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Godsmejudge wins Scottish Grand National for Alan King

Godsmejudge delivers Scottish Grand National glory for King and Hutchinson

By
Jonathan Powell

PUBLISHED:

15:47 GMT, 20 April 2013

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UPDATED:

19:08 GMT, 20 April 2013

Scots-born trainer Alan King was overcome with emotion after his smart novice Godsmejudge gave him his first triumph in the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr.

King, who was brought up near Glasgow, admitted: 'This means as much to me as any of the wins I've had. It is like coming home.'

National glory: Wayne Hutchinson celebrates Scottish Grand National glory with Godsmejudge

National glory: Wayne Hutchinson celebrates Scottish Grand National glory with Godsmejudge

But for another Scotsman, Ryan
Mania, and his mount Auroras Encore, this proved one National too many
after their shock success at Aintree a fortnight ago.

The pair were soon struggling towards the rear as they sought to emulate Red Rum's famous double in 1974.

Though they briefly made progress at
halfway, they were out of the race long before the end. Mania was
clearly thrilled to be riding again so soon after a heavy fall at Hexham
the day after the National that saw him airlifted to hospital by
helicopter.

Home alone: Godsmejudge clears the last

Home alone: Godsmejudge clears the last

Godsmejudge, a 12-1 shot, won with eye-catching ease after jumping to the front early on the final circuit.

Big Occasion threatened briefly
early in the straight, but was never going to catch the leader. Jubilant
jockey Wayne Hutchinson, gaining the biggest win of his career, said:
'For a little horse, Godsmejudge is like a rubber ball, so enthusiastic.
He's relentless with his jumping and galloping and soon got into a
great rhythm.

'Once we led, it seemed awfully quiet behind us.'

King spent many years as a hard-working assistant to legendary trainer David Nicholson.

He briefly took over the licence
from Nicholson before sending out a conveyor belt of winners from his
current base at Barbury Castle, Wiltshire.

This has been a testing season for
King, with several of his best horses out of action, but he is finishing
it with a flourish with the able assistance of the ever-reliable
Hutchinson.

London 2012 Olympics: Tom Daley claims Qiu Bo is a robot

British diving hope Daley believes 'robot' Bo could buckle under pressure in London

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UPDATED:

09:28 GMT, 21 July 2012

Tom Daley hopes the pressure of competing at an Olympic Games will affect diving rival Qiu Bo, whom the Briton has labelled a 'robot'.

Daley is one of Great Britain's hopes for gold in London and will compete in in two events this summer, starting with the men's 10metre synchronised platform alongside partner Peter Waterfield on July 30.

Nearly two weeks later, on the penultimate day of the Games, he will aim for gold in the individual 10m platform – a standard he reached in the European Championships in May.

Head over heels: Tom Daley has two chances of winning gold in London

Head over heels: Tom Daley has two chances of winning gold in London

He will come up against tough opposition in both events, none more formidable than Qiu of China.

Even Daley's coach Andy Banks revealed he had never seen a diver as consistent as strong or consistent as the reigning 10m platform world champion.

But Daley told the Guardian: 'The Chinese have got a different way of working. They're taken out of school and away from their families. There's just this conveyor belt of Chinese divers and they work them until they break and then the next one comes along and trains.

'So it's completely different. I train five hours a day, six days a week, which is a lot. But the Chinese guys are maybe doing seven hours of training, and working so hard. But they don't have a life. I do. I'm not constantly thinking about diving.

Rivals: Qiu Bo (centre) will be the favourite for gold in London

Rivals: Qiu Bo (centre) will be the favourite for gold in London

'He's (Qiu) like a robot. Or he has been known to be like a robot.'

However, Daley has pinpointed a weakness in the 19-year-old, adding: 'Pressure sometimes gets to him. You have to be able to dive as well as him to put pressure on him. Because if you don't put pressure on him he's not going to buckle. So it's tough.

'But when I won the worlds [in 2009] he did buckle. On the last dive I scored 10s and he dived after me and didn't do his dive very well. But we've been up against each other a lot.

'He beat me by two points at the junior worlds [in 2008] but I beat him at the senior worlds. I also beat him in world series events in 2009 and 2010. I've beaten him four times but, otherwise, he's been pretty dominant.'