Scottish Grand National

Scottish Grand National runners on parade.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.

Scottish Grand National Odds

12 April 2014 - Ayr - 15:50
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Roalco De Farges10
Green Flag12
Sam Winner12
Tidal Bay12
Mendip Express14
Lie Forrit16
Trustan Times16
Yes Tom16
Midnight Appeal20
Storm Survivor-
Adrenalin Flight25
Alpha Victor25
And The Man-
Edmund Kean25
Firebird Flyer-
Merry King25
Nuts N Bolts25
Rigadin De Beauchene25
Roberto Goldback25
Royale Knight-
Emperor's Choice-
Mister Marker28
Flying Award-
Kris Cross-
Al Co40
Fill The Power40
Baile Anrai50
Battle Group50
Summery Justice66
Ballybough Gorta80
Pure Faith80
Sir Du Bearn100
Sole Witness100
Full JackNR
Hadrian's ApproachNR
Kian's DelightNR
Lamboro LadNR
Mister PhilsonNR
Nodform RichardNR
Safran De CotteNR
See Double YouNR
Son of FlickaNR
Top SmartNR
Wicklow LadNR

Scottish Grand National Betting

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.

Scottish Grand National Winners & History

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.

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