Paul Nicholls’ Tidal Bay will sail past his rivals in an excellent renewal of the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr this afternoon

Brought down at the Canal Turn last Saturday at Aintree, Paul Nicholls’ thirteen-year-old will look to make good for that disappointment by taking the Coral Scottish National. The veteran stayer won’t have everything his own way with a group of progressive novices being attracted to the race.

Tidal Bay’s strongest dangers are likely to be the useful Hadrian’s Approach, consistent Green Flag and former point-to-pointer Mendip Express. The Pertemps Network Final fourth Trustan Times cannot be discounted either. The 2013 winner Godsmejudge has not been in top form this season but is fancied by connections to bounce back today.

Trainer King looks set to have a good day at Ayr with his runners Valdez, Manyriverstocross, Vendor and Miles To Memphis, whilst Lady Cecil could have a hat-trick of winners at Newbury and Thirsk with Retirement Plan, Frankel’s relations Noble Mission and Joyeuse.

Kingman will look to take the Frankel path to the 2000 Guineas in the Greenham at Newbury. In the past renewal in years the unbeaten Gosden colt will have to see of some highly regarded sorts including Paul Cole’s impressive Royal Ascot winner Berkshire and the Gimcrack victor Astaire. Frankel’s sister Joyeuse has very strong claims in the fillies trial – the Fred Darling.

Crockford’s Dead Cert – Tidal Bay (Coral Scottish Grand National – Ayr 3.50)

Running his normal waiting race at Aintree he was unlucky to be brought down at the Canal Turn.  Having not exerted himself last weekend Tidal Bay should be just right for a bold show in this.  Connections are confident and so should punters be too.

Crockford’s Whisper – Berkshire e/w (Newbury 2.55)

The whisper from the yard is that they are very pleased with him and Berkshire has done well over the winter. This impressive Chesham winner did not have the race to suit him at Newmarket when he wasn’t as eye-catching in the Royal Lodge. Expect better from him today.

Archer’s Selection – Joyeuse (Newbury 2.20)

Archer certainly would have petitioned to ride this well-related filly. He would have known that she has the ability to win the Fred Darling before aiming at the 1000 Guineas.

Crockford’s Gambles on Coral Scottish Grand National Day:

Ayr – Valdez (2.05), My Tent Or Yours (2.40), Manyriverstocross (3.15), Tidal Bay, Hadrian’s Approach e/w and Trustan Times e/w (Coral Scottish Grand National 3.50), Vendor (4.25) and Miles To Memphis (5.35)

Newbury – Villainous (1.20), Noble Mission (1.50), Joyeuse (2.20), Berkshire e/w (2.55),  Brownsea Brink e/w and Bronze Angel e/w (3.30) and Eagle Top (4.05)

Thirsk – Englishman (3.25), Baccarat (4.00) and Retirement Plan (4.35)

Bangor-on-Dee – Sausalito Sunrise (1.55), Bear Trap (2.30), Right To Rule (3.05) and Ski Sunday (5.55)

Navan – Regal Power e/w (2.00), Carlo Bugatti (3.35) and John Constable (4.10)

 

(Featured Photograph – Paul Nicholls by Stuart Rice)

 

 

 

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