Ahead of the rescheduled 2015 Coral Welsh Grand National, Chepstow Racecourse and Arena Racing Company (“ARC”) are pleased to announce that the 2016 renewal will offer a prize fund of £150,000, an increase of £30,000.
As part of the recently announced news of significant increases in prize money across ARC racecourses next year, Chepstow will be offering uplifts across its jump programme from January 2016 onwards.
On Saturday 27 February, the two mile Handicap Chase, won in 2015 by Sire De Grugy and contested by a number of other Cheltenham Festival hopefuls since its inception in 2012, will be worth £40,000. This represents an increase of £15,000 from 2015 when it was run for £25,000.
The newly created two day Totepool Chepstow October Jumps Festival will be worth £300,000, an increase of £50,000 across the weekend. Feedback from horsemen was positive after the inaugural running of the fixture in 2015. Trainer Jonjo O’Neill said, “I was particularly impressed with Chepstows two-day October fixture this year and hope that will be the future. At that time of year, trainers will have horses coming to the end of their summer campaign and others starting off for the winter”
Chepstow Racecourse Executive Director Phil Bell commented, “We are delighted to be offering such significant uplifts across our jump racing programme in 2016 and we very much hope that horsemen will look to further support Chepstow in this move.
“A number of our feature races, including February’s two mile Handicap Chase and the October Festival have been boosted and we feel that offering £150,000 for the Coral Welsh Grand National emphasises its importance as one of the top staying chases in the calendar.
“We appreciate, however, that increases should not all be concentrated at the top, so have worked hard to make sure that prize funds have been enhanced at all levels to make sure Chepstow continues to support the grass roots throughout the season.”