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Scottish Grand National 2019 guide

April 1st, 2019 News & Events, Sports Guides

Last updated : 01/04/2019

The Scottish Grand National is a two-day festival and one of the events on the Scottish racing calendar.

In this guide, you’ll find essential information for both days of racing, including some interesting facts from previous years and some information about some of the races. For example, the festival’s flagship race, the Grand National is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase. Open to horses aged five years or older, it is run over a distance of four miles and 110 yards and includes 27 fences.

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When is the Scottish Grand National 2019?

The next Scottish Grand National takes place 12th – 13th April 2019:

  • Day 1: Coral Scottish Grand National Ladies Day: Friday 12th April 2019
  • Day 2: Grand National Race Day: Saturday 13th April 2019

The festival’s prestigious Grand National race (sponsored by Coral) takes place on the 2nd day of the event and promises to be as nail-bitingly exciting as ever.

The Scottish Grand National takes place at Ayr Racecourse, Whitletts Rd, Ayr, KA8 0JE. You can check availability and book tickets here or find out more about the festival’s dress code.

When to place your bets on the 2019 Scottish Grand National

As with most horse races, the odds are likely to shorten, the closer you get to the event. There are a couple of reasons for this, but mostly it’s because the fields have calmed down a bit and everyone’s got a clearer idea of who will most likely be taking part in the races. The further in advance you place your bet, the more risk you run of your horse not running.

48-hour declarations mean that the final list of runners is announced two days before the race. But with the betting market opening in advance of the festival, sometimes by a few months, a lot can happen in a horse’s life. They could be running a number of races between the time you bet and The Off at the Scottish Grand National. And they could pick up an injury or an illness in that time. That’s why it could be worth waiting until a bit closer to race time to place your bets.

If you wait until the day of the race, you may be able to secure good odds, but there’s also a chance that your horse will still pull out. So if you’re thinking of betting ante-post, check to see if the bookmaker is offering any refunds in the event of a non-runner (before you place any bets, obviously)

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How to choose which horses to bet on

If you’re a betting novice, you might be after a few tips on how to choose which horses to bet on at the 2019 Scottish Grand National. At the end of the day, it’s completely up to you, but here are a few helpful things you might want to think about:

  • What are the odds?: Odds seem to be so important – they’re EVERYWHERE! Ray Winston’s even yelling them at you through your TV screen. What they’re good for, is showing you how much you’ll win if your horse wins the race. What they’re also used for is to indicate the likelihood of a particular horse winning. But the bookies don’t always get it right, and that’s what makes betting so unpredictable; and the chance for winning so slim. Picking higher odds will bring you the potential for higher returns, but it’s also much riskier than picking one of the bookies’ favourites. Check out the latest Scottish Grand National odds for Days 1 and 2 below.

Here’s a tip: If you don’t fancy picking a horse yourself, you can always check out what the Tipsters have to say. Usually horse racing experts or course insiders, Tipsters give out predictions for winners. However, a good Tipster doesn’t just pick a name out of a hat. Instead, they base their tips on an analysis of recent form and performance, as well as the course conditions on race day (the going). Obviously, things like the weather can be difficult to predict (I’m looking at you, Michael Fish), especially more than a few days in advance, so Tipsters’ tips tend to become more reliable as the race approaches.

  • Go your own way: Or, if you want to be in charge of making the decision when it comes to choosing which horses to be on at the Scottish Grand National, you could always do your own research and analysis. Check out the latest going report for Ayr Racecourse here. Will last year’s winner do it again? Of course, there’s no way of knowing for sure, but you can find a horse’s previous form and view their profile on the Racing Post for more information.
  • Take your pick: If you don’t fancy getting your research on and just want to have a bit of fun when it comes to betting at the Scottish Grand National, then you can do that too. Betting doesn’t always have to be about odds and favourites. Instead, you could choose a horse simply because you like its name, for example. However, if you choose to pick horses in this way though, please be aware that by ignoring bookmakers’ odds information, your bet is more of a lottery. As always, never bet more than you can afford to and check out GambleAware for more information.

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Day 1 race guide — Coral Scottish Grand National Ladies Day, Friday 12th April 2019

Day 1 of the Scottish Grand National takes place on Friday 12th April 2019 and is Ladies Day. Traditionally, this is the opportunity at racing meets for women to dress up to the nines, show off some fabulous millinery and get involved in the celebrations. There’s also a prize for the best dressed lady, so there’s sure to be some serious competition.

The main focal point for the day when it comes to the racing, is the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase. It has a prize pot of £50,000! You can find more race information below.

And keep reading to see the runners, odds, and last year’s results for all of the Scottish Grand National Day 1 races.

