The Welsh trained Potters Corner was a popular winner of the Welsh Grand National on Friday, December 27th, 2019. He took the feature staying event of the festive period by just under two lengths at Chepstow. Battling on very well to take the prize, he stayed on strongly over the 3m6f trip on heavy ground to show that the further they go, the better he is.

This victory was his second ‘National’ win of 2019 after he won the Midlands National at the end of the 2018/19 season. That win came again on heavy ground, which is clearly no issue for him and he stayed home on that over 4m2f that day. So there are no question marks what so ever about his staying ability.

He won the Midlands National off a mark of 135 and had 10lb extra on his back in the Welsh version, winning the race off 145. He is likely to find himself off a mark of around 150 for the Grand National when the weights are published for that on February 11th. That would be nearly 25lb more than when he began life with his current trainer, Williams, just over a year ago.

The success at Chepstow was even bigger for Wales as not only is Potters Corner trained in Wales, but he has Welsh owners too, one of them a familiar face. That is Welsh rugby player Jonathan Davies, who is one of a handful of syndicate owners lucky enough to own this horse. When speaking after the race, trainer Christian Williams said that there was more than enough in the pot to enter the horse in the Grand National for 2020 and that the syndicate was keen to go there with him for another huge day.

As far as the race goes, he is a horse that will have a lot of weight to carry, but one that will absolutely love the stamina-sapping distance. And connections won’t mind any rain if we happen to have some ahead of the race! The victories at Chepstow and Uttoxeter both came on heavy ground over marathon trips.

Should we get any rain prior to the Grand National 2020 then that would actually be a positive for him. However, it’s a double-edged sword as it would also be bad for some of the other runners. Those who have stamina doubts would not want heavy ground as well as 4m2f to contend with, and it could even put a few of them off running in the race.

For now, Potters Corner is a definite entry for the 2020 National at Aintree. Trainers Williams said “I would say we will enter him in the Grand National and that would be the main aim as you don’t get too many options now.

“We will target that and hope that the ground is on the soft side. He looks a different horse on soft ground.

“I’ve never had a runner in the National before, so that will be great. He has got good tactical speed and a touch of class and he stays very well.

“They try and make it on the soft side there as well so he will definitely have an entry there.”

With the Welsh National win under his belt and the confirmation that he will get an entry, his odds are still quite good. Currently, he is 33/1 ante-post with Paddy Power but as the race draws nearer, expect those to drop a lot.