Coral Scottish Grand National- preview to the prestigious event

Coral Scottish Grand National 2021 are set to be held on 16th-17th April. The Scottish Grand National is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase in Great Britain. It is open to horses aged five years or older. The race takes place at Ayr, Scotland, over a distance of about 4 miles. During the race, the horses need to jump 27 fences. It is a handicap race.

The race is held during Ayr’s two-day Scottish Grand National Festival and is considered equivalent to the Randox Grand National taking place at Aintree. Several winners of the Scottish Grand National have also won their English counterpart at Aintree. The first to complete the double was Music Hall, the winner of the 1922 Grand National.

A look at the participating horses

The feat has been achieved more recently by Little Polveir and Earth Summit, but the only horse to win both races in the same year was Red Rum in 1974. Cloth Cap came third in the Scottish Grand National race in 2019. He is the favorite to win the Grand National at Aintree this year. The admirable Aye Right may bid for a most deserved victory that few would begrudge him in this month’s Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr.

On his first campaign outside of novice company this term, the eight-year-old has finished third in the bet365 Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, second in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury, and second again in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster. Harriet Graham’s stable star once again did his Jedburgh yard proud last week with a highly honorable third in last week’s Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, giving 7lbs to runner-up Happy Go Lucky and 9lbs to winner Vintage Clouds. That was the fourth time in succession the remarkably consistent eight-year-old has been placed at the graded or Listed level this season. Aye Right has recovered from his latest exertions after just a short break so far, said Graham. There’s the Scottish National, and I think there are two races at Sandown at the end of the month – and that’s about it”, she said.

Trainer speak

Meanwhile, the most in-form trainer right now, dual-purpose handler Tristan Davidson, is aiming for the big prize at Scottish Grand National with his stable star. The ambitious Davidson is flying right now, a fantastic run of form which has included back-to-back wins for Style It Out and Gran Paradiso, plus an impressive novice chase success for Bootlegger, a horse picked up from Neil Mulholland. The weather could play a key role in big-race plans for Davidson next month, too, although he’s hoping for some significant spring showers ahead of The Dutchman’s bid for glory in the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr, the kind of race that could act as a major springboard for the unassuming Cumbrian. He said: “It’d be a big deal for us (if The Dutchman went close) – you’re just trying to improve yourself the whole time.”

Meanwhile, Cheltenham Festival winner Galvin will not run in the Irish National, but an outing in the Coral Scottish Grand National is still a possibility. The seven-year-old quickened up smartly to win the National Hunt Chase last week, proving stamina is no issue in the process. “There’s a possibility he could run in the Scottish National, but definitely not the Irish, – it will come too soon,” said Ferguson. “He’s been entered at Ayr, so we’ll see how he is between now and then. It looks to be coming up at the right time.”

Live-stream details

The Coral Scottish Grand National is awaited with equal enthusiasm and fervor each year. The natives from England, Scotland, Wales and the Irelands wait with bated breath for the Coral Scottish Grand National and also bet profusely in the event. If you want to stay ahead of your friends with the latest live-stream details, keep reading. 

  • If you are from the UK and you have a prior TV license, then you can enjoy the Coral Grand National 2021 without incurring any extra charges. You can enjoy the live-stream action for free! You just need to have an ITV connection. 
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