Scottish Grand National Racecard

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By Aintree Grand National

Here is the racecard for the 2018 Scottish Grand National, which takes place at Ayr on April 21 at 4:05pm. 

16:05 Ayr - Scottish Grand National 2018
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1
Gold Present
Nico de Boinville N J Henderson Form: 522F-11P Age: 8 / Weight: 11-12
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Winner of the Silver Cup at Ascot & Peter O’Sullevan Handicap Chase at Newbury in December. Holds leading claims and has proved popular in the betting this week.

2
Vicente
Sam Twiston-Davies P F Nicholls Form: 69F1-2UP Age: 9 / Weight: 11-7
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Has won this race the last two years and bids to be the first horse since 1913 to win this race three times. Races off 3lb less than his mark of 11-10 in last year’s race.

3
Sizing Codelco
Paul O'Brien C L Tizzard Form: 11-P6PP4 Age: 9 / Weight: 11-7
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Has struggled this season after previously winning the a decent 39k handicap at Aintree. Underwent a wind operation in February was much improved when seen at Aintree last week in the Betway Bowl.

4
Ballyoptic
Thomas Bellamy N A Twiston-Davies Form: 512414 Age: 8 / Weight: 11-6
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A top class hurdler winning the Grade 1 Sefton Novices in 2016. Has won twice over fences since, most recently seen finishing 4th in the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in March.

5
Beware The Bear
J McGrath N J Henderson Form: 74-1P4 Age: 8 / Weight: 11-6
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Trainer Nicky Henderson has never won this race but saddles two this year. Preference to this runner who won a listed race at Newcastle in December but was pulled up in the Welsh National after making several mistakes.

6
Fagan
D N Russell G Elliott Form: /P-122 Age: 8 / Weight: 11-4
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Hottest trainer in the business this season after winning the Grand National with Tiger Roll. Hasn’t run since October when finishing 2nd behind Black Corton in a class 2 chase at Cheltenham.

7
Label Des Obeaux
Wayne Hutchinson A King Form: -83P68 Age: 7 / Weight: 11-4
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Has won two races over 3 miles but is now rated 147 and faces an uphill battle with the considerate weight he has been allocated.

8
Sizing Tennessee
R M Power C L Tizzard Form: FU1233 Age: 10 / Weight: 11-2
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Last seen when finishing 3rd in the National Hunt Cup at the Cheltenham festival in March over 4 miles. Has proved he stays and looks to have leading claims.

9
Regal Flow
S P Houlihan R H Buckler Form: 391211 Age: 11 / Weight: 11-2
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Three time winner this season, the latest being the Midlands Grand National where he was excellent in beating Milansbar by 10 lengths, Should go close with plenty of good form over 3 miles.

10
West Approach
T Scudamore C L Tizzard Form: 131356 Age: 8 / Weight: 11-1
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Has struggled in races at 3 miles or more, will need to step up here and produce a real mighty effort in order to compete with these.

11
Silsol
Harry Cobden P F Nicholls Form: 1-05U4 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-13
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Trainer has won this race three times. Last seen when finishing 4th in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter. Proven stayer and needs to be considered.

12
Vintage Clouds
Danny Cook Mrs S J Smith Form: -12423 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-12
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Looks set to go off favourite after punters have latched onto his credentials from a top trainer and noteable owner. Handicap mark looks manageable and should be in the frame.

13
Get On The Yager
Harry Skelton D Skelton Form: 661129 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-11
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Has enjoyed a good season winning back to back races including the Grade 3 Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase although struggled last time out in the Midlands National.

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Henri Parry Morgan
Sean Bowen P Bowen Form: -2U5P1 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-10
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Finished 9th in last year’s Scottish Grand National and has enjoyed a good season most recently winning the West Wales National at Ffos Las. Shouldn’t be overlooked.

15
Benbens
Mr Z Baker N A Twiston-Davies Form: -7419P Age: 13 / Weight: 10-9
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Has raced twice in this Scottish National finishing 3rd on both occasions in 2015 and 2017. Now a 13 year and would be the first of this age ever to win the race.

16
Looking Well
Ryan Day N G Richards Form: 126-7U Age: 9 / Weight: 10-8
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Long distance specialist who if on his game should be well in contention. Unseated rider in this year’s Edinburgh National. Should be popular for the Northerners.

17
Cogry
Jamie Bargary N A Twiston-Davies Form: 1P2U30 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-8
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Finished 2nd in last year’s renewal being beaten by a neck. Also fell in this race in 2015. 2lb higher than his mark of 131 last year. Up and down this season and struggled in the Ultima Handicap at Cheltenham in March finishing 11th.

18
Indy Five
B Hughes David Dennis Form: -91F12 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-7
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Has only 8 career starts to date winning on 3 of those occasions. Has never raced in a field of more than 11 and the step up in grade could prove testing.

19
Mysteree
R T Dunne M Scudamore Form: P12-P3 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-7
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Straidnahanna
Henry Brooke Mrs S J Smith Form: P-65P1 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-7
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No stranger to Ayr having raced here 5 times, two of those being the latest renewals of the Scottish National. Pulled up on both occasions and no reason to believe he will go better this year.

21
Doing Fine
N D Fehily N P Mulholland Form: 15-434 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-6
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First outing around Ayr, Changed trainer from Rebecca Curtis to Neil Mulholland at the end of 2016. 4th in the London National behind the winner Benbens last time out in December.

22
Joe Farrell
Adam Wedge Miss R Curtis Form: -42431 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-6
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Only raced twice at 3 miles or greater and will need to improve for this gruelling test. Winner last time out at Newbury in a Class 3 novices chase over 2m7f.

23
Work Du Breteau
Bridget Andrews D Skelton Form: 31F260 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-6
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Recently switched trainers from Tim Reed to Dan Skelton. Was well beaten on his only start for new yard at Doncaster in February. Never raced around Ayr and looks to face an uphill battle.

24
Pearl Swan
Mr J C Bowen P Bowen Form: 411-98 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-5
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Respectable effort in the Betway Chase at Aintree last week but hard to see him doing anything here after that. May have needed the run though after only returning in March from 391 days off the track.

25
Glencairn View
D J Mullins A Mullins Form: 642131 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-4
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Winner of two of his last three starts, two of those being at 3 miles or greater. The most recent being the EBF Novice Handicap at Navan worth 35k.

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The Young Master
Mr S Waley-Cohen N P Mulholland Form: -U63P6 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-3
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Winner of 4 Chases, 3 Hurdles races and 2 All Weather races. Recently undergone wind surgery before running in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham festival, finishing a respectable sixth.

27
Alzammaar
Callum Bewley Sam England Form: -22124 Age: 7 / Weight: 10-1
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Changed trainer at the start of 2017 from Warren Greatex to Sam England, much improved since but will need to improve and has struggled in big fields.

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Boa Island
C O'Farrell James Moffatt Form: 61P-07 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-1
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Recently changed trainer from Paul Nicholls to James Moffat and is yet to be seen on track for his new coach. Huge price and faces an uphill battle even to complete the race.

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Fact Of The Matter
Harry Bannister Jamie Snowden Form: -3013P Age: 8 / Weight: 10-0
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Winner of 4 chases from 10 starts. Pulled up last time out when seen in the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton. Looks like he will struggle over this gruelling test.

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Racing Europe
D R Fox B Ellison Form: /4523/ Age: 9 / Weight: 10-0
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Not seen on a racetrack for 811 days. Has never raced in a field bigger than 11 runners and his last win came back in January 2015!
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