WIN My Wings (155+) turned the Scottish Grand National into a procession as she led home a one-two for Christian Williams, who is fast becoming a dominant force in staying handicap chases.
Rob James asked the nine-year-old mare to take closer order heading down the back straight for the final time and the result never looked in doubt thereafter. The dominance she held over the field is confirmed by the final circuit time being just 0.3secs slower than Return Ticket (143) clocked in the opening two-mile handicap, incidentally the second fastest time-figure over fences. I would also add that the Gold Well mare may have posted the fasting closing sectional from the fourth last if fully extended.
In covering the ground in 40.3secs she was 0.9secs and 1.3secs slower than Dusart (126+) and Return Ticket respectively although 1.9secs quicker than Do Your Job (130+). An extraordinary performance from a mare who started the season rated 133.
Kitty’s Light (148+) was chasing a shadow up the home straight and may now head for the Bet365 Chase at Sandown where he is unlikely to find anything going the speed of his stablemate in the closing stages.
Anna Bunina (153) landed a well-executed plan in the Scottish Champion Hurdle as she went one place better than last year to deny West Cork (152) who has enjoyed a fantastic season.
Patiently ridden by Sean Bowen, John McConnell’s mare had just Milkwood behind jumping the third last before a rapid closing sectional saw her home by a length. The daughter of Poet’s Voice was at least 2.0secs faster through the closing stages than the other hurdle race winners on the day.