Coral Welsh National

Handicap Chase, Chepstow
Grade 3, £100,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 5f 110y, Class 1
Saturday 28th December 2013

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1 Mountainous 20/1
2 Hawkes Point 14/1
3 Tidal Bay 10/1
4 One In A Milan 50/1
5 Merry King 9/1
20 ran Distances: hd, ½l, 7l
TIME 7m 54.90s (slow by 29.90s)

Mountainous beat Hawkes Point and crowd favourite Tidal Bay in a tight three-way finish to win the Welsh National.

Mountainous
© Racehorse Photos
Mountainous
The 20-1 top weight, ridden by Paul Moloney and trained by Richard Lee, held off the challenges of 14-1 shot Hawkes Point and 12-year-old Tidal Bay, who went off at 10-1.

Highland Lodge, the 13-2 favourite, led for the majority of the race but faded on Chepstow's heavy ground.One in a Milan (50-1) was fourth, while Merry King was fifth (9-1).

"I couldn't believe how well he was going and then Paul gave him a breather and he just ran to the finish," Lee told Channel Four Racing.

"He's such a nice horse, I said when we brought him in as a five-year-old he was going to be a Welsh National winner one day."

Tidal Bay
© Racehorse Photos
Tidal Bay
Mountainous did not have it his own way going over the last two fences as the Paul Nicholls-trained Tidal Bay - who won Sandown's bet365 Gold Cup in 2012 and proved he could mix it with the best when he won the Lexus Chase at Leopardstown last Christmas - came up the outside to force a late charge.

Going over the last it was Hawkes Bay who led, but one final push from Moloney saw Mountainous cross the line a length clear.

The winning horse's owner James Potter said: "I'm chuffed to bits, we're Welsh and it's brilliant to win the Welsh Grand National. It's an unbelievable day for us.

"Just the stamina he has, it's just been a brilliant day. I'm absolutely speechless."

Dai Walters, chairman of Ffos Las racecourse and co-owner of Mountainous, said: "We won the Welsh Champion Hurdle (with Oscar Whisky). That was fantastic, and it's brilliant to win the Welsh Grand National."

Asked about whether Mountainous would go for the Crabbies Grand National at Aintree, he added: "We'll have to see how the horse is in the morning and talk in a week's time."

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Coral Welsh National (Handicap Chase) (Grade 3)
£100,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 5f 110y, Class 1
20 ran
Going: Heavy


Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
SP
Distance
1
Mountainous
R Lee
Paul Moloney
10st 0lbs
20 - 1
Winner
2
Hawkes Point
P F Nicholls
Ryan Mahon
10st 0lbs
14 - 1
Head
3
Tidal Bay
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
11st 12lbs
10 - 1
1/2 length
4
One In A Milan
Evan Williams
Conor Ring
10st 0lbs
50 - 1
7 lengths
5
Merry King
Jonjo O'Neill
R P McLernon
10st 3lbs
9 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
6
Vintage Star
Mrs S J Smith
Ryan Mania
10st 0lbs
10 - 1
2 1/4 lengths
7
Amigo
D Pipe
C O'Farrell
10st 0lbs
20 - 1
4 1/2 lengths
8
Goonyella
J T R Dreaper
A E Lynch
10st 1lbs
8 - 1
1 1/4 length
9
Teaforthree
Miss R Curtis
Patrick Corbett
11st 2lbs
14 - 1
8 lengths
PU
Hey Big Spender
C L Tizzard
J Tizzard
10st 7lbs
20 - 1
PU
Highland Lodge
Miss E C Lavelle
L Aspell
10st 6lbs
13 - 2
PU
Goulanes
D Pipe
T Scudamore
10st 6lbs
20 - 1
PU
Wyck Hill
D G Bridgwater
T J O'Brien
10st 3lbs
22 - 1
PU
Well Refreshed
G L Moore
Joshua Moore
10st 2lbs
10 - 1
PU
Knock A Hand
R Lee
R Johnson
10st 0lbs
16 - 1
PU
Chartreux
T R George
P J Brennan
10st 0lbs
66 - 1
PU
Tour Des Champs
N A Twiston-Davies
Sam Twiston-Davies
10st 0lbs
14 - 1
PU
Ace High
D Pipe
Kieron Edgar
10st 0lbs
14 - 1
PU
Red Rocco
N A Twiston-Davies
Adam Wedge
10st 0lbs
25 - 1
PU
Harouet
P Bowen
J E Moore
10st 0lbs
100 - 1
       

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