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HISTORY could be made at Ayr Racecourse next Saturday (April 21) when the Paul Nicholls trained Vicente attempts to win three successive Coral Scottish Grand Nationals - a feat that was last achieved more than 100 years ago.
The nine year old who won Scotland’s richest horseracing prize in 2016 and 2017, ridden both times by Sam Twiston-Davies was set to run in the Randox Health Grand National at Aintree but was withdrawn at lunchtime on Friday as the rain continued to pour down at the Liverpool track.
Paul Nicholls said that the going which was soft, heavy in places had gone against his runner and added : “ Vicente will go to Ayr. It is pointless going out in the National when things are against you. I would have been very concerned with him jumping off that ground.
“One thing he does do at Ayr on better ground is jump well so I am hoping the forecast is right and from Tuesday onwards it will dry up right to the day and we can go there with a chance.”
The last horse to win three Scottish Nationals was Couvrefue 11 in 1911,1912 and 1913. In those days the race was run at Bogside near Irvine.
The Coral Scottish Grand National Saturday is already sold out but tickets remain for Ladies Day on Friday April 20.
Issued by Iain Ferguson on behalf of Ayr Racecourse. For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292-294972 or 07795-565691.
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