Wayward Prince: "He got a dream ride and jumped for England"PICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
40-1 Pricewise pick Wayward Prince lands Scottish National
Report: Ayr, Saturday
Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) 5yo+, 4m1/2f
POPULAR veteran Wayward Prince dug deep under Robbie Dunne to give owner-trainer Hilary Parrott a memorable success and reward Pricewise followers after the Racing Post tipster advised the winner at a whopping 40-1 in Saturday's paper.
The 11-year-old showed the fire still burns bright when winning the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster in February and travelled and jumped with the same zest here.
As first Carli King and then Amigo dropped away after setting a scorching tempo, Wayward Prince was out in front swinging for home and looked like he could register a wide-margin win.
However, his exuberance through the race started to show and from the last he was challenged hard, first by Benbens and then from Midlands National winner Goonyella, who finished like a five-furlong sprinter.
It wasn't enough to deny Wayward Prince though, who stuck his head out close home to score the eighth success of his six-year career.
"It was a long way from the second last and he was just idling out in front," said Dunne. "When they caught me after the last I thought we were done but he dug very deep for me.
"The start is crucial for him but once he's in a good position he travels beautifully and his jumping was great."
A Grade 1 winner over hurdles in his youth and a Grade 2 winner over fences back in 2011 for Ian Williams, Wayward Prince lost his form soon after that win and the following year Parrott decided to bring him home and train herself, and this was the horse's third success under her name.
"It's like a dream," she said. "He's loved every minute. He lost his form and I thought I'll have a go myself. He goes out everyday and in a small yard he can get the individual attention. He's very happy. He got a dream ride and jumped for England.
"I could see how well he was going and was just hoping he could stay there. He's never gone four miles before and all he had to do was hang on. The run-in felt like ten miles!"
Goonyella got up for second behind the 25-1 winner, with Benbens a close third and a gap back to Amigo in fourth.