THERE is class in abundance at Scotland’s biggest and richest horse racing extravaganza – the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival which has a whopping £714,000 in prize-money with a new addition this year – the £100,000 Dawn Homes Novices' Championship Handicap Chase, Class 2 run over three miles.
Vicente, ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies, repeated his 2016 win in the £215,000 Coral Scottish Grand National to become the first horse since Androma in 1984 and 1985 to win the race back to back.
Trainer Paul Nicholls was naturally delighted as was owner Trevor Hemmings who won his first ever Coral Scottish Grand National.
The QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle produced a tremendous finish with Chesterfield, trained by Seamus Mullins and ridden by Daniel Sansom, getting up by a short head to deny Zubayr.
Malcolm Jefferson’s Cloudy Dream won the Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase and the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase, Listed Race, saw Nicky Henderson’s Vaniteux win by five lengths.
Friday’s highlight, the Listed Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase was won by Two Taffs, trained by Harry Skelton.