Scottish Grand National Runners 2024: A guide to the field of 26

 | 18th April | 

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Ayr Racecourse

Ayr stages the Scottish Grand National on Saturday (15:35), exactly a week after Willie Mullins' I Am Maximus surged to victory in the big one at Aintree.

In his bid for a first UK trainers' championship, Mullins saddles six of the 26 Scottish Grand National runners, who are listed and assessed below.

Scottish Grand National Runners 2024

  • Macdermott @ 6/1
  • Mr Incredible @ 7/1
  • Git Maker @ 15/2
  • Anglers Crag @ 8/1
  • Spanish Harlem @ 9/1
  • Stay Away Fay @ 12/1
  • Inis Oirr @ 12/1
  • Whacker Clan @ 12/1
  • My Silver Lining @ 14/1
  • 16/1 bar

Macdermott (Willie Mullins/Danny Mullins) @ 6/1

Progressive chaser who was impressive on his last start and first over three miles. Looks made for this marathon trip. Big chance.

Mr Incredible (Willie Mullins/Patrick Mullins) @ 7/1

Was sent off 10/1 at Aintree last weekend before unseating his jockey at the halfway stage. Providing that hasn't taken its toll, he ought to be in the mix.

Git Maker (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan) @ 15/2

Although beaten a long way, his clear second to Inothewayurthinkin in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival looks strong after the former won a Grade 1 easily at Aintree last week. Good claims.

Anglers Crag (Brian Ellison/Henry Brooke) @ 8/1

This nine-year-old has improved beyond recognition this season, winning four handicap chases on the bounce which has seen his mark rise from 106 to 134. Another step forward is required but that would come as no surprise.

Spanish Harlem (Willie Mullins/Paul Townend) @ 9/1

This lightly-raced six-year-old has always promised more than he's delivered but his latest run was a career-best in my book and he steps drastically up in trip (from 2m4f to 4m). Very interesting - and likely a tell - that Paul Townend has picked him.

Stay Away Fay (Paul Nicholls/Harry Cobden) @ 12/1

One of, if not the classiest runner in the field. That's factored into his lofty mark, however, and he was pulled-up in the Brown Advisory at Cheltenham and scoped dirty after so has questions to answer.

Inis Oirr (Lucinda Russell/Derek Fox) @ 12/1

Would be hard to advise but for his 21-length triumph in the Edinburgh National at Musselburgh in February. It could be the case that he comes into his own over these marathon trips and that makes him interesting.

Whacker Clan (Henry de Bromhead/Rachael Blackmore) @ 12/1

He represents top connections and is on a lowly mark, but he had a hard race in the Kim Muir and has a lot of ground to make up on Git Maker, let alone the rest of the field, on that form. There's better alternatives in my mind..

My Silver Lining (Emma Lavelle/James Best) @ 14/1

So consistent this season, dancing many dances including the Midlands National. The concern is whether this is one too many, but he looks to have every chance and rates excellent each-way value.

Beauport (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Jordan Nailor) @ 16/1

The Midlands National winner. Only raised five pounds for that victory and he has strong claims of following up if in similar form.

Mr Vango (Sara Bradstock/Jack Tudor) @ 16/1

Won the Devon National at Exeter by a whopping 60 lengths on just his second start over fences before a fine effort in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham. A return to handicap company will suit, as would any further rain.

Ballygriffincottage (Dan Skelton/Harry Skelton) @ 20/1

Up three pounds for a defeat but this is the best form he's been in for a while and the Skeltons can do no wrong at the minute. This is his first try over further than three miles but he's always shaped like an out-and-out stayer. He rates an interesting runner.

Autonomous Cloud (Fergal O'Brien/Jonathan Burke) @ 20/1

Held by a few of these on his run in the Midlands National at Uttoxeter last month but he is better off at the weights and should appreciate the slightly shorter trip on better ground. He looks good value.

Klarc Kent (Willie Mullins/Sean O'Keefe) @ 20/1

Similar to his more-fancied stablemate Macdermott, this is a progressive chaser who looks all stamina. Needs to step forward again but there's every chance he will.

We'llhavewan (Willie Mullins/Kieran Callaghan) @ 20/1

Disappointing in a couple of big handicaps, including the Irish Grand National, this season and he's hard to advise. He is trained by a master, though, and carries little weight.

Iron Bridge (Jonjo O'Neill/Jonjo O'Neill Jr.) @ 25/1

Useful on his day but that's not very often. Pulled-up on his last start so forgiveness is needed. Not one on my radar.

Tommie Beau (Seamus Mullins/Michael Nolan) @ 28/1

A consistent type who proved he stays the trip when third in the Eider Handicap Chase at Newcastle a couple of months ago. Eight pounds better off with Anglers Crag for a seven-length defeat which gives him a decent chance.

Ontheropes (Willie Mullins/Brian Hayes) - 33/1

Also not on my radar. Ten years old and completely out of form, it would be some training performance if he wins this off a mark of 141. If anyone can pull that off, though...

Surrey Quest (Toby Lawes/Kevin Brogan) @ 33/1

Unexposed - completely over marathon trips - but frankly uninspiring runner. Hard to advise in a race with this much depth.

Elvis Mail (Nick Alexander/Bruce Lynn) @ 40/1

Another 10-year-old, but this one won a veterans' chase at Carlisle a fortnight ago. Up four pounds as a result, though, and this is a much tougher assignment. Place claims at best.

Gold Cup Bailly (Stuart Crawford/JJ Slevin) @ 40/1

On his earlier from last season, he would be a right bet at this price. However, he was poor when last seen and runs here following a 371-day break. That's a huge ask.

Broken Halo (Paul Nicholls/Bryony Frost) @ 40/1

In fine form and proven over such trips, this nine-year-old isn't totally hopeless here. However, he's five pounds higher in the handicap than his latest win and that looks tough.

Egbert (Alan King/Brendan Powell) @ 40/1

Only seven, lightly-raced and in good form - he's one of the more interesting outsiders to me. The trip is a complete unknown and he's two pound out of the handicap, but I reckon he's worth a small bet each-way at this price.

Secret Reprieve (Evan Williams/James Turner) @ 50/1

Also five pounds out of the handicap and out of form. A suspect stayer, too.

Punitive (Peter Bowen/William Maggs) @ 100/1

His form fell off a cliff towards the end of his time with Gordon Elliott and his first run for new connections was nothing more than satisfactory. Five pounds out of the handicap.

Whistleinthedark (Laura Morgan/Danny McMenamin) @ 100/1

He looks overpriced. His form is stronger than the aforementioned Secret Reprieve and Punitive and he's dropped to his last winning mark of 138, which was only five starts ago.

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