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I was at Cheltenham this week for my final helping of jump racing before attentions turn properly to that flat but sadly Newbury’s Classic Trials meeting was abandoned yesterday due to rain so it’s the Scottish Grand National at Ayr that takes pride of place this afternoon.
A full field of 30 go to post for the 4 mile marathon at 4:10pm and Stanjames.com are paying each way the first FIVE home in what is, as usual, a very tricky betting heat.
Mouse Morris bids to win a third National in as many countries this season when saddling Folsom Blue who is currently 16/1 but I think the smart Seeyouatmidnight could be the one to side with at generous odds of 12/1. He jumps well for a novice and Sandy Thompson has secured the services of Steven Fox whose 5lbs claim will count for a lot in this company. Others who deserve their place in the lineup include the very well backed Cause Of Causes (8/1), Vicente (16s) who will be suited by a race of this nature and Ballyculla at 20/1 has been lightly-raced this term and will love the ground. @sevenbarrows trainer Nicky Henderson was also very complimentary about the chances of Vyta Du Roc (14/1), so check out his exclusive blog at www.roadtocheltenham.com which also has news on his Punchestown Festival squad.
From 10am Stanjames.com will be top price all runners in the Scottish Champion Hurdle at 3:00pm and 13 will be facing the starter including Sternrubin who arrives here off the back of a solid effort when third at Cheltenham. Under Richard Johnson, he looks overpriced at 8/1.
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There's some good Premiership Rugby today as Saracens take on Harlequins at Wembley and the Sarries are in great form having won their last three games and Stanjames.com are odds on (price) they make it four on the trot. Leicester Tigers play Northampton Saints at Franklin's Gardens and Saints have tasted defeat the last three times they've met the Tigers and are (price) to do the same again today.
Don't forget our Stanjames.com Happy Hour between 11am -12pm today and remember we're paying 1/4 odds each way on all Channel 4 races!
Bristol De Mai should take all the beating in the2:25pm Future Star Novices Chase at Ayr
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Seeyouatmidnight looks certain to finish in the money in the Scottish National at 4:10pm
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|2.10 Chelmsford||+++Gone to Press+++||+++Gone to Press+++||+++Gone to Press+++||+++Gone to Press+++|
|2.25 Ayr||Runner up at the festival behind the impressive Black Hercules, Bristol De Mai looks a smart bet to notch a 5th success of the season, that includes the Grade One Scilly Isles Chase @ Sandown back in Feb.||Bristol de Mai||When you're hot, you're hot... and when the temperature rises so does Le Mercurey... sorching into the lead and the winner's circle.||Bristol De Mai|
|2.40 Chelmsford||+++Gone to Press+++||+++Gone to Press+++||+++Gone to Press+++||+++Gone to Press+++|
|3.00 Ayr||Dan Skelton's Ch'Tibbello has shaped well this season and was beated just over a length by the subsequent Supreme Novice winner Altior. His trainer has stated he is in good form and has been saved all year for the spring.||Ivan Grozny||Being wordsmiths we like to think we can paint a picture with the beauty of our prose... then we realised we're better off leaving the art to the professionals: John Constable to set the scene and win the green.||Shrewd|
|3.15 Chelmsford||+++Gone to Press+++||+++Gone to Press+++||+++Gone to Press+++||+++Gone to Press+++|
|3.35 Ayr||Easy winner of the Grand Annual @ the festival Solar Impulse looked a smart prospect and can defy the 9lb weight rise today.||Always on the Run||This could be us, baby... they're playing our song. With a smile and a laugh, baby, we're 'Always on the run'.||Solar Impulse|
|3.50 Chelmsford||+++Gone to Press+++||+++Gone to Press+++||+++Gone to Press+++||+++Gone to Press+++|
|4.10 Ayr||Scottish National Mouse Morris will be looking to land a Hat-trick of Grand Nationals having reigned supreme @ both Aintree last week and Fairyhouse @ Easter. He trains Folsom Blue today who looked in decent shape when 4th in the Irish Gn. Stuart Crawford trained Fine Rightly is reportedly in great form and should relish the soft ground.||Cause of Causes||
No puns. No nonsense:
I hear the train a comin'
It's rolling round the bend...
Gonna jump on that train, my Folsam Blues to end!
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