Doncaster winner Dingo Dollar one to watch in Scottish Grand National
The highlight of this weekend’s racing is the Scottish Grand National held at Ayr on Sunday, owing to the funeral of His Royal Highness Prince Philip on Saturday afternoon.
The feature event boasts a roll of honour which includes Red Rum and this year’s contest, which boasts a prize fund of £150,000 has attracted 23 runners. We have previewed the action.
The 5/1 favourite for this year’s renewal is Aye Right who bids to be a Scottish-trained winner of the contest. The eight-year-old was a fine third in handicap company at the Cheltenham Festival and looks sure to be suited by the drying ground at Ayr.
Others towards the top of the market include fellow Scottish-trained runner Dingo Dollar (8/1) who bounced back to form in fine style when success at Doncaster on his latest start and is set to be partnered by champion jockey Brian Hughes.
Vintage Clouds (10/1) rolled back the years with a smart success at the Cheltenham Festival and is another who is bound to be suited by drying ground.
Soldier Of Love (10/1) is an interesting contender for champion trainer Paul Nicholls having been off the track since running at Cheltenham in November. He looks a threat if able to rediscover his best form, as does another Scottish-trained runner in Mighty Thunder. He finished an excellent second in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter in March and is clearly proven over a demanding trip. He also beat Dino Boy (10/1) on his penultimate start by 20 lengths at Musselburgh (16/1)
Sam’s Adventure (10/1) captured the Eider Chase at Newcastle on his latest start and is another sure to be suited by this marathon trip and is of interest despite now being off a career high mark of 147. Notachance (14/1) also brings solid long-distance form to the table having scored at Warwick in the Classic Chase in January, whilst Lake View Lad (20/1) fell in last weekend’s Grand National and makes a quick turnaround here.
The Ferry Master (14/1) needs to improve stepped up in trip, but impressed at Newcastle on his latest start, whilst Enqarde (16/1) remains unexposed following a smart win at Ascot earlier this term.
Others who warrant a mention include Mister Fogpatches (14/1), an Irish raider who remains unexposed and shaped well at Leopardstown last time out, along with last time out winner Chapel Stile (20/1) and Big River (20/1) who boasts winning course form.
Elsewhere on the card, Allmankind looks a leading player in the Future Champion Novices’ Chase at 3.00pm for Harry Skelton who currently leads the jockeys’ championship. His three rivals all boast smart form this term, headed by Taramoc Du Mathan and Whoshotthesheriff. Malystic completes the quartet.
Newbury also stages an excellent card on Sunday which is headlined by the Greenham Stakes at 3.20pm.
Chindit was a Group scorer last time and looks a notable runner along with Coventry Stakes hero Nando Parrado and Royal Ascot scorer The Lir Jet in what looks a fascinating event.
ITV Selections for Sunday
1.15pm Ayr: Duke Of Navan
1.50pm Ayr: Marown
2.10pm Newbury: Al Aasy
2.25pm Ayr: Milkwood
2.45pm Newbury: Alcohol Free
3.00pm Ayr: Allmankind
3.20pm Newbury: Chindit
3.35pm Ayr: Aye Right
3.55pm Matthew Flinders
Odds via Betfair