2023 Scottish Grand National: the runners, odds, verdict and 14-1 tip 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

A total of 23 runners and riders will go to post for the Scottish Grand National on Saturday afternoon, the one we have all been waiting for at Ayr Racecourse. Who will come out on top and follow in the footsteps of the likes of Vicente and Win My Wings? Get our full Scottish Grand National expert analysis from our team of betting experts in our detailed runner-by-runner guide below.


3.35 Ayr (Saturday, April 22): Scottish Grand National racecard and betting


1 Dusart

Won at this meeting in 2022; needs to bounce back from two poor starts this season; headgear reached for.

Trainer: Nicky Henderson
Jockey: Nico de Boinville


2 Threeunderthrufive

Has some solid form in the book but hasn’t shown it this season, and the jury is still out on him.

Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Jockey: Adrian Heskin


3 Monbeg Genius

5lb rise seems very lenient and he is a huge player if he can prove his liking for this step up in trip.

Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill
Jockey: Jonjo O’Neill Jr


4 Empire Steel

Looked a potential proper stayer when getting up to win over 2m7f last time. Has a chance of hitting the frame.

Trainer: Sandy Thomson
Jockey: Ryan Mania


5 Elvis Mail

Won in impressive style at Kelso over 3m2f latest and big player if he can build on that now.

Trainer: Nick Alexander
Jockey: Bruce Lynn (3)


6 Kitty’s Light

Second in this last year; won the 4m Eider last time and will give it another very good shot.

Trainer: Christian Williams
Jockey: Jack Tudor


7 Malina Girl

Landed a punt in the 3m4f Ulster National at Downpatrick three weeks ago; Irish raider is respected.

Trainer: Gavin Cromwell
Jockey: Sean Flanagan


8 Undersupervision

Back up 4lb for a gallant effort at Doncaster and a flat track like this will definitely suit.

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies


9 Ruthless Article

Proven over 3m2f at Uttoxeter last summer, the furthest he’s been but lot to prove in this.

Trainer: Rebecca Curtis
Jockey: Tom Bellamy


10 Lord Accord

Soft ground to blame for two heavy defeats of late; better ground needs to spark a revival.

Trainer: Neil Mulholland
Jockey: Richie McLernon


11 Flash Collonges

Won over 3m at Newbury latest, his first win over fences at the seventh attempt. Needs to step forward again.

Trainer: Paul Nicholls
Jockey: Harry Cobden


12 Cooper’s Cross

Impressed over 3m in January; ground fine but needs to prove his stamina.

Trainer: Stuart Coltherd
Jockey: Sam Coltherd


13 Cap Du Nord

Usually good for a big run in these marathon races but uncertain to see out the trip.

Trainer: Christian Williams
Jockey: Nick Scholfield


14 Flash De Touzaine

Would prefer more juice in the ground and the trip is a complete unknown; hard to fancy.

Trainer: Liz Doyle
Jockey: Richard Deegan (3)


15 Manothepeople

Still has plenty of time to progress; needs to prove his stamina but stable in good form.

Trainer: Fergal O’Brien
Jockey: Paddy Brennan


16 Famous Bridge

On a hat-trick; needs to prove he can stay but he is a nice price and probably too big at that.

Trainer: Nicky Richards
Jockey: Brian Hughes


17 Your Own Story

Progressive seven-year-old who ran big races at 4m and 3m4f last twice; stable won Aintree equivalent last week.

Trainer: Lucinda Russell
Jockey: Derek Fox


18 Waitnsee

Third at Punchestown over 3m7f a year ago, rallying well after being badly hampered; enjoys good ground. Chance.

Trainer: John Patrick Ryan
Jockey: Danny Mullins


19 Magna Sam

Came back from absence to win Edinburgh National on stable debut; big contender if he can back that up.

Trainer: Alastair Ralph
Jockey: Alex Edwards


20 Mighty Thunder

Won this race in 2021 but out of form since; trainer thinks he has a big chance mind.

Trainer: Lucinda Russell
Jockey: Patrick Wadge (5)


21 Flower Of Scotland (TIP)

Stays 4m well and was a big eyecatcher when third in the Edinburgh National; considered despite 6lb out of the handicap.

Trainer: Sandy Thomson
Jockey: Danny McMenamin


22 Half Shot

Runner-up to Elvis Mail over 3m2f on latest run, but 7lb out of the handicap.

Trainer: Iain Jardine
Jockey: Conor O’Farrell


23 Small Present

Stays 3m3f but badly out of form last while; cheekpieces go on from 8lb out of handicap

Trainer: Sue Smith
Jockey: Sean Quinlan


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