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Lucinda Russell’s smile lit up the track at Ayr Racecourse when Mighty Thunder got up in the closing strides to collar Dingo Dollar and win the Coral Scottish Grand National with Tom Scudamore riding.
For Lucinda it was a dream come true on a day when four of the first five places were filled by Scottish horses.
Class told in the Coral Scottish Champion Hurdle when Milkwood cruised into the race and sauntered to a very impressive victory ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies and trained by Neil Mulholland.
Dan Skelton’s Allmankind won the Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Chase by 19 lengths from Malystic giving Harry Skelton another winner as he tightens his grip on the jockeys’ championship.
And in the CPMS Novices’ Champion Chase One More Fleurie, trained by Ian Williams, was given a really positive ride from Charlie Todd and was never headed as he put in a flawless performance of jumping.
Nicky Henderson’s Theinval won the Scotty Brand Chase, Listed Race, under Nico de Boinville and it was immediately announced that the horse was being retired after a magnificent career that saw him win £235.000 in prize-money.
Friday’s highlight saw Nietzsche make up ground on his rivals in the last 110 yards to hit the front and hold off a late challenge by Not That Fuisse to lift the Hillhosue Quarry Chase, Listed Race.
Alan King’s Didonato won the Coral Backing Scottish Racing Mares’ Handicap Hurdle with his third successive win in the hands of Tom Bellamy.
ALL roads lead to Ayr Racecourse on January 2 when the course stages its traditional New Year Raceday featuring seven exciting races.READ MORE
A brand new £100,000 race will be staged at the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse next April bringing prize-money on the day to more than £550,000.READ MORE