Coral Scottish Grand National
Grade 3 Handicap Chase, Ayr
£200,000 added,
5yo plus,
4m 110y, Class 1
Saturday 12th April 2014

1 Al Co 40/1
2 Godsmejudge16/1
3 Trustan Times10/1
4 Merry King 16/1
5 Summery Justice 50/1
NR: Hadrian's Approach (IRE)
29 ran Distances: 1½l, nk, 14l
TIME 8m 35.70s (slow by 33.70s)

Al Co was a shock 40-1 winner of the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr.

Al Co
© Grossick Racing Photography
Al Co

Jamie Moore, fresh from his win on Sire De Grugy in the Queen Mother Champion Chase at Cheltenham, steered Peter Bowen's outsider to a famous victory, although he had a scare on the run-in when Al Co spooked and jinked to his right. The partnership was soon back intact.

Last year's winner Godsmejudge (16-1) was a gallant second, a length and a half away, with Trustan Times (10-1) just a neck back in third and Merry King (50-1) fourth.

Moore said: "Peter told me he had him spot-on, but twice up the run-in he spooked at boards or something. It's the first time he's run for a while and I'm delighted to ride a big winner for Peter."

Bowen added: "He was in the best form we've ever had him. Luckily, we've got Ffos Las up the road and he had a racecourse gallop there and he was absolutely spot-on for today.

Godsmejudge
© Racehorse Photos

Godsmejudge
"I didn't see what happened on the run-in. I'd got four horses to watch and it was a job to keep an eye on them all. It's fantastic to win this race."

Alan King was delighted with the performance of Godsmejudge.

He said: "I'm very proud of him. We said all the way through it's been a very difficult preparation. He's only just coming back and that was a mighty run. He'll have a summer out and regroup for next year. That was awesome."

Veteran Tidal Bay ran a creditable race under his big weight in seventh, a week on from unseating Sam Twiston-Davies when badly hampered at the Canal Turn on the first circuit of the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree.

His trainer Paul Nicholls said: "There had been talk of Tidal Bay retiring, but he will definitely stay in training next season, as long as he is fit and well.

"He has run a good race, the ground was probably just against him a bit Sam said, but he has come back safe and sound. We will give him a nice break, and bring him back next season, possibly starting over hurdles at Wetherby."

Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase
£200,000 added, 5yo plus, 4m 110y, Class 1
29 ran
Going: Good to soft, soft in places


Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
SP
Distance
1
Al Co
P Bowen
J E Moore
10st 0lbs
40 - 1
Winner
2
Godsmejudge
A King
Aidan Coleman
10st 5lbs
16 - 1
1 1/2 length
3
Trustan Times
T D Easterby
K Renwick
10st 0lbs
10 - 1
Neck
4
Merry King
Jonjo O'Neill
Maurice Linehan
10st 0lbs
16 - 1
14 lengths
5
Summery Justice
Miss V Williams
L Treadwell
10st 0lbs
50 - 1
7 lengths
6
Green Flag
Miss Lucinda V Russell
P Buchanan
10st 2lbs
9 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
7
Tidal Bay
P F Nicholls
Sam Twiston-Davies
11st 12lbs
11 - 1
2 lengths
8
Lackamon
Mrs S J Smith
Jonathan England
10st 0lbs
33 - 1
14 lengths
9
Yes Tom
S R B Crawford
P Carberry
10st 0lbs
12 - 1
24 lengths
PU
Sam Winner
P F Nicholls
Nick Scholfield
10st 7lbs
12 - 1
PU
Mendip Express
H Fry
N Fehily
10st 7lbs
9 - 1
PU
Rigadin De Beauchene
Miss V Williams
R T Dunne
10st 7lbs
28 - 1
RTR
Battle Group
J Farrelly
Brendan Powell
10st 7lbs
33 - 1
PU
Roberto Goldback
N J Henderson
D Bass
10st 2lbs
25 - 1
Fell
Midnight Appeal
A King
R Thornton
10st 1lbs
25 - 1
PU
Mcmurrough
J M Jefferson
B Hughes
10st 0lbs
50 - 1
PU
Alpha Victor
W Kinsey
D C Costello
10st 0lbs
20 - 1
PU
Pure Faith
P Bowen
Joshua Moore
10st 0lbs
80 - 1
PU
Edmund Kean
D Pipe
T Scudamore
10st 0lbs
25 - 1
PU
Nuts N Bolts
Miss Lucinda V Russell
Lucy Alexander
10st 0lbs
20 - 1
PU
Lie Forrit
Miss Lucinda V Russell
Craig Nichol
10st 0lbs
14 - 1
PU
Roalco De Farges
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
10st 0lbs
9 - 1
PU
Fill The Power
Mrs S J Smith
Ryan Mania
10st 0lbs
40 - 1
PU
Mister Marker
N G Richards
Brian Harding
10st 0lbs
25 - 1
PU
Baile Anrai
D Skelton
Harry Skelton
10st 0lbs
40 - 1
PU
Sole Witness
C A McBratney
B R Dalton
10st 0lbs
100 - 1
PU
Adrenalin Flight
J W Mullins
Ryan Mahon
10st 0lbs
25 - 1
PU
Sir Du Bearn
P Bowen
Donal Devereux
10st 0lbs
100 - 1
PU
Ballybough Gorta
P Bowen
Conor Shoemark
10st 0lbs
100 - 1
NR
Hadrian's Approach
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
10st 6lbs
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