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A high class field of horses looks set to line up for the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase, Listed Race, the feature contest on the opening day of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse on Friday.
A total of 18 horses have entered the race including Michael Scudamore’s Do Your Job, a winner last time out at Newcastle, Jamie Snowdon’s useful novice chaser Kiltealy Briggs, Donald McCain’s Presentandcounting successful in five of his seven chase starts and last year’s winner Nietzsche.
Dan Skelton has won the race three times in recent years and could saddle Beakstown while leading Irish trainer Gordon Elliott has two entries Coach Carter and Fancy Foundations.
The main supporting race on the card, the Coral Mares’ Handicap Hurdle has also attracted a strong entry with Dan Skelton’s Get A Tonic and Alan King’s Wynn House amongst the highest rated of the 19 entries.
Elsewhere on the card Nicky Henderson could run £210,000 buy City Chief who won a maiden hurdle at Hereford earlier in the month in the opening novices’ handicap hurdle.
Nicky Richards who has such a good record at this meeting runs the highly thought of Soft Risk in the Remus Uomo Hnadicap Hurdle where he could lock swords again with Donald McCain’s talented Since Day One who beat him at Newcastle last time out.
The final race of the afternoon the Thistle Cabs Handicap Hurdle has attracted a big entry with Pual Nicholls set to run Skatman.
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