Label Des Obeaux tipped to land Scottish Grand National glory at Ayr

Saturday 21st April, 2018 - 4:05pm Ayr - Coral Scottish Grand National

A hugely-competitive field will line up for the 2018 Coral Scottish Grand National, which takes centre stage at Ayr on Saturday afternoon, and it will see the Paul Nicholls-trained Vicente bid for a third win in the race, but the Ditcheat inmate will face a whole host of lively rivals in what is a thrilling betting heat.

  • Vicente has won the last two renewals
  • Only three of the last ten winners have carried 11st or more
  • Four of the last five winners have been priced 12/1 or bigger

Saturday - 4.05pm OddsBets
Scottish Grand National   
Label Des Obeaux (each way)    Best Bet 20/1

Favourites

Having been a surprise winner in 2016, Vicente produced another sparkling performance 12 months ago to retain his crown, and having missed last weekend's engagement in the Grand National at Aintree, the Nicholls charge will aim to land a hat-trick of wins, and is a 9/1 chance with William Hill to make it three on the spin,

However, he will have to defy another rise in the handicap for this year's event, and he has been struggling to find any consistency all season, so while he has to be a leading each-way contender, he could be one that struggles off his current mark, and it's worth looking elsewhere for a possible win bet.

Vintage Clouds just missed out on a spot in the Grand National last weekend, but Sue Smith's runner has shown ability over fences, and looks a leading contender at 10/1 with Betfair, while Ballyoptic is slowly improving over the larger obstacles, and at 10/1 with Betfred is another eye-catching runner towards the head of the betting.

Gordon Elliott tasted Aintree glory last week with Tiger Roll, and the Irish handler will saddle Fagan here, but the 12/1 chance with William Hill needs to improve on what he has shown on the track, as does Doing Fine (12/1) for Neil Mulholland, who often runs a decent race, but needs to show much better to get his head in front here.

Each Way Players

With 30 runners lining up in the 3m 7f 176y marathon then there will be a whole host of leading contenders at decent odds and Nicky Henderson's duo of Gold Present (16/1 with Paddy Power) and Beware The Bear (20/1 with Coral) are worth looking at closely, but while the former will have the burden of top weight, the latter ran a decent race when fourth in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, and he has to have a squeak here.

One at a tasty price that could go very close is the Alan King-trained Label Des Obeaux, who has winning form at Ayr, having won the novices' handicap chase at this meeting 12 months ago, and at 20/1 with Coral is a cracking bet in what is real punting head-scratcher.

He is 1lb lower in the handicap than when he won that Ayr novice event last year, so if he can bounce back to that sort of form then has to be a real contender here, and could well land the prize for his Barbury Castle handler, and is our selection in this thrilling renewal north of the border.

Lively Outsiders

Sizing Tennessee will relish this test of stamina, and is one that is sure to be doing his best work at the finish, and is eye-catching at 16/1 with Betfred, while the likes of West Approach (33/1) and Benbens (40/1) add more depth to what should be a thrilling feature race on a sparkling card at Ayr.

