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Two of Scotland’s leading national hunt trainers are already targeting next April’s Coral Scottish Grand National with up and coming young chasers.
James Ewart, who trains in Langholm in the Borders, spoke of his plans for Empire De Maulde after the seven year-old won at Kelso last month.
The three mile two furlong test is a mile shorter than the Coral Scottish Grand National but it was an impressive performance and jockey Brian Hughes was suitably impressed.
After the race James Ewart said : “He travelled and jumped well and was fit and ready to do the job so we’re very happy with him. If we get there in one piece the end game will be the Scottish Grand National in April.
“He likes better ground, the extra three quarters of a mile will be a big plus, it’s a big galloping track and there’s big prizemoney on offer so it ticks a lot of boxes.”
Lucinda Russell, who won this year’s race with Mighty Thunder has a live prospect for the 2022 renewal with Corach Rambler who recently won a novice limited handicap chase at Aintree.
The seven year-old is a big favourite of Peter Scudamore, who is Lucinda’s partner and assistant, and he looked the part at Aintree with Derek Fox riding.
Lucinda commented : “He’s Scu’s favourite horse and we always thought he was going to be a chaser. He’ll stay forever and we’ve got a few races in mind. I’d love to go back to the Scottish National again. I know he’s only a novice but he’s definitely got the ability to stay.”
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