BIG FIELDS FOR OPENING DAY OF CORAL SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL

19 Apr 2018

BIG FIELDS FOR OPENING DAY OF CORAL SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL FESTIVAL

THE opening day of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival has attracted a total of 83 runners across the seven races.

The feature race is the £50,000 Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase at 3.45 pm where 12 runners go to post including Colin Tizzard’s Sizing Platinum the mount of top jockey Robbie Power.

This 10 year ran well eight days ago to finish sixth  in the Red Rum Chase at Aintree and could run a big race again as could Theinval second in this contest last year and from the powerful  Nicky Henderson yard.

The main supporting race is the £30,000 coral.co.uk Seafield Trophy Mares’ Handicap Hurdle where course winner Elusive Theatre from the Stuart Crawford stable in Northern Ireland has the help of Barry Geraghty in the saddle.

Another interesting runner is Smart Talk form the Brian Ellison yard a winner of a Grade 2 at Doncaster in 2016 who is ridden by Brian Hughes.

The biggest field of the day is in the final race, the Seko Logistics Scotland Handicap Hurdle and Pnerith based trainer Nicky Richard could hold the key to this with Chapel  Still, a winner last time out at Bangor on Dee.

Meanwhile a maximum field of 30 runners will line up for tomorrow’s (Saturday) Coral  Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse.

There were 33 horses declared with the top 30 set to run and two reserves on standby.

Vicente will attempt to become the first horse to win three consecutive Scottish Nationals since Couvrefeu 11 in 1911,1912 and 1913 and will have the ground to suit. Clerk of the Course Graeme Anderson reported yesterday that the going was good to soft and there is a prominently dry forecast ahead of Saturday’s £215,000 race.

Also in the field is Fagan for Gordon Elliott who is attempting to win his third Grand National in 19 days having won the Irish version with General Principle and then last week he won the Randox Health Grand National with Tiger Roll.

Davy Russell, who rode Tiger Roll, teams up on Fagan while Sam Twiston-Davies once again takes the mount on Vicente.

The latter horse’s owner Trevor Hemmings has another live contender in the race with Vintage Clouds, trained by Sue Smith and ridden by Danny Cook.

Issued by Iain Ferguson on behalf of Ayr Racecourse. For further information please contact Iain Ferguson on 01292-294972 or 07795-565691.

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