Coral Scottish Grand National
Ayr 15:45
Grade 3 Handicap Chase,
£210,000 added, 5yo plus,
4m 110y, Class 1  
Saturday 18th April 2015

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1 Wayward Prince 25/1
2 Goonyella 16/1
3 Benbens 33/1
4 Amigo 28/1
NR: Benvolio (IRE), Gallant Oscar (IRE)
29 ran Distances: ¾l, hd, 7l
TIME 8m 5.70s (slow by 3.70s)

Popular veteran Wayward Prince dug deep under Robbie Dunne to give owner-trainer Hilary Parrott a memorable success

Wayward Prince
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Wayward Prince
Owner-trainer Hilary Parrott, who has just a handful of horses at her Gloucestershire base, had wanted to put the out-of-form 11-year-old out to grass during the winter, but when she returned from a holiday she found he was a different horse.

He confirmed that when winning at Doncaster in February after tumbling down the handicap, and also ran well when third on his only subsequent start at Ascot, but this was the big one.

Winner of a Grade One hurdle back in 2010, Wayward Prince had been highly tried, including when second to Silviniaco Conti in the 2012 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby.

He was Parrott's first runner at Ayr and he dug deep to give jockey Robbie Dunne his biggest success.

The 25-1 chance battled on to win by three-quarters of a length from Irish raider Goonyella, who made a gallant bid to follow up his victory in the Midlands National as he charged late. Benbens was a head away third and Amigo fourth.

Parrott said: "It's a dream and he's loved every minute of it. He does get looked after like a baby and we all love him.

"He did very well when trained by Ian Williams, then he lost his form and I thought I'd have him. We're a small yard, so he gets a lot of attention. He goes out every day and is very happy.

"I can't believe it. He'd never gone four miles before, but he did fall in the Grand National last year."

Dunne said: "When he got to the front he started idling a bit and when they came to me at the last I thought he was done, but he dug very deep."

Goonyella's trainer Jim Dreaper was delighted with his horse's performance. He is hoping his excellent run will help him earn a place in the Crabbie's Grand National next year after missing out the last twice.

"He showed again he's got great stamina. His lack of pace is just shown up a bit more on that ground, but that was very good," said the County Meath handler.

"The plan is to try to get him into Aintree to beat the ballot. He's missed out two years in a row and maybe he can do it next year."

Ante-post favourite Gallant Oscar was a non-runner due to the drying ground, leaving Broadway Buffalo to go off the 9-1 market leader. David Pipe's charge had every chance before finishing sixth.

The well-fancied Sam Winner was always towards the rear and was pulled up after the eighth fence.


Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase
£210,000 added, 5yo plus, 4m 110y, Class 1
29 ran
Going: Good, Good to Soft in places

Pos Dist Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Wayward Prince 25/1 R T Dunne
Mrs H Parrott 11
2nd ¾ Goonyella (IRE) 16/1 J J Burke (3)
J T R Dreaper 8
3rd hd Benbens (IRE) 33/1 Jamie Bargary (7)
N A Twiston-Davies 10
4th 7 Amigo (FR) 28/1 C O'Farrell
D Pipe 8
5th 9 Catching On (IRE) 14/1 D C Costello
Jonjo O'Neill 7
6th ½ Broadway Buffalo (IRE) 9/1f T Scudamore
D Pipe 7
7th 7 Al Co (FR) 10/1 Sean Bowen (3)
P Bowen 10
8th ½ Harry The Viking 20/1 D R Fox (3)
A M Thomson 10
9th 11 Drop Out Joe 20/1 G Sheehan
C E Longsdon 7
10th ½ Lie Forrit (IRE) 14/1 P Buchanan
Miss Lucinda V Russell 11
11th 48 Yes Tom (IRE) 25/1 P Townend
S R B Crawford 10
PU Sam Winner (FR) 12/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 8
PU Royal Player 22/1 R Johnson
P J Hobbs 6
PU Wiesentraum (GER) 66/1 Nico de Boinville
Mrs L Wadham 9
PU Indian Castle (IRE) 20/1 W Kennedy
Ian Williams 7
PU Cape Tribulation 33/1 B Hughes
J M Jefferson 11
PU Samstown 25/1 B P Harding
A C Whillans 8
PU Sego Success (IRE) 12/1 W Hutchinson
A King 7
PU Raz De Maree (FR) 28/1 B J Cooper
Ms S Hughes 10
PU Baileys Concerto (IRE) 50/1 S Quinlan
Mrs Dianne Sayer 9
PU Trustan Times (IRE) 11/1 J Reveley
T D Easterby 9
PU Global Power (IRE) 33/1 L P Aspell
O Sherwood 9
PU Carli King (IRE) 25/1 A Pogson
Mrs Caroline Bailey 9
PU Man With Van (IRE) 25/1 Craig Nichol (3)
S R B Crawford 9
PU Vintage Star (IRE) 33/1 Harry Skelton
Mrs S J Smith 9
F Houblon Des Obeaux (FR) 20/1 Aidan Coleman
Miss V Williams 8
F Cogry 25/1 Tom Cannon
N A Twiston-Davies 6
UR Milborough (IRE) 25/1 G B Watters (3)
I A Duncan 9
UR Summery Justice (IRE) 40/1 L Treadwell
Miss V Williams 11
NR Benvolio (IRE) 14/1 Non Runner
P F Nicholls 8
NR Gallant Oscar (IRE) 7/1 P Carberry
A J Martin 9