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Friday, April 12, 2002



MASSIVE SCOOP6 BONUS FUND UP FOR GRABS




A Scoop6 Bonus Prize fund of £373,061 is the big money being played for in tomorrow's Scoop6 as the two winners from last weekend look to add to the £183,670 they successfully scooped on Grand National day. The 16 runner Tote Ten to Follow Handicap-the 3.35 from Haydock-has been selected as the Bonus race.


"With a maximum of just two of the 16 runners in the highly competitive Tote Ten to Follow Handicap running for our Bonus Prize fund players, there's a good chance that the Bonus Prize fund will go unwon, grow and rollover again to next Saturday," said Tote spokesman Jeremy Scott.

"If that were to happen the Bonus Prize fund pool would break the £400,000 mark, making it the biggest pool for nearly a year. With such big money at stake, many punters may well decide it's worth doing a few extra lines this Saturday in effect gambling that the Bonus Prize Fund is not won, and will have swollen again for next Saturday."

"Taking aside the Bonus Prize fund race, the remaining five Scoop6 legs average just over nine runners each making it look a particularly punter friendly Scoop6 card, and with the potential of a whopping Bonus Prize fund pool to play for it may prove folly not to have a stab at the Scoop6 tomorrow."

Saturday's Scoop6 legs are:
leg 1 2.35 Haydock Key 103 Classified Stakes
leg 2 3.05 Haydock Field Marshal Stakes
leg 3 3.20 Market Rasen John Smith's Handicap Chase
leg 4 3.35 Haydock Tote Ten to Follow Handicap
leg 5 3.50 Market Rasen Weatherbys Bank Handicap Hurdle
leg 6 4.10 Haydock discover-racing.com Rated Stakes



GALA CASINOS DAILY RECORD SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL A WEEK AWAY




The Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National, worth £100,000, is the highlight of a tremendous day's racing on the second and final day of Scotland's biggest National Hunt meeting at Ayr.

The two-day Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National Festival takes place on Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, with the big race due off at 4pm on the Saturday.

Scotland's most valuable jump race, which has safety limit of 30 runners, is supported by the £26,000 Samsung Electronics Scottish Champion Hurdle (2.45pm), the £26,000 Ashleybank Investments Future Champion Novices' Chase (2.10pm), the £30,000-added Gala Casinos Daily Record Novices' Handicap Chase (1.35pm) and the £20,000-added Stent Foundations Able Transport Handicap Chase (3.25pm) among other races.

Minehead trainer Philip Hobbs, whose What's Up Boys finished second in the Martell Grand National, could aim to go one better at Ayr with his Racing Post Chase victor Gunther McBride who was subsequently sixth in the William Hill National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Hobbs said: "Gunther McBride is a likely runner at this stage. He seems in good form since Cheltenham. We think that the flat track at Ayr may suit him better."
The furthest Gunther McBride has won over so far is three miles. When questioned as to whether he thinks the horse will last over the four miles and one furlong at Ayr, Hobbs replied: "Richard Johnson seems to think he'll get the trip - so I hope he's right!"
Hobbs is not overly concerned with the ground conditions for the seven-year-old Glacial Storm gelding, who has won on ground ranging from heavy to good.

"I don't think the ground will make any difference to him although he may not run if the ground came up too firm. As long as it is not too firm, I would imagine he'd run."
Richard Johnson partnered Gunther McBride to his victory in the Racing Post Chase at Kempton.

Hobbs added: "Richard Johnson may ride him again, unless he prefers one of our other two, because we will probably also run Enrique and Atavistic."
Paris Pike, a first fence faller in the Martell Grand National at Aintree on April 6, will attempt to become the first dual winner of the Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National since Androma (1984 & 1985).

The Ferdy Murphy-trained challenger first captured the Scottish Grand National in 2000 and J P McNamara will take over from Richard Guest as his jockey.

Ayr specialist Grey Abbey is also on target for the great race. The eight-year-old, who has won six times at Ayr, will be one of the leading fancies.

Martin Pipe recently said that his leading chaser Cyfor Malta is set for the contest. Cyfor Malta's owner David Johnson is likely to have several runners at the meeting as he chases the jump owners' championship.

The Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National Festival opens on Friday, April 19, and the highlight that day is the £15,000-added Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase.

The Golden Lions Pride Of Scotland Parachute Team will launch Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National Day at 12.45pm on Saturday, April 20.

There will be a pipe band in attendance also on Scottish jump racing's biggest day. It will play in the parade ring from 11 am and later on march along the racecourse.

Chris Kennedy of Ayr Racecourse commented: "The racing is going to be terrific on Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National Day and we are anticipating a good crowd."
Watering started on Thursday, April 11, following a relatively dry spell. The aim is to achieve good jumping ground. The watering will be reviewed after the weekend and could continue up to the first day of the meeting, Friday, April 19, if there is no rain.


For further information, please contact Chris Kennedy at Ayr Racecourse on 01292 264179 or go to www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk

THE GALA CASINOS DAILY RECORD SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL

Class A, Grade Three, Total Prize Fund £100,000. Ayr, Saturday, April 20, 2002, four miles & about one furlong. For five-year-olds & upwards. Penalties: after March 23, a winner of a steeple chase 5lb. Entries closed March 20, entries & weights revealed March 27 (79 entries), forfeit stage April 2 (67 entries remained), five-day confirmation stage April 15, final declaration stage 10.00am, April 19. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of April 11, 2002.


