Scottish Grand National Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends

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See which trainers and jockeys have performed well in this fact-packed blog for the Scottish Grand National. This is a race that is hosted at Ayr with the race being run over a distance of 4m, see which trends the past winners of the Scottish Grand National have set for this year.

Scottish Grand National Preview, Tips, Runners & Trends
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Andy Powell Content Editor

Horse Racing stats man, Andy has contributed to OLBG for 18 years - An Ipswich fan and F1 fanatic, he also contributes EFL football and Motor Sport opinion.

2025 Scottish Grand National Preview

First run in 1858, the Scottish Grand National moved to its current home of Ayr in 1966. The race carries the same Class 1 Premier Handicap status as the Aintree Grand National and the runners (aged 5 years and upwards) tackle 27 standard national hunt chase obstacles over a distance around 25 yards short of 4 miles.

Usually staged a couple of weeks later than Aintree depending on the Easter calendar. The only horse to win both races in the same year was the great Red Rum back in 1974, Music Hall was the first horse to win both in 1922 and the most recent dual winner Earth Summit in 1994 is the only horse to have won the Scottish Grand National, Welsh Grand National and English Grand National.

Scottish Grand National Information:

To see which runners the OLBG racing tipsters are tipping throughout the card that includes this race, head over to the Ayr tips on the day of the race, do they agree with the runners on the trend shortlist or are they predicting other runners? You may also be interested in other preview blogs that we have packed full of information, head down to the Other Principal Races at Ayr Racecourse section for links to these.

How competitive is the Scottish Grand National market? When looking at the over-rounds for the last 20 renewals, the most competitive market was in 2007 when the race had an over-round of 125%. The race in 2018 was a race that was most in the bookie's favour with an over-round of 145%, whilst on average over the last 20 renewals of the Scottish Grand National, the over-round has been 134%, which means the bookie expects to pay out £100 for every £134 which is bet.

Scottish Grand National Trends:

Looking at the future form, is the winner worth following next time out? From the past 20 if you had followed the winner of the Scottish Grand National next time out then you would have backed a total of 3 winners. Backing all 18 runners who have been out since to win at SP next time out, would have returned an LSP of -1.25. Before placing your bet on the 2025 Scottish Grand National see which other runners today are being backed on the racing predictions page.

The runner that holds the record over the past 20 renewals for the slowest time in the race was set in the 2014 renewal when Al Co from Peter Bowen under the guidance of Jamie Moore, won in a time of 8:35.70, whilst at the other end of the spectrum, Hot Weld, trained by Ferdy Murphy and ridden by P J McDonald set the quickest time of 7:55.10 in the 2007 renewal.

These are the top three quickest-run Scottish Grand National over the last 20 renewals:

  1. Hot Weld (7:55.10) in 2007
  2. Joe Farrell (8:00.50) in 2018
  3. Takingrisks (8:02.40) in 2019
What the expert says...
Something worth keeping an eye on is last time out winners, between 2006 & 2017 only two of the winners of the race came here having won last time out, however, things seem to be changing as five of the last six winners have now been runners who won last time out.

Andy Powell - Horse Racing Betting Expert -

Scottish Grand National Past Winners

Here are the Scottish Grand National past winners for the last 10 renewals. Each row details the year of the race, the horse which won along with the age & weight of the horse. The trainer of the horse at the time of winning the Scottish Grand National as well as the jockey is also displayed along with the starting price the horse was sent off.

Race Notes: The 2020 running was cancelled because of the pandemic in the United Kingdom.

Macdermott (FR)
6yo 10-7 18/1
Danny Mullins
W P Mullins (IRE)
Kittys Light (GB)
7yo 11-0 4/1F
Jack Tudor
Christian Williams (GB)
Win My Wings (IRE)
9yo 10-12 13/2F
Mr R James (7lbs)
Christian Williams (GB)
Mighty Thunder (GB)
8yo 11-1 8/1
Tom Scudamore
Lucinda Russell (GB)
Takingrisks (IRE)
10yo 10-1 25/1
Sean Quinlan
Nicky Richards (GB)
Joe Farrell (IRE)
9yo 10-6 33/1
Adam Wedge
Rebecca Curtis (GB)
Vicente (FR)
8yo 11-10 9/1F
Sam Twiston-Davies
Paul Nicholls (GB)
Vicente (FR)
7yo 11-3 14/1
Sam Twiston-Davies
Paul Nicholls (GB)
Wayward Prince (GB)
11yo 10-1 25/1
Robert Dunne
Hilary Parrott (GB)
Al Co (FR)
9yo 10-0 40/1
Jamie Moore
Peter Bowen (GB)

Where have the winning runners come from?

