Scottish Grand National tips plus best bets for Chepstow, Lingfield, Newbury and Wolverhampton


MAJOR DUNDEE (3.35) can charge to victory for Alan King in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr.

The Lanarkshire-born handler loves to target this race and the seven-year-old fits the bill perfectly.

The gelding hammered the useful The Golden Rebel on his fencing bow over 2m 5f at Fakenham.

the sound of scorpion then relished tackling three miles when cosily defeating Tanarpino at Bangor.

He took another big step forward when second to Fuji Flight in a red-hot Newbury novice last time.

There is plenty more to come from this smart young stayer who can put a strong field to the sword.

MALYSTIC (1.15) can shade the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase for Dundee-born Peter Niven.

The gelding made rapid headway over fences last term with easy wins at Wetherby and Newcastle.

However, he really excelled himself when second to Allmankind the Future Champions’ Chase here.

The eight-year-old was going well when unseating his rider on his return at Doncaster last month.

the sound of Mechelen should be fighting fit so he can summarize his upward curve under Brian Hughes.

SOUNDS RUSSIAN (1.50) can bag a cracking renewal of the CPMS Novices’ Champion Chase.

Ruth Jefferson’s charge opened his account over fences by hammering Bavington Bob at Sedgefield.

The seven-year-old stayed upwardly mobile when absolutely bolting up from Uptown Harry at Kelso.

He then took the step up to three miles in his stride when crushing Niceandeasy at the same venue.



Ayr Racecourse

The gelding looks a real Graded-performer so he can land this valuable prize for his shrewd handler.

Donald McCain remains in top gear so I’m on BARRICHELLO (2.25) in the Scottish Champion Hurdle.

The gelding built on some fair efforts when brushing aside Universal Dave at Bangor in November.

He raised his game again when showing It’s Good To Laugh no mercy in Listed company at Haydock.

Only fourth at Bangor, the six-year-old got back on track when chinning Good Risk At All at Warwick.

the sound of gentle wave underlined his well-being by decisively defeating Fringill Dike at Newcastle.

This Grade 2 has clearly been the target ever since so this pacey type can follow up after a break.

DO YOUR JOB (3.00) can shade the Future Champion Novices’ Chase for Michael Scudamore.

The gelding was unlucky to meet Arkle hero Edwardstone in a Grade 2 at Kempton in December.

He then made the best of another thankless task when second to Third Time Lucki at Doncaster.

The eight-year-old enjoyed a confidence-booster when cosily denying Informateur at Newcastle.

the sound of Fame And Glory is nicely unexposed over 2m 4f so he can make his class tell up in grade.

BASS-ROCK (4.10) looks very solid for Borders-based Sandy Thomson in the Tennent’s Hurdle.

The gelding showed his mettle when routing Tescocomponents Lad on his comeback at Carlisle.

He ran another blinder when third to Dans Le Vent over three miles in a warm Haydock handicap.

The seven-year-old then took a step backwards when only fifth on his return to Carlisle last time.

the sound of martaline has been given plenty of time to recover so he can bounce back down in trip.

FLOATING ROCK (4.45) can repeat last year’s victory in the Hands & Heels Finale Handicap Hurdle.

Mark Walford’s horse showed both class and guts to deny the useful Glentruan 12 months ago.

The gelding put in another superb shift when third to Scaramanga in better company at Sandown.

The seven-year-old has been running well on the Flat so he can strike again off an attractive mark.

The throwing handler can double-up with MAGIC WAVE (5.15) in the Prestwick Open Bumper.

The six-year-old was an unfazed 10-1 shot ahead of his debut at Doncaster three weeks ago.

However, he outran those odds with an excellent second to the experienced Spring Meadow .

The gelding will have learned plenty that day so he can get the better of some promising rivals.

PUNCTUATION (1.35) can extend Fergal O’Brien’s terrific run in the novices’ hurdle at Newbury.

The five-year-old hosed up from Sainte Doctor on debut for his current connections at Warwick.

The gelding put that effort to good use when comfortably defeating Irish Hill over track and trip.

That race is working out well so this likeable type can complete a hat-trick in a trappy contest.

FIRST FIGARO (2.10) can cut his rivals down to size for Venetia Williams in the veterans’ chase.

The 12-year-old looked better than ever when giving Steel Wave no quarter at Doncaster.

The gelding stayed on song with an effortless defeat of the improving Onchan at Leicester.

the sound of Sylvan is lightly-raced for his age so he can make light of a well-earned 9lb hike.

The EBF Mares’ Novice Hurdle looks very tricky but I’m backing COREY’S COURAGE (2.45).

Olly Murphy’s horse oozed class when cruising clear of Prime Time Lady on debut at Bangor.

She boosted her reputation with a hugely impressive defeat of My Girl Lollipop at Uttoxeter.

The six-year-old confirmed her superiority when powering home from her rival at Doncaster

I doubt we’ve seen the best of this exciting type who can add this Grade 2 to her growing CV.

AYR



Mighty Thunder secures 2021 Scottish Grand National

1.15 MALYSTIC

1.50 SOUNDS RUSSIAN

2.25 BARRICHELLO

3.00 DO YOUR JOB

3.35 MAJOR DUNDEE (NAP)

4.10 BASS-ROCK

4.45 FLOATING ROCK

5.15 MAGIC WAVE

NEWBURY

1.00 INCA FROM LAFAYETTE

1.35 SCORE

2.10 FIRST FIGARO

2.45 COREY’S COURAGE

3.20 DOUKAROV

3.55 DORKING LAD

4.30 BOOM BOOM

CHEPSTOW

1.08 CASTLE QUARTER

1.42 HUNTSMANS JOG

2.17 NOBLE SAVAGE

2.52 NOSTALGIC

3.27 BALLINSKER

4.02 ILLICO FILE

4.37 GLORY AND HONOR

5.07 GINNY’S DESTINY

LINGFIELD



Runners and riders in the Unibet Lincoln

1.55 MISS SLIGO

2.30 THE SALTS

3.05 SAYIFYOUWILL

3.40 NIGHT ON EARTH

4.15 MENAI BRIDGE

4.50 INDURO DE FONTAINE

5.20 AIGUILLETTE

5.50 POLLINATE

WOLVERHAMPTON

5.30 CAPTAIN KANE

6.00 LUCIA JOY

6.30 GIGI’S BEACH

7.00 FLY TO GLORY

7.30 CLAP YOUR HANDS

8.00 SARAH’S VERSE

8.30 MAN OF RIDDLES




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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.

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