6/111-34F MARLBOROUGH (IRE) 10-11-12 Sir Robert Ogden Nicky Henderson
0310-124 KINGSMARK (IRE) 9-11-09 Sir Robert Ogden Martin Todhunter
312-32P SHOTGUN WILLY (IRE) 8-11-06 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
11//3-1402 CYFOR MALTA (FR) 9-11-05 David Johnson Martin Pipe
113-P513 BLOWING WIND (FR) 9-10-11 Peter Deal Martin Pipe
521-053B AD HOC (IRE) 8-10-11 Sir Robert Ogden Paul Nicholls
1F4P131 GREY ABBEY (IRE) 8-10-11 (5lb Ex) Ken & Elinor Roper, Norman Furness Barry Murtagh
11/-2P66F PARIS PIKE (IRE) 10-10-11 Major Ivan & Tizzie Straker Ferdy Murphy
121-1P1 MONTIFAULT (FR) 7-10-07 Mrs A. E. Fulton Paul Nicholls
0-36P4P5 TAKE CONTROL (IRE) 8-10-06 David Johnson Martin Pipe
212116 MAXIMIZE (IRE) 8-10-06 Lady Vestey Henrietta Knight
30-1512F SAMUEL WILDERSPIN 10-10-06 Stella Barnes and Steve Smith Richard Lee
F-502F3 JOCKS CROSS (IRE) 11-10-06 Gill Harrison Venetia Williams
1/022P-PF INN AT THE TOP 10-10-06 Sylvia Blakeley Jim Turner
31F133 CHIVES (IRE) 7-10-06 Trevor Hemmings Henrietta Knight
1210-00 DEANO'S BEENO 10-10-06 Axom Martin Pipe
5-56P1P0 STREAMSTOWN (IRE) 8-10-06 Haydock Park National Hunt Partnership Ferdy Murphy
262P21P MURT'S MAN (IRE) 8-10-04 Derek Millard Paul Nicholls
0-143540 YOU'RE AGOODUN 10-10-04 Jeff Lammiman Martin Pipe
11-62021 CARBURY CROSS (IRE) 8-10-03 (5lb Ex) Anne Duchess of Westminster Jonjo O'Neill
1U6-6PUU FRANTIC TAN (IRE) 10-10-03 The Bunkers Hill Mob Nigel Twiston-Davies
0533601 BINDAREE (IRE) 8-10-02 (5lb Ex) Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
2122P50 ROYAL PREDICA (FR) 8-10-02 Peter Deal, John Dale & Allan Stennett Martin Pipe
1U2P10F THE LAST FLING (IRE) 12-10-01 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
222116 GUNTHER MCBRIDE (IRE) 7-9-13 Mike Tuckey Philip Hobbs
2F114PU ARTIC JACK (FR) 6-9-12 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson
11U34P2 SOUTHERN STAR (IRE) 7-9-12 Southern Brick & Tile Co Ltd Henrietta Knight
222P3/P-F NIKI DEE (IRE) 12-9-12 George Dilger Peter Beaumont
50-232P0 BIRKDALE (IRE) 11-9-11 Miss J. V. Morgan Ferdy Murphy
511PP5 WONDER WEASEL (IRE) 9-9-10 David Halsall Kim Bailey
11F-4P12 ENRIQUE (GER) 7-9-10 Sir Robert Ogden Philip Hobbs
//21/2/B-60 MELY MOSS (FR) 11-9-10 Darren Mercer & Lucille Boden Charles Egerton
6P-363PP ACKZO 9-9-10 Nicola Spence Ferdy Murphy
22223PF IRIS BLEU (FR) 6-9-09 David Johnson Martin Pipe
U221465 SUPREME CHARM (IRE) 10-9-09 Paul Vogt Kim Bailey
22223P ATAVISTIC (IRE) 10-9-08 Jill Emery, A.Staple, E.Morris Philip Hobbs
33-1110F CARRYONHARRY (IRE) 8-9-06 Drs' David Silk J Castro M Gillard P Walker Martin Pipe
2P34100 SKILLWISE 10-9-06 Chris Calvert Tim Easterby
322121 RITH DUBH (IRE) 10-9-06 J. P. McManus Jonjo O'Neill
F2112//-5U LORD OF THE RIVER (IRE) 10-9-06 Brian Stewart-Brown Nicky Henderson
1-6F145 A PIECE OF CAKE (IRE) 9-9-05 Lightbody Celebration Cakes Ltd Mary Reveley
1203P2 MINI SENSATION (IRE) 9-9-05 J. P. McManus Jonjo O'Neill
3P4-431U LAST OPTION 10-9-04 Robin Tate Robin Tate
042UF00 LUZCADOU (FR) 9-9-04 Andrew Chappell Ferdy Murphy
P2-R212 RADIATION (IRE) 9-9-03 Anne Duchess of Westminster Jonjo O'Neill
5-12P1F LANMIRE TOWER (IRE) 8-9-02 Rowfield Racing Jonjo O'Neill
222/-311 ROBERTY BOB (IRE) 7-9-02 P. J. H. Wills Henry Daly
256000 DARK STRANGER (FR) 11-9-02 Terry Neill Martin Pipe
21P-2U1 BALLYSTONE (IRE) 9-9-01 Andrew W.B.Duncan & S.E.Constable Len Lungo
0302PP KIT SMARTIE (IRE) 10-9-00 Donald Forster Donald Forster
0-33220 MISTER BIGTIME (IRE) 8-9-00 Jean Bishop Richard Rowe
4-3051F LORDBERNIEBOUFFANT (IRE) 9-8-13 The Marvellous Partnership Josh Gifford
50P-150 TYNDARIUS (IRE) 11-8-12 Alex Shaw Brian Ellison
3413/0-1 MYSTERE (IRE) 9-8-12 Christine Davies Venetia Williams
PPPF6P NARROW WATER (IRE) 9-8-11 Getjar Limited Ferdy Murphy
P1F3503 MEADOWBANK 8-8-11 Lord Manton Mick Easterby
5503400 NO RETREAT (NZ) 9-8-09 Mark & Amanda Harris Brian Baugh
P-112206 CHEROKEE BOY 10-8-08 Hunt & Co (Bournemouth) Ltd John Ryall
P225U30 SCOTTON GREEN 11-8-08 The I.B. & B.D.F. Partnership Tim Easterby
2224536 WISHBONE (IRE) 9-8-08 The Big Bone Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies
3520PP BANK AVENUE 11-8-08 S. D. Hemstock Mark Pitman
F441/1/3- SWEET LORD (IRE) 11-8-07 I. S. Networking Solutions Ltd Jim Old
1-PUP1U4 SOLWAY ROSE 8-7-06 David Alan Harrison Liz Harrison
1UF334 JOWOODY 9-7-02 Tagwood Syndicate Mary Reveley
P32/-2U1P POPSI'S CLOGGS 10-6-13 The Popsi Partners Roger Curtis
P6RP-P30 VAGUE IDEA 9-6-02 Oliver Carter Oliver Carter
U04050 ALL BUT (IRE) 10-5-06 James Clements James Clements IRE