Here are the countries where the winning trainers of the Scottish Grand National have been based:

  • GB: 17 winners with an additional 55 placings from 453 runners
  • FR: 2 winners with an additional 1 placing from 10 runners
  • IRE: 1 winner with an additional 4 placings from 42 runners

Scottish Grand National Trainer Statistics

There are two leading trainers in the Scottish Grand National over the last 20 renewals with both Paul Nicholls and Christian Williams who have both won the race two times. Paul Nicholls winners have been with Vicente (2016 & 2017). Christian Williams winners have been with Win My Wings (2022) and Kittys Light (2023). Multiple trainers have not had the best of times over the last 20 renewals in the Scottish Grand National, Sue Smith (0-25), David Pipe (0-18), Nicky Henderson (0-14), Venetia Williams (0-13), Philip Hobbs (0-13) and Jonjo O'Neill (0-10) have all failed to produce a single winner despite sending multiple runners to the race.

Here are some of the top Scottish Grand National trainer statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Paul Nicholls31-2-5-6.00-9.68
Christian Williams4-2-3+8.50+5.87
Nigel Twiston-Davies22-1-9-9.00+17.15
Peter Bowen19-1-2+22.00+12.50
Lucinda Russell19-1-2-10.00-8.37
Alan King17-1-6-4.00+7.13
Nicky Richards9-1-2+17.00+11.26
W P Mullins7-1-2+12.00+12.00
Rebecca Curtis2-1-1+32.00+19.63
Tim Vaughan2-1-1+6.50+3.69

Scottish Grand National Jockey Statistics

The leading jockey in the Scottish Grand National over the last 20 renewals is Sam Twiston-Davies who has won the race two times with those two winners coming from Vicente (2016 & 2017).

Here are some of the top Scottish Grand National jockey statistics over the last 20 renewals (R = Runners, W = Winners, P = Places including winners, Win LSP is based on 1pt Win and EW LSP is based on 0.5pt Win & 0.5pt Place):

Sam Twiston-Davies13-2-4+12.00+10.01
Sean Quinlan6-1-2+20.00+13.63
Graham Lee6-1-2+7.00+3.63
Robert Dunne5-1-1+21.00+11.63
Danny Mullins4-1-2+15.00+9.75
Adam Wedge3-1-1+31.00+18.63
Jack Tudor2-1-2+3.00+2.81
P J McDonald1-1-1+14.00+8.75
Mr R James1-1-1+6.50+4.06
Brian Hughes9-0-2-9.00-1.00

Scottish Grand National Trend Analysis

The trend factor which had produced 10+ winners and shows the best LSP, an LSP of +103.00 is when runners had 1 win in the past 90 days. The worst performing factor that has failed to produce a single winner is when runners ran on Heavy ground on debut, when backing these the trend shows a record of 0-67.

The courses that have produced the most winners of the Scottish Grand National are Doncaster and Cheltenham, there has been a total number of 3 winners from each of those courses.

The race is open to both sexes with the Male runners having produced a total of 19 winners from a total of 498 runners whilst the Female runners have produced 1 winner from a total of 7 runners.

Looking over the past renewals, these are the stallions whose offspring have produced multiple winners of the Scottish Grand National:

  • Dom Alco (3 Wins)
  • Pistolet Bleu (2 Wins)

These are the stallions whose offspring have not produced a winner of the Scottish Grand National despite multiple attempts:

  • Milan (0 Wins from 12 runners)
  • Kings Theatre (0 Wins from 11 runners)
  • Roselier (0 Wins from 11 runners)
  • Brian Boru (0 Wins from 10 runners)
  • Old Vic (0 Wins from 8 runners)

Looking at the winning odds over the last 20 renewals, the biggest-priced winner was Iris De Balme in 2008, winning for Sean Curran at odds of 66/1 under the guidance of Charlie Huxley. Looking at the runners at the head of the market over the last 20 renewals there have been 3 winning favourites in the race. Remember to use the best racing tipsters along with the information on this page to find you a bet on the 2025 Scottish Grand National.

