The early entries for the Welsh National has recently been released so even though the race is still just under a month away I thought it would be good to get a page up and running.
The significance of the Chepstow race in terms of who wins the Grand National at Aintree cannot be underestimated – full details of the Welsh National’s relationship with the Grand National are detailed on one of Grand National Guide’s other pages:
The 2009 running looks certain to continue in this vein with a whole host of National prospects lined up to run in Wales. Mon Mome is the highest rated horse in the race and if he or 2006 winner Halcon Genelardais take up their place then horses rated 130 or below will be looking at running from out of the handicap. Here are some of the other notable Welsh National entries who could end up also being a Grand National runner:
Don’t Push It
The Tother One
Gone To Lunch
Beat The Boys
If we end up with 33% of these running at Chepstow we are in for a super race with the current English, Irish and Scottish National winners entered as well as two former Welsh National winners in the aforementioned Halcon Genelardais and Miko De Beauchene.
I have had Flintoff in mind for this race for some time and whilst I am a big fan of Venetia Williams I’m quite encouraged that he has made the move to Tim Vaughan’s stable. The way this young trainer seems to improve horses who have been racing elsewhere is becoming very well known and I feel Flintoff would not be far away on some of his old form for Miss Williams so if Vaughan can eek out a few extra pounds of improvement then Flintoff must have a big chance.
I shall be making my first visit to Chepstow for the Welsh National this year and as it’s one of my favourite races of the year I’m really looking forward to it – I’m hoping Flintoff can help pay for some of the expenses!
Flintoff has been opened up a best price of 20/1 with Stan James and could well repay each-way support
Who do you fancy for the Welsh National and do you think any of the potential runners can emulate Mon Mome and go on to Aintree and win the Grand National 2010?