Rubstic, left,  leads at the final fence before winning the 1979 National.

Rubstic,the first Scottish-trained horse to win the National

Forty years ago Rubstic, from John Leadbetter’s stables at Denholm, near Hawick, became the first Scottish-trained horse to win the Grand National since the event began in 1839. The historic success was especially remarkable given that the ten- year-old gelding was running in the National for the first time and, at odds of 25-1, was relatively unfancied, unlikely to encourage many to stake their life savings on it.

Horse Racing
Sammy Cain wins the Powderhall Sprint in 1945

150 up... landmark day for the iconic New Year Sprint

For many of a certain generation, New Year in Edinburgh was about first footing, Hogmanay celebrations at the Tron in the High Street, the Hearts-Hibs derby and the Powderhall Sprint. While change inevitably accompanies the passing of time, it is gratifying to note that the Sprint will celebrate its 150th anniversary today, the world’s oldest continuous track event.

Don Bradman leads the Australian team out at Mannofield, Aberdeen. Picture: Herald & Times Archive

The day Aberdeen hailed Bradman – the greatest Don of them all

Aweek ago at the Oval, 
English cricketer Alastair Cook finished his career on a high, scoring a century
in his last Test innings. Seventy years ago today, on 18 September 1948, at 
Mannofield, Aberdeen, iconic Australian cricketer Donald Bradman played his last innings in Britain and also finished on a high, scoring 123 not out.

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