67 Entries
1 Irish-trained

2002 GALA CASINOS DAILY RECORD SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL RACE SCHEDULE

Friday, April 19, 2002

Time Distance Added Prize Money

2.20 JAMES BARR NOVICES' HURDLE 2m £7,400

2.50 GALA CASINOS NOVICES' CHASE 2m £9,000

3.20 DAILY RECORD NOVICES' HANDICAP HURDLE 3m ½f £10,000

3.50 HILLHOUSE QUARRY HANDICAP CHASE 2m 4f £15,000

4.20 ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND NATIONAL HUNT' NOVICES' HURDLE 2m 4f £7,400

4.50 ROYAL SCOTS DRAGOON GUARDS ILPH HUNTERS' CHASE 3m 3½f £4,000

5.20 HLB KIDSONS HANDICAP HURDLE 2m 6f £10,000


Saturday, April 20, 2002

Time Distance Added Prize Money

1.35 GALA CASINOS DAILY RECORD NOVICES' HANDICAP CHASE 3m 1f £30,000

2.10 ASHLEYBANK INVESTMENTS FUTURE CHAMPION NOVICES' CHASE (Grade 2) 2m 4f £26,000 (Total)

2.45 SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS SCOTTISH CHAMPION HURDLE (Grade 2) 2m £26,000 (Total)

3.25 STENT FOUNDATIONS ABLE TRANSPORT HANDICAP CHASE 2m £20,000

4.00 GALA CASINOS DAILY RECORD SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL CHASE 4m 1f £100,000 (Total)

4.35 PURVIS MARQUEES JUVENILE NOVICES' HURDLE 2m £7,400

5.10 ASHLEYBANK INVESTMENTS STANDARD OPEN NATIONAL HUNT FLAT RACE 2m £4,000

Total Added and Guaranteed Prize Money £276,200


WINNING TRAINERS AND JOCKEYS SINCE 1966

Trainers
ARMYTAGE, RODDY: 1975 BARONA, 1976 BARONA

BEAUMONT, PETER: 1999 YOUNG KENNY

BELL, HARRY: 1972 QUICK REPLY, 1977 SEBASTIAN V, 1981 ASTRAL CHARMER

CLAY, BOB: 1973 ESBAN

CRUMP, NEVILLE: 1968 ARCTURUS, 1980 SALKELD, 1983 CANTON
(Also 1959 MERRYMAN II & 1949 WOT NO SUN)

EDWARDS, JOHN: 1987 LITTLE POLVEIR

FAIRBAIRN, ROBERT: 1966 AFRICAN PATROL

FITZGERALD, JIMMY: 1984 ANDROMA, 1985 ANDROMA

McCAIN, GINGER: 1974 RED RUM

MURPHY, FERDY: 2000 PARIS PIKE

NICHOLSON, DAVID: 1996 MOORCROFT BOY, 1998 BARONET

NICHOLLS, PAUL: 1997 BELMONT KING

OLIVER, KEN: 1970 THE SPANIARD, 1971 YOUNG ASH LEAF, 1979 FIGHTING FIT, 1982 COCKLE STRAND
(Also 1963 PAPPAGENO'S COTTAGE)

PIPE, MARTIN: 1993 RUN FOR FREE

PITMAN, JENNY: 1995 WILLSFORD

POPHAM, CHRIS: 1989 ROLL-A-JOINT

RENILSON, GRAHAM: 1978 KING CON

RICHARDS, GORDON: 1969 PLAYLORD, 1990 FOUR TRIX

RIMELL, FRED: 1967 THE FOSSA

STEPHENSON, ARTHUR: 1991 KILLONE ABBEY
(Also 1961 KINMONT WULLIE)

