Scottish National Odds

The Coral Scottish Grand National will be run on Saturday 18 April, the second day of the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse in Scotland.

Scottish Grand National odds are usually formed after the UK Grand National at Aintree, which is run two to three weeks earlier. Beware though – because the two Grand Nationals are held so close together, it’s too soon for many Aintree champion horses to run the Scottish Grand National or to come out on top. The only horse in history to have won at Aintree and then to have taken the Scottish Grand National of the same year is the famous Red Rum, in 1974.

When you’re checking Scottish Grand National odds, look out for favourite early fallers at Aintree. Often these horses are switched to run the Scottish Grand National.

Scottish Grand National Betting Tips

A betting tip is to look to the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter, which is run about a month before the Scottish Grand National. In 1999, Young Kenny – with jockey Brendan Powell and trainer Peter Beaumont – won the Midlands Grand National before going on to win the Scottish Grand National. Again in 2000, Paris Pike won at Uttoxeter before going on to win the Scottish Grand National, with jockey Adrian Maguire and trainer Ferdy Murphy.

In Scottish Grand National odds, trainer Ferdy Murphy is likely to be a favourite. With a total of three Scottish Grand National wins and a string of wins in National Hunt Grade 1 – including a win at the Irish Grand National in 2004 and a Grade 1 win at Punchestown in 2007 – any horse entered by Ferdy Murphy is bound to be a favourite.

The Scottish Grand National is run over the long distance of 4 miles, 1 furlong, so a win takes endurance. However, don’t overlook lightly-raced chasers and novices in the Scottish Grand National odds. A legendary winner in this category was Earth Summit, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies. In 1994, Earth Summit won the Scottish Grand National by an amazing 14 lengths. Earth Summit went on to win the Welsh Grand National in 1997 and the Grand National at Aintree in 1998.