The Grade 3 Scottish Grand National handicap chase takes place in April, just weeks after the running of the Grand National steeplechase at Aintree.
The Scottish Grand National is run over a distance of 4 miles 110 yards at Ayr racecourse in Scotland. It is open to 6 year old and older national hunt racehorses, which take on 27 fences during the course of the race.
|12 April 2014 - Ayr 15:50-|
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|Roalco De Farges||10|
|And The Man||-|
|Nuts N Bolts||25|
|Rigadin De Beauchene||25|
|Fill The Power||40|
|Sir Du Bearn||100|
|Safran De Cotte||NR|
|See Double You||NR|
|Son of Flicka||NR|
Despite the fact that Grand National runners from Aintree regularly travel to the Scottish Grand National, the winner of the Aintree event rarely claims a second title at Ayr. The last horse to win both titles was Earth Summit, who won the Scottish Grand National in 1994, before claiming the Aintree Grand National in 1998.
Scottish Grand National winners tend to be proven stayers with wins or places over 3 miles 4 furlongs or greater. Keep a look out for horses who recent placed in stayers races at higher weight than they’ll carry at Ayr. The race has a high attrition rate, with the fences usually taking out a large chunk of the field before the end of the race. Therefore you don’t want to put all your money on one horse, but instead spread your bets over 3-5 possible contenders using each-way bets to increase your odds of earning a return if one of these places.
The Elk emerged as the first Scottish Grand National winner, at the first Scottish Grand National raced in 1867. The race was originally hosted by Bogside racecourse where it was run over a distance of 3 miles and 7 furlongs, before being moved to Ayr in 1966.
The Scottish Grand National is one of the most unpredictable national hunt handicap chases run in Great Britain. The race has a tendency to produce long-odds winners, with no particular racehorse or jockey managing to dominate the event.
The last horse to claim consecutive Scottish Grand National victories was Andromeda, which claimed Scottish Grand National winners titles in 1984 and 1985. Ferdy Murphy has been the most successful trainer in the event during the past decade, with three of his runners claiming Scottish Grand National winners titles since 2000.