TAYLOR, LAVINIA 2001 GINGEMBRE

TWISTON-DAVIES, NIGEL: 1992 CAPTAIN DIBBLE, 1994 EARTH SUMMIT

WALTON, FRANK: 1988 MIGHTY MARK

WILKINSON, JUMBO: 1986 HARDY LAD

Jockeys
ATKINS, DENNIS: 1980 SALKELD

BARNES, MAURICE: 1972 QUICK REPLY

BARRY, RON: 1969 PLAYLORD

BOURKE, JIMMY: 1973 ESBAN

BRIDGWATER, DAVID: 1994 EARTH SUMMIT

BROGAN, BARRY: 1970 THE SPANIARD

BUCKLEY, PAT: 1968 ARCTURUS

BYRNE, DEREK: 1990 FOUR TRIX

CRAGGS, MR PETER: 1978 KING CON

DUTTON, DAVID: 1982 COCKLE STRAND

DWYER, MARK: 1984 ANDROMA, 1985 ANDROMA, 1996 MOORCROFT BOY

ENNIS, PETER: 1971 YOUNG ASH LEAF

FARRANT, RODNEY: 1995 WILLSFORD

FLETCHER, BRIAN: 1974 RED RUM

GOULDING, JOHN: 1981 ASTRAL CHARMER

GRANT, CHRIS: 1991 KILLONE ABBEY

HAMMOND, MICKY: 1986 HARDY LAD

HAWKINS, COLIN: 1979 FIGHTING FIT

KELLEWAY, PAUL: 1975 BARONA, 1976 BARONA

LAMB, RIDLEY: 1977 SEBASTIAN V

LEECH, JOHN: 1966 AFRICAN PATROL

MAGUIRE, ADRIAN 1998 BARONET, 2000 PARIS PIKE

McCOY, TONY: 1997 BELMONT KING

PERRETT, MARK: 1993 RUN FOR FREE

POWELL, BRENDAN: 1989 ROLL-A-JOINT, 1999 YOUNG KENNY

SCUDAMORE, PETER: 1987 LITTLE POLVEIR, 1992 CAPTAIN DIBBLE

STOREY, BRIAN: 1988 MIGHTY MARK

THORNTON, ANDREW 2001 GINGEMBRE

TURNELL, ANDY: 1967 THE FOSSA

WHYTE, KEVIN: 1983 CANTON


GALA CASINOS DAILY RECORD SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL ROLL OF HONOUR

2001 Saturday, April 21 [Good to Firm]
1. GINGEMBRE (Lavinia Taylor) Lavinia Taylor 7-11-02 Andrew Thornton
2. Ad Hoc - Paul Nicholls 7-10-13 Mick Fitzgerald
3. Supreme Glory - Pat Murphy 8-10-01 Leighton Aspell
12/1 Gingembre, 10/1 Ad Hoc, 14/1 Supreme Glory 30 ran

2000 Saturday, April 15 [Good to Firm]
1. PARIS PIKE (Major Ivan & Tizzy Straker) Ferdy Murphy 8-11-00 Adrian Maguire
2. Noble Lord - Richard Philips 7-10-00 Jimmy McCarty
3. Young Kenny - Peter Beaumont 9-11-10 Brendan Powell
5/1JF Paris Pike, 25/1 Noble Lord, 10/1 Young Kenny. 18 ran

1999 Saturday, April 17 [Soft]
1. YOUNG KENNY (Gareth Read) Peter Beaumont 8-11-10 Brendan Powell
2. Hollybank Buck - Tony Martin 9-11-00 Norman Williamson
3.Full Of Oats - Philip Hobbs 13-9-11 Robert Widger
5/2F Young Kenny, 8/1 Hollybank Buck, 20/1 Full Of Oats. 15 ran

1998 Saturday, April 18 [Good]
1. BARONET (Mrs Patricia Thompson) David Nicholson 8-10-00 Adrian Maguire
2. Eudipe - Martin Pipe 6-10-12 Paul Carberry
3.Belmont King - Paul Nicholls 10-11-10 Mick Fitzgerald
7/1 Baronet, 14/1 Eudipe, 16/1 Belmont King. 18 ran

1997 Saturday, April 19 [Good]
1. BELMONT KING (Mrs Billie Bond) Paul Nicholls 9-11-10 Tony McCoy
2. Samlee - Philip Hobbs 8-10-00 Norman Williamson
3. Baronet - David Nicholson 7-10-02 Richard Johnson
16/1 Belmont King, 8/1 Samlee, 11/1 Baronet. 17 ran

1996 Saturday, April 20 [Good to Soft]
1. MOORCROFT BOY (K G Manley) David Nicholson 11-10-02 Mark Dwyer
2. General Wolfe - Tim Forster 7-10-02 Richard Dunwoody
3. Arthur's Minstrel - David Nicholson 9-9-11 Richard Johnson (3)
20/1 Moorcroft Boy, 9/2 General Wolfe, 16/1 Arthur's Minstrel. 27 ran

1995 Saturday, April 22 [Good to Firm]
1. WILLSFORD (Arnie Kaplan) Jenny Pitman 12-10-12 Rodney Farrant
2. Sweet Duke - Nigel Twiston-Davies 8-11-1 Carl Llewellyn
3. Lo Stregone - Tom Tate 9-10-4 Russ Garritty
16/1 Willsford, 10/1 Sweet Duke, 11/1 Lo Stregone. 22 ran

1994 Saturday, April 16 [Good]
1. EARTH SUMMIT (Summit Partnership) Nigel Twiston-Davies 6-10-0 David Bridgwater2. Bishops Island - David Nicholson 8-10-9 Adrian Maguire
3. Superior Finish - Jenny Pitman 8-10-9 Peter Niven
16/1 Earth Summit, 7/1 cf3 Bishops Island, 7/1 cf3 Superior Finish. 22 ran

1993 Saturday, April 17 [Good]
1. RUN FOR FREE (Mrs Millicent R Freethy) Martin Pipe 9-11-10 Mark Perrett
2. Merry Master - Roddy Armytage 9-10-0 Gee Armytage
3. Mister Ed - Roger Curtis 10-10-0 Derek Morris
6/1 Run For Free, 28/1 Merry Master, 12/1 Mister Ed. 21 ran

1992 Saturday, April 11 [Good]
1. CAPTAIN DIBBLE (Mrs R Vaughan) Nigel Twiston-Davies 7-11-0 Peter Scudamore
2. Dalkey Sound - Mary Reveley 9-11-7 Peter Niven
3. Off The Bru - Sue Bradburne 7-10-2 Mr John Bradburne
9/1 Captain Dibble, 12/1 Dalkey Sound, 200/1 Off The Bru. 21 ran

1991 Saturday, April 20 [Good to Firm; good patches]
1. KILLONE ABBEY (Peter Piller) Arthur Stephenson 8-10-0 Chris Grant
2. Omerta - Martin Pipe 11-9-8 Mr Adrian Maguire
3. Over The Road - John Upson 10-10-0 Robbie Supple
40/1 Killone Abbey, 2/1f Omerta, 14/1 Over The Road. 18 ran.


