High­land Na­tional has its first Scot­tish win­ners

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LUCY ALEXAN­DER and Ber­tie Mi­lan made his­tory at Perth as the part­ner­ship be­came the first Scot­tish win­ners of the GAEngi­neer­ing High­land Na­tional, writes Gor­don Brown.

Up with the pace through­out the 3m 7f marathon, the13-2 scorer saw off Ul­ster Na­tional hero Hid­den Hori­zons by three lengths. Win­ning trainer Nick Alexan­der was full of praise for his daugh­ter and said:

“Lucy gave him a great ride as he had never been this far be­fore. The own­ers had to twist my arm to run as I had my eye on a three-mile race in a fort­night’s time. He’s had a break and I won­dered if he’d be fit enough but clearly he was. I’ve had a few run­ners in this be­fore, in­clud­ing the joint­favourite Pa­pamoa last year, and it’s won­der­ful to fi­nally win it.”

Lucy King’s Cho­ris­ter landed the 2m 4f hand­i­cap hur­dle for the sec­ond year run­ning as he re­turned to form in style un­der Craig Ni­chol. Win­ning trainer Barry Murtagh said: “He has had a mod­er­ate sea­son through no fault of his own as he tried his chas­ing and he didn’t like it. He was well treated at his best here and we might have a look at an­other race for him at Sedge­field.”

Dare To En­deav­our made ev­ery yard of the run­ning for Alain Cawley in the Out Of The Or­di­nary In­vest­ment Cup Novices’ Limited Hand­i­cap Chase. Win­ning trainer Tom Ge­orge, on the mark at Perth on Thurs­day, was at the sales yes­ter­day but Cawley said: “This 2m 4f trip is as short as he wants to go and he’s a re­ally con­sis­tent type. I ride out twice as week for Tom and that’s his 40th win­ner of the sea­son.”

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