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FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTS

Class is in abundance at the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival with over £700,000 in prize money and a host of top races over 2 days.

The atmosphere is electric as crowds flock to see the the sports’ top names in action as well as the potential stars of the future.

The Coral Scottish Grand National Festival is THE biggest race meeting in the country – the ultimate racing experience!

 

Top Races

Class 1 Grade 3 Coral Scottish Grand National

Jockey Adam Wedge lifting the cup after winning the Coral Scottish Grand National on Joe Farrell.

The Coral Scottish Grand National, Class 1, Grade 3

Leading the way is the £215,000 Coral Scottish Grand National, one of the most prestigious contests in the British jumps racing calendar.

Run over 4 miles, up to 30 horses negotiate 27 fences as they embark on the quest to be crowed the Coral Scottish Grand National victor.

There have been many famous winners over the years, but none more so than the mighty Red Rum in 1974 who became the first horse ever to win the Grand National and the Scottish Grand National in the same year. In 2018 after a thrilling finish Joe Farrell proved a worthy winner by the shortest of margins, rewarding Rebecca Curtis and jockey Adam Wedge with their biggest ever winner!

Class 1 Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle

Jockey Danny Cook claimed victory on Midnight Shadow in the Scottish Champion Hurdle.

Scottish Champion Hurdle, Class 1, Grade 2

Saturday’s main supporting race, the Scottish Champion Hurdle is the country’ third richest Handicap, regularly attracting a host of A-list trainers and equine stars.

Famous past winners have included Night Nurse and Sea Pigeon, while Alderbrook took the title the year after he won the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham! In 2018 a 16 runner field went to post and in a thrilling contest Midnight Shadow prevailed close to home, taking the win from Claimantakinforgan and give glory to trainer Sue Smith and jockey Danny Cook.

 

 

The Class 2 Novices' Championship Handicap Chase

Crosshue Boy in front of the packed stands after winning the Novices’ Championship Handicap Chase

Novices' CHAMPIONSHIP Handicap Chase, Class 2

Run for the first time in 2018, this £100,000 contest saw the country’s top novice chasers compete.

Crosshue Boy was first past the post, trained in Ireland by Sean Thomas Doyle and ridden by Harley Dunne. All eyes are now on the 2019 race!

Class 1 Grade 2 Jordan Electrics Future Champion Chase

Bigmartre flies a fence on his way to winning the Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champions Chase

JORDAN ELECTRICS LTD FUTURE CHAMPION NOVICES’ CHASE, CLASS 1, GRADE 2

Some of the country’s most promising chasers contest this Grade 2 race, with past winners including such famous names as Cloudy Dream, Eduard, French Opera, Monet’s Garden and Grey Abbey.

In 2018 the seven year-old Bigmatre crossed the line a length and three quarters in front of Cobra De Mai to grab the glory giving success to trainer Harry Whittington and jockey Harry Bannister.

This is a race which gives the vast crowd the opportunity to view horses who could be among the leading chasers in future years. One to watch!

Class 1 Scotty Brand Handicap Chase

Nicky Henderson’s Theinval successful in the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase Listed Race.

SCOTTY BRAND HANDICAP CHASE, Class 1

The opening race on Coral Scottish Grand National Saturday is this competitive two mile chase.

Champion trainer Nicky Henderson has won this race for the past two years – Vaniteaux being successful in 2017 under jockey Noel Fehily and Theinval and Jerry McGrath triumphing in 2018.

Previous winners include Duke of Navan in 2015, Raya Star in 2012 and Noble Request in 2010. Leading trainers to have captured this prize include Alan King, Nicky Richards and Phillip Hobbs.

Class 1 Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase

Harry Skelton wins on Value At Risk in the Hillhouse Quarry Chase Listed Race

HILLHOUSE QUARRY HANDICAP CHASE, Class 1

The feature race on the Friday of the Coral Scottish Grand National where trainer Dan Skelton has saddled the winner for the last two years – in 2018 Value At Risk, ridden by trainer’s brother Dan, beat Sizing Platinum by a length to claim the handsome trophy.

The 2017 winner was Two Taffs, and this time the Skelton runner had Irish jockey Davy Russell riding, while in 2016 Definitely Red proved victorious and continues to compete at the top level.

Class 2 coral.co.uk mares' Handicap Hurdle

Naranja wins the Coral.co.uk Seafield Trophy Mares’ Handicap Hurdle

coral.co.uk seafield trophy mares' Handicap Hurdle, Class 2

Run over three miles the Coral.co.uk Seafield Trophy Mares’ Hurdle race is the main supporting contest on the opening day of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival.

First run in 2009 there have been some notable winners including Jenny’s Melody who was successful in both 2015 and 2017.

The 2018 running was contested by 16 runners with the honours going to the Jamie Snowden trained Naranja, ridden by Sean Bowen who won by a neck from Our Valentina.