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Scottish Grand National

Grade 3 race
Scottish Grand National
Location Ayr Racecourse
Ayr, Scotland
Inaugurated 1867
Race type Chase
Sponsor Coral
Website Ayr
Race information
Distance 4m ½f (6,538 metres)
Track Turf, left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £200,000 (2010)
1st: £114,020

The Scottish Grand National is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Ayr, Scotland, over a distance of about 4 miles and 110 yards (6,538 metres), and during its running there are twenty-seven fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race, and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.

It is Scotland's equivalent of the Grand National, and it is held during Ayr's two-day Scottish Grand National Festival meeting.

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History

The event was established in 1867, and it was originally held at Bogside Racecourse, near Irvine. The inaugural winner, The Elk, was owned by the Duke of Hamilton. The race was initially called the West of Scotland Grand National, and during the early part of its history its distance was about 3 miles. It was later extended to 3 miles and 7 furlongs, and it became known by its present title in 1881.

Bogside Racecourse closed in 1965, and the Scottish Grand National was transferred to Ayr the following year. At this point the race was increased to its present length, about 4 miles and 110 yards.

Several winners of the Scottish Grand National have also won its English counterpart at Aintree. The first to complete the double was Music Hall, the winner of the latter version in 1922. The feat has been achieved more recently by Little Polveir and Earth Summit, but the only horse to win both races in the same year was Red Rum in 1974.

Records

Most successful horse (3 wins):

  • Couvrefeu II – 1911, 1912, 1913
  • Southern Hero – 1934, 1936, 1939
  • Queen's Taste – 1953, 1954, 1956

Leading jockey to have won since 1966 (3 wins):

  • Mark Dwyer – Androma (1984, 1985), Moorcroft Boy (1996)

Leading trainer to have won since 1966 (5 wins):

  • Neville Crump – Wot No Sun (1949), Merryman II (1959), Arcturus (1968), Salkeld (1980), Canton (1983)
  • Ken Oliver – Pappageno's Cottage (1963), The Spaniard (1970), Young Ash Leaf (1971), Fighting Fit (1979), Cockle Strand (1982)

Winners at Ayr

  • Weights given in stones and pounds; Amateur jockeys indicated by "Mr".

Year

Winner

Age

Weight

Jockey

Trainer

1966 African Patrol 7 10-07 Johnny Leech Robert Fairbairn
1967 The Fossa 10 09-12 Andrew Turnell Fred Rimell
1968 Arcturus 7 10-04 Pat Buckley Neville Crump
1969 Playlord 8 12-00 Ron Barry Gordon W. Richards
1970 The Spaniard 8 10-00 Barry Brogan Ken Oliver
1971 Young Ash Leaf 7 10-02 Peter Ennis Ken Oliver
1972 Quick Reply 7 09-09 Maurice Barnes Harry Bell
1973 Esban 9 09-11 Jimmy Bourke Robert Clay
1974 Red Rum 9 11-13 Brian Fletcher Ginger McCain
1975 Barona 9 10-00 Paul Kelleway Roddy Armytage
1976 Barona 10 10-02 Paul Kelleway Roddy Armytage
1977 Sebastian V 9 10-02 Ridley Lamb Harry Bell
1978 King Con 9 09-13 Mr Peter Craggs Graham Renilson
1979 Fighting Fit 7 10-10 Colin Hawkins Ken Oliver
1980 Salkeld 8 10-00 Denis Atkins Neville Crump
1981 Astral Charmer 8 09-10 John Goulding Harry Bell
1982 Cockle Strand 9 09-11 David Dutton Ken Oliver
1983 Canton 9 10-02 Kevin Whyte Neville Crump
1984 Androma 7 10-00 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald
1985 Androma 8 10-00 Mark Dwyer Jimmy FitzGerald
1986 Hardy Lad 9 10-00 Micky Hammond Jumbo Wilkinson
1987 Little Polveir 10 10-00 Peter Scudamore John Edwards
1988 Mighty Mark 9 10-05 Brian Storey Frank Walton
1989 Roll-a-Joint 11 10-00 Brendan Powell Chris Popham
1990 Four Trix 9 10-00 Derek Byrne Gordon W. Richards
1991 Killone Abbey 8 10-00 Chris Grant Arthur Stephenson
1992 Captain Dibble 7 11-00 Peter Scudamore Nigel Twiston-Davies
1993 Run for Free 9 11-10 Mark Perrett Martin Pipe
1994 Earth Summit 6 10-00 David Bridgwater Nigel Twiston-Davies
1995 Willsford 12 10-12 Rodney Farrant Jenny Pitman
1996 Moorcroft Boy 11 10-02 Mark Dwyer David Nicholson
1997 Belmont King 9 11-10 Tony McCoy Paul Nicholls
1998 Baronet 8 10-00 Adrian Maguire David Nicholson
1999 Young Kenny 8 11-10 Brendan Powell Peter Beaumont
2000 Paris Pike 8 11-00 Adrian Maguire Ferdy Murphy
2001 Gingembre 7 11-02 Andrew Thornton Lavinia Taylor
2002 Take Control 8 10-06 Ruby Walsh Martin Pipe
2003 Ryalux 10 10-05 Richard McGrath Andy Crook
2004 Grey Abbey 10 11-12 Graham Lee Howard Johnson
2005 Joes Edge 8 09-11 Keith Mercer Ferdy Murphy
2006 Run for Paddy 10 10-02 Carl Llewellyn Carl Llewellyn
2007 Hot Weld 8 09-09 P. J. McDonald Ferdy Murphy
2008 Iris de Balme 8 09-07 Mr Charlie Huxley Sean Curran
2009 Hello Bud 11 10-09 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies
2010 Merigo 9 10-00 Timmy Murphy Andrew Parker

