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Scottish Grand National Betting Odds Have Merigo Amongst Interesting Runners
Wednesday 18 April 2012 at 12:02
The Scottish Grand National takes place this Saturday at Ayr and after the Aintree Grand National many punters look forward to this race as it can be a lot easier to figure out compared to the Aintree version. The Scottish Grand National is run over 4 miles and the Scottish Grand National Odds currently have Harry The Viking as the favourite.
Harry The Viking And Course Specialist Merigo Head the Betting
Harry The Viking goes to Ayr with a great chance of victory for Paul Nicholls, he is very lightly raced after just six starts and he is also very fresh having run just once since September. His last handicap run worked out very well with the horse he beat into second having won off a 10lb higher mark since and as long as it doesn’t rain too much he’ll appreciate the going so it is no surprise that Harry The Viking is just 7/1 with Sportingbet. His main competition in the race could come from Merigo who has an outstanding record at Ayr and who bounced back to form last time out. Merigo’s form figures at Ayr are 3112121 and that includes a narrow second in this race last year when 8lbs higher and a wide margined win in the race in 2010. Merigo is an 8/1 chance with Ladbrokes and William Hill and he looks an excellent each way bet.
Junior And West End Rocker Could Bid For Compensation
As usual there are a few high profile runners from the Aintree Grand National entered who departed early in that race but at this stage they are not guaranteed to line up. The shortest priced Grand National runners in the Scottish Grand National betting are Junior and West End Rocker who are available at 14/1 and 16/1 respectively. Junior would want conditions to remain dry in Ayr this week whilst West End Rocker will love every bit of rain that falls and if it continues to rain this week then Junior could instead go for the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown next weekend. Meanwhile there has been a gamble on Quentin Collonges this week but there are still some bits of 16/1 remaining with some bookies. Quentin Collonges’ trainer Henry Daly sounded confident when talking to the Racing Post:
"We're not going up there for the fresh air. This has been the plan for some time and he will definitely appreciate going left-handed."
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