Coral Scottish Grand National
Ayr 16:10
Grade 3 Handicap Chase,
£210,000 added, 5yo plus,
4m 110y, Class 1   
Saturday 16th April 2016

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1st Vicente 14/1
2nd Alvarado 25/1
3rd Seeyouatmidnight 14/1
4th Royale Knight 20/1
5th Vyta Du Roc 8/1J
NR: Fine Rightly (IRE), Gold Futures (IRE)
28 ran Distances: 2¾l, hd, 1¾l
TIME 8m 24.10s (slow by 22.10s)

VICENTE (14/1) wins the Scottish Grand National for Trainer Paul Nicholls & Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies

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Paul Nicholls landed a huge blow in the trainers' championship as Vicente claimed the Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase.

Having enjoyed a double earlier on Saturday's card thanks to Vivaldi Collonges and Le Mercurey, reigning champion trainer Nicholls hit the front in the battle with Willie Mullins after Vicente (14/1) scooped £119,595 at Ayr.

Jockey Sam Twiston-Davies was never too far off the pace under the seven-year-old novice and he stayed on strongly to score by two and three-quarter lengths from Alvarado, having taken it up between the final two fences in the four-mile contest.

Mullins' hopes of winning the big race for Ireland came to a premature end as Measureofmydreams crashed out in the early stages.

Then Folsom Blue, trained by Mouse Morris, who had won both the English and Irish Nationals, exited six out to end dreams of a historic hat-trick.

In the straight for the final time, it looked as though Seeyouatmidnight was going to strike for Scottish Borders trainer Sandy Thomson.

However, Vincente was brought with a perfectly-timed run to lead after jumping the last.

Alvarado (25/1) finished with a flourish to claim second place, two and three-quarters lengths behind the winner.

Seeyouatmidnight (14/1) was a head away in third with Royale Knight (20/1) fourth.

Twiston-Davies told Channel 4 Racing: "It worked out really nicely. He travelled well and he was good when he needed to be and that's what counts.

"It's given Paul a real chance of getting the trainers' championship. It's what we all work hard for."

Nicholls said: "That was a result. Brilliant ride, just we what we needed. It was perfect."


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

Pos D Horse SP Jockey Weight Trainer Age
1st Vicente (FR) 14/1 Sam Twiston-Davies
P F Nicholls 7
2nd Alvarado (IRE) 25/1 Paul Moloney
F O'Brien 11
3rd hd Seeyouatmidnight 14/1 Steven Fox (5)
A M Thomson 8
4th Royale Knight 20/1 Brendan Powell
Dr R D P Newland 10
5th 5 Vyta Du Roc (FR) 8/1j D A Jacob
N J Henderson 7
6th 7 Sun Cloud (IRE) 40/1 Jamie Hamilton (5)
J M Jefferson 9
7th 5 Milborough (IRE) 25/1 G B Watters (3)
I A Duncan 10
8th 1 Masters Hill (IRE) 28/1 J Reveley
C L Tizzard 10
9th 3 Milansbar (IRE) 20/1 Trevor Whelan
N B King 9
10th 14 Shotgun Paddy (IRE) 20/1 N D Fehily
Miss E C Lavelle 9
PU Cause Of Causes (USA) 10/1 B J Geraghty
G Elliott 8
PU Dolatulo (FR) 66/1 Harry Skelton
W Greatrex 9
PU Emperor's Choice (IRE) 40/1 Aidan Coleman
Miss V Williams 9
PU Midnight Prayer 25/1 Wayne Hutchinson
A King 11
PU Goodtoknow 33/1 Jake Greenall
Kerry Lee 8
PU A Good Skin (IRE) 20/1 P J Brennan
T R George 7
PU Spookydooky (IRE) 16/1 R Johnson
Jonjo O'Neill 8
PU Golden Chieftain (IRE) 14/1 T J O'Brien
C L Tizzard 11
PU Berea Boru (IRE) 20/1 Sean Bowen
P Bowen 8
PU Highland Lodge (IRE) 16/1 Henry Brooke
James Moffatt 10
PU Straidnahanna (IRE) 33/1 Danny Cook
Mrs S J Smith 7
PU Heathfield (IRE) 9/1 M P Walsh
A J Martin 9
PU Ballyculla (IRE) 25/1 G Sheehan
W Greatrex 9
PU Tour Des Champs (FR) 22/1 Ryan Hatch (3)
N A Twiston-Davies 9
F Measureofmydreams (IRE) 8/1j B J Cooper
W P Mullins 8
F Top Wood (FR) 50/1 C O'Farrell
D Pipe 9
BD Folsom Blue (IRE) 16/1 A Ring (5)
M F Morris 9
NR Fine Rightly (IRE) 25/1 A E Lynch
S R B Crawford 8
NR Gold Futures (IRE) 25/1 B P Harding
N G Richards 7