All eyes may currently be looking towards Aintree but before that epic showdown, we have the 2022 Scottish Grand National.

The race is scheduled to take place at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday, 2nd April 2022.

Horse racing fans will be able to tune in to ITV to watch the day’s racing with the big race starting at 3.35pm.

The Scottish Grand National has a maximum of 30 runners. At 3m7f, it is a test of endurance with 27 fences to be jumped.

The top weight at Ayr is 11-12 and for 2022 the number one horse that will carry it is Bristol De Mai.

The winner takes home £85K and at the time of writing this piece, there are still 50 potential runners in contention.

They will be whittled down over the next few days at the final declaration stages. There are quite a few entered into both this race and the Grand National 2022 at Aintree on April 9th.

They can’t run in both so it will be interesting to see which races connections opt for over the next few days.

But for now, these are the runners for the 2022 Scottish Grand National.

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All 2022 Scottish Grand National Runners

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1. Hill Sixteen (22/1) 11-12 Sandy Thomson

2. Vintage Clouds (50/1) 11-9 Sue Smith

3. Kitty’s Light (7/1) 11-8 Christian Williams

4. Fantastikas (12/1) 11-8 Nigel Twiston-Davies

5. Fidux (66/1) 11-7 Alan King

6. Jersey Bean (25/1) 11-5 Oliver Sherwood

7. Win My Wings (8/1) 11-5 Christian Williams

8. Ashtown Lad (9/1) 11-5 Dan Skelton

9. The Wolf (12/1) 11-4 Olly Murphy

10. Streets Of Doyen (NON RUNNER)

11. Stormy Judge (6/1) 11-4 P Fahy

12. Via Dolorosa (28/1) 11-2 David Pipe

13. Prime Venture (66/1) 11-0 Evan Williams

14. Chirico Vallis (28/1) 11-0 Neil Mulholland

15. Innisfree Lad (28/1) 10-13 David Dennis

16. One More Fleurie (14/1) 10-11 Ian Williams

17. Major Dundee (10/1) 10-11 Alan King

18. History Of Fashion (18/1) 10-9 P Fahy

19. Court Master (33/1) 10-9 Michael Scudamore

20. Ask A Honey bee (33/1) 10-9 Fergal O’Brien

21. The Ferry Master (11/1) 10-7 Sandy Thomson

22. El Paso Wood (28/1) 10-6 David Pipe

23. Cool Mix *TIP* (11/1) 10-4 Iain Jardine

24. Strong Economy (100/1) 10-0 Ian Duncan

At the five day declaration stage on 29th March 2022, the following horses were withdrawn:

  • Bristol De Mai
  • Yala Enki
  • Threeunderthrufive
  • Truckers Lodge
  • Corach Rambler
  • Highland Hunter
  • Lord Du Mesnil
  • Mighty Thunder
  • Eclair Surf
  • Blaklion
  • Big River
  • Irish Prophecy
  • Rapper
  • Domaine De L’Isle
  • Mister Fogpatches
  • Checkitout
  • Antey
  • Rath An Iuir
  • Portstorm

With the top three in the weights getting scratched, Hewick took the number one spot and all horses saw their weights increase by a whopping 10lbs.

When the final declarations were made on March 31st, there were seven more withdrawals, including the new top weight, Hewick.

That left Hill Sixteen as the number one horse to carry top weight of 11-12 in the Scottish Grand National 2022.

The horses taken out of contention were:

  • Hewick
  • Fortescu
  • Go Another One
  • Enrilo
  • Nestor Park
  • Rightplacerightime
  • Supreme Escape

Scottish Grand National 2022 Favourites

If you fancy a flutter on the 2022 Scottish Grand National then here is the run down of the top runners in the betting market.

Kittys Light (13/2) is the current ante-post favourite. From trainer Christian Williams, the six-year-old is the youngest horse in the race this year. Earth Summit in 1994 was the last 6yo to win this race.

Win My Wings (8/1) has just won the Eider Handicap Chase which is longer than the Scottish National and he was carrying 7lbs more so has every chance at Ayr.

Stormy Judge (13/2) has never really raced beyond 3m and almost always on heavy ground. Connections will be praying for rain.

The Ferry Master (11/1) was fourth place in this race last year but needs a few to come out to line up in 2022.

The Wolf (14/1) finished second in the Edinburgh National in February so definitely has the stamina to tackle the Scottish Grand National.

Fantastikas (12/1) took his chances at Cheltenham in the Ultima but this race will definitely test his staying power.

History Of Fashion (20/1) is a bit hit and miss this season. He has unseated his jockey twice but has also won and placed twice. Depends on the day.

As A Honey Bee (33/1) will have a big step up in trip if he makes the cut. Generally runs at 3m or less but could come good on the day.

Tips for the Scottish National 2022

Any handicap race run over a very long distance will throw up trends when it comes to picking a winner.

The Scottish Grand National is no different so here are a few tips to help you whittle down this year’s runners.

  • 12 of the last 15 winners carried 11-02 or less
  • 10 of the last 15 winners have been 8, 9 or 10 years old
  • Only one favourite has won in the last ten renewals. That was Vicente in 2017 and only because he also won it in 2016.
  • Largest priced winner was Al Co in 2014 at 40/1.

So if you want to slim down your options, look for an 8, 9 or 10-year old, on good form, weighing less than 11-02, on odds less than 40/1 but not the favourite.

Or tear up all the stats and pick a horse because you like the name!