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Here are some other notable races at the Ayr racecourse throughout the racing season that you may be interested in.

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Scottish Grand National 2024 Runners

The first declarations will consist of a large field, trainers will pull out runners for various reasons and then there will be five-day declarations which will narrow the field down drastically before the final declarations which will be on the Thursday before the race, there is a maximum number of thirty horse allowed in the Scottish Grand National.

  • Five-Day Declarations (14th April)
  • Final Declarations (17th April)
  • The Race (19th April)

Scottish National Tips

There are several ways of narrowing down the field to find yourself a Scottish National tip and the most popular are by using the trends, these look back at previous renewals to find trends, a full list of which you can find above.

You don't want a runner who was unfancied too badly last time it ran, runners who came into the Scottish National having been sent off bigger than 18/1 in their last race have not produced a winner from a total of 138 runners!

In this type of race, you certainly do not want a horse who has been over-run but at the same time you need one who has seen a racecourse, those who have 3-7 starts in the past year are the ones to focus on, those outside of those numbers are 0-104.

  1. Use Trends to narrow down the field
  2. Read the Comments from the best horse racing tipsters
  3. View the most popular Scottish National tips

Ideally, you want a reliable runner too, over the last twenty renewals, 156 runners came into the race having recorded at least one fall that season, the only two of those to win were Vicente in 2017 and Macdermott in 2024.

In such a demanding race, the weight a horse has to carry too can be a factor, Grey Abbey in 2004 was the last successful runner to win carrying top weight. Fourteen of the last twenty winners carried 14lbs+ less than the top weighted horse and eleven of those carried 20lbs+ less than the top weight.

Article Contributor Information

We are blessed with an excellent team of specialists and experts at OLBG. Contributing to creating and maintaining this Scottish Grand National Preview are at hand, Andy and Darren. They both work on the Horse racing tips team team looking after the tipsters and managing the tips settlement, whilst also creating and managing all of the horse racing event previews for National Hunt Racing.

Darren Brett

Darren Brett

Tipster competition manager

Darren has worked in the horse racing industry for decades bringing to OLBG for the last 20 years a wealth of knowledge, creating much of our content on these sports. Darren also manages our Grand National Guide and is the go-to font of knowledge for the world's greatest steeplechase.
Andy Powell

Andy Powell

Content editor

Andy, a seasoned horse racing expert with over 15 years of experience, possesses a comprehensive understanding of the sport, from delving into complex statistical data for jump racing in the UK and Ireland to crafting insightful national hunt racing blogs for OLBG.


Scottish Grand National FAQ's

  • What date is the 2025 Scottish Grand National?

    The 2025 Scottish Grand National will take place on Saturday the 19th of April, the second day of the Ayr Scottish Grand National Festival with the most recent renewals having a start time of 15:35.

  • Who are the Scottish Grand National 2025 runners?

    The entry process for the Scottish Grand National is yet to take place, owners and trainers will be able to enter their horses close to the race and then the field will be cut down through the elimination process with the final field being decided on Thursday the 17th of April.

  • What are the best Scottish Grand National tips?

    If you are looking for Scottish Grand National tips then you will find them on this page, once the final field is declared, the OLBG expert racing tipsters will begin to add their Scottish National tips which will become available on this page. You will see which runner is receiving the most picks in the race to win, making that runner the best Scottish Grand National tip.

  • What are the past Scottish Grand National winners?

    The most recent winner of the Scottish Grand National was the Willie Mullins trained Macdermott who won the race in 2024, the six-year-old carried ten stone seven pounds to victory at a starting price of 18/1 beating Surrey Quest in a photo! The win made him the first winning six-year-old of the race in thirty years and it followed up on Mullins's win in the Aintree Grand National with I Am Maximus a week earlier.

  • What is the favourite for the Scottish Grand National?

    A market will be put up closer to the race itself, at present the bookies are yet to price up the 2025 Scottish Grand National but you can expect anything from the Irish will be prominent in the market along with home trainer Lucinda Russell.

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