Having already collected wins at both the Irish National and Grand National at Aintree in recent weeks, Mouse Morris went into the weekends Scottish National looking to complete an unprecedented hat trick of victories. The trainer famously won the much coveted Grand National last weekend after 33/1 outsider Rule The World strode home to an unlikely win. This came just a week after Rogue Angel produced a stunning front running performance to claim victory in Ireland. However, at Ayr his leading contender for the race Folsom Blue was taken out with six fences remaining, allowing Vicente to go on and win.
Vicente claimed the glory after producing a perfect final fence clearance, having been among the frontrunners for the majority of the race. The likes of Alvarado and seeyouatmidnight provided the closest competition for Vicente who eventually finished in second and third respectively. The win handed trainer Paul Nicholls a fourth victory of the weekend, taking him ahead of Willie Mullins in the trainers Championship with just a week remaining of the season. Seen as a major event by many in the world of horse racing, 14/1 outsider with bookmakers Coral Vicente has certainly claimed the most prestigious win of his career to date.
Nicholls now holds a lead of just over £30,000, with next weekends meeting at Sandown providing the final opportunity for both men to gain the upper hand. Despite the fact that Nicholls is hunting his tenth title as a trainer, Mullins is still seen as the favourite to claim the illustrious prize with odds of 8/11 with Coral.
With the horse racing season drawing to a close, many supporters will be looking to this summer’s Royal Ascot event as the next opportunity for potential earnings. As one of the UK’s most famous meetings, this year’s prize money of over £6.5 million is certain to attract large amounts of attention. Chautauqua is currently the 4/1 favourite in the Royal Ascot betting to claim glory in the prestigious Diamond Jubilee stakes on the final day of the meeting.