FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

During the jumps season pride of place goes to the Coral Scottish Grand National, which boasts £215,000 in prize-money and regularly attracts fields of 30 runners vying to land the second biggest Saturday prize in the entire UK national hunt season.

This race is also the fifth biggest in terms of betting turnover in the whole of the UK.

The main supporting race on Coral Scottish Grand National Saturday is the £105,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle now one of the top five handicap hurdle races of its type in Britain which saw a great finish in 2015 between two horses from leading yards. The Philip Hobbs trained Cheltenian just held on to beat Nicky Henderson’s Sign Of A Victory.

Top Races

Coral Scottish Grand National

Vicente, winner of the 2016 Coral Scottish Grand National

The Coral Scottish Grand National

The richest jumps contest in Scotland, the second richest run on a Saturday during the national hunt season and the fourth biggest in turnover this undoubtedly is a race with serious credentials. First raced at Ayr in 1966 the most famous former winner is the legendary Red Rum in 1974. Sir Anthony McCoy rode Belmont King to win for trainer Paul Nicholls in 1997 and 19 years later in 2016 the same trainer saddled Vicente, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies to win. Run over four miles.

QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle

Ch’itebello, trained by Dan Skelton and ridden by Harry Skelton, winner of the 2016 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle

QTS SCOTTISH CHAMPION HURDLE

Worth £105,000 in prize-money this race is now among the top two mile handicap hurdles in the UK and attracts quality runners from top yards in the UK and Ireland.

My Tent Or Yours contested in 2014 while in 2016 Ch’itebello won for trainer – jockey brothers Dan and Harry Skelton seeing off the fast finishing Cloudy Dream and Clondaw Warrior the first runner in the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle for Irish training legend Willie Mullins.

Jordan Electrics Future Champion Chase

Sam Twiston-Davies recieves his trophy after riding Le Mercurey

JORDAN ELECTRICS FUTURE CHAMPION CHASE

A race that is rich in history and which boasts former winners of the calibre of Sparky Gale (1997), Grey Abbey (2001), Monet’s Garden (2004) and French Opera in 2010. The 2016 renewal ended in triumph for the Paul Nicholls trained Le Mercurey, the mount of Sam Twiston-Davies who prevailed by seven lengths from odds on favourite Bristol de Mai.

Always a popular contest which is tun on Coral Scottish Grand National Saturday.

The Scotty Brand Handicap Chase

De Faoithesdream winner of the 2016 Scotty Brand Handicap Chase

THE SCOTTY BRAND HANDICAP CHASE (LISTED RACE)

Run immediately before the Coral Scottish Grand National this two mile chase is always a competitive affair and in 2013 was elevated to Listed status. In 2016 Evan Williams sent De Faoithesdream on the long journey from his Vale of Glamorgan base to land the prize for Wales.

The previous year also saw a worthy victor in the Nicky Richards trained Duke Of Navan.

The Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase

The 2016 running was won by Definite Red trained by Brian Ellison

THE HILLHOUSE QUARRY HANDICAP CHASE (LISTED RACE)

Hillhouse Quarry have sponsored this race for 24 years which makes it one of the longest running sponsorships in racing. In 2015 it was elevated to Listed Status and is run for £45,000 in prize-money. This is the principal event on the Friday of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival and is run over two miles four furlongs. The 2016 running was won by Definite Red trained by Brian Ellison who also saddled the winner in 2013 when Bocciani won. A real quality race.