Scottish Grand National

Kruzhlinin jumped well and travelled nicely for the first two circuits in Saturday’s Scottish Grand National – I was more than happy going out for the third one.

For whatever reason he just doesn’t seem to stay further than three miles. He’s had a few goes at extreme trips but it hasn’t worked out for him.

I’d say it will be back to three miles and we could look at targeting the Fixed Brush Hurdle again in November.

Vicente was a good winner and had a great chance on last year’s form. In hindsight, falling at the first in the Grand National was probably a blessing for him.

His win breathed a bit of life into the trainer’s title race.

Paul Nicholls has a better chance now than he did on Saturday morning, but he still has plenty to do. Altior could seal it for Nicky Henderson on Saturday.

Rest of Ayr

I was pretty pleased with Ozzie The Oscar in the Scottish Champion Hurdle.

He ran much better than his finishing position.

For a 16-runner race, we didn’t go very fast at all and that didn’t suit us. He will go novice chasing now and is an exciting one for next season.

Flashing Glance ran nicely in the bumper. He’s been very keen in his races and will be a better horse next year.

I’d say he will go on his summer holidays now and then start novice hurdling in the winter. He’s quite talented but needs to grow up a bit and learn how to race.


There’s a small chance I might be there on Thursday, but Philip Hobbs could also run some at Perth, so I may have to go there instead.

The Champion Chase on Tuesday looks an interesting race. You’d say that both Un De Sceaux and Fox Norton might be slightly better at two and a half miles.

Un De Sceaux will go a good gallop and that will suit Fox Norton. There isn’t much between them and it’s a very good race to kickstart the Festival.

Sandown on Saturday

I’m really looking forward to picking up the trophy on Saturday. To win it last year and achieve my career ambition was amazing. It will be another very special day.

A lot of work has gone into retaining it. I feel very privileged to win it again and would like to thank everyone who has supported me.

Menorah has won all three editions of the Oaskey Chase and we’re hoping he can make it four in a row.

I schooled him on Monday morning and he seemed in really good form. This is his time of year and the trip, track and ground suits really well.