1990 Saturday, April 21 [Good to Soft]
1. FOUR TRIX (Adair Catherwood) Gordon Richards 9-10-0 Derek Byrne
2. Tartan Takeover - Gordon Richards 8-10-0 Richard Rowe
3. Birling Jack - John Edwards 9-10-0 Peter Niven
25/1 Four Trix, 12/1 Tartan Takeover, 16/1 Birling Jack. 28 ran

1989 Saturday, April 15 [Heavy]
1. ROLL-A-JOINT (Rhys Thomas Williams) Chris Popham 11-10-0 Brendan Powell
2. Charter Hardware - John Edwards 7-9-7 Mr Norman Williamson
3. Four Trix - Gordon Richards 8-10-8 Richard Dunwoody
4/1 Roll-A-Joint, 16/1 Charter Hardware, 6/1 Four Trix. 11 ran

1988 Saturday, April 16 [Good to Soft]
1. MIGHTY MARK (Mrs F T Walton) Frank Walton 9-10-4 Brian Storey
2. Cheeny's Brig - Brian Mactaggart 8-10-4 Tim Reed
3. Over The Road - Terry Casey 7-10-6 Mr Tom Costello
9/1 Mighty Mark, 16/1 Cheeny's Brig, 12/1 Over The Road. 17 ran

1987 Saturday, April 11 [Heavy]
1. LITTLE POLVEIR (Michael Shone) John Edwards 10-10-0 Peter Scudamore
2. Jimbrook - Peter Easterby 10-10-1 Lorcan Wyer
3. Burannpour - Toby Balding 7-10-1 Simon Sherwood
12/1 Little Polveir, 6/1 Jimbrook, 7/1 Burannpour. 11 ran

1986 Saturday, April 19 [Good]
1. HARDY LAD (Mrs J M L Milligan) Jumbo Wilkinson 9-10-0 Micky Hammond
2. Corbiere - Jenny Pitman 11-10-0 Ben de Haan
3. Miss Rubbish - John Brockbank 8-10-1 Robert Earnshaw
28/1 Hardy Lad, 12/1 Corbiere, 66/1 Miss Rubbish. 24 ran

1985 Saturday, April 20 [Good]
1. ANDROMA (Wickersley Construction (Homes) Ltd) Jimmy FitzGerald 8-10-0 Mark Dwyer
2. Righthand Man - Monica Dickinson 8-11-7 Graham Bradley
3. Why Forget - Arthur Stephenson 9-10-0 Mr P J Dun
11/1 Androma, 7/4 fav Righthand Man, 16/1 Why Forget. 18 ran

1984 Saturday, April 14 [Good]
1. ANDROMA (Wickersley Construction (Homes) Ltd) Jimmy FitzGerald 7-10-0 Mark Dwyer
2. Why Forget - Arthur Stephenson 8-10-2 Ridley Lamb
3. Bobjob - John Brockbank 11-10-7 Geordie Dun
7/1 Androma, 20/1 Why Forget, 33/1 Bobjob. 19 ran

1983 Saturday, April 16 [Good to Soft]
1. CANTON (Simon Lycett Green) Neville Crump 9-10-2 Kevin Whyte
2. Was I Right - Jimmy FitzGerald 8-10-0 Mark Dwyer
3. Whiggie Geo - Miss J Sanderson 11-11-0 Mr Nigel Tutty
16/1 Canton, 16/1 Was I Right, 18/1 Whiggie Geo. 22 ran

1982 Saturday, April 17 [Good to Firm]
1. COCKLE STRAND (Col David Greig) Ken Oliver 9-9-11 David Dutton
2. Three To One - Ken Oliver 11-10-8 Jonjo O'Neill
3. Two Swallows - Roddy Armytage 9-11-7 Anthony Webber
9/1 Cockle Strand, 9/2 Three To One, 9/1 Two Swallows. 15 ran

1981 Saturday, April 11 [Good]
1. ASTRAL CHARMER (C H Bell) Harry Bell 8-9-10 John Goulding
2. Current Gold - Gordon Richards 10-10-4 Neale Doughty
3. Jer - P Bevan 10-10-3 Trevor Wall
66/1 Astral Charmer, 9/1 Current Gold, 8/1 Jer. 21 ran

1980 Saturday, April 19 [Firm]
1. SALKELD (E Bell) Neville Crump 8-10-0 Denis Atkins
2. Tarqestral - J P Daly (IRE) 9-10-3 Mr Ted Walsh
3. Unruly Sun - Tommy Craig 9-10-4 Geordie Dun
14/1 Salkeld, 11/1 Tarqestral, 66/1 Unruly Sun. 23 ran

1979 Saturday, April 21 [Good]
1. FIGHTING FIT (Mrs L Carr) Ken Oliver 7-10-10 Colin Hawkins
2. Aldaniti - Josh Gifford 9-10-13 Bob Champion
3. Fair View - George Fairbairn 9-10-10 Ridley Lamb
9/1 Fighting Fit, 9/2 fav Aldaniti, 8/1 Fair View. 19 ran

