"Native River", "Caroles Destrier" Two Current Favourites To WinPublished on December 23rd, 2016 5:27 pm EST
The Welsh Grand National is set to take place on Tuesday, December 27th, 2016.
The race, which is sponsored by Coral, will be taking place at the Chepstow Racecourse in Chepstow, Wales. Last year's purse was 120,000 pounds, with the eventual winner ("Mountainous") taking home £68,340.
The race is run over a distance of nearly 6,000 meters, over which there are a total of 22 fences that must be jumped. The Welsh Grand National was originally run in February of each year, though it has been moved to the day after Boxing Day in order to avoid any snow.
Despite winning last year's race, "Mountainous" is currently listed by oddsmakers such as Bet365 at roughly 20/1 to win.
As of this moment, three horses have 10/1 or better odds to win - they are: Native River, Caroles Destrier and Onenightinvienna.
Native River is the current favourite to win at 6/1, while Onenightinvienna is 9/1 to win.
There is certainly no clear favourite to win, however, which makes Tuesday's race a crapshoot. With so many horses in the field, anything can happen, as we have seen in previous years.
Native River has had a high degree of success over the course of its 6 years in the world, as this horse, owned by Brocade Racing, has managed 7 wins over the course of 16 jump events. Native River has a history of excellence in these races, which is why many punters are backing him heading into December 27th. In five races in 2016, Native River has managed a total of two wins, including a recent victory back in November of 2016.
Fans of horse racing have some nice Christmas presents over the next week or so in the form of King George VI and the Welsh Grand National.