Denman pulls out of Scottish Grand National

THE Coral Scottish Grand National has suffered a blow after Denman was ruled out of Saturday's race at Ayr.

This year's Gold Cup runner-up was due to carry top weight, but drying conditions in Scotland have derailed his challenge. The Paul Nicholls-trained chaser is instead poised to be rerouted to Punchestown, where he is being aimed at the Guinness Gold Cup on Wednesday week – as long as there is cut in the ground.

Joint-owner Paul Barber said: "It's disappointing as it looked a very good opportunity for him. But all the weather charts said there was not a drop of rain forecast so it was pointless waiting around."

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Lucinda Russell's leading Scottish hope Silver By Nature has also been ruled out of the Ayr feature. He needs six weeks' box rest because of a chipped bone at the back of his knee.

Halcon Genelardais, runner-up to 2008 winner Iris De Balme, now heads the weights at the five-day entries stage.

The Alan King-trained horse is one of 40 remaining entries including last year's runner-up Gone To Lunch and two recent Cheltenham winners - Poker De Sivola (National Hunt Chase) and Chief Dan George (William Hill Trophy).

Scottish hopes rest with Merigo trained in Dumfriesshire by Andrew Parker.


Poker De Sivola 6-1

Meanus Dandy 7-1

Chief Dan George 8-1

Faasel 12-1

Lochan Lacha 12-1

Hold The Pin 14-1

Killyglen 14-1

Theatrical Moment 14-1

Others 16-1 and above