Dartmouth, added to this race when the entries reopened, looks an intriguing rival for a yard which have started the season well.
Henryville stays well and, although a shade quirky, is undeniably talented so should be on the scene if it stays dry.
The latter wouldn’t want too much rain, but travels very strongly in his races and has deliberately been kept fresh for a spring campaign.
Shrewd arrives in good nick following a smooth AW win at Wolverhampton. He has made giant strides over hurdles this term and is worth playing.
The selection has 10lb to find on official ratings, but he was an eye-catching winner on his debut at Ascot last term and should relish the chance to tackle an all-weather surface again after shaping with some promise at Kempton last time (1m).
Tasleet was kept busy last term and wound up his season with a fine run in a Newmarket Group 3 so rates the danger.
Gabrial’s Kaka is a regular in this type of race and may prove the chief danger.
4.10 Ayr - Scottish Grand National
The Co Antrim stable of Stuart Crawford has enjoyed some handsome forays to the west coast of Scotland and his thoroughly likeable son of Alflora should give supporters an exhilarating run for their money today. The selection is normally ridden pretty handily which can be a vital component for winners of today’s event given a large percentage of winners since the turn of the year raced close to the pace or made the running.
Indeed, a strong gallop is vital for Fine Rightly who can often race a shade too keenly, a characteristic which encouraged his shrewd handler to employ a hood. Since the hood has been utilised, Fine Rightly’s form figures read 221114311 and he even managed to finish third in the Irish Gold Cup behind Carlingford Lough in February where he was ridden a shade more conservatively to finish in the money.
Crawford’s charge is certainly no stranger to the west coast air either, having run seven times at today’s venue, winning on three occasions and a year ago he beat non-other than Rule The World in a Naas Grade 3 chase.
There are some talented novices in opposition with Measureofmydreams, third in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham festival, and RSA Chase fifth Vyta Du Roc and the forcibly-ridden SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT (7th) clear dangers. All three look intriguing contenders, but it could be worth supporting the latter to enjoy the easier conditions at Ayr more than he did at Cheltenham.
Trainer Sandy Thomson has his string in fine form at present and has reportedly undertaken some remedial work regarding the eight-year-old's jumping technique which saw him a little low at some fences at the festival.