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Two Outsiders To Side With In The Scottish Grand National

After another Scottish success in the Grand National at Aintree, as Corach Rambler won well for Lucinda Russell, it seems apt that the focus turns to the Scottish Grand National at Ayr this weekend. Daniel Corbally takes a look at two outsiders to offer some value.

Corach Rambler has been something of a bogey horse for the columns in recent weeks, with Monbeg Genius (advised 12/1) placing third behind the Russell-trained star at Cheltenham. Vanillier (advised 20/1), was a fast-finishing second at Aintree last week behind the same horse. Sundial (advised 20/1) and Battleoverdoyen (advised 40/1) have also given us something to shout about and landed some place money in recent weeks, hopefully those placed efforts can convert to a win.

The Scottish Grand National has seen 40/1, 33/1 and two 25/1 winners within the last eight renewals, so another big odds winner isn’t out of the question this year!

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Odds correct at time of posting – 12.15pm Friday 21st April

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MORE THAN HALF A SHOT

Monbeg Genius has been somewhat of a plunge horse in recent weeks and while he does seem a likely candidate there’s no great prize for finding him at 4/1. HALF SHOT (50/1), offers plenty of value at a bumper price.

He’s had his form franked on multiple occasions this season, with Minella Drama & Notlingtillmay running well in Graded races since taking his measure and Bill Baxter, who beat the selection by a head, winning the Topham. He’s improved nearly two stone since moving to Iain Jardine and while this requires another leap forward, he could still have more to come.

He’s untried over this trip but was well backed and ran very well to go down second behind today’s re-opposing rival, Elvis Mail. He was prominent through-out last time and the winner benefited from coming with a good long run to run the selection down having been held up.

Hopefully with a slightly more restrained ride today he may be able to use his strong-travelling style to his advantage and can find some further improvement for the step up in trip and turn the tables with that rival.


SAME OLD STORY

While Half Shot offers a massive price, calling YOUR OWN STORY (8/1) an outsider may be pushing it. He’s 8/1 third favourite but still offers a considerable bit of value at that price and couldn’t be left our as a result.

Lucinda Russell and Derek Fox are carving out a niche with staying chasers and Your Own Story could be the next off the conveyor belt of talent. He ran very well behind Kim Muir runner-up, Stumptown, back in February over 3 miles. He hit a flat spot over that trip before staying on and benefited from the step-up in trip to 3m7f next time. On the latter occasion he was able to gain a more prominent position in the run and never really looked in danger of losing, staying on very well.

Granted he’s only tackled smaller fields thus far but given the trainer’s ever improving National record he looks a very likely player. He’s proven flexible in terms of run-style having led and been held-up this season and hopefully, if taking to this bigger field, his stamina coupled with his very light weight can see him competitive with the promise of more improvement to come.


OUTSIDERS TO BACK

Half Shot (50/1 generally)

Your Own Story (8/1 generally)


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