Christian Williams wins Scottish Grand National with Win My Wings
Glamorgan based trainer Christian Williams commanded the Scottish Grand National on Saturday, seeing stablemates Win My Wings and Kitty’s Light finish 1st and 2nd.
The pair were joint favourites going into the 3m 7f race at 13/2 each, but Win My Wings’ stamina proved more efficient, finishing 7 lengths ahead of Kitty’s Light.
23 horses ran out of 24, with Streets of Doyen deemed a non-runner by trainer John McConnell before the race began.
The Class 1 Grade 3 handicap chase saw good to soft ground (good in places) with only 9 horses finishing altogether after the extensive journey.
Major Dundee (IRE), Fidux (IRE), Ashtown Lad (IRE) and Prime Venture (IRE) finished 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th respectively – with The Wold (7th), Court Master (8th) and The Ferry Master (9th) amongst the final finishers.
Rob James rode Win My Wings from the back and travelled strongly to strive for the lead when four out, before storming clear when two from the finish. Kitty’s Light followed suit and progressed with the winner when four out, staying on well to finish second with 5 lengths to spare in front of Major Dundee.
It’s only James’ second UK win, as the Irish amateur looks to broaden his list of victories. His first winner came on Milan Native at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival.
Trainer Christian Williams said: “It was some performance. I feel sorry for Kitty’s but nothing would have beaten her today, that’s how it looked to me.
“Rob kept her out of trouble on the outside and she jumped great.”
Devastatingly, trainer Oliver Sherwood announced that his runner Jersey Bean suffered a fatal injury during the race.
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