Welsh National Horse Racing Betting 2009
No sooner is the prestigious King George VI Chase at Kempton Park on Boxing Day decided, then it's time for the Coral Welsh National down at Chepstow to be contested. All of which makes the period between Christmas and New Year of great importance to the online horse racing betting fans out there looking to add something to their coffers and a positive way to see in the new year's racing card. To this end, the web's leading bookmakers have been busying themselves for weeks now compiling what they individually believe to be the definitive Welsh National horse racing betting 2009 markets for their internet members to pore over in the run-up to the race itself on December 28th.
As we write there are no fewer than 80 potential horses lining up for the Welsh National at the end of the month, but of course come the day the field will have been shortened quite considerably as will the odds have on those considered favourites to land what's seen as an ideal warm-up for the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree the following April; more of which later. Of the horses being mentioned by the Welsh National horse racing betting 2009 market providing bookies, then there are a few that will sound instantly familiar to the virtual horse racing betting community that like to keep tabs on all the major races throughout the National Hunt season that we're currently in the midst of.
Beroni And Flintoff Ones For Online Welsh National Horse Racing Betting Punters To Watch On December 28th
Flintoff, Ballyfitz, Cappa Bleu, Mon Mome and Silver Birch being just a few we've listed for a number of differing reasons. The Welsh-trained Flintoff is carrying the hopes of a horse racing betting mad country on its well weighted shoulders as it looks to capitalize on a second in the recent Midlands National and a third in the Scottish National. If some of the Welsh National horse racing betting 2009 predictions prove correct and he wins on home turf then the Tim Vaughan-trained Flintoff will follow in the long overdue Welsh-prepared hoof prints of Norther, the 1965 Welsh National victor. Despite being pulled up at the Hennessy Gold Cup after some bizarre jumping errors, Nigel Twistan-Davies is considering throwing Ballyfitz back into the thick of the National Hunt action after bouncing back from his Newbury nightmare to capture a competitive handicap hurdle at Sandown in the meantime.
Cappa Bleu is by no means a certain starter at the Coral Welsh National after disappointing over the sticks at the Hennessy and there's talk of the seven-year old rebuilding his reputation over the hurdles, in spite of the underlying fact that he's pencilled in for appearances at both the King George VI Chase and the Welsh National over the festive period. Critics believe Cappa Bleu needs to restore his confidence on less demanding race-cards in light of his recent fall from National Hunt grace, but saying that you cant rule out a showing at Chepstow for last season's champion hunter chaser under the watchful eye of trainer, Evan Williams. Elsewhere Mon Mome needs very little introduction to the Welsh National horse racing betting 2009 market scene as the reigning John Smith's Grand National champion. A sentence that by all accounts doesn't tell the whole story of the pre-Aintree 100/1 shot who sadly pulled up last at the Hennessy in November, doing little to destroy the common myth that his Liverpool showing was a fluke result, grafted out against the odds on a remarkable day's jump racing.
Horse Racing Bettors Note Halcon Genelardais In With Welsh National Horse Racing 2009 Shout
Finally Silver Birch – the 2007 Grand National winning horse and victor here at Chepstow in 2005 – is getting another taste of the Welsh National, and regardless of many (Welsh National horse racing betting 2009 bookies in particular) thinking the twelve-year old is simply there to make up numbers in an already large – and talented – field, he could be a good each way bet given his local knowledge and experienced turns. Quite possibly one for the romantics amongst the interactive horse racing betting community but you just never know. One horse who knows the Chepstow course like the back of their hooves is 2006 Welsh Grand National winner, Halcon Genelardais, who returns to the scene of their victory this year attempt to repeat the result having followed up that 2006 victory with a close second to eventual winner – Miko De Beauchene – in 2007 and a not so distant third to last year's winner, Notre Pere. Getting him in shape for the Coral Welsh National on December 28th, Trainer Alan King is said to have involved nine-year old Halcon Genelardais in a spot of drag hunting, which may or may not have helped him to a fourth place finish behind illustrious winner, Kauto Star at Haydock in November this year.
Latest Welsh National Horse Racing Betting 2009 Outright Win Market Leaders
In light of all this pontificating, here's the very latest betting odds and prices concentrating on the Welsh National horse racing betting 2009 Outright Win markets, and specifically those in the Outright Win and Each Way betting frame ahead of the meeting;
Le Beau Bai – 6/1 ante-post favourite with Bet365
The Tother One – 7/1 second favourite with SkyBet
Beroni – 10/1 with Totesport
What A Friend – 10/1 with Blue Square
Our Monty – 10/1 with Betfred
Halcon Genelardais – 12/1 with Boylesports
Flintoff – 14/1 with SportingBet
Silver By Nature – 14/1 with 888sport
Operation Houdini – 14/1 with Paddy Power
Companero – 14/1 with Stan James
Coe – 16/1 with Victor Chandler
Gone To Lunch – 16/1 with SkyBet
Old Benny – 16/1 with Ladbrokes
Money Trix – 16/1 with Paddy Power
Beat The Boys – 16/1 with Paddy Power
Kornati Kid – 16/1 with Coral
Equus Maximus – 20/1 with William Hill
The Welsh National is another one of those well-respected Grade 3 National Hunt handicap chases run at the back end of every year that aside from being a much celebrated race in its own rights, serves as another good indication as to horses that may go the distance in the John Smith's-sponsored real deal the following April in Liverpool. In fact several past Welsh National winners have gone on to claim the Aintree-staged equivalent a mere four months down the line, including in most recent history, Silver Birch. Perhaps that's why from an online horse racing betting standpoint, the virtual sports betting community pay particular attention to the form of the much talked about mounts and their rides both going in to and in the direct aftermath of the Welsh National.
Coral Welsh National More Than Just John Smith's Grand National Rehearsal For Top National Hunt Trainers
The 2009 Welsh National will be no exception, as the famous Chepstow racecourse again invites those much anticipated entrants and otherwise to contest the twenty-two jumps that make the running all that more challenging between the starter and the official finishing post some 3 miles and five and a half furlongs later.
But much more besides a timely run-out in preparation for the Aintree biggie, the Coral-sponsored Welsh National has borne witness to some exceptional National Hunt horses negotiating its testing fences down the years, whether or not they've gone on to find glory or not in Liverpool. The Jenny Pitman-trained Corbiere won here at Chepstow in 1982, whilst the Martin Pipe-trained Bonanza Boy emerged victorious in the 1988 Welsh National, only to repeat the feat 12 months later, again with champion jockey Peter Scudamore in the winning saddle. Master Oats in 1994, Earth Summit in 1997, Bindaree in 2003, Silver Birch in 2004 and Notre Pere in the corresponding 2008 meeting are all horses that have either showed strong hands at the John Smith's Grand National or romped home ahead of the field in their time.