2007 Scottish Grand National

The 2007 Coral Scottish Grand National Festival was dominated by three trainer-jockey teams – trainer Ferdy Murphy with jockey PJ McDonald, Paul Nicholls with Ruby Walsh, and Peter Bowen with Tom O’Brien.

Of these, Irish-born trainer Ferdy Murphy truly stole the limelight in the 2007 Scottish Grand National, with two of the horses he trained – Hot Weld and Nine de Sivola – taking first AND second position.

With over 17,000 spectators watching, Hot Weld, at odds of 14/1, led the race under jockey PJ McDonald. The favourite at odds of 5/1, Nine de Sivola came in behind Hot Weld by half a length, with Graham Lee in the saddle. Third position went to Parson’s Legacy (8/1), ridden by Richard Johnson.

2007 Winners on the Festival Friday

Trainer Paul Nicholls and the legendary Ruby Walsh took a double on the Festival Friday, winning the Dawn Construction Handicap Hurdle with Otto Des Pictons (11/8 favourite) and the Serendipity Interactive Handicap Hurdle with Petit Lord (10/11 favourite).

Also on the Festival Friday, Ferdy Murphy and PJ McDonald’s Three Mirrors (7/2) won the £30,000 Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase, ahead of Locksmith by nine lengths.

2007 Winners on the Festival Saturday

Nicholls and Walsh won again in the opening race on the Festival Saturday – the Purvis Marquees Juvenile Novices Hurdle. Poquelin, at odds of 5/6, took the race under Walsh by a full seven lengths.

After their victory in the 2007 Scottish Grand National on Saturday, Ferdy Murphy and jockey PJ McDonald went on to see Spring Breeze (11/2) first over the finish line, winning the Scottish Sun Handicap Hurdle.

Trainer Peter Bowen and jockey Tom O’Brien won the Ashleybank Investments Future Champion Novices Chase with the eight-year-old Yes Sir (5/1). They then went on to win the Securities Novices Handicap Chase, with Always Waining (6/1) coming in six lengths ahead of Get My Drift (2/1).

With trainer Charlie Swan and jockey David Casey, Emppat (100/30) won the Samsung Electronics Scottish Champion Hurdle four lengths ahead of the race favourite, Ouninpohja.

Bambi De L’Orme (2/1 favourite) won the Albert Bartlett and Sons Handicap Chase for jockey Dominic Elsworth and trainer Ian Williams.

Trained by Michael Dun and with jockey Peter Buchanan, River Alder (16/1) won the Coral Mares Only Handicap Hurdle.

In the final race of the 2007 Scottish Grand National Festival, Evelith Echo (3/1) – with trainer Alan King and jockey Robert Thornton – beat Quws Law (4/1).

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