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Corach Rambler Heads Goffs 1-2 in Randox Grand National

Goffs UK point-to-point graduate Corach Rambler etched his name into racing’s history books with a Randox Grand National triumph that will live long in the memory.

He also capped off a superb Grand National Festival for Goffs UK graduates who along with the National, claimed a further three Grade 1 races with Jonbon, Inthepocket and Constitution Hill.

The nine-year-old son of Jeremy, who has been successful in the last two runnings of the Grade 3 Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, was sent off favourite to give Lucinda Russell, Peter Sucdamore and Derek Fox a second win in the race following One For Arthur’s triumph in 2017. 

Bred by Paul Hillis, Corach Rambler began his career in the pointing field in the colours of Paddy and John Joe Sinnott and was sold by John Walsh’s Scar Stables to Michael Scudamore for £17,000 at the Goffs UK November Point-to-Point Sale in 2020, which was held at Yorton Farm.

A winner of his maiden at Monksgrange, the son of Jeremy is a wonderful example of the calibre of horse and value to be found at Goffs.

Speaking after the race, Russell said: “This is special too and it is a great advert for syndicate ownership. This is fairytale stuff.”

The first two home in the race were sold by Goffs with runner-up Vanillier a graduate of the Goffs Arkle Sale, formerly the Land Rover Sale. He was bought by Peter and Ross Doyle from Ballincurrig House Stud for €40,000.

By the brilliant Martaline, the Grade 1 Albert Bartlett Novices’ Hurdle winner was also sold at Doncaster by Camas Park Stud, following his success in a four-year-old maiden.

The afternoon began with a third Grade 1 triumph for Jonbon, and his second at successive Grand National meetings. Nicky Henderson and JP McManus’s full-brother to Douvan was victorious in the Maghull Novices’ Chase, adding to his wins in last year’s Top Novices' Hurdle and the Scilly Isles earlier this season.

By leading sire Walk In The Park, Jonbon equalled the record for the most expensive point-to-point horse sold at auction when purchased by JP McManus from Ellmarie Holden for £570,000. Jonbon, Corach Rambler and Ahoy Senor were sold at the same Goffs UK Point-to-Point Sale, held at Yorton Farm in November 2020.