1978 Saturday, April 15 [Good]
1. KING CON (G Renilson) Graham Renilson 9-9-13 Mr Peter Craggs
2. Rubstic - John Leadbetter 9-10-12 Maurice Barnes
3. Current Gold - Gordon Richards 7-11-1 David Goulding
33/1 King Con, 11/1 Rubstic, 7/1 Current Gold. 21 ran

1977 Saturday, April 16 [Good to Firm]
1. SEBASTIAN V (R Jeffreys) Harry Bell 9-10-2 Ridley Lamb
2. Our Edition - Stan Mellor 10-11-8 S Jobar
3. No Gypsy - David Nicholson 8-11-1 R Mangan
9/2 Sebastian V, 5/1 Our Edition, 14/1 No Gypsy. 18 ran

1976 Saturday, April 10 [Good]
1. BARONA (Bill Whitbread) Roddy Armytage 10-10-2 Paul Kelleway
2. Bentley Boy - David Nicholson 11-10-0 John Suthern
3. Another Muddle - Stan Mellor 7-10-7 Jeremy Glover
12/1 Barona, 20/1 Bentley Boy, 12/1 Another Muddle. 23 ran

1975 Saturday, April 19 [Good]
1. BARONA (Bill Whitbread) Roddy Armytage 9-10-0 Paul Kelleway
2. Rubstic - C H Bell 6-9-8 Martin Blackshaw
3. The Benign Bishop - Ken Oliver 8-11-8 Ron Barry
33/1 Barona, 14/1 Rubstic, 9/2 The Benign Bishop. 17 ran

1974 Saturday, April 20 [Firm]
1. RED RUM (Noel le Mare) Ginger McCain 9-11-13 Brian Fletcher
2. Proud Tarquin - Roddy Armytage 11-10-7 Lord Oaksey
3. Kildagin - David Nicholson 10-9-7 John Suthern
11/8 Fav Red Rum, 16/1 Proud Tarquin, 20/1 Kildagin. 17 ran
1973-Esban [Miss Dorothy Squires] Robert Clay 9-9-11 Jimmy Bourke 16/1 21 ran
1972-Quick Reply [W Thyne] Harry Bell 7-9-9 Maurice Barnes 11/1 17 ran
1971-Young Ash Leaf [R McDonald] Ken Oliver 7-10-2 Peter Ennis 12/1 21 ran
1970-The Spaniard [W T Rimmer] Ken Oliver 8-10-0 Barry Brogan 8/1 10 ran
1969-Playlord [P Cussins] Gordon Richards 8-12-0 Ron Barry 9/1 17 ran
1968-Arcturus [Lady Hay] Neville Crump 7-10-4 Pat Buckley 4/1 10 ran
1967-The Fossa [R Greatbach] Fred Rimell 10-9-12 Andy Turnell 8/1 18 ran
1966-African Patrol [Miss A H Robertson] Robert Fairbairn 7-10-7 J Leech 10/1 17 ran
Run at Bogside prior to 1966.



GALA CASINOS DAILY RECORD SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL HISTORY
The history of Scotland's most prestigious jump race, the Scottish Grand National, can be traced back over 350 years to Bogside racecourse on Scotland's west coast.

In 1636, the first race meeting was established on Irvine Moor, later known as Bogside, by the Earl of Eglinton. This event became known as the Irvine Marymass races and celebrated the Feast of the Annunciation, or Lady Day, on March 25. The Marymass races took place on the Flat and it was not until 200 years later, with the formation of the Eglinton Park Racing Club in 1836, that jump racing became a possibility.

The first steeplechase recorded in Scotland took place at Bogside on April 25, 1839. Lord Eglinton owned two of the six runners, partnering his horse Coventry to victory over his other hope Multum In Parvo.
The West of Scotland Grand National, a handicap chase over about three miles with £100 added money, was staged at Bogside on May 3, 1867. The race was won by the Duke of Hamilton's The Elk who is known as the first victor of the Scottish Grand National, which was the title taken up in 1881.

By 1924 the Eglinton estate was broken up but racing at Bogside was rescued when John Jackson, the chairman of Haydock Park in Lancashire, formed a company to continue the racing.

The 1930s produced some excellent Scottish National performances. In 1934, Southern Hero, the mount of Jack Fawcus, gained the first of his three victories, winning again in 1936 and in 1939 as a 14-year-old.

The Second World War meant that the Scottish Grand National was not run again until 1947. Southern Hero's achievements were not matched until the 1950s when Queen's Taste took the chase in 1953, 1954 and 1956 with a different jockey up each time.

The formation of the Levy Board in 1961 put pressure on racecourses deemed uneconomic and this factor, combined with the proximity of an explosives factory, meant that Bogside closed in 1965.

Bill McHarg, clerk of the course at Bogside and joint clerk at Ayr with Kit Patterson, ensured that the Scottish Grand National did not remain homeless. The race was staged at Ayr for the first time in 1966, with Johnny Leech riding African Patrol to victory.

The change of venue and the increase in length from three miles, seven furlongs to four miles and 120 yards did not impact on the quality of the runners. The Fossa, successful in 1967, took part in 80 chases without a fall. Other winners include Playlord and The Spaniard and, perhaps most famously, Red Rum who completed a unique double in 1974, winning both the English and Scottish Grand Nationals.

Barona's second successive win in the Scottish Grand National in 1976 came just seven days after his fourth to Rag Trade in the English equivalent. Turning for home at Ayr the tough chaser found the reserves of strength to challenge, going ahead after Bentley Boy erred at the second last.

