Weather forces Welsh Grand National postponed until January



MONMOUTHSHIRE: The 2017 Welsh Grand National has been postponed until January because of poor conditions at Chepstow Racecourse.

The race was scheduled to be run on Wednesday but organisers cited 60mm of rain and snow in the previous 48 hours for forcing the abandonment.

After discussions with the British Horseracing Authority, the race has been rescheduled for Saturday, 6 January.

Native River, trained by Colin Tizzard, won the 2016 Welsh National, which went ahead on the scheduled date.

However, the event has a history of postponements.

In 1994 it was switched to Newbury, while the 1995 and 1996 races were abandoned completely because of frost.

The 2017 delay will be the fourth postponement in eight years.

2010, 2012 and 2015 Welsh Nationals took place in the Januaries that followed with frost or waterlogging causing problems.

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