South East Wales

Scottish Grand National Beshabar win delights trainer

Beshabar ridden by Richard Johnson at the Scottish Grand National
Image caption Following Saturday's win Tim Vaughan said they would look at entering Beshabar in the Aintree Grand National next year

The trainer of Scottish Grand National winner Beshabar says the result will give a huge lift to his Welsh stables.

Tim Vaughan is in only his fourth full season as a trainer having converted a derelict farm near Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan, into a yard with 100 horses.

The stables now employ 32 staff and Mr Vaughan said Saturday's success at Ayr would be a big boost to everyone.

"It's been a really good season and this just caps it off," he said.

The 15-2 shot ridden by Richard Johnson won the race by three-quarters of a length from Merigo.

Mr Vaughan said: "I can't explain to you the feeling and the adrenaline rush I had yesterday.

"It feels surreal waking up and seeing it in nearly every national newspaper - I could not be happier.

"It's a great feeling and a great fill-up for the whole yard."

The win comes a week after Saint Are gave Mr Vaughan his first Grade One race win as a trainer at Aintree last week.

"It's been a really really progressive season - 90 winners this year - and this just caps it off," he added.

He said he and the owners had big plans for Beshabar.

"There is no doubt that we will aim him at the Aintree Grand National next season and all the plans through the season will be geared towards that."

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