Henry Daly’s Grand National hope Fortescue may skip Ayr in a bid to achieve a late entry for £1m Aintree race
- Fortescue is a 14-1 shot for Scottish National, the place he is because of carry 11st 10lb
- But his weight of 10st 5lb for Aintree means he’s forty eighth within the checklist of entries
- Fortescue wants eight above him to be scratched to get a run on April 9
Trainer Henry Daly says Fortescue will bypass Saturday’s Coral Scottish National at Ayr if there’s a likelihood the gelding will get a begin within the £1million Randox Grand National at Aintree seven days later.
Fortescue is a 14-1 shot for the Scottish National, the place he is because of carry 11st 10lb. But his weight of 10st 5lb within the Grand National means he’s presently forty eighth within the checklist of entries, needing eight above him to be scratched to get a run.
Annoyingly for Daly, Fortescue has been raised 4lb by the handicapper for the reason that weights had been framed in February after profitable at Ascot final month. His new handicap ranking would see him comfortably within the Grand National line-up and theoretically probably the greatest handicapped horses within the race.
Fortescue is a 14-1 shot for the Scottish National on Saturday, the place he is because of carry 11st 10lb
Daly mentioned: ‘I’d prefer to go to Aintree – it is price a whole lot of money. But I’m attempting to cover my bases by making the entry in Scotland.
‘If it appears like we aren’t going to get in at Aintree we might go to Scotland and we even have the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown subsequent month up our sleeve.
‘You do get to listen to what’s prone to run at Aintree however it will be very difficult. As certain as eggs are eggs I’m going to mess this up!’
Welsh coach Christian Williams is accountable for the 2 horses that head the betting for the Scottish National — Kitty’s Light (5-1) and Win My Wings (8-1).
Hoping to hit the heights at Ayr after irritating near-misses is Borders coach Sandy Thomson, who has a doubtlessly huge seven days forward of him. He runs The Ferry Master, final year’s fourth, and Hill Sixteen at Ayr. Then the next Saturday saddles Dingo Dollar, final year’s Scottish National runner-up, within the Grand National.