‘Incredible’ result for Russell as coach keeps home award with Mighty Thunder | Horse racing news
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Mighty Thunder (Tom Scudamore) takes the Scottish National to Dingo Dollar
By David Carr
Scotland expected it and Lucinda Russell held on as the home country dominated its richest race.
Mighty Thunder led home a one-two-four-five in the £ 150,000 Coral Scottish Grand National, with only Ireland-trained Mister Fogpatches in third place preventing a clean sweep of the top five, as happened produced in 1971.
It was also a victory for the Scottish owners, as Mighty Thunder wears silks from Allson Sparkle Ltd, a company run by St Andrews-based Colin Drysdale and his wife Nicola, who supplies more than 3,000 pubs, clubs and hotels in across the country.
And there would have been a Scotsman in the saddle too if Hawick-born Blair Campbell had been fit to ride.
Instead, it was Tom Scudamore, son of Russell’s partner Peter Scudamore, who produced the Midlands Grand National runner-up to challenge Goofy Dollar at the final fence and score by three-quarter lengths.
Scottish Grand National result and rerun
“It was just amazing,” said Russell, who put Kerry Lads second in the race in 2004. “I know I won the Grand National, but I always wanted to win the Scottish National. and it’s a dream come true, it’s still true.
“I’m thrilled for Mighty, I’m thrilled for his owners and I’m thrilled for Tom, but I’m so sorry for Blair because he should really be riding him. But he’ll get him back next season. We have some nice targets for him then, and at least it’s still in the family.
“I’m really happy for Scotland, it’s good to have a Scottish winner – also belonging to Scots.”
Mighty Thunder was one of nine Scottish trained riders in a race last won for the home team by Merigo in 2012.
The stands were devoid of Scots and riders of any nationality, but Russell said: “It probably calmed my nerves a bit and it’s always a magical reunion and a fantastic prize to be won. Kudos to Coral for having awarded as many prizes. money. “
Russell won the Grand National himself with One For Arthur in 2017 and is already thinking of Aintree for Mighty Thunder.
“We’re probably going to aim him for the Becher Chase, with a run somewhere first, and see how he goes to the fences,” she said. “I hope he will. He’s definitely a horse with endless endurance.
“He loves the four miles. He doesn’t take much of his own at the start of the race, but ends up really well.”
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Connections, including Tom Scudamore and Lucinda Russell (right) celebrate Mighty Thunder’s win at the winner’s precinct
Tom Scudamore paid tribute to the Tayside team’s demeanor with the eight-year-old, saying: “Their record with the long-distance horses is second to none. They did a brilliant job once again.
“The first half of the race was screwed up, but it got better as the race went on. The only thing he did was jump. Dad and Lucinda explained to me that if you blow it up, it will stay. “
“Even though on the first circuit we were further back than we wanted to be, I was always going forward from there, which gave me a lot of confidence. The rest was up to him, he was very hard. “
The success came eight days after Scudamore was forced to remove Aintree’s favorite Grand National cloth cap and gave him first success in a race his father won over Little Polveir and Captain Dibble.
“You want to win all the great races and it’s hard to let it really sink,” he said when asked what winning meant to him. “I guess you have fun when you start to look back and at the moment we’re looking forward to it. But it’s a great honor to see the list of winners.
“My first race racing was on Northern Starlight in 2001 – it was only a matter of time!”
Sandy Thomson looked set for a possible 1-2 when Dingo Dollar entered the straight with teammate The Ferry Master, who passed out in fourth place.
The coach said: “They have been excellent performances from both of them. Goofy Dollar had one hell of a race and the Ferry Master probably hasn’t made it home.”
Sadly, there was a sad postscript to this year’s competition as Claud and Goldie, coached by Sandy Forster, collapsed and died after the race.
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FIRST PUBLICATION AT 3:54 PM, APR 18, 2021