Apr 10 2019
The Scottish Grand National certainly appears to be a more open affair than events at Aintree last weekend. We open the betting from 8/1 here, with plenty of rivals jostling for glory in Ayr this weekend. Ahead of the race, we have the latest betting tips and predictions for you to take a look at.
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While Aintree punters were left between minimal returns from Tiger Roll, fans at Ayr have much more choice going into this weekend’s big race. The Scottish National at Ayr has a pack of five horses leading the way, with Dingo Dollar the current favourite at 8/1 with Betfair. He’s followed by Big River at 9/1 with Ladbrokes, Beware the Bear follows in at 10/1 with bet365. Even between these three we have more options than we got at Aintree. On top of that, there are weaknesses for the trio, while tiger Roll looked a cut above last weekend. That gives us hope of picking out a couple of decent options in this one, especially with most bookies offering four places in the each-way stakes at Ayr.
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However, it’s the other two of the front five that we’re siding with this weekend. The first of which is Vintage Clouds, who you may remember from last weekend. The nine-year-old was among the favourites at Aintree, before falling early on. However, he has the talent to contend again this weekend, after going into the National with a fine record. He recorded six top three finishes in the eight prior races, so he seems like decent value at 12/1 with Coral. We also think it’s worth getting Talkischeap onside ahead of this one. He’s priced out at 14/1 with BetVictor ahead of the meeting at Ayr, while he’s more than proven across this distance. The Scottish Grand National is certainly an opening for him to land a big race. We think the seven-year-old has a great chance here, following four top three finishes this season. He started the year with a victory at Cheltenham, which he can build on here. We’re backing Talkischeap as our each-way option in this one.
This is a race with a storied history, which is clear when you look back over the records in this National. It’s now 120 years since the most successful jockey here – Charlie Cunningham – managed to claim a win. While no one is going to level his success here, Sam Twiston- Davies is going for a third win in four years. He’s saddling 25/1 shot Cogry in this one.
- 2018: Joe Farrell – Jockey: Adam Wedge; Trainer: Rebecca Curtis
- 2017: Vincente – Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies; Trainer: Paul Nicholls
- 2016: Vincente – Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies; Trainer: Paul Nicholls
- 2015: Wayward Prince – Jockey: Robbie Dunne; Trainer: Hilary Parrott
- 2014: Al Co – Jockey: Jamie Moore; Trainer: Peter Bowen