Scottish Grand National

2024 RACE INFO

WHEN IS THE NEXT SCOTTISH NATIONAL?

15:35 - 20th April 2024

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THE CORAL SCOTTISH NATIONAL

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SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL

ODDS & RUNNERS 2024

Odds listed on this page are taken from Betfred on 19/04/2024. Check the odds with your Bookmaker before placing a bet, as fluctuations occur. Full Terms and Conditions for the promotional bet offers can be found on the respective websites – read them before you sign up.

7/1

Mr Incredible

7/1

Macdermott

7/1

Git Maker

8/1

Spanish Harlem

17/2
TIPPED

Anglers Crag

12/1

Stay Away Fay

12/1

Inis Oirr

12/1

Whacker Clan

14/1

Mr Vango

14/1

My Silver Lining

16/1
TIPPED

Beauport

16/1

Ballygrifincottage

20/1

Autonomous Cloud

22/1

Klarc Kent

22/1

We'llhavewan

28/1

Ontheropes

28/1

Iron Bridge

33/1

Tommie Beau

33/1

Broken Halo

33/1

Surrey Quest

40/1

Elvis Mail

40/1

Gold Cup Bailly

40/1

Egbert

50/1

Secret Reprieve

80/1

Whistleinthedark

80/1

Punitive

BIG RACE

TIPS

  • Anglers Crag
  • My Silver Lining
  • Beauport

It's hard to bet against a horse that has won four on the bounce, including the Eider Chase at Newcastle, a solid stepping stone to the Scottish National. Anglers Crag may be on short odds, but there's a good reason for it!

My Silver Lining from Emma Lavelle is a long-distance stalwart, having finished 3rd in the Midlands Grand National and 2nd in the Grand National Trial at Haydock after a win at Warwick over 3m5f. He will need the ground on the softer side, but there's still value in his odds. 

Beauport for Nigel Twiston-Davies could also put in a solid run if his win in the Midlands Grand National is a fair reflection of his current form. He is a good long-distance chaser, and the ground will boost his chances. 

SCOTTISH NATIONAL

RACE OVERVIEW

The Scottish Grand National, held annually at Ayr Racecourse, holds a special place in the hearts of racing enthusiasts and stands as one of the United Kingdom's most iconic National Hunt events.

Traditionally scheduled towards the end of April, this race marks the last of all four seasonal Grand Nationals, with the Welsh, Irish, and Aintree versions all preceding it.

Ayr Racecourse began hosting races in the 16th century, making it one of the oldest and most historic racing venues in Scotland. It is known for its challenging course, which tests the skills of competing horses and jockeys.

The race is quite long, about four miles, and the horses need to jump 27 fences throughout. It's known for being a test of stamina and jumping ability.

The Scottish Grand National is a key race in the Scottish racing season and attracts a large crowd, both on-site and through broadcast viewers. Many of the best steeplechasers from the UK and Ireland compete in this race, and it's considered a major event similar to the more famous Grand National held at Aintree.

The winner can claim a prize purse worth £112,000, which entices top-quality horses, trainers, and jockeys to vie for the coveted title. This financial incentive adds to the allure of the event, making it a highly competitive and sought-after race.

Over the years, the list of winners in the Scottish Grand National has grown to include legendary names in National Hunt racing, including Vicente, Godsmejudge, Merigo, and, more recently, in 2023, Kitty's Light.

The race is not merely a sporting event; it's a cultural and social occasion that brings together racing enthusiasts, families, and friends to celebrate the holiday season in a unique and exhilarating way.

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STATS & TRENDS

Understanding the stats and trends of the Scottish Grand National can help you make informed choices. Here's what history tells us:

Age: Horses aged 8 to 10 have often done well.

Price: Favourites don't always win, but looking at the top 3 in the betting can be a good starting point.

Last Run: Horses that have won or raced recently (within 49 days) tend to perform better. 

Course Experience: Knowing Ayr Racecourse helps. Look for horses that have run or won there before.

Distance Experience: Horses that have raced over long distances (28 furlongs or more) tend to do well, especially if they've won at that distance. Look at those who ran in the Eider Chase at Newcastle, which is often a stepping stone. 

Chase Experience: More experienced chasers (at least 5 previous chase runs and 2 wins) often perform better.

Season Form: Horses with at least 2 runs that season and at least 1 win tend to be strong contenders.

Future Form: Keep an eye on horses that win or place in the Scottish Grand National. Quite a few of them have gone on to perform well in the Aintree Grand National.

These are practical insights that can help you when you're looking at the horses for the Scottish Grand National.