In 1978, with £14,903 of first prize money on offer, the Scottish National became the most valuable event in the history of Scottish racing. The race resulted in a notable triumph for the small Scottish stable of permit holder Graham Renilson.

King Con was one of a handful of jumpers trained by Renilson at Jedburgh near the English border. The horse came to steeplechasing from the point-to-point field, proving himself as a tough, gritty performer under Rules.

King Con and runner-up Rubstic were prominent from the start of the race. When the leader Cottage Queen began to falter on the final circuit it was Rubstic who took up the running, always challenged by King Con who, under amateur Peter Craggs, took the lead in the straight and won impressively.

The 1981 renewal was one of the most extraordinary in the history of the race. The 66/1 shot Astral Charmer had been on the lowest published weight, 8st 7lb, 21lb below the statutory minimum to be carried of 10 stone, when the entries were published.

The nine-year-old, trained by Harry Bell, built up a huge lead in the early part of the race, despite trying to run out near the racecourse stables. As the field headed out onto the final circuit, Astral Charmer, under claimer John Goulding, was almost a fence clear. The other jockeys seemed to make no effort to close the gap, maybe regarding the horse as a no-hoper and on entering the straight, Astral Charmer was still well ahead.The horse finally began to weaken approaching the last fence, becoming tired on the run in.
But despite frantic efforts from the experienced jockeys behind, Astral Charmer held on by three lengths to become the longest-priced winner ever of the Scottish Grand National.

In saddling the first two home in the 1982 race, trainer Ken Oliver improved on an already impressive record. Cockle Strand was the fifth Scottish Grand National winner Hawick-based Oliver had trained, the others being Pappageno's Cottage in 1963, The Spaniard in 1970, Young Ash Leaf in 1971 and Fighting Fit in 1979. In addition, Oliver partnered Sanvina to victory as an amateur rider at Bogside in 1950.

Cockle Strand took up the running three out, with the main threat coming from stable-mate and second favourite Three To One. At the last Three To One jumped upsides and, for a moment, looked as though he was going to get past but Cockle Strand, rallying under the efforts of 4lb claimer David Dutton, regained the upper hand to win by half a length.

Trainer Jimmy FitzGerald is no stranger to Scottish Grand National success. Not only did he produce Androma to win the race twice, in 1984 and 1985, he also won it as a jockey, partnering Brasher to victory when the race was last run at Bogside in 1965.
The 1984 event saw the FitzGerald stable go one better than the previous year when their horse, Was I Right, was narrowly beaten by Canton, one of trainer Neville Crump's five Scottish Grand National winners. Androma, who carried 10st and started third favourite, was always in contention and despite a mistake at the third last, was driven out by Mark Dwyer to win by five lengths from Why Forget.

The success continued the following year and was all the more remarkable for the fact that Androma had been sidelined with injury for 17 weeks, having damaged a fetlock while taking part in the Welsh National the previous December. To compound matters further, the Wetherby Easter Monday meeting, Androma's intended warm up for Ayr, was lost to the weather.

Righthand Man started the 7/4 favourite and was among the group of six that broke away from the field along with Androma, on whom Mark Dwyer had dropped his whip, and Why Forget. The race produced a fantastic climax, with Androma, who went ahead two out, holding on bravely by half a length from Righthand Man.

The 1993 victory by top-weight Run For Free was remarkable as the Martin Pipe-trained horse lost some 30 lengths at the start. Gradually making up ground, it still did not look as if he could catch front-running Merry Master. But a last-fence mistake by Merry Master gave away the advantage and Run For Free then withstood the runner-up's renewed challenge by a neck. It was a stirring race, epitomising what the Scottish Grand National is all about.

The runaway 1994 success of six-year-old Earth Summit, who went on to win the 1997 Coral Welsh National and the 1998 Martell Grand National at Aintree, provided a rare victory for his age group in this race, and made him the second novice in three years to win it following Captain Dibble, also trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, in 1992.

Willsford, aged 12, rolled back the years in 1995 to become the oldest winner of the Scottish Grand National since 14-year-old Southern Hero in 1939. He gave Jenny Pitman victory in the race. A fortnight earlier, Mrs Pitman had sent out Royal Athlete to win the Martell Grand National at Aintree, but that 12-year-old was pulled up behind his stable companion at Ayr.

Moorcroft Boy's victory in the 1996 Scottish Grand National proved to be a very emotional occasion for David Nicholson. The former hunter chaser had come close to death after sustaining terrible neck injuries from a fall in the 1994 Becher Chase at Aintree.
Nursed back to health, the gelding was sent off a 20/1 outsider in the Scottish Grand National and partnered by Mark Dwyer, who had previously won the race twice with Androma (1984 & 85), Moorcroft Boy took advantage of the testing conditions to beat General Wolfe by 11 lengths and was subsequently retired.

Belmont King's Scottish Grand National triumph in 1997 brought compensation for owner Mrs Billie Bond and trainer Paul Nicholls who missed running the horse in the Martell Grand National two weeks earlier.
Carrying top weight of 11st 10lb and with the assistance of champion jockey Tony McCoy in the saddle for the Ayr showpiece, Belmont King overcame the fastish ground to beat Samlee by 1½ lengths.

Baronet gave trainer David Nicholson his second victory in three years when capturing a thrilling 1998 renewal, with Belmont King looking for a moment as though he would secure a second successive Scottish Grand National, the first to do so since Androma in 1985. But both Eudipe and Baronet headed the gallant Belmont King after the last.

