Scottish Grand National Betting

The Scottish Grand National is only a Grade 3 classified race in National Hunt racing but it is still one of the most difficult races for horses and jockeys to combat when it comes to the racing calendar. Scottish Grand National betting quite often produces some terrific value due to the difficulty of the course causing mistakes from supposedly better horses.



The Scottish Grand National is held at Ayr each year which is one of the most popular racecourses in the United Kingdom. The race is the feature race of the two day Grand National meeting at Ayr. The Scottish Grand National boasts a rather large prize purse of just under a quarter of a million pounds which is more than enough to keep the best jockeys and trainers interested.

The Scottish Grand National

The Scottish Grand National is a handicap race which means the more successful horses due to run in the race are made to carry additional weight. In an ideal world all of the horses in the Scottish Grand National would finish at the same time as the extra weight is intended to level the playing field.

The Scottish Grand National is open to five-year-old horses and older. Some talented young five-year-olds have entered the race but the record of winners shows that there hasn't been a single winner in this age bracket since the race started. This suggests that older, more physically developed horses tend to have the most success.



The Scottish Grand National is similar to the famous Grand National in England in terms of distance. The Scottish Grand National is raced over a distance of four miles and 110 yards and during the race there are 27 fences that have to be tackled. These fences are larger and more difficult to jump than traditional based twig hurdles seen at many courses around the United Kingdom.

History of the Scottish Grand National

The history of the Scottish Grand National began in 1867 when the first version of the race was held at Bogside Racecourse. The race was initially called the West of Scotland Grand National as the race was held in the West of the country. The course at Bogside was closed in 1965 and the decision was made to transfer the Scottish Grand National to Ayr.



A further decision was made in 1965 to increase the number of runners that could run in the race. This encouraged more trainers to send horses to the race and some of the most famous winners of the Grand National in England have also won the Scottish Grand National such as Red Rum in 1974.

Scottish Grand National Records

The Scottish Grand National has been the back drop for some prestigious records in the world of horse racing and National Hunt racing. Three horses hold the record for most wins with three each; Couvrefeu II, Southern Hero and Queen's Taste. Scottish Grand National records show that only one jockey has enjoyed the most wins with three; Mark Dwyer.

There have been two trainers in the history of the race that have dominated the event when it has come to winners with a staggering total of five each. Neville Crump trained Wot No Sun, Merryman II, Arcturus, Salkeld and Canton to wins. Ken Oliver trained Pappageno's Cottage, The Spaniard, Young Ash Leaf, Fighting Fit and Cockle Strand to wins.

Grand National Betting

As the Grand National is such a huge and demanding race, there are certain things that punters need to bear in mind when it comes to betting on the race. Grand National betting is going to favour the older horses with greater stamina, the records prove this and greater stamina is an asset considered the physical demands of the race.

Each way Grand National betting is a sensible option. Some of the fences in the Scottish Grand National are huge and can lead the best horses to make mistakes. Each way betting does cut the odds slightly but it is much safer than risking large sums of cash on a win bet.



Grand National betting works the same way as any other race on the National Hunt calendar. All of the popular markets are included; winner, place, double, treble and many more. Odds for Grand National betting are released well advance which means punters can start doing their homework early.