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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.

Andy Farrell rejects England as RFU chase Wayne Smith

RFU hit by Farrell rejection: Loyalty to Saracens opens door to former All Blacks coach Smith

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UPDATED:

21:09 GMT, 12 April 2012

The RFU are accelerating their pursuit
of former All Blacks coach Wayne Smith after Saracens confirmed Andy
Farrell has rejected the offer of a role in Stuart Lancaster’s England
management team.

As revealed in Thursday’s Sportsmail,
the ex-Great Britain rugby league captain has decided that after just
two-and-a-half years as a coach with the Aviva Premiership champions, he
wants to take more time to develop in the club game before taking up a
full-time post at Test level.

The news he has turned down the
union’s approach is the first significant setback for Lancaster as he
attempts to build on his impressive caretaker stint during the Six
Nations.

Centre of attention: England's hopes of retaining Farrell appear over

Centre of attention: England's hopes of retaining Farrell appear over

Less than two months before the first
Test against the Springboks in South Africa, urgent reinforcements are
required in England’s hierarchy, which as it stands will feature
Lancaster and just one assistant, forwards coach Graham Rowntree.

Sportsmail
understands the RFU have already begun the Plan B process of hastening
their attempts to lure Smith from Waikato Chiefs. The former Northampton
coach was an experienced side-kick to Graham Henry as New Zealand won
the World Cup at home last year.

Smith has long been linked with an
England coaching job, having indicated his desire to return to
international rugby from September — after the first year of his
contract with the Chiefs — and an apparent willingness to work for
Lancaster, despite his novice status in Test terms. It is thought that,
having become resigned to Farrell’s impending rejection, the RFU have
begun exploring the possibility of recruiting their Kiwi target sooner
than had been thought possible.

Target: Moves to lure Wayne Smith will be put in motion

Target: Moves to lure Wayne Smith will be put in motion

When Saracens announced that they had
kept their man, Farrell, 36, said: ‘It has been a special privilege to
be involved in the Saracens coaching staff for the past two-and-a-half
seasons.

‘We have made decent progress during
this period but as a club we have barely scratched the surface of our
potential. The job isn’t anywhere near half done, and I have decided I
want to help finish the job.’

Officially, those reasons fully
explain Farrell’s decision, although being happily settled with his
young family in Hertfordshire was another factor. However, Saracens are
known to have been infuriated by the lack of RFU urgency during
negotiations so it is possible that the painfully drawn-out process
allowed the club time to talk their coach round.

Challenging start: Stuart Lancaster faces a tough job to replace Farrell

Challenging start: Stuart Lancaster faces a tough job to replace Farrell

Lancaster had made plain his desire to
continue working with both Farrell and Rowntree, so this is an early
blow for his regime.

However, the party line from
Twickenham was philosophical, with RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie
saying: ‘While Andy was an important part of the coaching team during
the Six Nations, we respect his wishes to continue as a coach at
Saracens. We will continue to work hard with Stuart Lancaster to build a
world-class coaching team as we look towards the World Cup.’

While that tournament is the distant
focal point, the pressing matter is arranging a coaching team for the
three-Test South Africa tour. Sources in New Zealand last night
indicated that Smith remains adamant he will not leave the Chiefs during
the current Super 15 season.

Eliminated: Saracens were dumped out of the Heineken Cup at the weekend

Eliminated: Saracens were dumped out of the Heineken Cup at the weekend

However, there is a potential window
of opportunity, as the southern-hemisphere competition has a three-week
rest period for the June internationals — from June 2 until June 29.
England play the Springboks on June 9, 16 and 23 so the RFU could raise
the notion of Smith joining the national team in South Africa on
secondment from the Chiefs before taking up a full-time role later in
the summer. It would not be ideal for either party, but it would allow
him to familiarise himself with the squad.

Crucially, he is not the man in charge
at Waikato — that is Dave Rennie. The RFU are sure to be able to offer
significant financial incentives to engineer a deal prior to the date of
the Super 15 final on August 4.

Meanwhile, Gloucester head coach Bryan
Redpath is understood to have agreed terms to join his former club Sale
as director of rugby this summer. However, he has another year left on
his contract and his employers are thought to be unaware of his
prospective departure.

Cheltenham Festival 2012: Grands Crus truns in RSA Chase

Unbeaten Grands Crus swerves Gold Cup for crack at RSA Chase

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UPDATED:

12:32 GMT, 12 March 2012

Grands Crus will contest Wednesday's RSA Chase at the Festival rather than tackle Friday's Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Trainer David Pipe had been deliberating between the two options for his unbeaten novice, who was last seen when landing the Grade One Feltham Chase at Kempton over Christmas.

All set: Grands Crus will take his chance in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham

All set: Grands Crus will take his chance in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham

Connections had been tempted to step up to full company for the Gold Cup, but Pipe has confirmed he will stick to the novice route for now.

He tweeted: 'Grands Crus takes his chance in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham on Wednesday.'