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