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Crosshue Boy will on Saturday attempt to be the first Irish trained horse to win the Coral Scottish Grand National in 150 years.
The nine year-old, trained by Sean Thomas Doyle in Ballindaggin, County Wexford, won the novices handicap chase at the Ayr meeting last year and this year is aimed at Scotland’s richest race which last won by an Irish raider when Huntsman triumphed in 1869.
Crosshue Boy has had a fairly quiet time since his win last year and raced over hurdles at Wexford in March in a bid to get him spot on for Saturday.
Sponsors Coral have him at 12-1 in the betting with Dingo Dollar, trained by Alan King, an outright favourite at 8-1. Beware The bear who won the Ultima Chase at Cheltenham last month has a quote of 10-1 with Vintage Clouds and Talkischeap joining Crosshue Boy on 12s.
There are two Scottish trained horses entered – Lucinda Russell’s Big River, 9-1 second favourite and Geronimo from Sandy Thomson’s Borders yard a 16-1 chance.
Rachael McDonald is due to ride the latter in an attempt to become the first ever female jockey to ride a Scottish Grand National winner.
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