Winners at Bogside

  • 1867 – The Elk
  • 1868 – Greenland
  • 1869 – Huntsman
  • 1870 – Snowstorm
  • 1871 – Keystone
  • 1872 – Cinna
  • 1873 – Hybla
  • 1874 – Ouragon II
  • 1875 – Solicitor
  • 1876 – Earl Marshal
  • 1877 – Solicitor
  • 1878 – no race
  • 1879 – Militant
  • 1880 – Peacock
  • 1881 – Bellman
  • 1882 – Gunboat
  • 1883 – Kerclaw
  • 1884 – The Peer
  • 1885 – Wild Meadow
  • 1886 – Crossbow
  • 1887 – Orcadian
  • 1888 – Ireland
  • 1889 – Deloraine
  • 1890 – no race
  • 1891 – see note below *
  • 1892 – Lizzie
  • 1893 – Lady Ellen II
  • 1894 – Leybourne
  • 1895 – Nepcote
  • 1896 – Cadlaw Cairn
  • 1897 – Modest Friar
  • 1898 – Trade Mark
  • 1899 – Tyrolean
  • 1900 – Dorothy Vane
  • 1901 – Big Busbie
  • 1902 – Canter Home
  • 1903 – Chit Chat
  • 1904 – Innismacsaint
  • 1905 – Theodocian
  • 1906 – Creolin
  • 1907 – Barney III
  • 1908 – Atrato
  • 1909 – Mount Prospect's Fortune
  • 1910 – The Duffrey
  • 1911 – Couvrefeu II
  • 1912 – Couvrefeu II
  • 1913 – Couvrefeu II
  • 1914 – Scrabee
  • 1915 – Templedowney
  • 1916 – no race
  • 1917 – no race
  • 1918 – no race
  • 1919 – The Turk
  • 1920 – Music Hall
  • 1921 – no race
  • 1922 – Sergeant Murphy
  • 1923 – Harrismith
  • 1924 – Royal Chancellor
  • 1925 – Gerald L.
  • 1926 – Estuna
  • 1927 – Estuna
  • 1928 – Ardeen
  • 1929 – Donzelon
  • 1930 – Drintyre
  • 1931 – Annandale
  • 1932 – Clydesdale
  • 1933 – Libourg
  • 1934 – Southern Hero
  • 1935 – Kellsboro Jack
  • 1936 – Southern Hero
  • 1937 – Right'un
  • 1938 – Young Mischief
  • 1939 – Southern Hero
  • 1940–46 – no race
  • 1947 – Rowland Boy
  • 1948 – Magnetic Fin
  • 1949 – Wot No Sun
  • 1950 – Sanvina
  • 1951 – Court Painter
  • 1952 – Flagrant Mac
  • 1953 – Queen's Taste
  • 1954 – Queen's Taste
  • 1955 – Bar Point
  • 1956 – Queen's Taste
  • 1957 – Bremontier
  • 1958 – Game Field
  • 1959 – Merryman II
  • 1960 – Fincham
  • 1961 – Kinmont Wullie
  • 1962 – Sham Flight
  • 1963 – Pappageno's Cottage
  • 1964 – Popham Down
  • 1965 – Brasher

* There were only two runners in 1891 – neither could clear the second fence and there was no winner.

See also

References


  • Ladbrokes Pocket Companion 1990/91. Aesculus Press. 1990. p. 71. ISBN 1-871093-21-X. 



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