Aurora’s Encore will attempt to land the Grand National double when he lines up in the Coral Scottish Grand National this afternoon
Aurora’s Encore is best priced at 16/1 to land the National double for the first time since Red Rum. The outsider who won the Grand National will face stiff opposition from some progressive novices and seasoned stayers. An encore in the scottish marathon will be as much as a surprise for Crockford as his victory at Aintree. The Cheltenham Festival would seem to hold the key to the race with the useful Alan King novice Godsmejudge being an eye catching runner after his third in the National Hunt Chase and with useful Our Mick’s who was second in the JLT Speciality Chase taking part today . The Scottish Grand National favourite Rival D’Estruval fell two out in the National Hunt Chase and seems a short price at 7/1.
The Scottish Champion Hurdle will see the seasonal debut of Alan King’s star Grumeti. Grumeti will be taken on by the useful novice Sametegal who is likely to give him the most to think about. Buddy Bolero who was running on when finishing fourth in the National Hunt Chase at the Festival looks the stand out horse in the novice chase (5.00)
Rosdhu Queen could well be the punters darling in the Fred Darling Stakes at Newbury this afternoon. If the filly wins the Newbury trial she will become a warm order for the 1000 Guineas. However, It will take a very impressive performance for her to unseat Hot Snap as the leading fancy. Cecil’s filly’s victory in the Nell Gwyn on Wednesday was eye-catching to say the least . The Greenham has only attracted four entries and looks at the mercy of the Hannon colt Olympic Glory who could be another serious classic contender for the stable.
Crockford’s Dead Cert – Buddy Bolero (Ayr 5.00)
This Pipe horse was staying on well in the National Hunt Chase at the Festival and has form that is head and shoulders above his rivals today. At around 11/2 this lightly raced horse is unmissable value and is a Dead Cert for a big run.
Crockford’s Whisper – Our Mick e/w (Scottish Grand National – Ayr 3.50)
With two excellent runs this season including a good second at the Cheltenham Festival he comes to race in excellent form. The McCains know how to train National winners and this front running grey is bound to make a big play for them. Crockford expects at least a place for this whisper and at 14/1 Our Mick is an outstanding each way proposition.
Archer’s Selection – Noble Mission (Newbury 1.50)
This brother of the mighty Frankel would have certainly been Archer’s selection for this race. Looking a cut above the rest and with Sir Henry’s yard clearly in good form the shrewd jockey would have been desperate to take the ride in the John Porter. Archer’s only concern would have been the potentially progressive Model Pupil for the Hills stable.
Crockford’s Gambles across the courses this afternoon:
Ayr – Changing Times (2.05), Grumeti (2.40), Petit Robin (3.15), Our Mick e/w and Godsmejudge e/w (3.50), Orsippus e/w (4.25) and Buddy Bolero (5.00)
Newbury – Noble Mission (1.50), Captain Bertie e/w (2.20), Rosdhu Queen (2.55) and Olympic Glory (3.20)
Thirsk – Crackentorp e/w (4.00), Effie B (4.35) and Arnold Lane (5.10)
Bangor – Peckhamecho (2.30), The Nephew (4.15) and Flemensmix (4.50)
Naas – Fortify (2.45), Maarek (3.55) and Einsteins Folly (5.05)
Tramore – Perfect Gentleman (3.00) and Ninetiteth Minute (4.45)
(Featured Photograph – Godsmejudge at Cheltenham by Stuart Rice)
(Photograph – Rosdhu Queen at Newmarket by Stuart Rice)