Potters Corner Grand National Wins
Potters Corner has never won the Grand National.
They have never finished the race.
Starting off life with Paul Morgan, it was Christian Williams, who trained Potters Corner during the main part of his career. The horse proved himself to be a strong stayer with great heart and determination to win, having his two best career days when winning two National races, though not the big one at Aintree.
Foaled in 2010, the horse won both the Midlands National and the Welsh National, which was more special as he was trained in Wales. He did go to Aintree for the big one in 2021, his only run in the race, but he was pulled up before the end. He made it to the 22nd fence before jockey Jack Tudor pulled him up after struggling during that part of the race.
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Welsh Trained Runner Winning The Welsh Grand National
The biggest win of Potters Corner’s career was the Welsh Grand National success in December 2019. That would have set him up for the 2020 Grand National, but that race was postponed. In terms of the Welsh Grand National, though, that race was made far bigger by the fact that he was trained in Wales by Christian Williams, a local winner of the contest.
On very heavy, almost bottomless ground, Potters Corner showed his staying power in the Welsh Grand National, winning by one and three-quarter lengths. It was a strong performance and showed that this horse could handle conditions no matter how bad they were, and he could stay the most extreme distances if needed.
Potters Corner’s Early Years
Before moving across to the UK, Potters Corner ran in one point-to-point race in Ireland, where he did well and finished second. After that, it was over to the UK, where he ran for Paul Morgan, and his debut was a winning one. This came in a Chepstow national hunt flat race in September 2014, winning by just under a length.
He would then go to the Grade Two bumper at Aintree, where he ran very well to finish third, setting himself up for a season over hurdles next. He was back at Chepstow for his debut over hurdles, and he won it, winning a maiden hurdle by just over two lengths. Another hurdle win would come before good runs in a Grade Three and also a big race at Auteuil in France to round off a solid effort over the smaller obstacles.
Chasing would come next, he made his chasing debut in October 2016, again choosing Chepstow to begin things, but he didn’t win this time around. Instead, he finished third. Two more chase runs would see the horse finish fourth and then second before he was sent to the Christian Williams yard to continue his career.
He began there rated 127 and, after finding his feet, would go through the ranks under Williams.
Potters Corner’s Big Race Wins
The Welsh Grand National was the biggest race win in the career of Potters Corner, but it wasn’t the only win. His other big race win was another National race, this time the Midlands Grand National, which he won in March 2019.
This was a race over an extreme distance, 4m2f in this case, and the ground was heavy, again showing that is what he preferred. The win came off a much lower handicap mark, he was rated 135 at the time of this victory, while he was rated 145 when he won the Welsh Grand National.
He would win the race at Uttoxeter by three lengths, and if you want an idea of how tough it was, 19 runners started the race, but only six of them managed to finish the contest.