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Godsmejudge gets winning verdict in Scottish National

Updated: Saturday, 20 Apr 2013 18:28 | Comments

Wayne Hutchinson took Godsmejudge to victory in the Scottish Grand National
Wayne Hutchinson took Godsmejudge to victory in the Scottish Grand National

Godsmejudge, trained by Alan King and ridden by Wayne Hutchinson, won the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr.

A strong early pace was shared by Knockara Beau, Pentiffic and Garleton. There was early drama when Problema Tic fell at the second fence, bringing down Bradley.

John Smith's Grand National hero Auroras Encore was towards the rear early on and failed to figure in the finish despite closing in on the leaders in mid-race.

The favourite Rival D'Estruval also failed to last the course and was pulled up.

Godsmejudge led at the sixth fence from home and had the opposition at full stretch.

Big Occasion came out of the pack but could not seriously threaten the winner and had to settle for second spot.

Hutchinson said: "He was fantastic, he got into a great rhythm.

"He didn't enjoy the hustle and bustle early on, but he found his gear and gave me a fantastic ride."

"All credit to the boss, the horses have been in fantastic form and I've been lucky enough to sit on them. What a way to top off the season.

"When I needed him up the straight, for a little horse he is like a rubber ball. He was game all the way up the run-in." - Wayne Hutchinson.

"He jumped to the front at the second-last down the back and the race was falling away.

"When I needed him up the straight, for a little horse he is like a rubber ball. He was game all the way up the run-in."

An emotional King said: "I'm very proud. I think this means as much as any of the wins I have had. I'm speechless.

"I worked across the road years ago, I know the area very well and it's like coming home.

"I was so pleased when he jumped to the front down the back as he likes to be up there and can get intimidated. Wayne gave him a super ride."

Ryan Mania, the rider of the Sue Smith-trained Auroras Encore, said the Aintree hero struggled to be competitive after being badly hampered at the second fence.

"He was nearly brought down at the second and then he made a bad mistake later on and dropped back. He could never really get back into it," he said.

"The main thing is that he has come out of the race well and he's done us proud.

"The ground wasn't as suitable for him as it was at Aintree."

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