JP McManus: owns Scottish National favourite Heathfield
AN Irish-based trainer may not have won the Coral Scottish Grand National since 1869 but that has not stopped punters latching onto the Tony Martin-trained Heathfield, who has been backed into favouritism at as short as 8-1 having been available at 14-1 on Friday.
The sponsors report that the Scottish Grand National is the fifth biggest betting race of the year and it will be an expensive race for bookmakers should Heathfield, the selection of Pricewise in the Racing Post, triumph at Ayr.
Heathfield is a best-priced 10-1 for the marathon race.
Heathfield’s owner JP McManus is also represented by Cause Of Causes but the wide-margin Cheltenham Festival winner is proving rather weak in the betting and is out to 16-1 from a general price of 12-1 on Saturday morning.
Folsom Blue represents Mouse Morris, who is trying to become the first trainer to win the Aintree Grand National and the Irish and Scottish equivalents in the same season.
Folsom Blue has been nibbled at in the betting and is into 16-1 from 20-1, while Measureofmydreams, who also represents owners Gigginstown House Stud, is solid in the market at 12-1.
Measureofmydreams is trained by Willie Mullins, who holds a strong hand in the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle, the chief supporting race on the card at Ayr.
Ivan Grozny, an impressive winner at Aintree last weekend, had been expected to head the betting but he has been usurped at the top of the market by stablemate Clondaw Warrior, who won in good style at Fairyhouse last time. Clondaw Warrior is a top price of 9-2 for the competitive handicap, while Ivan Grozny is 5-1.
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