2018 Scottish Grand National Odds

Vintage Clouds
Vintage Clouds 9 9 9 9 8 9 9 8 9
Big River
Big River 9 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10
Dingo Dollar
Dingo Dollar 10 10 10 10 10 10 9 10 10
Beware The Bear
Beware The Bear 11 10 11 10 11 10 9 10 10
Crosshue Boy
Crosshue Boy 11 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 11
Cloth Cap
Cloth Cap 11 14 14 12 12 12 12 12 12
Crosspark
Crosspark 14 14 14 14 14 14 12 14 14
Geronimo
Geronimo 14 14 16 14 12 14 14 14 14
Doing Fine
Doing Fine 16 14 16 16 16 16 16 14 16
Impulsive Star
Impulsive Star 14 18 16 16 18 16 16 14 16
Chic Name
Chic Name 20 20 20 20 20 18 16 18 20
Caroles Destrier
Caroles Destrier 22 20 20 20 22 20 16 20 20
Chidswell
Chidswell 22 20 16 20 22 20 16 20 20
Cogry
Cogry 22 25 25 22 25 22 20 22 22
Takingrisks
Takingrisks 22 25 20 25 20 25 25 22 25
Red Infantry
Red Infantry 33 33 33 33 33 33 33 28 33
Mysteree
Mysteree 33 33 25 28 33 28 33 22 28
Skipthecuddles
Skipthecuddles 18 25 33 25 33 25 25 25 25
Brian Boranha
Brian Boranha 33 33 25 25 33 25 20 25 25
Blue Flight
Blue Flight 28 28 33 28 33 25 25 28 28
Acdc
Acdc 25 28 33 22 28 25 28 25 22
Rathlin Rose
Rathlin Rose 40 40 33 33 40 33 33 33 33
Sizing Codelco
Sizing Codelco 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50 50
Kingswell Theatre
Kingswell Theatre 40 50 33 40 40 40 40 40 40
Morney Wing
Morney Wing 50 50 50 50 40 50 50 50 50
Arthurs Gift
Arthurs Gift 50 50 40 40 50 40 33 40 40
Beau Du Brizais
Beau Du Brizais 66 66 66 66 66 66 50 66 66
Van Gogh Du Granit
Van Gogh Du Granit 66 66 50 66 66 50 40 50 66
BEST ODDS
1. Vintage Clouds
9/1
VISIT ODDS
9/1
9/1
9/1
9/1
9/1
9/1
8/1
8/1
VISIT ODDS
10/1
10/1
10/1
10/1
10/1
10/1
9/1
9/1
VISIT ODDS
10/1
10/1
10/1
10/1
10/1
10/1
10/1
9/1
4. Beware The Bear
11/1
VISIT ODDS
11/1
11/1
10/1
10/1
10/1
10/1
10/1
9/1
VISIT ODDS
11/1
11/1
11/1
11/1
11/1
11/1
10/1
10/1
VISIT ODDS
14/1
12/1
12/1
12/1
12/1
12/1
12/1
11/1
VISIT ODDS
14/1
14/1
14/1
14/1
14/1
14/1
14/1
12/1
VISIT ODDS
14/1
14/1
14/1
14/1
14/1
14/1
14/1
12/1
9. Impulsive Star
18/1
VISIT ODDS
18/1
16/1
16/1
16/1
16/1
16/1
14/1
14/1
VISIT ODDS
16/1
16/1
16/1
16/1
16/1
16/1
14/1
14/1
VISIT ODDS
22/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
16/1
16/1
VISIT ODDS
20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
18/1
18/1
16/1
13. Caroles Destrier
22/1
VISIT ODDS
22/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
20/1
16/1
14. Skipthecuddles
33/1
VISIT ODDS
33/1
25/1
25/1
25/1
25/1
25/1
25/1
18/1
VISIT ODDS
25/1
25/1
25/1
25/1
22/1
22/1
20/1
20/1
VISIT ODDS
25/1
25/1
22/1
22/1
22/1
22/1
22/1
20/1
17. Brian Boranha
33/1
VISIT ODDS
33/1
33/1
25/1
25/1
25/1
25/1
25/1
20/1
VISIT ODDS
33/1
33/1
33/1
28/1
28/1
28/1
25/1
22/1
VISIT ODDS
28/1
28/1
28/1
25/1
25/1
25/1
22/1
22/1
VISIT ODDS
33/1
28/1
28/1
28/1
28/1
28/1
25/1
25/1
VISIT ODDS
33/1
33/1
33/1
33/1
33/1
33/1
33/1
28/1
VISIT ODDS
40/1
40/1
33/1
33/1
33/1
33/1
33/1
33/1
VISIT ODDS
50/1
50/1
40/1
40/1
40/1
40/1
40/1
33/1
24. Kingswell Theatre
50/1
VISIT ODDS
40/1
40/1
40/1
40/1
40/1
40/1
40/1
33/1
VISIT ODDS
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
40/1
26. Van Gogh Du Granit
66/1
VISIT ODDS
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
40/1
27. Sizing Codelco
50/1
VISIT ODDS
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
50/1
28. Beau Du Brizais
66/1
VISIT ODDS
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
66/1
50/1

Odds correct as of 13th Apr, 05:58 Odds subject to change.


Posted: Friday, 20th April 2018
Author: Steve Chambo