Takingrisks gave the north a big winner as he landed the Grade Three Coral Scottish Grand National.

With five non-runners, 23 took part in this four-mile contest.

At flag fall, Vintage Clouds and Sizing Codelco were up with the leaders, along with Geronimo.

Settling down, Geronomio, Cogry, Vintage Clouds and Sizing Codelco set the pace, with Morney Wing also prominent and then Cloth Cap.

Vintage Clouds led the field into the home straight for the first time, with Cogry to the inside rail and Geronimo racing between the two.

Crosshue Boy fell at the second in the straight and hampered Big River and Carole’s Destrier, while Skipthecuddles pulled up.

Meanwhile, Cogry, Geronimo and Vintage Clouds took the remainder out on the second circuit, tracked by Sizing Codelco, Van Gogh Du Granit and Cloth Cap. Morney Wing had dropped to the back of the field and was losing touch.

Leaving the back, Geronimo and Van Gogh Du Granit made errors at the fourteenth and Vintage Clouds and Cogry moved into a clear advantage.

They turned back into the home straight, with Red Infantry moving into third place.

Cogry pressed on and took what would be the last fence in a circuit’s time, with a length advantage over Vintage Clouds.

Cloth Cap continued to travel well, while Impulsive Star was making progress, having been towards the rear on the first circuit.

Cogry set off on the final circuit with Vintage Clouds and the two pulled a couple of lengths clear of Red Infantry and Cloth Cap, with Crosspark and Takingrisks getting closer. Sizing Codelco pulled up.

Racing towards the home turn, Cogry led with Takingrisks and Crosspark, as Vintage Clouds faded.

Four out and Takingrisks led from Crosspark and Cogry.

Crosspark came to join Takingrisks and this pair raced to the last with the race seemingly between them. Further back, Cogry made a dreadful blunder and unseated.

Takingrisks took the last in front and dived but kept up the gallop under Sean Quinlan and won by about four lengths.

It was tight for the places, with Crosspark slowing quickly on the run-in and almost passed by Crosspark and Blue Flight, who finished in that order, with Big River, doing well to recover from trouble in running, in fifth.

Takingrisks was giving Penrith-based trainer Nicky Richards a first win in the Scottish Grand National, a race his father Gordon had twice won.