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RacehorseClub is delighted to be part owners of Potters Corner who is the kind of horse that anyone would love to own. Classy, durable and possessing limitless stamina, he has been seen on some of racing’s grandest stages dating back to 2015 and has even managed to hit the headlines by winning the world’s most famous race without ever leaving his home in the beautiful Welsh countryside!
Initially trained in Ireland by Thomas Cooper, two weeks after finishing second in a Point-To-Point as a four-year-old he was brought over to the Cheltenham Sales, where he was sold for £30,000.
Having joined the stable of trainer, Paul Morgan, who was being assisted by Christian Williams, he lost little time in proving his quality, winning on his British debut, in a Chepstow bumper.
He then finished third in another National Hunt Flat Race at the Aintree Grand National meeting – an incredibly high class event won by the subsequent Grade 1 hero, Barters Hill, with the future five-time top level scorer, Bellshill, in second and the dual Champion Hurdler, Buveurd’Air, a length behind Potters Corner in fourth.
Since he moved with Williams to a new base near Bridgend in 2018, he has become one of the UK’s top staying chasers. Triumphs have been registered in the Midlands Grand National and the Welsh Grand National (becoming the first locally-trained winner of that historic contest in 46 years).
However, he is perhaps best known for ‘winning’ the 2020 Virtual Grand National, a computer simulation of the Aintree spectacular televised on ITV in place of the real thing (cancelled owing to Covid-19) which raised £2.6 million for NHS charities via its betting turnover.
Christian Williams said“Potters Corner has been huge for my career. The ground didn’t turn out to be in his favour in the Grand National this year but still ran with plenty of credit. There’s still some big races in him and I’m looking forward to seeing him back in action. Another crack at the Welsh Grand National will be the target as well as the cross country races at Cheltenham”.