Chepstow’s Coral Welsh Grand National will be run in memory of Kim Gingell, it has been announced.
The daughter of Colin and Pauline Tizzard, and sister of Joe Tizzard, tragically lost a short battle with cancer in May, leaving a husband David and son, Freddie.
Gingell played a fundamental role in the success of the stable, which sent out the winners of the December 27 race in 2016 (Native River) and 2018 (Elegant Escape).
Colin Tizzard said “It’s lovely that Coral and Chepstow are running the race in Kim’s memory.
“We’ve had some fantastic days at Chepstow on Welsh National day with Kim and it is a very fitting way to remember her.”
The Tizzards’ Christmas In April is a 10-1 shot with the sponsors to add the Welsh marathon to his record, which includes successes in the Devon and Sussex nationals.
The strong stayer attracted support on Tuesday and is third favourite behind Secret Reprieve (7-2) and last year’s runner-up Truckers Lodge (8-1).
Coral spokesman Simon Clare said: “Kim’s incredible work ethic behind the scenes was only matched by her love of celebrating the team’s successes, and the memory of her leading the singing at Chepstow with owner John Romans after Elegant Escape had won the 2018 Welsh Grand National will stay with us forever.
“We therefore couldn’t think of anything more fitting than to run this year’s Coral Welsh Grand National in memory of Kim and are very grateful to the Tizzard family for giving us their blessing to do so.”
Chepstow’s Executive Director Phil Bell said: “The Tizzards are great friends of Chepstow and we know it is Colin’s favourite course.
“It is a really fitting tribute to have Kim’s name associated with the biggest race in our calendar.”