Speaking to Mick Fitzgerald on the walk up to the winners enclosure, jockey Aidan Coleman said “It's such a prestigious race and to win it for Venetia and the team who do all the hard work, it brings it home what it means to people. Venetia is a world class trainer and this is much deserved.”
It was a terrific race with plenty of surprises including the false start after Summery Justice failed to make it to the starting tape with the rest of the group.
Shotgun Paddy, once a favourite for the race, barely made it over the third of 22 fences, almost instantly ruling himself out of contention. He was subsequently pulled up with Hawkes Point and Mountainous hardly making a splash at all.
The win by Emperor's Choice only further adds to the trend that Welsh National winners tend to be younger and carry significantly less weight. At 7 years of age and with 10-08 on his back it means that from the last 18 winners, 14 of them have been aged 6, 7 or 8 and 14 of the 18 winners have carried less than 10-09.
We tipped Benvolio who just missed out and had to settle for second place, Handy Andy who ran home in sixth place and Amigo who, despite best efforts, couldn't keep up with the main pack.