12:35 Ayr Wed 14 November 2018
- Book Now For The Coral Scottish Grand National Maiden Hurdle (Div 1) (Class 5)
- 2m 4f 100y, Heavy (Soft in Places)
- 10 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Useful bumper performer is yet to score in nine over hurdles although he has placed four times. Handled soft in only previous try and respected here for yard with 43 per cent strike rate on these shores.
Improved in second of two point-to-points but remote 11th of 12 on hurdles debut at Carlisle when he was beaten from four out. Hard to fancy.
Second in lone point-to-point and ran well for a while in a 2m Kelso bumper, eventually finishing fifth of 10. Bred for hurdles and a trip so conditions here ought to suit better but tall order in first hurdle start.
Very useful in French bumpers winning three times at up to 1m7f. Close third and stayed on strongly in last start on a 1m4f Grade Three contest. Very interesting new recruit and if taking to obstacles he has realistic claims.
Point-to-point winner in May 2017 and made a winning debut for this trainer in a Kelso bumper (heavy) earlier this year. Ended his campaign with a midfield finish in the Aintree bumper; interesting hurdles newcomer.
Unraced second foal; dam (placed in a point-to-point) was a half-sister to the 2m6f-3m1f chase winner Miss Mattie Ross; holds little obvious chance today starting off very late at the age of ten.
Lone rules race saw him 11th of 12 after winning a Portrush point-to-point back in April 2017. Since won twice more in the fields and surely will fare better this time around with extra 4f much more suitable.
Debutant under rules placed five times in eight starts in maiden point-to-points. Others have considerably stronger form in similar contests so likely to struggle here.
Beaten 57L and 35L in recent Irish bumpers beating two rivals combined. Switch to hurdles will likely suit (dam won over them) but huge amount of improvement required.
Built on useful form in first three bumpers (twice second) when winning last time out at Carlisle to end last season. Bred for fences in the future but shown enough to merit respect on this her hurdles debut.
Last Year's Winner
|T: S R B CrawfordJ: P E Corbett|
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