Scottish Grand National

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Scottish Grand National
Grade 3 race
Location Ayr Racecourse
Ayr, Scotland
Inaugurated 1867
Race type Chase
Sponsor Coral
Website Ayr
Race information
Distance 4m ½f (6,538 metres)
Surface Turf
Track Left-handed
Qualification Five-years-old and up
Weight Handicap
Purse £200,000 (2014)
1st: £113,900
Scottish Grand National
2014
Emerald green, yellow hoop, white sleeves, black cap Dark blue, white star, red sleeves, white stars, red cap, white star Red and black (quartered), red sleeves, black spots
Al Co Godsmejudge Trustan Times
2013
Dark blue, white star, red sleeves, white stars, red cap, white star Dark blue, white chevron, chevrons on sleeves, striped cap Orange, royal blue hoops and armlets
Godsmejudge Big Occasion Mister Marker
2012
Emerald green, yellow sash and star on cap White, black seams, mauve sleeves, black and yellow quartered cap Emerald green and yellow (quartered), white sleeves and cap
Merigo Auroras Encore King Fontaine
2011
WHITE, PURPLE hooped sleeves and cap Emerald green, yellow sash and star on cap Maroon, white hooped sleeves
Beshabar Merigo Always Right
2010
Emerald green, yellow sash and star on cap Emerald green, light blue cross belts, striped sleeves White, red chevron, emerald green and red striped sleeves, red cap
Merigo Gone To Lunch No Panic
2009
White, royal blue spots, white and royal blue striped cap Emerald green, light blue cross belts, striped sleeves Yellow, red chevrons, yellow cap
Hello Bud Gone To Lunch Out The Black
2008
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Iris De Balme Halcon Genelardais Flintoff
 

The Scottish Grand National is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain which is open to horses aged five years or older. It is run at Ayr, Scotland, over a distance of approximately 4 miles and 110 yards (6,538 metres) and 27 fences. It is a handicap race, and takes place each year in April. It is Scotland's equivalent of the Grand National, and is held during Ayr's two-day Scottish Grand National Festival meeting.

History[edit]

The race, then known as the "West of Scotland Grand National", was first run at a course near Houston, Renfrewshire in 1858.[1] It consisted of 32 jumps, mainly stone walls.[1]

In 1867, after objections by the leader of the Free Kirk in Houston,[1] the race moved to Bogside Racecourse, near Irvine. The inaugural winner at Bogside, The Elk, was owned by the Duke of Hamilton. During the early part of its history the race's distance was about three miles. It was later extended to 3⅞ miles, and became known by its present title in 1880, when it was won by Peacock.[1]

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. 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 1922 Grand National. 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.

Prize money[edit]

The winning horse in 1867 won £100, increasing to £440 by 1906, £1030 in 1950, £5,436 in 1963 and £102,618 in 2011.[1]

Television coverage[edit]

The first television coverage of the Scottish National was in 1953 on the BBC. It was also shown the following year, but then wasn't screened again until 1969 on ITV and has been shown live ever since. Coverage moved to Channel 4 in 1986.[1]

Records[edit]

Most successful horse (3 wins):

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

Leading jockey

  • All-time
  • At Ayr
    • 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[edit]

  • 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[2]
1989 Roll-a-Joint 11 10-00 Brendan Powell Chris Popham[3]
1990 Four Trix 9 10-00 Derek Byrne Gordon W. Richards[4]
1991 Killone Abbey 8 10-00 Chris Grant Arthur Stephenson[5]
1992 Captain Dibble 7 11-00 Peter Scudamore Nigel Twiston-Davies[6]
1993 Run for Free 9 11-10 Mark Perrett Martin Pipe[7]
1994 Earth Summit 6 10-00 David Bridgwater Nigel Twiston-Davies[8]
1995 Willsford 12 10-12 Rodney Farrant Jenny Pitman[9]
1996 Moorcroft Boy 11 10-02 Mark Dwyer David Nicholson[10]
1997 Belmont King 9 11-10 Tony McCoy Paul Nicholls[11]
1998 Baronet 8 10-00 Adrian Maguire David Nicholson[12]
1999 Young Kenny 8 11-10 Brendan Powell Peter Beaumont[13]
2000 Paris Pike 8 11-00 Adrian Maguire Ferdy Murphy[14]
2001 Gingembre 7 11-02 Andrew Thornton Lavinia Taylor[15]
2002 Take Control 8 10-06 Ruby Walsh Martin Pipe[16]
2003 Ryalux 10 10-05 Richard McGrath Andy Crook[17]
2004 Grey Abbey 10 11-12 Graham Lee Howard Johnson[18]
2005 Joes Edge 8 09-11 Keith Mercer Ferdy Murphy[19]
2006 Run for Paddy 10 10-02 Carl Llewellyn Carl Llewellyn[20]
2007 Hot Weld 8 09-09 P. J. McDonald Ferdy Murphy[21]
2008 Iris de Balme 8 09-07 Mr Charlie Huxley Sean Curran[22]
2009 Hello Bud 11 10-09 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies[23]
2010 Merigo 9 10-00 Timmy Murphy Andrew Parker[24]
2011 Beshabar 9 10-04 Richard Johnson Tim Vaughan[25]
2012 Merigo 11 10-02 Timmy Murphy Andrew Parker
2013 Godsmejudge 7 11-03 Wayne Hutchinson Alan King
2014 Al Co 9 10-02 Jamie Moore Peter Bowen

Winners at Bogside[edit]

  • 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[edit]

Sources[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Scottish Grand National Facts". Ayr Racecourse. 16 April 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2013. 
  2. ^ 1988 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  3. ^ 1989 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  4. ^ 1990 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  5. ^ 1991 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  6. ^ 1992 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  7. ^ 1993 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  8. ^ 1994 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  9. ^ 1995 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  10. ^ 1996 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  11. ^ 1997 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  12. ^ 1998 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  13. ^ 1999 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  14. ^ 2000 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  15. ^ 2001 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  16. ^ 2002 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  17. ^ 2003 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  18. ^ 2004 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  19. ^ 2005 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  20. ^ 2006 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  21. ^ 2007 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  22. ^ 2008 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  23. ^ 2009 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  24. ^ 2010 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.
  25. ^ 2011 Scottish Grand National results Retrieved 2011-11-03.

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