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Scottish Grand National 2023: Date, odds and history

The Scottish Grand National is a Grade 3 National Hunt steeplechase which is open to horses aged five years or older and takes place over the marathon distance of four miles at Ayr.

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It is the highlight of the year’s racing calendar in Scotland, with the Scottish Champion Hurdle also on the card.

There are 27 fences to be jumped in the Scottish Grand National, and you can watch all the action unfold via the bet365 Sports Live Streaming platform.

When is the 2023 Scottish Grand National?

This year’s race is scheduled to take place at 3.35 on Saturday 22nd April. The Scottish Grand National is Scotland's equivalent of the Grand National, which was held at Aintree on Saturday 15th April, and which was won by the Lucinda Russell-trained Corach Rambler.

Where is the Scottish Grand National?

The race is held during Ayr's two-day Scottish Grand National Festival meeting on the south-west coast of Scotland.

Where can I watch the Scottish Grand National?

The race can be watched via the bet365 Sports Live Streaming platform and on Racing TV.

The race will also be available to watch on STV/ITV.

When was the first Scottish Grand National?

The race, then known as the West of Scotland Grand National, was first run at a course near Houston, in Renfrewshire, in 1858.

In 1867, the race moved to the Bogside Racecourse near Irvine, but when the Bogside closed in 1965 the Scottish Grand National was transferred to Ayr the following year.

Have any horses won both the Grand National and the Scottish Grand National?

The first horse to complete the double was Music Hall, the winner of the 1922 Grand National.

The feat has been achieved more recently by Little Polveir and Earth Summit, but the only horse to win both races in the same year was the legendary Red Rum in 1974.

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Who is the most successful Scottish Grand National trainer?

Neville Crump won the race five times - with Wot No Sun (1949), Merryman II (1959), Arcturus (1968), Salkeld (1980) and Canton (1983) - as did Ken Oliver with Pappageno's Cottage (1963), The Spaniard (1970), Young Ash Leaf (1971), Fighting Fit (1979) and Cockle Strand (1982).

Who is the most successful Scottish Grand National jockey?

Charlie Cunningham won the race four times in the 1880s with Bellman, Wild Meadow, Orcadian and Deloraine.

The most successful jockey when the race has been staged at Ayr is Mark Dwyer, who rode Androma to glory in 1984 and 1985 as well as Moorcroft Boy in 1996.

Which horse has won the Scottish Grand National the most times?

Three horses have won the race on three occasions - Couvrefeu II in 1911, 1912, 1913, Southern Hero in 1934, 1936 and 1939 and Queen’s Taste in 1953, 1954 and 1956.

Who has won the Scottish Grand National most recently?

Win My Wings, ridden by Rob James and trained by Christian Williams, won the race 12 months ago.

In 2021 Tom Scudamore was the jockey when Mighty Thunder, trained by Lucinda Russell, triumphed.

The race was not run in 2020 while in 2019 Takingrisks, ridden by Sean Quinlan and trained by Nicky Richards, came out on top.

Who are the fancied horses in the 2023 Scottish Grand National?

Russell will be keen to win the race for a second time in three years and complete a dream week after her success with Corach Rambler at Aintree.

Your Own Story (8/1) is expected to be her best bet in the race, while 2021 winner Mighty Thunder (20/1) could cause an upset.

Welsh-trained Win My Wings won the Scottish Grand National last year for the Christian Williams yard and his horse, Kitty’s Light, is 9/2 to triumph at Ayr on Saturday.

Monbeg Genius is 11/2, while Your Own Story is available at 8/1.

Other potential winners include Flower of Scotland (12/1), Dusart (14/1), Empire Steel (14/1) and Malina Girl (14/1).

There are 31 confirmed entries for the race with the outsider in the field currently Domaine De L’Isle at 66/1.

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