We stay at Ayr today for two races including the Scottish Grand National. The going remains Good to Soft/Good in places with the ground slightly drying as the day progresses.
3.20 Ayr 1m7½f Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (Listed Race) (Class 1) (5yo+)
Tight betting heat with little unanimity between the odds compilers.
Romain De Senam enjoys a weight pull with a few of today’s rivals on recent Aintree form.
Conditions suit and I will be surprised if he doesn’t run close. 6/1 fav my provisional tissue and 7/1 generally with the books.
3.55 4m Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (Grade 3) (Class 1) (5yo+)
30 declared for the final major national of the season following the Aintree and Fairyhouse nationals in recent weeks.
Southfield Royale is expected to run a big race. Although he has shown no form in two starts this season, he was fancied to go close in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham, but fell before half-way.
He is well handicapped on last season’s form, with connections believing he retains all of that ability. Best priced 11/1 this morning, which seems reasonable
I have recently spent some time in readiness for the forthcoming summer campaign. Always good to meet up with contacts and see their preparations first hand. Get your free info pack and qualify for special summer rates at: www.slh.co.uk