Coral Scottish Grand National
Ayr 15:35
Grade 3 Handicap Chase,
£215,000 added, 5yo plus,
3m 7f 176y, Class 1   
Saturday 13th April 2019

1 Takingrisks 25/1
2 Crosspark 10/1
3 Cloth Cap 9/1
4 Blue Flight 25/1
5 Big River 8/1
6 Vintage Clouds 5/1F
23 ran NR: Arthur's Gift, Beware The Bear, Dingo Dollar, Kingswell Theatre, Mysteree
Distances: 4l, nse, nk Time: 8m 2.40s (slow by 0.40s)

Takingrisks shows he's all stamina in the hands of Sean Quinlan

Nicky Richards, whose father Gordon won the race twice, way back in 1969 with Playlord and again in 1990 with Four Trix, has enjoyed a resurgent couple of seasons.

Having struggled to replace stable star Monet’s Garden, the likes of Simply Ned, Guitar Pete and Baywing have all won big prizes recently for the Greystoke handler.

Richards in fact ran two, with Grimthorpe winner Chidswell going off a shorter price, but with half a mile to run Takingrisks could be spotted going noticeably well.

When the favourite Vintage Clouds dropped away it was Takingrisks and Eider Chase winner Crosspark fighting it out, with Quinlan’s mount coming four lengths clear.

Crosspark just held off Cloth Cap and Blue Flight, who took minor honours.

A jubilant Richards, referencing his father, said: “He won it twice, and I’ve followed up so it’s great.

“You need a good-ground horse who stays – and luck, he nearly came off him at the first.

“He’s been a grand one, very consistent, and I think the improvement is down to the cheekpieces.

“This was always going to be his race if he had a big one in him.

“I just need to find another now to match father.”

Coral Scottish Grand National
£215,000 added, 5yo plus, 3m 7f 176y, Class 1
23 ran
Going: Good

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Takingrisks (IRE) 25/1 Sean Quinlan
10-1
N G Richards 10
2nd 4 Crosspark 10/1 Harry Skelton
10-8
Mrs Caroline Bailey 9
3rd nse Cloth Cap (IRE) 9/1 R P McLernon
10-0
Jonjo O'Neill 7
4th nk Blue Flight (FR) 25/1 Callum Bewley
11-0
N A Twiston-Davies 6
5th 13 Big River (IRE) 8/1 D R Fox
10-6
Miss Lucinda V Russell 9
6th 9 Vintage Clouds (IRE) 5/1f Danny Cook
11-1
Mrs S J Smith 9
7th Red Infantry (IRE) 40/1 T J O'Brien
10-6
Ian Williams 9
8th Chic Name (FR) 20/1 J J Burke
10-0
Richard Hobson 7
9th 6 Rathlin Rose (IRE) 33/1 T Scudamore
10-0
D Pipe 11
10th 1 Doing Fine (IRE) 14/1 Brendan Powell
10-0
N P Mulholland 11
11th ½ Beau Du Brizais (FR) 50/1 James Best
10-0
P J Hobbs 7
12th s.h Van Gogh Du Granit (FR) 66/1 David Noonan
10-0
D Pipe 10
13th 20 Brian Boranha (IRE) 25/1 Henry Brooke
10-1
P D Niven 8
PU Sizing Codelco (IRE) 33/1 H Cobden
11-4
C L Tizzard 10
PU Carole's Destrier 20/1 R T Dunne
10-9
N P Mulholland 11
PU Skipthecuddles (IRE) 16/1 Kielan Woods
10-6
G McPherson 8
PU Impulsive Star (IRE) 12/1 Mr S Waley-Cohen (3)
10-5
N P Mulholland 9
PU Chidswell (IRE) 16/1 Craig Nichol
10-0
N G Richards 10
PU Acdc (IRE) 22/1 P J Brennan
10-0
C Grant 9
PU Geronimo 12/1 Rachel McDonald (5)
10-0
A M Thomson 8
PU Morney Wing (IRE) 40/1 Rex Dingle (5)
10-0
C J Mann 10
F Crosshue Boy (IRE) 7/1 S W Flanagan
10-8
Sean Doyle 9
UR Cogry 16/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
10-6
N A Twiston-Davies 10
NR Beware The Bear (IRE) J McGrath
11-12
N J Henderson 9
NR Dingo Dollar (IRE) Wayne Hutchinson
10-13
A King 7
NR Arthur's Gift (IRE) Thomas Bellamy
10-3
N A Twiston-Davies 8
NR Kingswell Theatre Benjamin Poste
10-3
M Scudamore 10
NR Mysteree (IRE) Brendan Powell
10-0
M Scudamore 11