Coral Welsh National
Handicap Chase, Chepstow 15:10
Grade 3, £150,000 added,
5yo plus,
3m 6f 130y, Class 1 
Saturday 9th January 2021

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1 Secret Reprieve 5/2F
2 The Two Amigos 9/1
3 Yala Enki 12/1
4 Captain Drake 28/1
18 ran Distances: 3l, nk, 2¾l
Time: 8m 7.80s (slow by 14.80s)

An impressive winner of the Welsh Grand National Trial at the Monmouthshire circuit in early December, the Evan Williams-trained Secret Reprieve had been strongly fancied for the big race itself ever since.

And while the three-mile-five-furlong contest had to be abandoned due to a waterlogged track over the Christmas period, he was still allowed to line up under a 4lb penalty, meaning he was 8lb well-in at the weights.

With just 10st 1lb on his back, Secret Reprieve was all the rage as the 5-2 favourite, and his supporters will have had few concerns throughout the stamina-sapping feature, with the lightly-raced seven-year-old always travelling strongly and jumped accurately.

Despite having suffered two heavy falls earlier in the day, Adam Wedge cut a confident figure in the saddle rounding the home turn – and while The Two Amigos refused to go down without a fight and made a race of it, the market leader proved three lengths too strong.

Just as he was in 2019, top-weight Yala Enki was third.

Victory was going to a Welsh-trained runner for the second season in succession, with Potters Corner, trained by Christian Williams, becoming the first Welsh winner since Norther in 1965 when triumphing last term.

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Coral Welsh Grand National (A Handicap Chase) (Grade 3)
£150,000 added, 4yo plus, 3m 6f 130y, Class 1
18 ran
Going: Heavy

1      Secret Reprieve 7 10-1 4ex Evan Williams Adam Wedge 5/2F
3 The Two Amigos 9 10-9 Nicky Martin Matt Griffiths 9/1
nk Yala Enki 11 11-12 Paul Nicholls Bryony Frost 12/1
Captain Drake 8 10-7 Harry Fry Bryan Carver 28/1
Prime Venture 10 10-6 Evan Williams Tom O'Brien 16/1
¾ Bobo Mac 10 10-2 Tom Symonds A P Heskin 16/1
10 Truckers Lodge 9 11-8 Paul Nicholls Lorcan Williams 14/1
hd Big River 11 10-8 Lucinda Russell Derek Fox 28/1
nk Lord Du Mesnil 8 11-5 Richard Hobson Paul O'Brien 20/1
Vieux Lion Rouge 12 10-11 4ex David Pipe Conor O'Farrell 18/1
28 Cloudy Glen 8 10-12 Venetia Williams Charlie Deutsch 20/1
Ramses De Teillee 9 11-6 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 16/1
Dominateur 8 10-8 Oliver Sherwood Gavin Sheehan 16/1
PU Joe Farrell 12 10-4 Rebecca Curtis James Best 80/1
PU Springfield Fox 8 10-9 Tom George Sean Bowen 8/1
PU Christmas In April 9 10-3 Colin Tizzard Brendan Powell 9/1
PU Calipso Collonges 9 9-11 Olly Murphy Jack Tudor 40/1
UR The Hollow Ginge 8 10-11 Nigel Twiston-Davies Jamie Bargary 50/1