One of the classiest fields ever will line up in tomorrow’s Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr when Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary attempts to win his third Grand National in less than a month.
His Gigginstown Stud won the Irish Grand National with Rogue Angel at the end of March and last Saturday the same colours were carried to victory at Aintree by Rule The World in the Crabbie’s Grand National.
Tomorrow, O’Leary has Measureofmydreams, trained by Willie Mullins and Folsom Blue from the Mouse Morris yard going to post in the Scottish National.
Morris trains both Rogue Angel and Rule The World and will also be on a hat-trick if Folsom Blue is successful.
There’s a £120,000 first prize in the race and that could go a long way to settle the British Trainers’ Championship with both Mullins with Measureofmydreams and Paul Nicholls – who runs Vicente – going head to head in the big race.
Pineau de Re, the 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National winner runs, while the likely favourite is Cause Of Causes, trained by Gordon Elliott in Ireland and owned by JP McManus.
Scotland’s hopes in the £210,000 race are pinned on Seeyouatmidnight, trained in the Borders by Sandy Thomson, and Milborough, which is stabled just a few miles from the course in Coylton and trained by Ian Duncan.
A total of 30 runners go to post in front of a sell-out 17,000 crowd and Ayr officials are urging people who don’t have a ticket to watch on television as there will be no means of entry on the day.
Today is Ladies Day with a holiday to Barcelona the prize awaiting the lady judged the best dressed on the day.
On course, the highlight is The Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase.
Nicholls runs two in the feature with Sean Bowen aboard Fago and Sam Twiston-Davies on Orbasa.
One to watch, though, is Definitly Red, who came to grief in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham but can redeem himself today.
He had previously chased home both Black Hercules at Warwick and Blaklion at Wetherby and, with that pair having gone on to Grade One glory at Cheltenham, Definitly Red clearly has the right kind of form in the book.
Caledonia scuppered any chance of victory with a blunder at the penultimate flight last time but he can make amends in the Abbott Risk Consulting Novices’ Handicap Hurdle.
Previously a winner at Ayr in February, Caledonia is more than capable of recording another victory today as long as he avoids any clumsy jumping errors.