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Coral Welsh Grand National is held over until January.

THE Coral Welsh Grand National, due to be held at Chepstow today, has been re-scheduled after heavy rain left the course waterlogged.

With more wet weather forecast, Chepstow bosses decided to postpone the event and instead hold it on January 9 next year.

While the move was understandable, it serves as something of a blow to the course though Welsh racing is well used to seeing its show-piece event delayed.

Twice in recent years, weather conditions have forced the Welsh Grand National to be run at a later date.

Synchronised won the 2010 version on January 8, 2011, while Monbeg Dude took the honours for 2012 in a race which was run on January 5, 2013.

Phil Bell, executive director of Chepstow Racecourse said: "The Coral Welsh Grand National is one of the biggest races in the jumping calendar.

"While we have been defeated by the weather in the short term we are looking forward to welcoming everyone to Chepstow Racecourse on Saturday, January 9, for a great day of sporting action.

"We'd like to thank the British Horseracing Authority, Horserace Betting Levy Board, Channel 4 and our sponsors Coral for facilitating the change in date."

Those with general admission badges and guests in hospitality can transfer their tickets to the new date of January 9, another date in 2016, or have a full refund.

The Chepstow Racecourse office will be open throughout December 29 and 30 for customers wishing to make any transfers.

The office can be contacted on 01291 622 260 or at info@chepstowracecouse.co.uk.

Simon Clare, of Coral, said: "It's obviously disappointing and frustrating for everyone involved to lose the Coral Welsh Grand National to the weather, especially for the Chepstow team who've worked so hard over the festive period.

"I feel for them particularly.

Thankfully we will now follow what is a well-trodden path to make sure that this great race and meeting still takes place, with all parties pulling together to make it happen in 13 days' time.

"The PS100,000 Coral National Bonus will still be offered to connections of any horse that wins both the Coral Welsh Grand National and the Coral Scottish Grand National in 2016.

"All ante post bets struck with Coral on the race since the original entry stage will remain valid and any ante post bets settled as losers at subsequent confirmation and forfeit stages will now be revived."

Clare added: "Given the unique set of circumstances however, Coral will as an ex gratia gesture allow customers to void their ante post bets if they wish to do so due to the rescheduling of the race, and they have until midnight on 31 December to contact our customer service team and let them know.

"After that date all ante post bets will stand all in run or not.

Keith Ottesen, Clerk of the Course at Chepstow Racecourse said: "We're pleased to be able to rearrange the day. The original 72 entries for the Coral Welsh Grand National stand and entries for all other races reopen with entries now closing on January 4. "Details will be updated on the British Horseracing Authority Admin site."

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Date:Dec 27, 2015
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