The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

The Elite Ayrshire Business Circle

Friday, 8 April 2011

Can Merigo win Scottish Grand National again at Ayr Racecourse?

By: Iain Ferguson

Merigo, the first Scottish trained horse to win the Coral Scottish Grand National for 28 years when it triumphed at Ayr Racecourse last April, will defend his crown at the Craigie track next week.

[Pictured: Merigo, last year’s Scottish Grand National winner (in green colours with yellow sash) on his way to victory at Ayr Racecourse.]

The Andrew Parker trained, Raymond Anderson Green owned horse had been expected to run in Saturday’s Grand National at Aintree, but at the five day declaration stage it seemed unlikely Merigo would make the cut for the John Smith’s race.

But Aintree’s loss should be Ayr’s gain and the front running, bold jumper could well emulate last year’s success and go in again come Saturday.

Others in with a chance in the £180,000 race include ante-post favourite and Cheltenham National Hunt chase winner Chicago Grey from Gordon Elliott’s Irish yard , David Pipe’s Midlands Grand National winner Minella Four Star, the 2008 winner Iris de Balme and Tim Vaughan’s Beshabar.

The main support race on Saturday’s card is the Isle of Skye Blended Whisky Scottish Champion Hurdle, and leading entries here include Nicky Henderson’s Eradicate, last year’s winner Overturn, Paul Nicholls pair Celestial Halo and Current Event and Michael Scudamore’s Gloucester.

The going at the track is currently good, and the team at Ayr will water if necessary to maintain the ground conditions.

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For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 07795 565691.

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