THERE will not be a more popular winner than AYE RIGHT in the Scottish Grand National on Sunday. Trained by Harriet Graham, the horse has produced some admirable performances this season without getting his head in front.
Aye Right is the ante-post favourite for the famous old race but has to give plenty of weight to his rivals. There is a lot of betting value in the race so be sure to snap up a horse racing offer and check out the latest odds.
He has finished third behind Cyrname in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, second in the Ladbrokes Trophy and runner-up in the Sky Bet Chase. Aye Right then came third in the Ultima at Cheltenham last month and is among nine Scottish-trained runners in the race.
Graham, who trains a team of eight and is also clerk of the course at Perth and Musselburgh, said: “We’re taking on the people with the numbers, which we obviously haven’t got.
“I think small trainers can give the individual horse much more hands-on contact – I don’t think anybody should ever be frightened of going to Cheltenham or Aintree from a small yard if you’ve got a good enough horse.
“We are doing it as a smaller trainer because we want to stay small – we don’t want large numbers.
“I want to know my horses and I want to know my owners really well. It’s just a different model of going into it.”
Among Aye Right’s rivals include Ultima winner Vintage Clouds and Eider Chase victor Sam’s Adventure while Paul Nicholls sends Soldier Of Love north. Other raiders from the south include Dan Skelton’s Oldgrangewood and Notachance from Alan King’s yard.
Prominent among others capable of delivering a Scottish victory is Lucinda Russell, who runs Mighty Thiunder and Big River. Kerry Lads was second for the trainer in 2004, and she would love to go one better. Russell, of course is no stranger to winning. Nationals having won the Aintree marathon with One For Arthur in 2017.