Potters Corner a Welsh National treasure for rugby star Jonathan Davies | Horse Racing News
Wales did not win last month’s Rugby World Cup, but the fervent cheers that greeted the home success of Potters Corner in the proud nation’s best race could have fooled a few that they might have, and this was a triumph painted in the thickest shade of red.
Trained by Christian Williams on a picturesque estate not far from Bridgend, Potters Corner runs in the colours of Wales’s star centre Jonathan Davies and a syndicate managed by ex-Scarlets player Gareth Maule, while Jack Tudor, who grew up a short spin pass from the Ogmore-by-Sea yard, belied his inexperience in the saddle to deliver the well-fancied nine-year-old to perfection, ending the land of the daffodils’ 54-year wait for a winner of this muddy marvel.
A pre-race rendition of the Welsh national anthem may have stirred the crowd – numbering a healthy 9,500 – and there was song in their hearts as they propelled last season’s Midlands Grand National winner to a decisive victory from Truckers Lodge, who led home stablemate Yala Enki for a 2-3 for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, while Prime Venture was fourth.
Scarlets ace Davies suffered a serious injury to his left knee during the World Cup, so was not dancing with delight, but there was no mistaking his pride.