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2019 Scottish Grand National tips - Two against the field for Ayr's Saturday special

Brian Healy in Tips 12 Apr 2019

Brian Healy picks out his two against the field in Saturday's big race north of the border at Ayr, the Scottish Grand National.

Saturday’s feature race at Ayr is the Scottish Grand National, a Grade Three handicap chase over a trip of four miles, and another competitive renewal awaits of Scotland’s biggest race.

Boasting a first prize of more than £120,000 the race gets underway from 3.35pm, and the action will unfold live as part of Saturday’s ITV Racing action. Brian Healy casts his eye though the potential field of runners where a maximum field of 30 horses will go to post for the marathon contest and he picks out two against the field to keep onside.

Alan King and Wayne Hutchinson combined in 2013 to land this prize with Godsmejudge, and DINGO DOLLAR (9/1, William Hill) could post a big effort for the same trainer and jockey combination.

The seven-year old Golden Lariat gelding won small-field contests at Newbury and Doncaster either side of a short break back in the 2017/18 jumps season, and he chased home Crosshue Boy on this card twelve months ago when beaten just one length by that rival.

He has faced some stiff tests this campaign, but he ran well for third in an attritional Ladbrokes Trophy Chase prior to finishing sixth in the Sky Bet Chase where he was let down by his jumping. However, he bounced back from that run returned to the same track and jumping with more fluency when finding only Chidswell too good in the Grimthorpe Chase under a big weight.

He was booked for third until left second by the fall of Looking Well, although he had no chance with the winner. He has been eased 1lb in the weights, but there is a suspicion he has a big performance in him from this sort of mark and the longer trip here ought to suit given he has looked a thorough stayer on more than one occasion.

As things stand at the time of writing, he has an 8lb pull at the weights with Nicky Richards’ charge who could reoppose; while he holds Brian Borahana on the same form line from that Doncaster run. He could post a big run here.

At bigger odds, CHIC NAME (20/1, Boylesport) could be worth an interest having beaten last year’s winner of this race, Joe Farrell, at Newbury last month and Richard Hobson’s charge could go well at a tidy price.

The Nickname gelding finished fifth in last year’s Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, and while disappointing on his next run he did run out a winner of the Highland National at Perth last April where he beat Lac Sacre.

Runs this term have largely been underwhelming, and he could only finish seventh behind Dawson City in the Devon National two starts ago. However, he saw off 2018 Scottish Grand National winner Joe Farrell at Newbury latest, jumping well and running out a ready winner.

This is a tougher assignment, and he has more on his plate from 7lbs higher in the handicap. As things stand at the time of writing, he remains out of the weights so a tilt at this valuable prize will certainly require that he finds another jolt of improvement.

However, he could still have some scope for progression and he was rated higher than his current mark over hurdles so it wouldn’t come as a huge shock to see him in the mix if coping with the step up in class. 


DINGO DOLLAR (9/1, William Hill), CHIC NAME (20/1, Boylesport)

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2019 Scottish Grand National tips - Two against the field for Ayr's Saturday special

Brian Healy looks through the potential entries for Saturday's Scottish Grand National at Ayr, and he picks out two against the field who could go well if making the final line-up.

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