AYR gets its day in the Sun on Saturday.
The Scottish National deservedly takes centre stage and we take you through the field below…
1. Beware The Bear – Nicky Henderson/Jerry McGrath (9-1)
Has found plenty of improvement in his last two starts at Cheltenham, winning a New Year handicap before the Ultima at the Festival.
Still has stamina to prove though and was pulled-up in this last year 11lbs lower.
A mark of 160 is no easy task and has to give 8lbs to Sizing Codelco, the second top weight.
2. Sizing Codelco – Colin Tizzard/Harry Cobden (50-1)
An inconsistent horse, but good on his day. A good second at Uttoxeter last May has been his best effort recently.
Would still have to improve on that to figure though, and was eighth in this last year 2lbs lower.
3. Vintage Clouds – Sue Smith/Danny Cook (10-1)
Fell at the first at Aintree last weekend but seemingly in good order to take his chance here.
Third in this last season but has improved since, including a good second at the Festival.
This is a different test, but was well fancied for the Aintree equivalent and should be there or thereabouts again with a clean round.
4. Blue Flight – Nigel Twiston-Davies/Callum Bewley (25-1)
Has had a busy few months but running well enough to rise over 25lbs in the ratings.
Goes on good ground but has serious stamina questions to answer.
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5. Dingo Dollar – Alan King/Wayne Hutchinson (10-1)
Has failed to kick on from his Hennessy third but comes here a bit fresher than some of his rivals.
Due a big run and certainly not weighted out of things by any means.
Was second here last season in a hot novice and this longer trip may be what he needs to take the step to the next level.
6. Carole’s Destrier – Neil Mulholland/Robbie Dunne (20-1)
Stamina should be no problem and another who the ground should be no problem for.
Comes here off the back of an impressive win at Newbury and despite the 6lbs rise could well be in the mix at decent odds.
Mulholland is superb at targeting staying chases like this and again has a big team in this race.
7. Crosshue Boy – Sean Doyle/Sean Flanagan (10-1)
Has seen plenty of support through the week and it’s easy to see why the Euros have come for this sole Irish raider.
He beat Dingo Dollar here in the above mentioned hot novice chase and looks to have had this lined up for a while despite a recent spin over hurdles.
Sean Flanagan is a positive booking and looks shrewdly placed in here.
8. Crosspark – Caroline Bailey/Harry Skelton (12-1)
Another that’s been nibbled at through the week. Won the Eider well pulling clear with the runner-up and a 7lbs rise doesn’t look overly harsh.
Stamina is certainly not an issue but does need to improve more. Another that goes on this spring slash summer ground.
9. Cogry – Nigel Twiston-Davies/Sam Twiston-Davies (25-1)
Pulled-up in this last year and it sums up his inconsistency.
Has got a chance at the weights and has always shaped as if this trip shouldn’t be a problem.
10. Skipthecuddles – Graeme McPherson/Kielan Woods (25-1)
Can’t read anything into early unseat in National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham but doesn’t have the most convincing profile.
Prefers a bit of a rain in the air but a first-time visor is an interesting angle.
11. Big River – Lucinda Russell/Derek Fox (10-1)
Would give a huge chance to if there had been some rain around but not for the first time this horse has been unlucky.
Can’t have given the forecast and at the prices. Will win a big pot sometime soon though.
12. Red Infantry – Ian Williams/Tom O’Brien (33-1)
A true plodder and could improve for this even longer trip, but needs to.
Stable have had a quiet time of late and hard to see this nine-year-old troubling the judges.
13. Impulsive Star – Neil Mulholland/Sam Waley-Cohen (14-1)
Must have a sniff after a light season. Good form in three runs if you look past his effort in the National Hunt Chase.
Had the ground as an excuse that day and if not feeling the effects of that must be a big player.
14. Arthur’s Gift – Nigel-Twiston-Davies/Tom Bellamy (33-1)
Never really got going in the Midland’s National and this is harder.
Ground a different proposition here but his best form has been on soft anyway.
Hard to trust and plenty of other options I’d rather trust here.
15. Kingswell Theatre – Michael Scudamore/Ben Poste (40-1)
Beaten forty lengths at the Festival behind Tiger Roll and needs to run plenty better here.
Handicapper has given him a chance but very inconsistent and needs wind-op to have had an effect.
16. Brian Boranha – Peter Niven/Henry Brooke (25-1)
The further he goes the better he gets but this is a huge step up on anything he’s tried this season.
Fresh enough and only eight, but this is a huge ask for the Niven team.
17. Takingrisks – Nicky Richards/Sean Quinlan (28-1)
Could be a tad underestimated in this and is a fairly safe bet to get round.
Stamina to prove, but won cosily over an extended three miles in the mud last time and only up 6lbs.
18. Cloth Cap – Jonjo O’Neill/Richie McLernon (14-1)
On a hat-trick, but won a Class 4 then a Class 3. This obviously tougher but one of the most unexposed in the field and has to be taken seriously in the Hemmings colours.
Obvious stamina questions but very interesting if strong in the betting.
19. Chidswell – Nicky Richards/Craig Nichol (20-1)
Beat Dingo Dollar in style at Doncaster back in March. Good form but Dingo could not have run up to his mark.
Up 7lbs but has gone well at this track in the past. Can’t ignore his chances.
20. Mysteree – Michael Scudamore/Brendan Powell (33-1)
Another dour stayer but a bit of a mud lover and would need this to turn into a real slog.
Eider second would give him a huge shout in the formbook but does seem dependent on conditions.
21. Beau Du Brizaid – Philip Hobbs/James Best (40-1)
Had been progressive until Doncaster but probably found his level now.
Can’t completely rule out but a big leap of faith to chance him in this despite change of jockey.
22. Rathlin Rose – David Pipe/Tom Scudamore (33-1)
Had been at a loose end this season until a nice win when well-fancied at Ascot.
Goes best left-handed but has plenty to prove at this level.
23. Acdc – Chris Grant/Paddy Brennan (33-1)
Looks to have been the plan for a while, but there are stamina doubts ringing.
Good ground will be fine and the wind-op is another sneaky angle.
24. Chic Name – Richard Hobson/Jonathan Burke (16-1)
Up 9lbs for defeat of Joe Farrell at Newbury latest. That wasn’t the strongest though and may have been his big day.
More to come but probably next year rather than this Saturday.
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25. Geronimo – Sandy Thomson/Rachael McDonald (16-1)
Unexposed and well-touted after recent course win. Consistent profile but this is a big leap up the ratings.
Will take a huge career best to be involved here.
26. Morney Wing – Charlie Mann/Rex Dingle (50-1)
One of those at a huge price I’d give a chance to. Has improved again this year and the Eider is good form.
Effectively racing off 9’9 and loves a decent surface.
27. Doing Fine – Neil Mulholland/Sean Bowen (25-1)
A really eyecatching jockey booking and much more lightly raced this season.
Looks on a good mark and should be staying on well up the home straight.
28. Van Gogh Du Granit – David Pipe/David Noonan (33-1)
Another one with a consistent profile but often comes up short.
Last win came on heavy ground in France which makes you question his chances here.