Welsh-trained Potters Corner, trained by Christian Williams and ridden by Jack Tudor, aged 17, was yesterday’s 8-1 winner of the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow. He succeeded in maintaining his lead to hold off the challenge of Truckers Lodge.
The nine-year-old bay gelding is part-owned by Wales rugby player Jonathan Davies.
The horse had shown his capabilities when named Welsh Horse Racing Chaser of the Year before Christmas. His trainer told the press that the Welsh National had been his target all year.
It had been 54 years since there had been a Welsh winner of this race. Owner Jonathan Davies described the victory as ‘ a dream come true’. He praised the trainer for sending out this winner in such good form.
Last yearf’s winner, Elegant Escape was unable to pull off back to back wins in the race, despite being sent off as favolurite for this year’s race. But he was carrying more than 9lb in weight than last year and this pegged him back in the race.
The Paul Nicholls-trained Truckers Lodge, despite jumping poorly on occasions, looked the most likely to spoil the Welsh celebration at Chepstow.
But Potters Corner held on gamely and pulled clear after the final fence to a well deserved victory.