Scottish Grand National History
The Scottish Grand National was first contested over 127 years ago and has been held at Ayr racecourse since 1966 after the original Bogside course closed down. The race is a very popular race with many thrills and spills provides plenty of thrills. Its always a surprise to note that over the years the race has produced many close finishes, despite it being run over 4 miles and 1 furlong. The past fifteen winners canbe seen on Roll of Honour.
Take Control won by half a length in 2002 and Ryalux pulled it off by a head a year later, but the closest and most exciting finish took place in 2005, when 20/1 shot Joe's Edge went over the last in the lead but was then caught by Ruby Walsh on Cornish Rebel , but went back in front just before the line and win by a short head. It was a great performance by jockey, Keith Mercer. Had Ruby Walsh got up on Cornish Rebel, he would have become the first jockey ever to win the Aintree Grand national, Irish Grand National and Welsh Grand National in the same year.
The 1974 was another unforgettable race when it was won by the peerless, Red Rum, carrying top weight and just a few weeks after winning Grand National at Aintree. This incredible feat still remains a record.