Isle of Skye Whisky Gets Behind the Nation's Big Grand National Hope
Lucinda and her partner, racing legend Peter Scudamore, along with the team at Arlary House Stables worked hard to prepare the nine-year-old grey owned and bred by St Johnstone Chairman Geoff Brown for the biggest race of his career.
As the first big chance for a Scottish Grand National victory for over 30 years, media and public interest was running at an all time high. Even BBC Grandstand’s Clare Balding made a pre-race visit to the stables and the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond called to wish the team good luck!
Odds on the Scottish horse to win came as low as 4/1 on the big day, but unfortunately this was not to be his race. Silver by Nature finished 13th out of the 19 horses that finished, from a field of 40 at the start of the race.
Lucinda Russell said: "We were extremely pleased with the way he ran on the day. He jumped fantastically well and Peter rode brilliantly. Unfortunately the ground wasn't well suited to the horse, but we were very relieved he made it round safely. The hard work of the team and support from the Scottish public and especially Isle of Skye Whisky has been incredible and really helped with the pressure of such a big race."
Iain Weir, Marketing Director for Ian Macleod Distillers, commented: "Isle of Skye has been working with Arlary House and Scottish Racing for two years now and were ecstatic that the team were involved in an event that captures the hearts and imaginations of the nation."