OddsMonkey Premium members can find event and race-specific offers on our dedicated Friday thread.

View the latest going report for Ayr Racecourse.

Time Race Distance Class
1:50pm The Stagecoach West Scotland Novices’ Hurdle 2m 3
2:20pm The Remus Uomo Handicap Hurdle 2m 3
2:55pm The Seko Logistics Novices’ Handicap Hurdle 3m 70y 3
3:25pm The Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase 2m 4f 110y 1 (Listed)
4:00pm The Barr Environmental Chase (A Novices’ Limited  Handicap) 2m 110y 3
4:30pm The Smart Money’s On Coral Seafield Trophy Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (NH MOPS Bonus Race) 3m 70y 2
5:05pm The Fosters Your Local Family Funeral Directors Handicap Hurdle 3m 70y 3

1:50pm — The Stagecoach West Scotland Novices’ Hurdle (2m)

2018 winner: Brahms De Clermont (15/8f) – H Cobden / P F Nicholls

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

2:20pm —  The Remus Uomo Handicap Hurdle (2m)

2018 winner: Dino Velvet (7/2f) – W Hutchinson / A King

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

2:55pm — The Seko Logistics Novices’ Handicap Hurdle (3m 70y)

2018 winner: Ocean Cove (10/1) – B J Geraghty / F O’Brien

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

3:25pm — The Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase (2m 4f 110y)

2018 winner: Value At Risk (5/1) – H Skelton / D Skelton

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

4:00pm — The Barr Environmental Chase (2m 110y)

2018 winner: Azzuri (2/1f) – H Skelton / D Skelton

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

4:30pm —  The Smart Money’s On Coral Seafield Trophy Mares’ Handicap Hurdle (3m 70y)

2018 winner: Naranja (16/1) – S Bowen / J Snowden

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

5:05pm — The Fosters Your Local Family Funeral Directors Handicap Hurdle (3m 70y)

2018 winner: Chapel Stile (10/1) – R D Day / N G Richards

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

Day 2 race guide — Grand National Race Day, Saturday 13th April 2019

Day 2 of the Scottish Grand National (Grand National Race Day) takes place on Saturday 13th April 2019. Read on for Day 2 runners and riders, the odds, and last year’s results.

OddsMonkey members can read the dedicated Saturday thread for race-specific offers and more.

View the latest going report for Ayr Racecourse.

Time Race Distance Class
1:25pm The Scotty Brand Handicap Chase 2m 110y 1 (Listed)
1:55pm The J&D Pierce Novices’ Champion Handicap Chase 3m 20y 2
2:25pm The CPMS Scottish Champion Hurdle (A Limited Handicap) 2m 1
3:00pm The Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase 2m 4f 110y 1
3:35pm The Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase 3m 7f 176y 1
4:10pm The Ayrshire Hospice Land O’Burns Starlight Walk Handicap Hurdle 2m 5f 91y 2
4:45pm The Purvis Marquees Racing Excellence ‘Hands and Heels’ Finale Handicap Hurdle 2m 4f 100y 3
5:20pm The Procast Building Contractors Ltd Standard Open National Hunt Flat 2m 3

1:25pm — The Scotty Brand Handicap Chase (2m 110y)

2018 winner: Theinval (3/1f) – J McGrath / N J Henderson

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

1:55pm — The J&D Pierce Novices’ Champion Handicap Chase (3m 20y)

2018 winner: Crosshue Boy (22/1) – H D Dunne / S Doyle

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

2:25pm — The CPMS Scottish Champion Hurdle (2m)

2018 winner: Midnight Shadow (25/1) – D Cook / S J Smith

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

3:00pm — The Jordan Electrics Ltd Future Champion Novices’ Chase (2m 4f 110y)

2018 winner: Bigmartre (4/1) – H Bannister / H Whittington

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

3:35pm — The Coral Scottish Grand National Handicap Chase (3m 7f 176y)

2018 winner: Joe Farrell (33/1) – A Wedge / R Curtis

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

4:10pm — The Ayrshire Hospice Land O’Burns Starlight Walk Handicap Hurdle (2m 5f 91y)

2018 winner: Moon Racer (5/1) – T Scudamore / D Pipe

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

4:45pm — The Purvis Marquees Racing Excellence ‘Hands and Heels’ Finale Handicap Hurdle (2m 4f 100y)

2018 winner: Cool Mix (7/2f) – L Quinlan / I Jardine

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer
     
     

 

5:20pm — The Procast Building Contractors Ltd Standard Open National Hunt Flat (2m)

2018 winner: Sebastopol (3/1j) – A Coleman / T Lacey

 

Runners and racers TBC.

Name Price Jockey/Trainer