The Peter Beaumont-trained Young Kenny, ridden by Brendan Powell who was winning the race for the second time, having taken the 1989 Scottish Grand National, thoroughly enjoyed the soft ground to win by nine lengths from Hollybank Buck in 1999. In carrying 11st 10lb to victory, Young Kenny joined Run For Free in 1993 and Belmont King in 1997, to become only the third top weight to succeed in the race since Red Rum lifted the spoils shouldering 11st 13lb in 1974.

The first Scottish Grand National of the new Millennium saw the highly-promising novice Paris Pike put up an impressive performance to defeat Noble Lord and the previous year's victor Young Kenny. Paris Pike's triumph provided Adrian Maguire with his second success in the race, following Baronet in 1998, and also capped a fine year for trainer Ferdy Murphy, who in addition won the Midlands and Kerry Grand Nationals in 2000. The colours Paris Pike carried to victory were those of Major Ivan Straker, a former chairman of the Western Meeting Club which runs Ayr Racecourse.

Last season Upper Lambourn-based Lavinia Taylor landed the spoils with Gingembre, who had won the Ashleybank Investments Future Champion Novices' Chase at the meeting the previous season. Taylor, who also owned the horse, became only the second woman to train a Scottish Grand National winner after Jenny Pitman's success with Willsford in 1995.




NAYEF A POSSIBLE FOR CORONATION CUP



Nayef, the four-year-old colt trained by Marcus Tregoning, could run in the Vodafone Coronation Cup in June. Last seaso's winner of the Dubai Champion Stakes at Newmarket, has supplemented his last season success with a win in the Group 1 Dubai Sheema Classic at Nad Al Sheba in March of this year, winning from favourite Helene Vitality by two lengths.


Tregoning will not be making a final decision until Nayef has returned from quarantine in Dubai on April 26.


"We'll see when he gets back. I want to see how he is first. I will be entering him in a lot of races during the next month, but he will definitely run either at Epsom or in the Prince Of Wales Stakes at Royal Ascot."

There were questions raised of Nayef's stamina after the Sheema Classic, as Nayef appeared to fade in the final furlong of the twelve furlong race, but Tregoning feels very differently.

"I thought that the Sheema Classic was one of those truly-run races. I don't think he went off too fast at the start, he ran a good race."

Tregoning has also confirmed that distance will not play a part when deciding which race Nayef will be entered in.


"I wouldn't say he has a favoured distance. He has won his last two races over twelve furlongs, the Sheema Classic and the Cumberland Lodge Stakes at Ascot last September. Nashwan (half-brother to Nayef) has won the Derby, so the course and distance at Epsom should present no problems."

Godolphin have twelve horses entered, including the 1999 winner Daylami and last year's winner Mutafaweq. The 2000 winner Daliapour and last season's runner-up Wellbeing are also looking for success, along with the 2001 St. Leger Champion, Milan.




ROBERTS HOPEFUL FOR COMEBACK



The South African jockey, Michael Roberts, has crossed his fingers for the all-clear enabling him to return to riding once he visits his specialist in Cambridge next week.


The jockey, who was British Champion in 1992, partnering 206 successes and only thirty-six victories away from riding 4000 winners, is recovering from surgery on a crushed vertebrae in his neck which was sustained at Wolverhampton last season. The operation involved bone-grafting from his hip.


He visited his specialist on Wednesday, and speaking on the Thursday said, "He gave me an examination and he was quite pleased to a certain extent, but he's booked me in for another scan next week."



MAMEYUKI ON COURSE FOR NELL GWYN COMEBACK




Clive Brittain is aiming for success in the Shadwell Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes at Newmarket on Tuesday, with the three-year-old filly Mameyuki.

Brittain said: "The plan is to run her."

Mameyuki won her last outing at Windsor last July last year when partnered by Kieren Fallon, the hopeful jockey for Tuesday's run and Brittain's first choice for the Group 3 race.


"His agent is sorting it out. He'd taken a ride for John Dunlop and they're sorting that out now, but if Kieren rides, then she definitely runs. He's ridden her three or four times and actually, it was him who approached me to ride her, so I'm rather hoping that he will ride."

The daughter of Zafonic has wintered well and has impressed Brittain with her recent work: "She's done very well and she's come to herself fairly early. Her work's been very good, so really I'd be going there with a very good chance."
Brittain, who has had two 1000 Guineas victories with Pebbles in 1984 and Sayyedati in 1993, compared his two champion fillies with Mameyuki.


"Well, they are different. This filly was a little bit weak last year and we only gave her the two runs, where-as Pebbles and Sayyedati were more matured, but she's come on so much through the winter. I think that she's got that look of class about her."

Tuesday's Nell Gwyn Stakes sees seventeen hopefuls, including Marcus Tregoning's Misterah, winner of a maiden at Newbury and Aidan O'Brien's son of Storm Cat, Sophisticat.




VAL ROYAL FORCED INTO EARLY RETIREMENT




Six-year-old Val Royal, a Breeder's Cup Mile winner is to be retired, due to reoccurring tendon trouble.


His retirement was confirmed on Thursday evening by trainer, Julio Canani. The former French runner has been retired from competitions after his run in the Dubai Duty Free on March 23 brought him in fifth, the latest injury problem to affect the talented, but fragile horse clearly surfacing.


A winner of both Group 2 and 3 races for trainer Andre Fabre, before his sale to the USA, Val Royal has been no stranger to the treatment table, after having already spent 18-months on the sideline due to tendon trouble.


This obviously left the son of Royal Academy unimpaired, as he then came back to land the Oak Tree Breeder's Cup Mile followed by the Breeder's Cup Mile.


Canani said, "It didn't seem right to take any chances with a horse of this quality. The plan was always to retire him at the end of the season anyway.


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