2024 RUNNERS & RIDERS

SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL QUICK GLANCE

Horse Jockey Trainer Odds
Stay Away Fay Harry Cobden Paul Nicholls 12/1
Mr Incredible Patrick Mullins Willie Mullins 7/1
Elvis Mail Bruce Lynn NW Alexander 40/1
Beauport Jordan Nailor Nigel Twiston-Davies 16/1
Ontheropes Brian Hayes Willie Mullins 28/1
Spanish Harlem Paul Townend Willie Mullins 8/1
Gold Cup Bailly JJ Slevin Stuart Crawford 40/1
Iron Bridge Jonjo O'Neill Jr Jonjo O'Neill 28/1
Whistleinthedark Danny McMenamin L Morgan 80/1
Ballygrifincottage Harry Skelton Dan Skelton 16/1
Macdermott Danny Mullins Willie Mullins 7/1
Tommie Beau Michael Nolan Seamus Mullins 33/1
Broken Halo Bryony Frost Paul Nicholls 33/1
Mr Vango Ben Jones Sara Bradstock 14/1
Autonomous Cloud Jonathan Burke Fergal O'Brien 20/1
Anglers Crag Henry Brooke Brian Ellison 17/2
Inis Oirr Derek Fox Lucinda Russell 12/1
My Silver Lining James Best Emma Lavelle 14/1
Git Maker Gavin Sheehan Jamie Snowden 7/1
Surrey Quest Kevin Brogan Toby Lawes 33/1
Klarc Kent Sean O'Keeffe Willie Mullins 22/1
Whacker Clan Rachael Blackmore Henry De Bromhead 12/1
Egbert Brendan Powell Alan King 40/1
Punitive William Maggs Peter Bowen 80/1
Secret Reprieve James Turner Evan Williams 50/1
We'llhavewan Kieran Callaghan Willie Mullins 22/1
ENTRY

TICKETS & PRICES

As the excitement builds for the 2024 Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse, securing your tickets becomes a crucial step in ensuring you don't miss out on the thrill and tradition of this prestigious National Hunt event. Whether you're a seasoned racing enthusiast or a first-time visitor, understanding the ticket options and prices is essential for planning your day at the races.

In this guide, we provide you with a comprehensive overview of the ticket categories and prices for the Scottish Grand National, allowing you to make informed choices based on your preferences and budget.

From general admission options to premium packages and exclusive hospitality experiences, there's a ticket to suit every racegoer's needs.

Grandstand Enclosure - Advance

  • Access to public bars, eateries, and betting outlets.
  • Views of the racing action, including the parade ring and pre-parade ring.

PRICE: £35 EACH

Grandstand Premier - Advance

  • Access to premium areas on the course.
  • Best bars and best views of the racing.
  • Access to any live entertainment.

PRICE: SOLD OUT

Legends Lounge

  • Club Admission Badge
  • Reserved Seat/ Table for the Day
  • Arrival Drink
  • Racecard
  • Private Bar & Betting Facilities
  • Tipster Talk
  • Hot pie served during racing!

PRICE: SOLD OUT

Hospitality - Chancellor Package

  • Hospitality Badge
  • Racecard
  • Bucks Fizz reception.
  • 4 Course Lunch with Drinks Package*
  • Prosecco
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Reserved Seating
  • Private betting facilities.
  • Guest Tipster
  • Great access to all public areas to soak up the atmosphere.

PRICE: £240 + VAT EACH

Please note that there may be minimum and maximum booking requirements for certain ticket types, so it's advisable to check the Ayr Racecourse website or contact their ticketing office for the most up-to-date information and availability.

AYR

VISITOR TIPS

Tickets & Booking

  • Early bird discounts are available
  • Group tickets for 20+ must be booked in advance
  • Tickets are sent via email, typically two weeks before the fixture.
  • E-tickets can be scanned from mobile devices; printing is optional.
  • Ticket refunds or transfers are only available for fixture abandonment or event cancellations.
  • Enclosure transfers are possible on the day, space permitting and subject to upgrade fee.

Times

  • Typically gates open two hours before the first race, and at 11am for the Scottish National.
  • The racecourse and outlets close shortly after the last race, except on themed race nights with music​​.

Travel & Entry

  • Smart casual attire is recommended, with formal dress codes (no jeans or trainers) for premier tickets and hospitality.
  • For the National, Scotrail will be operating a shuttle bus service running in a loop from Prestwick railway station to Allison Street, just a short walk away from the Racecourse.

Food & Drink

  • A variety of bars and food outlets operate.
  • Personal alcohol and barbecues are not permitted.
  • Outside food and drink are not allowed.

Betting & Payments

  • Betting options include the tote and on-course bookmakers.
  • Bookmakers accept cash and some debit cards. The nearest cash machine is at the Tesco next to the racecourse. But cashback is available from any tote booth on site.

Dogs

  • Dogs, except for assistance dogs, are not allowed at the racecourse​​.

Photography

  • Flash photography near horses is prohibited.
  • Photography for personal use is allowed, but commercial photography requires prior permission​
EARLY YEARS

HISTORY

The Scottish Grand National was originally run near Houston in Renfrewshire as the "West of Scotland Grand National," and was first staged in 1858.

It was a challenging race with 32 jumps, primarily stone walls, and it stayed like that until 1867 when objections from local religious leaders prompted a move to Bogside Racecourse near Irvine.

It remained there until 1965 when Bogside closed. Because of that, the Scottish Grand National was moved to its current home at Ayr, marking a new chapter for the race.

Ayr Racecourse itself has been pivotal in elevating the status of the Scottish National. With its spectator-friendly environment, Ayr has proved to be a great host for what has become a highlight of the Scottish sporting calendar.

Notable winners of the Scottish Grand National include Red Rum, who uniquely won both the Ayr and Aintree Grand Nationals in 1974, showcasing the significance and difficulty of this Scottish race.

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