For the second successive year The Racing Horse enjoyed promoting the Coral 2013 Welsh Grand National with Mountainous providing trainer Richard Lee with a second success in the race and an honorary home winner. The 20/1 chance, ridden beautifully and intelligently by Paul Moloney, beat the Paul Nicholls’ duo Hawkes Point at 14/1 and Tidal Bay at 10/1 by a head and half a length respectively in a cracking finish!
Paul Moloney and the obligatory post-race interview!
Magnificent effort from the 13yo Tidal Bay who carried 11st 12lbs
This fabulous but dour contest had a lopsided look to it considering the presence of the classy Tidal Bay who carried 11st 12lbs, this meant nearly half of the field were running from out of the weights. The near 13yo sat out the back but produced a magnificent effort trying to concede 26lbs to the front two in the most testing of conditions (albeit conditions he likes). Staying chases on easy ground are the plan for him for as long as he enjoys racing and if the going is really soft at Aintree he is a possible runner.
Mountainous was a courageous winner excellently ridden!
Mountainous was a courageous second winner of the race in three years for trainer Richard Lee. He told us: “From the moment he came into our yard as a 5yo, I said he was a Welsh Grand National horse. I love my staying chases.” The winning horse’s owners are the Powys-based breeders James and Jean Potter along with Ffos Las racecourse founder Dai Walters. James Potter said: “I'm chuffed to bits, we are 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.”
The Welsh Grand National Grade 3 handicap is a brute of a race. It can only be won if the trio-combo of horse, trainer and jockey are all at the top of their game!
No injury to horse or jockey
The Racing Horse was delighted to be part of the preparations and the race itself. We were pleased that the horses generally ran well through the conditions and there were no injuries to horse or jockey! One of our favourite horses Teaforthree made a very good start to his preparation for the Aintree Grand National and we will keep our readers and members informed of his well being. We took time out to chat to Rebecca Curtis (amongst others) about the race and will report back over the coming weeks!
Our special thanks to the Chepstow Racecourse team of Kate, Louise, Melissa and Keith Ottesen for all their help and courtesy....
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