Scottish Grand National Form Guide
The Scottish Grand National is fast approaching and the Ayr marathon could attract a stellar cast as they look to etch their names next to some of the finest staying equine talents in the history of national hunt racing and for punters as well the 2018 Scottish National Betting will be a popular.
2018 Scottish National Form
2017 Scottish National Form
A fine winner of the race last season, Vicente will aim to retain this Ayr crown on April 22, but he will line up on the back of a fall in the Grand National at Aintree a couple of weeks ago, and he has not won since lifting this crown 12 months ago.
Twice a winner in January, Premier Bond put up a career best when third in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase at last month's Cheltenham Festival, and Nicky Henderson's charge could be one of the improving performers taking their chance here, and is a prominent figure in the 2017 Scottish Grand National Betting.
One win over fences in his career, Arpege D'alene has often disappointed this season, when well fancied, but he put up a better effort when fourth in the Kim Muir last month at Cheltenham, and this real stamina test could play to his strengths.
A faller in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival, Southfield Royale has struggled to sparkle this season after an impressive novice chasing campaign, but is certainly one to keep an eye, as he has the ability to go very close in this contest.
Warren Greatrex's Missed Approach ran a huge race when second at 50/1 in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, and with stamina no issue he will be aiming to use that fine run as a springboard to glory in this contest, and is one for the shortlist.
A faller in the Ultima Handicap Chase last month at Cheltenham, Vintage Clouds had previously run a huge race when third in the Grand National Trial at Haydock Park, and is one in the lower echelons of the weights that could play a primary role here.
Henri Parry Morgan
Henri Parry Morgan has struggled to land a blow this season, but having finished down the field in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival the Peter Bowen-trained raider put up a better effort in a competitive handicap chase at Aintree a couple of weeks ago.
Sandy Thomson's Seldom Inn was beaten by Yala Enki when the pair clashed in February at Kelso, but he had previously won at that track and could be open to improvement on his sixth start of the season.
Pulled up in the 2015 Scottish Grand National, Trustan Times returned to form last time out when winning over hurdles at Kelso, so the veteran has to be considered as a lively outsider on his return to the larger obstacles.
One chase win to his name, Sugar Baron will be hoping to hand Nicky Henderson victory in this race, and he showed some promise on his last start as he finished an eye-catching sixth place in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.
- Six horses aged 10 or above have won the race since 2000
- 12 winners since 2000 have carried less than 11st to victory
- Ten out of the last twelve winners had ran well in their previous race.
- Ten out of the last eleven winners had previously won over 3m
- Only one favourite has won in the last twelve years.