Michael O’Leary looks like attempting to win his third successive Grand National on Saturday.
Four of the horses he runs in his Gigginstown House Stud colours remain in the £210,000 Coral Scottish Grand National at the confirmation stage.
The Ryanair boss has already won the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse last month with Rogue Angel and Saturday’s Crabbie’s Grand National courtesy of Rule The World both trained by Mouse Morris who also trains two of Michael’s four Ayr entries - Irish National hero Rogue Angel and Folsom Blue.
Willie Mullins is responsible for Measureofmydreams while Sandra Hughes trains Thunder And Roses.
Dr Richard Newland’s Pineau de Re, the 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National winner who missed the cut for Saturday’s race is another notable entry while Paul Nicholls, hoping to close the gap on Mullins in the British Trainers Championship, has four entered including Southfield Theatre.
Philip Hobbs’s Sausalito Sausage heads the weights ahead of the strongly fancied Cause Of Causes, trained by Gordon Elliott for JP McManus.
The New One is at the top of the handicap for the £101,000 QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle while Ivan Grozny, a winner at Aintree on Saturday for Willie Mullins, is also entered along with stablemates Clondaw Warrior and So Young.
Prize-money at the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival is more than £600,000 for the first time.
One of the sporting highlights of the Scottish sporting calendar the Scottish Grand National will attract some of the finest staying chasers from the UK & Ireland, as they embark on an energy-sapping four miles, 110 yards, jumping 27 fences in a quest to be crowned the winner of the Ayr Racecourse marathon.
Down the years some of the biggest names in the national hunt arena have lined up for this blue riband event and the standout name has to be the legendary Red Rum, who won three Aintree Grand National crowns before etching his name in the illustrious roll of honour north of the border to highlight the attraction of this great event.
Cause Of Causes was a sparkling winner at the Cheltenham Festival last month, and the Irish raider will aim to build on that effort by storming to victory in the Scottish Grand National, which takes centre stage on April 16, but there will be a plethora of classy staying handicap chasers head to Ayr for their showpiece event.
Willie Mullins will bid for another big-race success and is set to unleash Measureofmydreams, who was third in the Cheltenham Festival four-miler, whilst Irish National winner Rogue Angel could look to bag another notable National and is another prominent figure in the 2016 Scottish Grand National Betting, which is sure to be a wide open affair.
Southfield Theatre and Vicente could line up for Paul Nicholls, as he looks to challenge for the Top British Trainers’ Championships, while Seeyouatmidnight, Vyta Du Roc and Royale Knight are just another trio of exciting entries set to take their chance in one of the jumping highlights towards the end of the National Hunt season.
The Elk was the first Scottish Grand National winner, back in 1867, which indicates that the Scottish Grand National history is a long and illustrious one. The race was originally hosted by Bogside racecourse where it was run over a distance of 3 miles and 7 furlongs, before being moved to Ayr in 1966. The recent Scottish Grand National Roll of Honour highlights the past 15 winners