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 Sean Quinlan lifting the cup after winning the Coral Scottish Grand National on Takingrisks.

The Coral Scottish Grand National, Class 1, Grade 3

The Coral Scottish Grand National is not only the richest jumps race run in Scotland but also one of the most prestigious contests on the National Hunt calendar.

To further underline the importance of this race it is the fourth biggest in the UK in terms of betting turnover and was watched on television by a massive 1.2 million viewers in 2019.

Run over 4 miles, with a field of up to 30 horses negotiating 27 fences this exciting spectacle has produced some historic winners.

The most famous past winner of the race was Red Rum who in 1974 became the first horse ever to win the Grand National at Aintree and the Scottish Grand National in the same year.

The magnificent trophy was kept in the north in 2019 when Takingrisks, trained by Nicky Richards and ridden by Sean Quinlan, bravely won after recovering from a first fence blunder.

Class 1 Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle

Young jockey Connor Brace claimed victory on Verdana Blue in the Scottish Champion Hurdle.

Scottish Champion Hurdle, Class 1, Grade 2

The main supporting race on Coral Scottish Grand National Saturday is well established as one of the country’s very top two mile handicap hurdles.

The 2019 running saw a stunning performance from the Nicky Henderson trained mare Verdana Blue who won as she pleased from a high class field under young jockey Connor Brace. This performance will be remembered for years to come as it was truly out of the top drawer.

This was Nicky’s first success in a race which has been won in the past by such legends as Night Nurse (1976), Sea Pigeon (1977 and 1978) and Alderbrook (1996).

 

The Class 2 Novices' Championship Handicap Chase

Molly The Dolly taking the final fence to win the Novices’ Championship Handicap Chase

CPMS Novices' CHAMPIONSHIP Handicap Chase, Class 2

This £100,000 race was run for the first time in 2018 and is the third richest contest on Coral Scottish Grand National Saturday.

Trainer Dan Skelton’s love affair with this Festival continued when his brilliant mare Molly The Dolly won by more than three lengths from Dandy Dan in 2019.

The fact that leading trainers including Paul Nicholls, Alan King, Harry Fry and Colin Tizzard all had runners shows the esteem in which this race is already held.

Class 1 Grade 2 Jordan Electrics Future Champion Chase

Secret Investor flies down the home straight to win the Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champions Chase

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

This is a really exciting two and a half mile novice chase which precedes the Coral Scottish Grand National on the Saturday card.

Some of the country’s most promising chasers contest this Grade 2 race and past winners include famous names such as Cloudy Dream (2017), Eduard (2014), French Opera (2010), Monet’s Garden (2004), Grey Abbey (2001) and Sparky Gale (1997).

In 2019 the Paul Nicholls trained Secret Investor triumphed over a field of seven runners coming home in the hands of Harry Cobden three and three quarter lengths clear of Louis’ Vac Pouch.

Class 1 Scotty Brand Handicap Chase

Dan Skelton’s Azzuri successfully on it's way to win the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase Listed Race.

SCOTTY BRAND HANDICAP CHASE, Class 1 Listed race

The opening race on Coral Scottish Grand National Saturday this two mile chase is a race run at a high tempo that normally excites the large crowd.

And in 2019 we saw a masterclass of front running and jumping when the Dan Skelton trained, Harry Skelton ridden Azzuri made all to cross the line nine lengths clear of Vosne Romanee.

A high class race it has been won in the past by horses such as Duke Of Navan (2015), Raya Star (2012) and Noble Request in 2010.

 

Class 1 Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase

Harry Skelton wins on Born Survivor in the Hillhouse Quarry Chase Listed Race

HILLHOUSE QUARRY HANDICAP CHASE, Class 1 Listed Race

The feature race on the Friday of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival and one in which Dan Skelton has saddled the winner for the last three years.

In 2019 Born Survivor, ridden by Dan’s brother Harry, followed in the hoof prints of stablemates Two Taffs (2017) and Value At Risk (2018).

Born Survivor won emphatically by seven lengths from Sizing Granite and on doing so put on a fine display of jumping.

Class 2 coral.co.uk mares' Handicap Hurdle

Yeats Baby wins the Coral.co.uk Seafield Trophy Mares’ Handicap Hurdle in front of the crowds

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

The second richest race run on the Friday of the Festival, the Coral.co.uk Seafield Trophy is run over three miles and has been won by some very talented mares down the years.

The Irish trained Jenny’s Melody was successful in 2015 and 2017 and in 2019 Irish eyes were smiling again when Yeats Baby won for trainer Emmet Mullins and jockey Alain Cawley.