Coral Scottish Grand National
| Ayr 15:35
Grade 3 Handicap Chase,
£150,000 guaranteed, 5yo plus,
3m 7f 176y, Class 1
1 Win My Wings 13/2
2 Kitty's Light 13/2
3 Major Dundee 9/1
4 Fidux 66/1
5 Ashtown Lad 10/1
23 ran NR: Streets Of Doyen Distances: 7l, 5l, 12l
Time: 8m 4.57s (slow by 0.57s)
The @CWilliamsRacing trained Win My Wings blows her rivals away under amateur Rob James in the @Coral Scottish Grand National at @ayrracecourse. Stablemate Kitty's Light chased her home. pic.twitter.com/kphuCTpxWu https://t.co/Nguzzwyix9 via @RacingBetter— RacingBetter (@RacingBetter) April 3, 2022
Former jockey Christian Williams saddled the first two home in the Coral Trophy at Kempton in February. On the same afternoon Win My Wings won the Eider Chase at Newcastle.
He probably never thought he would equal that achievement – but in saddling the first two home in Scotland’s biggest race, the Welsh trainer once again proved there are not many better when it comes to training staying chasers.
Win My Wings – the 13-2 joint-favourite with Kitty’s Light – was ridden with extreme confidence by Irish amateur Rob James, whose 7lb claim offset almost all the 8lb rise she incurred for winning at Newcastle.
James had only ever ridden one other winner in the UK, Milan Native in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival, but is one of the most prolific winning point-to-point jockeys in Ireland.
Having settled his mare in mid-division behind a generous early pace, he kept out of trouble on the outside before joining Ask A Honey Bee a long way from home.
Stamina is the winner’s forte and as the likes of Major Dundee and Ashtown Lad began to tire, Win My Wings just pulled further and further clear.
James allowed her to coast home after the last, as Kitty’s Light stayed on dourly to claim second, seven lengths adrift. Major Dundee was third with Fidux fourth.
Coral Scottish Grand National
£150,000 guaranteed, 5yo plus, 3m 7f 176y, Class 1
Going: Good to Soft, Good in places
POS. DIST HORSE AGE WGT TRAINER JOCKEY SP
1 Win My Wings 9 11-5 Christian Williams Mr R James 13/2
2 7 Kitty's Light 6 11-8 Christian Williams Jack Tudor 13/2
3 5 Major Dundee 7 10-11 Alan King Tom Cannon 9/1
4 12 Fidux 9 11-7 Alan King Daryl Jacob 66/1
5 1½ Ashtown Lad 8 11-5 Dan Skelton Harry Skelton 10/1
6 1¼ Prime Venture 11 11-0 Evan Williams Adam Wedge 50/1
7 19 The Wolf 8 11-4 Olly Murphy A P Heskin 14/1
8 nk Court Master 9 10-9 Michael Scudamore Richard Patrick 33/1
9 9½ The Ferry Master 9 10-7 Sandy Thomson Ryan Mania 11/1
FELL Ask A Honey Bee 8 10-9 Fergal O'Brien Connor Brace 28/1
PU Vintage Clouds 12 11-9 Sue Smith Sean Quinlan 40/1
PU Via Dolorosa 10 11-2 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 28/1
PU Strong Economy 10 10-0 Ian Duncan Derek Fox 100/1
PU Chirico Vallis 10 11-0 Neil Mulholland Richie McLernon 25/1
PU Innisfree Lad 10 10-13 David Dennis Brian Hughes 28/1
PU Cool Mix 10 10-4 Iain Jardine Alan Doyle 12/1
PU Hill Sixteen 9 11-12 Sandy Thomson Mark McDonagh 33/1
PU One More Fleurie 8 10-11 Ian Williams Charlie Todd 16/1
PU Stormy Judge 7 11-4 P A Fahy Danny Mullins 13/2CF
PU El Paso Wood 8 10-6 David Pipe Philip Armson 28/1
PU History Of Fashion 8 10-9 P A Fahy Phillip Enright 16/1
PU Fantastikas 7 11-8 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies 11/1
UR Jersey Bean 9 11-5 Oliver Sherwood Brendan Powell 28/1
NR 10 Streets Of Doyen 8 11-4 John C McConnell NON RUNNER