Thursday, 4 April 2013
Rival D’Estruval favourite for Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse
By: Iain Ferguson
SOME top chasers and outstanding novices are among the 73 entries for the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday 20 April.
[Pictured: Coral Scottish Grand National ante post favourite Rival D’Estruval in action at Kelso earlier in the season.]
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls has several entries including Rocky Creek, winner of the Reynoldstown Chase at Ascot in February, while Nigel Twiston Davies who has trained three previous winners of the race looks likely to send Same Difference, winner of the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup at Cheltenham.
Big Occasion, winner of the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter, will represent the powerful David Pipe yard, and Donald McCain has five entries including Our Mick, runner-up in the JLT Speciality Chase at Cheltenham.
Ray Anderson Green, owner of Merigo, winner in 2010 and 2012, has entered Rival D’Estruval, a faller two out in the John Oaksey Chase at Cheltenham after announcing the retirement of his grand old chaser.
Rival D’Estruval heads the betting for the race at 8-1, in the sponsor’s opening show on the Ayr showpiece. Big Occasion, is one of three 12-1 co-second favourites, with the RSA Chase third, Hadrian’s Approach and Same Difference, among the runners quoted at 14-1.
Coral’s David Stevens commented: “At this stage there are several potential Coral Scottish Grand National contenders who are likely to be in action at Aintree this weekend, but Rival D’Estruval, who was still right in contention when falling in the National Hunt Chase at last month’s Cheltenham Festival, looks to have Ayr as his target and heads the betting to give his owner Ray Green further success in the race his Merigo won twice, while Big Occasion is another who has proved his liking for a marathon trip when scoring at Uttoxeter,”
Coral Scottish Grand National prices:
8 Rival D’Estruval, 12 Big Occasion, Our Mick, Rocky Creek, 14 Always Right, Chicago Grey, Godsmejudge, Hadrian’s Approach, Houblon Des Obeaux, Quentin Collonges, Same Difference, Teaforthree, Wyck Hill, 16 Bradley, Cappa Bleu, Join Together, Monsieur Cadou, Neptune Equester, Nuts N Bolts, Soll, Well Refreshed, 20 Auroras Encore, Becauseicouldntsee, Cannington Brook, Hold On Julio, King Fontaine, Lost Glory, Mister Marker, Mr Moss, Poungach, Rare Bob, Rebeccas Choice, Rigadin De Beauchene, Roberto Goldback, Russian War, Storm Survivor, Tarquinius, White Star Line, 25 Bar.
Advance ticket sales for the meeting are going well, and for more details on racing at Ayr call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk
For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292 294972 or 07795 565691.
Ayr Racecourse and the associated Western House Hotel are Founder Members of the Elite Ayrshire Business Circle.