Two Fancies For The Scottish Grand National
April 11, 2019
Jumps racing comes thick and fast at this time of year, and if the Cheltenham Festival and the Grand National at Aintree weren’t enough, now we’re off north of the border for the Scottish Grand National.
Ayr is the destination for the big race, as this year’s 28 runners aim to battle it out over 27 fences and a gruelling 4 miles.
It might not be as iconic as the race with the same name at Aintree, but for those horses involved, a prize pot of over £100,000 means it’s well worth winning.
The likes of Godsmejudge, Al Co and Vicente have taken recent renewals, so let’s take a look at two more names who could follow in their hoofprints this Saturday.
Crosspark @ 14/1 with Ladbrokes
Recent stats for the Scottish Grand National tell us that this isn’t a race for favourites. Only one of the last 12 favourites or joint-favourites have obliged at Ayr, with only three of the last 12 winners coming from the top three in the betting.
It’s safe to say, it worth going with an outsider. Especially with winning odds of 33/1, 25/1 and 40/1 being successful since 2014. If you’re an each-way lover, then this is the race for you.
A horse that could fit that bill is the Caroline Bailey-trained Crosspark. He goes with the classy Harry Skelton in the saddle, and he is a man who normally goes fairly well at Ayr with a current strike rate of 19% from 57 rides at the Scottish track.
As for Crosspark, he’s a 9yo who loves a marathon trip. He’s a three-time winner so far this season at varying distances from 3 to 4½ miles, with his last coming in the Eider Chase at Newcastle some 49 days ago, where he held the talented Mysteree by a neck on the line.
That means the trip should suit and he’ll arrive fairly fresh with plenty of his rivals running at the Cheltenham Festival just a few weeks ago.
Impulsive Star @ 18/1 with SportNation
I remember watching the ITV Racing coverage of Warwick back in early January and Ed Chamberlin making a clear point of how often that Classic meeting has an influence on other big races later in the year.
One For Arthur is a name that has run there in the past, before landing the National himself, but the one that went straight into my tracker this year was Impulsive Star, who was a nice winner of the Classic Chase – the same race won by One For Arthur.
He responded well to pressure when leading that day and looked to be headed as they got to the last. He proved to be an out and out stayer though and ground out the victory to score by just over three lengths, running away at the line.
Owned by Robert Waley-Cohen and ridden by his son Sam, they certainly know a thing or two about winning important races, landing the 2011 Gold Cup with Long Run.
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As a qualified sports journalist, Luke has worked with nationally-recognised outlets covering events from the World Cup to the Grand National. Luke is one of the few men who has to admit that their father was the better footballer, but at least he can take comfort from the fact he got to see his Dad score at Wembley. When Luke isn’t talking football, you’ll normally find him following his other passion, horse racing and has his own horses in training with Paul Nicholls and Mark Johnston.