Coral Scottish Grand National will take place on 16-17 April as the prize-money is set to be £150,000
Coral Scottish Grand National is to be held at the iconic Ayr racecourse on 16-17 April 2021. The Class 1, Grade 3 chase is run over four miles with a field of up to 30 runners and boasts the fourth-biggest betting turnover in the UK. There were rumors about postponing the event to accommodate Grand National at Aintree. The Coral Scottish Grand National was last run in 2019 owing to last year’s race falling foul of the epidemic. Scottish Grand National bosses said in February a date swap with the Grand National is not under consideration at this stage.
Since Boris Johnson unveiled England’s roadmap out of lockdown, momentum has been building behind a campaign to have the Aintree spectacular pushed back a week to April 17. That’s the first Saturday high-street bookies will be able to reopen south of the border under the latest guidelines which kick in on April 12 – two days after the National’s current date of April 10. Britain’s leading bookmakers are pressing for the change to avoid missing out on their busiest day of the year for the second time in 12 months. But to accommodate the April 17 swap would mean Ayr agreeing to switch the Scottish National, which has been sponsored by Coral since 2007, to April 10. That would cause Ayr to miss out on a slice of much-needed extra revenue generated by in-shop betting on their big race. So, the management has disagreed.
The winner in 2019 was Nicky Richards’ trained Taking Risks who is expected to line up in the race again this year having recently won a Listed Chase at Doncaster. Most of the top stables in Britain will be represented in the race which was famously won in 1974 by Red Rum who became the only horse ever to have won the Grand National and the Scottish Grand National in the same year. Ayr and Coral have unveiled a total prize-money of £150,000 for this year’s Scottish Grand National following concerns raised last month that the value of the race could be as low as £75,000. The Coral Scottish Grand National was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic and was worth £215,000 when run in 2019.
The race was listed with a £75,000 prize fund in the Racing Calendar last month with officials uncertain what the final amount would be. However, both the racecourse and the sponsor stressed the importance of the race and providing a suitable fund for owners, trainers, and jockeys when announcing this year’s total, albeit the amount still represents a 30 percent drop from 2019. Trainer Alan King hopes to aim Classic Chase winner Notachance at the Scottish National on 17th April. The seven-year-old, who stayed on best to finish half a length clear of Achille under Tom Cannon in testing conditions at Warwick on January 16, looks set to head to Ayr rather than Aintree as his trainer ruled out a Grand National bid on 10th April.
The Coral Scottish Grand National is a race for which the Brits, the Scots and the Irishmen wait with equal enthusiasm and fervor. It is one of their greatest heritages. So if you too, are waiting with bated breath to catch the live-stream options of this fabled race, then keep reading the following list.
- If you are from the UK and you have a tv-license, you can view the most prestigious racing event in the UK for free! You simply need to have an iTV connection. It will live-stream the entire race for free. BBC iPlayer is also a great live-stream option.
- On the other hand, if you want to live-stream on a paid application, then the Racing TV is best suited for your needs. There is a free trial period, upon completion of which you will have to pay approximately 25 GBP per month.
- You can use VPNs like ExpressVPN and NordVPN to override the geo-block if it is preventing you from live-streaming the entire event.
- Social networking platforms like Reddit can also be a nice choice as it enables you to watch your favorite content free of cost. You can go to the relevant subreddit and find the feasible live-stream links to watch the event free of cost!