The Scottish National has been won this year by the Scottish trained Mighty Thunder at 8/1.
Trained by Lucinda Russell in Kinross, and ridden by Tom Scudamore, the eight year-old bay gelding ran the race of his life coming from sixth position over the last four fences to catch long-time leader Dingo Dollar on the line.
It is the first time since 2012 that a Scottish trainer has won the race.
“We didn’t get the best of starts. From there it was hard work but he knew where the winning line was,” Scudamore told ITV.
Russell said: “I’m delighted for the horse and his owners. It’s mixed emotions because it’s sad for Blair Campbell missing the ride due to injury, as he has kind of produced the horse, but these things happen and it’s fantastic Tom could ride and keep it in the family.
“It’s been a tough time through Covid for the owners as they provide alcohol to pubs and clubs and things, but this will certainly brighten up their day.
“This is the horse’s first season over fences. He’s such a laid-back horse during a race, you can come with a late run at the end – he’s just made for these long-distance races really.”
Mighty Thunder went into the race in good form, with the eight-year-old having won the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh and finishing second in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter on his last two starts.
Mister Fogpatches finished third, while The Ferry Master finished fourth.
2021 Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) £150,000 added
|1 (7)||Mighty Thunder||8/1||8||11 1||–||Miss Lucinda V Russell||T Scudamore|
|2 (6)||Dingo Dollar||7/1 Fav||9||11 2||¾L||A M Thomson||Ryan Mania|
|3 (20)||Mister Fogpatches||8/1||7||10 0||3½L||P A Fahy||D E Mullins|
|4 (17)||The Ferry Master||20/1||8||10 4||3¼L||A M Thomson||Sean Quinlan|
Tote Win: £7.30 Tote Places: £2.50, £2.70, £2.30, £5.00 Exacta: £70.20 Swinger: £12.40, £25.50, £17.20 Tricast: £474.82