Monday 27 January 2020

Scottish repeat for 'superstar' Merigo

Merigo won the Scottish Grand National for the second time with a brave display in the Ayr marathon yesterday.

Winner in 2010 and second 12 months ago, the 11-year-old just held the front-running Auroras Encore in a thrilling duel over the last three fences.

The 15/2 winner was ridden by Timmy Murphy for his father-in-law owner Raymond Anderson Green, and trained by Andrew Parker. "He's a superstar," said Murphy. "Andrew knows him better than anybody and I think he just comes to himself at this time of year."

At Newbury, Caspar Netscher (3/1) produced a surprise of sorts in landing the Aon Greenham Stakes. In a race hit by the ground-enforced absences of Top Offer and Tales Of Grimm, Dewhurst fourth Bronterre was sent off the 8/11 favourite.

Shane Kelly kept Alan McCabe's charge up to his work, recording a length success over 20/1 chance Boomerang Bob, with Bronterre a disappointing third.

At home, David Marnane's Santo Padre recorded his first win since 2009 when landing the featured Listed Woodlands Stakes at Naas.

The eight-year-old gelding, ridden by Fergal Lynch, was outpaced from halfway in the five-furlong dash but stayed on gamely to see off British raider and 6/4 favourite Spirit Quartz.

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