Scottish Grand National Form Guide

The Scottish Grand National is fast approaching and the Ayr marathon could attract a stellar cast as they look to etch their names next to some of the finest staying equine talents in the history of national hunt racing and for punters as well the 2018 Scottish National Betting will be a popular.

2018 Scottish National Form

Vicente

A fine winner of this race in 2017 and 2018, this Paul Nicholls-trained raider was last seen pulling up in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, so will need to bounce back here, but relishes his trip to Ayr, so write off at your peril.

Vintage Clouds

Just missed out on a run in last week's Grand National at Aintree, but has been a model of consistency for Sue Smith this season, and has been popular in the betting in the days leading up to the race.

Fagan

Last seen running in October, so may have fitness worries, but his trainer Gordon Elliott did saddle Tiger Roll to victory in the Grand National last weekend, so is an interesting Irish-trained runner in the race.

Ballyoptic

A classy novice hurdler, who has taken his time to produce the goods over fences, but beat Vintage Clouds in the Towton Novices' Chase at Wetherby, and was a fine fourth in last month's RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Gold Present

Impressive in the early part of the season landing big wins at Ascot and Newbury, but this top weight was pulled up on his last start in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

Beware The Bear

Last seen finishing fourth in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, and was a fine winner of the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle earlier in the season, and is one that will relish this marathon test.

Doing Fine

Has been placed in a number of competitive handicap chases this season, but has not won all campaign, so will need to produce his best run of the season to play a part here.

Sizing Tennessee

Mostly seen at Cheltenham this season, where he won four starts ago, and warmed up for this task with a fine third in the four-miler at the Cheltenham Festival in March.

Label Des Obeaux

Has found life tough in decent races this season, but was a winner at Ayr's Scottish National meeting last year, so could be an intriguing runner.

Form Pointers

  • Six horses aged 10 or above have won the race since 2000
  • 12 winners since 2000 have carried less than 11st to victory
  • Ten out of the last 13 winners had ran well in their previous race.
  • Ten out of the last 11 winners had previously won over 3m
  • Only two favourites have won in the last twelve years.
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