WHILE winning the John Smith’s Grand National last weekend was just a dream on the horizon for Ryan Mania, Aintree success was already in the bag for the Borders.
Selkirk-trained Tartan Snow was the 100/1 winner of the John Smith’s Fox Hunters’ Chase on Thursday.
Stuart Coltherd’s 13-year-old jumped the famous fences really well under Hawick jockey Jamie Hamilton and the pair stayed on gamely to beat Cool Friend (33/1) by a neck. Coltherd, who was up lambing at his farm near Midlem at 2am that same morning, said: “It’s unbelievable. We’ve always believed in him and he’s given the syndicate so much fun.
“I didn’t think they’d let him run as he’s home-bred and it took about a week to decide. He ticked every box apart from his age. The owners always back him hoping that the dream will come true and they did.”
It was fitting his victorious Liverpool debut should come aboard the 13-year-old as the gelding also gave him his first success under Rules at his local Kelso track.
“He jumped perfectly and I couldn’t have asked for a better ride,” said Hamilton, who is based at Malton with trainer Richard Fahey.
“He was outpaced early on, but I knew he’d stay to the line, and things went pretty much to plan,” he added.
Rash Move finished third at 40/1.