DAN WINS HILLHOUSE TROPHY FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW

12 Apr 2019

DAN WINS HILLHOUSE TROPHY FOR THIRD YEAR IN A ROW

Trainer Dan Skelton made it a hat trick of wins in Ayr’s feature race of the opening day of the Coral Scottish Grand National when Born Survivor won the £50,000 Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase at odds of 100-30 with Dan’s brother Harry Skelton riding.

The eight year-old hit the front four out and pulled clear to beat Sizing Granite by seven lengths and afterwards Dan said: “We love this race and won it with Two Taffs in 2017 and Value At Risk in 2018. We thought Born Survivor would love the better ground and he did.”

Value At Risk, last year’s winner, came in third and Skelton also won the following race when Peppay Le Pugh landed the two mile novices’ chase with Harry in the saddle again.

That win took Dan to 190 winners for the season and he admitted : “The 200 winners target is achievable now – the bookies have us odds on to do it and I think we can now – it’s been a great team effort.”

Borders based trainer Harriet Graham saddled Aye Right, ridden by Callum Bewley, to win the three mile handicap hurdle. The six year-old took the lead at the last and won readily by three and a quarter lengths from Nicky Henderson’s Before Midnight.

One of the best backed horses of the day was Yeats who won the Smart Money’s On Coral Seafield Trophy Mares’ Handicap Hurdle last for Irish based trainer Emmet Mullins. Sent off the 11-4 favourite and given a confident ride from Alain Cawley the seven year-old quickened after the last and won with two and a half lengths to spare from Printing Dollars.

Grand National trainer and jockey combination Gordon Elliott and Davy Russell won the last – a  three mile handicap hurdle-  with From Eden justifying his odds of 3-1 favourite.

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