The Scottish Grand National
is a Grade 3 National Hunt chase
in Great Britain
which is open to horses
aged five years or older. It is run at Ayr
, over a distance of about 4 miles and 110 yards (6,538 metres), and during its running there are twenty-seven fences to be jumped. It is a handicap race
, and it is scheduled to take place each year in April.
It is Scotland's equivalent of the Grand National
, and it is held during Ayr's two-day Scottish Grand National Festival meeting.
The event was established in 1867, and it was originally held at Bogside Racecourse, near Irvine
. The inaugural winner, The Elk, was owned by the Duke of Hamilton
. The race was initially called the West of Scotland Grand National, and during the early part of its history its distance was about 3 miles. It was later extended to 3 miles and 7 furlongs, and it became known by its present title in 1881.
Bogside Racecourse closed in 1965, and the Scottish Grand National was transferred to Ayr the following year. At this point the race was increased to its present length, about 4 miles and 110 yards.
Several winners of the Scottish Grand National have also won its English counterpart at Aintree
. The first to complete the double was Music Hall, the winner of the latter version in 1922. The feat has been achieved more recently by Little Polveir
and Earth Summit
, but the only horse to win both races in the same year was Red Rum