ratings, 10lbs shy of his stablemate.
Secret Reprieve and Potters Corner are the other Welsh Grand National winners hoping to run, although the latter needs five to withdraw to stand a chance of featuring.
At the time of writing, 30 horses still hold entries but only a maximum of field of 20 is permitted to run. If they all stand their ground at final decs then Colorado Doc will sneak in at the bottom of the weights.
You can keep up to date with the declared runners and riders by visiting our snazzy Racecards page.
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Welsh Grand National 2021 Betting
Secret Reprieve remains prominent in our betting market for the Welsh Grand National 2021 as Evan Williams’ progressive handicapper attempts to make it four from four at Chepstow.
Highland Hunter is also popular with punters after scoring in the London National at Sandown and Paul Nicholls’ charge heads to Wales with a 4lb penalty.
Punchestown Grand National Trial winner The Big Dog is also available at a single-digit price, although trainer Peter Fahey also has the horse entered for a Pertemps Network Hurdle at Leopardstown the following day.
Venetia Williams’ Hold That Taught has also climbed the market having bagged his maiden win over fences in the Cumberland Handicap Chase at Carlisle in October.
You can find our latest prices for the Welsh Grand National 2021 by visiting paddypower.com.
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