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Richard hails Takingrisks after Scottish National success

13th April 2019, 17:32 by Neil Foster

Trainer Nicky Richards was delighted that Takingrisks rode his luck to win the Scottish Grand National on Saturday.

Sent off at 25/1, the son of Golden Tornado beat Crosspark by four lengths at Ayr to land the Grade 3 contest under Sean Quinlan.

Vintage Clouds was sent off favourite but faded five from home, with Takingrisks and Crosspark left to battle it out.

It was the former who proved strongest as Crosspark only just held on to take second from Jonjo O'Neill's Cloth Cap.

Richards was understandably pleased and felt his charge had made progress after enjoying a slice of luck.

"You need a good-ground horse who stays - and luck, he nearly came off him at the first," he said.

"He's been a grand one, very consistent, and I think the improvement is down to the cheekpieces. This was always going to be his race, if he had a big one in him."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Neil Foster is an experienced journalist who specialises in cricket and rugby union. Neil also has a solid knowledge of tennis, golf and football.

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