The winner of the Coral Welsh Grand National is one of a huge 88 entries for this years Scottish Grand National on Saturday April 12.
Mountainous, the Richard Lee trained horse will be joined at the entry stage by last years winner Godsmejudge whose trainer Alan King will decide five days before the race whether his horse will attempt to become the first since 1985 to complete back to back doubles in Scotland’s richest race.
The Lucinda Russell yard has four entries Green Flag, Kris Kross, Nuts N Bolts and Lie Forrit who recently won over hurdles at Kelso. Another Scottish entry is Scotswell trained by Harriet Graham in the Borders.
Penrith based Nicky Richards holds entries with last year’s third Mister Marker, And The Man and Tutchec.
Race sponsors Coral have installed the Harry Fry trained Mendip Express as 8/1 favourite, with three horses on 14/1 - Many Clouds, trained by Oliver Sherwood, Green Flag, and Phillip Hobbs Roalo de Farges.
The QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle, the main supporting race on the card, has attracted 55 entries including the second and third in the Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham earlier this month – My Tent Or Yours (Nicky Henderson) and The New One (Nigel Twiston-Davies).
Early indications are that Nicky Henderson will send My Tent Or Yours to Ayr in preference to Punchestown where he would clash with his Champion Hurdle conqueror Jezki.
The classy Irving from the Paul Nicholls yard, last year’s Evan Williams trained winner Court Minstrel and the talented Cockney Sparrow from John Quinn’s North Yorkshire yard are other possible runners.
And there are five entries from the all-conquering Willie Mullins stable – Un de Sceaux, Arctic Fire, Wicklow Brave, Upsie and Midnight Game.
Tickets for the two day Coral Scottish Grand National Festival on April 11 and April 12 are selling fast and its recommended racegoers book early to avoid disappointment. Call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk