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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.

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Paisley Park won the Cleeve Hurdle at Cheltenham in January. Picture: Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images

Andrew Gemmell hopes Paisley Park can be prince of Cheltenham

As a boy, Andrew Gemmell remembers how radio opened up his world, how he would tune in to follow the fortunes of his beloved West Ham and the exploits of England cricketers in faraway, exotic places. Of all sports, though, it was horse-racing commentary – the thunder of hooves, the roar of the crowd in the final furlong, the sheer thrill of it all – that entranced the youngster.

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