Three Contenders for the Scottish Grand National
Three Contenders for the Scottish Grand Nationals
It will be a great month for horse racing enthusiasts. The Grand National just took place last weekend and in less than a month the Kentucky Derby will take place. Meanwhile the race tracks will again take the centre stage again this weekend, now in Scotland.
One of the most prestigious events of the jump season is the Scottish Grand National. It is raced over a four-mile circuit, while horses from Ireland, the UK and elsewhere in Europe all attend in the hope of gaining the £215,000 prize money on offer. It could present an opportunity for certain runners to quickly gain redemption after a disappointing outcome in the English Grand National.
There have been 34 declarations for the Scottish National which is held in Ayr, and it could be a wide-open race with at least half the field holding down a reasonable claim for winning the race. But, which horses should horse racing gamblers be focused on?
Beware The Bear
Nicky Henderson’s nine-year-old will enter the Scottish National high on confidence as Beware The Bear will be hoping to win his first National win of any description. He has previous festival success, as he won the Ultima Chase at Cheltenham in March; beating joint favourites Coo Star Sivola and Up For Review.
He will be carrying the top weight of 11st 12lb for Saturday’s featured race but will have every chance of success. Henderson- despite his success- has never won the Scottish Grand National and Beware The Bear will present him with his best opportunity to date.
The nine-year-old is unbeaten in 2019; winning both its previous runs at Cheltenham.He will hold a clear advantage over one of the leaders in the market as he finished over one length ahead of Vintage Clouds at the Cheltenham festival.
Most bookmakers are offering a price of 12/1 on Beware The Bear and will present a brilliant tip for horse racing betting.
Trainer Sue Smith will be looking to end the season with a victory. So far this season she has trained 28 winners, but this nine-year-old will be her best bet of success in the Scottish National. Vintage Clouds was one of the big market movers in the lead up for last week’s Grand National, as it plummeted from 25/1 to 11/1.
However, it never got going in the featured race at Aintree and suffered devastation at the first. He was the first faller of the race. He was unexpectedly declared for the race at Ayr, less than a week after the fall. Despite this, he obviously has the talent to win the race; providing that he can jump well.
Vintage Cloud’s recent record has been disappointing, especially considering that he started the season strongly. His first run of the campaign ended in victory at Haydock. But since then, he was pulled up at Chepstow, before finishing second to Beware The Bear at Cheltenham. It is clearly a National horse, but he will need to deliver a commanding performance to end the season with.
Alan King trains the talented seven-year-old that will enter the race much fresher than much of the field. However, despite positive outings this season; he is yet to taste victory. Dingo Dollar is always among the punters' favourites due to his name relating to a popular British television show. However, he has a genuine chance to win the Scottish National.
He has only raced on two occasions this campaign; most recently at Doncaster which ended in him finishing second to the pre-race favourite Chidswell. Despite this, he could go off as the favourite in the race and has been the second most popular pick in the race by punters since the declared runners were officially announced.