Horse Racing By Jon Ivan-Duke

Midnight Made Welsh Favourite

Midnight Prayer is the 9-1 favourite with William Hill for the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow on the 27th December. Alan King’s horse is just ahead of Emma Lavelle’s Shotgun Paddy (10-1) in the betting, much like at the Cheltenham Festival, where only a neck separated the pair in the Terry Biddlecombe National Hunt Chase.

Four horses lead the chasing pack at 12-1: 2012 winner Monbeg Dude; Murphy Group Chase victor Sam Winner and runner-up The Druids Nephew; plus Badger Ales Trophy first-past-the-post but subsequently disqualified, The Young Master.

“Midnight Prayer is lightly raced for his age and staying is definitely his game so we want to keep on the right side of him,” said William Hill spokesman Jon Ivan-Duke.  

Welsh Grand National: 9-1 Midnight Prayer, 10-1 Shotgun Paddy, 12-1 Monbeg Dude, Sam Winner, The Druids Nephew, The Young Master, 14-1 Hawkes Point, Mountainous, Victors Serenade, 16-1 Black Thunder, Hadrian’s Approach, Harry Topper, Merry King, Unioniste, Vics Canvas, 20-1 Balbriggan, Benbens, Benvolio, Gas Line Boy, Green Flag, Just A Par, Our Father, Rigadin De Beauchene, Royale Knight, Sybarite, Via Sundown, Vintage Star, Wychwoods Brook, 25-1 Alfie Spinner, Alpha Victor, Edmund Kean, Firebird Flyer, Global Power, Houblon Des Obeaux, No Duffer, One In A Milan, Pandorama, Relax, Roalco De Farges,  Samingarry, West End Rocker, 33-1 Across The Bay, Amigo, And The Man, Ballyoliver, Bennys Mist, Big Society, Dark Glacier, Emperor’s Choice, Handy Andy, Loughalder, Mart Lane, Rebeccas Choice, Sixty Something, Summery Justice, Tour Des Champs, Woodford County, 40-1 Glenquest, Gorgehous Lliege, Loch Ba, Wayward Prince, 50-1 Bendant, Master Neo, Soudain, 66-1 Copper Birch, Halley, 100-1 Gentle George, (EW ¼ Odds Places 1,2,3,4)