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Tuesday, July 7

Potters Corner a Welsh National treasure for rugby star Jonathan Davies | Horse Racing News


Potters Corner with another fine leap under Jack Tudor

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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.

Gareth Maule…

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