Scottish Grand National

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Scottish Grand National
Grade 3 race
LocationAyr Racecourse
Ayrshire, Scotland
Inaugurated1867
Race typeChase
SponsorCoral
WebsiteAyr
Race information
Distance4m (6,538 metres)
SurfaceTurf
TrackLeft-handed
QualificationFive-years-old and up
WeightHandicap
Purse£150,000 (2021)
1st: £84,405
Scottish Grand National
2021
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Previous years
2019
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2018
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2017
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2016
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2015
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2014
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2013
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2012
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2011
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2010–2001
2010
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2009
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2008
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2007
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2006
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2005
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2004
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2003
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2002
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2001
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2000–1991
2000
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1999
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1998
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1997
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1996
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1995
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1994
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1993
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1992
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1991
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1990–1988
1990
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1989
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1988
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Mighty Mark Cheeny's Brig Over The Road
 

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 about 4 miles (3 miles 7 furlongs and 176 yards, or 6,397 metres) and during its running there are 27 fences to be jumped. 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.

In 2021, the race was moved to a Sunday due to the funeral of Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, taking place on Saturday [2]

Prize money[edit]

The winning horse in 1867 won £100, increasing to £440 by 1906, £1030 in 1950, £5,436 in 1963 and £122,433 in 2019.[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 and back to ITV in 2017.[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 (4 wins)
  • At Ayr (3 wins)
    • Mark Dwyer – Androma (1984, 1985), Moorcroft Boy (1996)

Leading trainer

  • All-time (5 wins)
    • Neville Crump – Wot No Sun (1949), Merryman II (1959), Arcturus (1968), Salkeld (1980), Canton (1983)
    • Ken OliverPappageno's Cottage (1963), The Spaniard (1970), Young Ash Leaf (1971), Fighting Fit (1979), Cockle Strand (1982)
  • At Ayr (4 wins)
    • Ken Oliver – The Spaniard (1970), Young Ash Leaf (1971), Fighting Fit (1979), Cockle Strand (1982)

Winners at Ayr[edit]

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 Peter Craggs[a] 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 Charlie Huxley[a] Sean Curran
2009 Hello Bud 11 10-09 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies
2010 Merigo 9 10-00 Timmy Murphy Andrew Parker
2011 Beshabar 9 10-04 Richard Johnson Tim Vaughan
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
2015 Wayward Prince 11 10-07 Robbie Dunne Hilary Parrott
2016 Vicente 7 11-03 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2017 Vicente 8 11–10 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
2018 Joe Farrell 9 10-06 Adam Wedge Rebecca Curtis
2019 Takingrisks 10 10-01 Sean Quinlan Nicky Richards
no race 2020 [b]
2021 Mighty Thunder 8 11-01 Tom Scudamore Lucinda Russell
  1. ^ a b amateur jockey
  2. ^ The 2020 running was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom[3]

Winners at Bogside[edit]

Year
Winner
Age
Weight
Jockey
Trainer
1947 Rowland Roy 8 11-02 Mr R Black Fulke Walwyn
1948 Magnetic Fin 9 10-05 Lionel Vick W Hall
1949 Wot No Sun 7 11-05 A Thompson Neville Crump
1950 Sanvina 10 12-02 Ken Oliver J Wight
1951 Court Painter 11 9-07 F Carroll C Bewicke
1952 Flagrant Mac 8 11–12 J Power Bobby Renton
1953 Queen's Taste 7 10-02 T Robson[a] H Clarkson
1954 Queen's Taste 8 10-09 G Slack H Clarkson
1955 Bar Point 8 10-02 D Ancil Bobby Renton
1956 Queen's Taste 10 11-00 R Curran H Clarkson
1957 Bremontier 10 10–12 A Rossio P Taylor
1958 Game Field 8 11–10 J Boddy J Fawcus
1959 Merryman II 8 10–12 Gerry Scott Neville Crump
1960 Fincham 8 10-00 M Batchelor J White
1961 Kinmont Wullie 7 10-07 C Stobbs Arthur Stephenson
1962 Sham Fight 10 10–10 T Robson T Robson
1963 Pappageno's Cottage 8 10-09 Tim Brookshaw Ken Oliver
1964 Popham Down 7 10–00 Johnny Haine Fulke Walwyn
1965 Brasher 9 10-05 Jimmy FitzGerald T Robson
  1. ^ amateur jockey

Earlier winners[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[a]
  • 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
  1. ^ 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. ^ "Scottish Grand National moved to Sunday as mark of respect to Duke of Edinburgh". Racing Post. 11 April 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  3. ^ "Coronavirus: Horse racing in Great Britain suspended until end of April". BBC Sport. 17 March 2020.

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