We move up north this weekend as the Scottish Grand National takes centre stage at Ayr Racecourse.
It is over a grueling 4m 1/2 f and is on a sharp track with a long home straight.
Like normal, this preview will have trends and stats that will hopefully get us some each way value for the big race.
- 10/12 Aged between 8 and 11
- 10/12 were rated 133 or higher
- 10/12 had at least four runs that season
- 9/12 had at last 7 runs over 3m or further
He beat Dingo Dollar when winning the Dawn Homes Novice Handicap Chase at this meeting last year off a rating of 136.
This race looks to have been planned for him as he has been very lightly raced this season and his last run was very eyecatching.
On 5th April he finished third to Darver Star over hurdles at Wexford when he was pushed along and was staying on when he got hampered. His four runs this season have been on soft ground so the return to good ground will definitely be in his favour.
Three of the above stats are also in his favour; the only one being slightly against him is the distance. I would have no doubt about him getting the four mile going on the way he won at Ayr last season.
His rating of 142 is not generous but he should be competitive off that mark and most definitely give us a good run for our money.
Crosshue Boy at 11/1
Irish-raider Crosshue Boy (22-1) causes a huge upset in the Dawn Homes Novices' Championship Handicap Chase. pic.twitter.com/ctNDO8eeTQ
— Ayr Racecourse (@ayrracecourse) April 21, 2018
A former winner of a Highland National over 3m 6f at Perth in 2018 this horse stormed back to form when he beat Joe Farrell last time out at Newbury over 3m 2.
He jumped well from the front there and stayed strongly when numerous challengers looked like they were going to get to him.
Chic Name, getting plenty of weight off the brave runner-up Joe Farrell, digs out a win at Newbury under a fine ride from Jonjo O'Neill junior pic.twitter.com/2PZZ3DvZ2d
— Racing TV (@RacingTV) March 23, 2019
He finished fifth to Tiger Roll in the Cheltenham Cross Country race in 2018 where he was beaten 18 lengths.
On all known form that could leave Chic Name nicely handicapped but we all know that paper form doesn’t win races. On 12th June 2016 this horse was beaten 5 ½ lengths by Footpad at Auteuil in a Grade 1 hurdle so his form lines are strong to say the least.
When others are struggling with the trip this horse could be in a rhythm up close to the pace and will be solid each way value at a double figure price.
Chic Name at 20/1