Scottish Grand National Betting

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The Scottish Grand National betting markets start to get popular every April, when the race is staged each year.

Run at Ayr race course over a trip of 4m, the Scottish Grand National has 27 fences for the runners to tackle and always attracts staying chasers with a lot of stamina.

The Scottish Grand National is always staged on a Saturday and on the second day of a two-day meeting at Ayr – the 2021 Scottish Grand National is set to be run on Saturday 17th April. Unfortunately, the 2020 Scottish Grand National was cancelled due to public health concerns in April in the UK.

Scottish Grand National Odds

With the Scottish Grand National often being run straight after the Aintree Grand National (normally a week or two after), the Scottish Grand National betting markets are often more popular once that Aintree race has been run.

As the these two big National races are normally run so close together, the Scottish Grand National odds don’t often settle down until the week before the race. This is mainly due to horses that fell early on in the Aintree Grand National being aimed at the Scottish Grand National just a few weeks later.

Most bookmakers will have Scottish Grand National betting available in their ante-post markets section for much of that current National Hunt season (Oct- April). However, many punters prefer to wait until they know the final Scottish Grand National runners before betting on the Scottish Grand National.

Don’t forget, that if you are betting on the Scottish Grand National ante-post that if your horse isn’t one of the final Scottish Grand National runners, you will lose your stake.

Scottish Grand National Runners 2021

While it’s too early to tell which horses will emerge as favourites for the Scottish Grand National 2021, we have to go back to 2019 to find the last Scottish Grand National winner (as the 2020 festival was cancelled).

The 2019 Scottish Grand National was won by the Nicky Richards-trained Takingrisks at 25/1 and he could be back for more in the 2021 Scottish Grand National, but by the time the race comes around he would be a 12 year-old so we’d have to see if he’s still racing.

However, it’s not uncommon for past Scottish Grand National champions to return to defend their crown – the last horse to win ‘back-to-back’ Scottish Grand Nationals was Vicente in 2016 and 2017.

In fact, two of the last eight runnings of the Scottish Grand National were won by a previous winner of the race, so it’s certainly worth giving a second glance to past winners of the race when the final Scottish Grand National runners come out.

With just one winning favourite in the last 17 runnings of the Scottish Grand National then in recent times the Scottish Grand National betting has favoured the layers, rather than the backers.

Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse. Photo Credit: Wiki Commons

Scottish Grand National Tips

When the final Scottish Grand National runners come out (2 days before the race) there are often many Scottish Grand National tips in the papers and on the internet from the experts.

However, with trainer Paul Nicholls having won the Scottish Grand National twice in the last four years, then anything he runs can be seen as a Scottish Grand National tip.

Other Scottish Grand National tips to note once the final runners are announced are to look for horses that had run in the last 57 days – All of the last 17 Scottish Grand National winners fit this stat.

But, don’t always side with the Scottish Grand National favourite as we’ve only seen one winning market leader in the race in the last 17 years – in fact, the average winning Scottish Grand National odds for the winner in the last 17 years are as big as 21/1.

Scottish Grand National Betting Trends

Other Scottish Grand National tips to look at are the recent Scottish Grand National trends.

Over the years the Scottish Grand National winners often have similar profiles. ALL of the last 17 Scottish Grand National winners ran in the last 57 days, while 14 of the last 17 winners were aged 8 or older and were either French of Irish-bred.

Scottish Grand National Trends and Stats

  • 17/17 – Last ran 57 days or less ago
  • 15/17 – Finished in the top 6 last time out
  • 14/17 – Aged 8 or older
  • 14/17 – French or Irish bred
  • 13/17 – Carried 10-9 or less
  • 13/17 – Returned a double-figure price in the betting
  • 13/17 – Fallen or unseated no more than once during their careers
  • 12/17 – Finished in the first three last time out
  • 12/17 – Aged between 8-10 years-old
  • 11/17 – Had won over 3m1f or further
  • 11/17 – Last raced between 30-57 days ago
  • 10/17 – Came from the first 7 in the betting market
  • 7/17 – Won (fences) at Ayr before
  • 6/17 – Won last time out
  • 5/17 – Had won over 3m7f or further before
  • 3/17 – Returned 15/2 in the betting
  • 2/17 – Ran in the Grimthorpe Chase (Doncaster) last time out
  • 2/17 – Trained by Paul Nicholls (2 of last 4 winners)
  • 1/17 – Winning favourites
  • 2 of the last 8 winners were won by a previous winner of the race

Scottish Grand National Bookmakers

All the leading bookmakers will have ante-post Scottish Grand National odds in the weeks and months leading up to the race.

In the days before the race, some bookmakers will also be trying to attract business with many Scottish Grand National offers, including faller insurance offers and enhanced place terms, so it’s always advisable to shop around.

The Scottish Grand National is also sponsored by leading bookmaker – Coral, so they are often first to offer any Scottish Grand National betting concessions.

Scottish Grand National History

The 2021 Scottish Grand National will be run on Saturday 17th April at Ayr racecourse.

With supporting races at the meeting that include the Scottish Champion Hurdle and the Future Novices’ Champion Hurdle, then it’s always a popular meeting.

The Scottish Grand National was first run in 1858, while in recent years it’s not been a great race for favourite backers with just one Scottish Grand National betting favourite winning the race in the last 17 runnings.

With three of the last 10 Aintree Grand National winners having also run in the Scottish National the season before, then it’s certainly worth looking back to the Scottish Grand National runners if betting on the Aintree Grand National too.

Recent Scottish Grand National Winners

  • 2020 – No Race
  • 2019 – Takingrisks (25/1)
  • 2018 – Joe Farrell (33/1)
  • 2017 – Vicente (9/1 Jfav)
  • 2016 – Vicente (14/1)
  • 2015 – Wayward Prince (25/1)
  • 2014 – Al Co (40/1)
  • 2013 – Godsmejudge (12/1)
  • 2012 – Merigo (15/2)
  • 2011 – Beshabar (15/2)
  • 2010 – Merigo (18/1)
  • 2009 – Hello Bud (12/1)
  • 2008 – Iris De Balme (66/1)
  • 2007 – Hot Weld (14/1)
  • 2006 – Run For Paddy (33/1)
  • 2005 – Joes Edge (20/1)
  • 2004 – Grey Abbey (12/1)
  • 2003 – Ryalux (15/2)
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