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Monday 15th April 2019

Scottish Grand National: Takingrisks wins for trainer Nicky Richards

Takingrisks won the Scottish Grand National by three lengths at Ayr at odds of 25-1.

Jockey Sean Quinlan broke clear of Crosspark (10-1) and Cloth Cap (9-1), with Blue Flight (25-1) coming fourth in a tight bunch behind the winner.

Takingrisks is trained by Nicky Richards, whose father Gordon won the race in 1969 and again in 1990.

Favourite Vintage Clouds (5-1) was prominent throughout but fell away over the closing fences to come sixth.

Scottish-trained Big River struggled in the early phase of the four-mile race but finished strongly in fifth.

There were five non-runners owing to the drying ground, including Beware The Bear and Dingo Dollar.


 

Grand National: Tiger Roll unlikely to seek third straight title next year

Tiger Roll is unlikely to go for an unprecedented third successive Grand National win at Aintree next year, according to owner Michael O'Leary.

On Saturday, the nine-year-old gelding became the first horse since Red Rum 45 years earlier to claim back-to-back victories.

Red Rum claimed a record third win in 1977 but no runner in the race's 180-year history has won three in a row.

"I feel no pressure to go back and try to win a third time," said O'Leary.

"Tiger Roll isn't Red Rum - he's Tiger Roll."

The Ryanair chief has said his target next season would again be the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and Tiger Roll could be retired if he wins, meaning the horse would bow out after a fifth victory at jump racing's big March fixture.

However, O'Leary's comments have been met with scepticism as he had warned Tiger Roll would not go to Aintree this year after winning at Cheltenham last month.

Sent off the 4-1 favourite on Saturday, the horse, ridden by Davy Russell and trained by Gordon Elliott, was the shortest-priced winner since Poethlyn 100 years ago, seeing off runner-up Magic Of Light by just under three lengths despite carrying 6lb more in weight than last year.

O'Leary, who owns the horse through the Gigginstown House Stud operation he runs with his brother, knows he would almost certainly be made top weight in 2020 for the handicap chase, which would mean another 5lb to carry.

Tiger Roll has looked an even better horse this year, and the way he travelled so sweetly in the National had some observers suggesting he should run in next year's Cheltenham Gold Cup.


 

Dubai World Cup: Thunder Snow first horse to win title twice

Thunder Snow became the first horse to win the Dubai World Cup twice as he retained his title at Meydan.

The five-year-old 4-1 shot surged for the line in the one mile, two furlong race on the dirt track and held off 28-1 chance Gronkowski to win by a nose.

The 2-1 favourite Capezzano finished last of the 12 runners.

It was a successful day for Godolphin as Auxerre captured the Lincoln Handicap at Doncaster on the first day of the new Flat season.

The Charlie Appleby-trained four-year-old, a 5-2 favourite, beat Kynren by two and a quarter lengths.


 

Cheltenham Festival 2019: Al Boum Photo claims Gold Cup glory success

The 12-1 chance Al Boum Photo, ridden by Paul Townend, put in a superb display to give trainer Willie Mullins a first Cheltenham Gold Cup victory.

Mullins, the Festival's most successful trainer, had previously finished second six times in the prestigious race.

Al Boum Photo had some anxious moments with his jumping but raced away to win by two-and-a-half lengths.

Fellow Irish challenger Anibale Fly (22-1) was second with the grey Bristol De Mai (18-1) back in third.


 

Cross Counter first British-trained horse to win Melbourne Cup

Cross Counter has made history by becoming the first British-trained racehorse to win the Melbourne Cup.

Charlie Appleby saddled the 8-1 winner, ridden by Kerrin McEvoy, in the 158th running of Australia's famous race.

Cross Counter led home a 1-2-3 for British-trained runners from Marmelo and A Prince Of Arran.

The Cliffsofmoher, trained in Ireland by Aidan O'Brien, was put down after sustaining a fractured right shoulder early in the race.

Cross Counter is owned by Sheikh Mohammed's Godolphin team, which also won the Derby at Epsom for the first time this year with the Appleby-trained Masar.


 

Royal Ascot 2018: Stradivarius wins Gold Cup at Ascot for Frankie Dettori

Frankie Dettori claimed his 60th Royal Ascot winner as Stradivarius took the Gold Cup after a thrilling finish.

Dettori was at his best on the 7-4 joint favourite, trained by John Gosden, to see off runner-up Vazirabad and long-time leader Torcedor in third.

It was the 47-year-old jockey's sixth Gold Cup win and he treated the 70,000 crowd to a trademark flying dismount.

Joint favourite Order Of St George, the 2016 winner and last year's runner-up, could only finish fourth.