• Welsh-trained favourite wins by three lengths at Chepstow
  • Adagio impresses in Grade One Finale Junior Hurdle

What should have been a Christmas bonus was instead a new year’s present for backers here on Saturday, as Secret Reprieve, the heavily-backed favourite, cruised to an easy success in the Coral Welsh Grand National.

Sent off at 5-2 in an 18-strong field, the seven-year-old eased into contention on the run to the second-last and then left Evan Williams close to tears as he became the second successive Welsh-trained winner of the country’s biggest race.

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