MOUSE Morris certainly knows how to win a National. Rogue Angel and Rule The World have already done the business in the Irish and English equivalents and now he has his eye on a remarkable and unprecedented treble. Rogue Angel is being prepared for a possible tilt at Saturday’s Scottish national at Ayr – and who’d bet against the shaggy-haired Irish maestro doing it again.
Rogue Angel is one of 63 entries for the race and with the ground currently soft and an unsettled forecast for the rest of the week, the 3m 7f (and 176 yard) marathon looks set to be run in testing conditions.
Top weight is likely to be carried by Sausalito Sunrise who disappointed at Kelso last time out after jumping stickily but would be a big player at his best. Talented novice Seeyouatmidnight is also being aimed at the race and the trip could play to his undoubted stamina strengths. He will also get a handy 10lb from Sausalito Sunrise if the latter runs.
Seeyouatmidnight found the ground too lively at Cheltenham in the RSA Chase after making much of the running and his trainer Sandy Thomson prefers the Scottish National over the shorter trip of the Future Champions Novices’ Chase this weekend. He looks to have oustanding credentials as novices have a good record in the race and he is currently available at around 14/1.
Other Irish possibles include Stuart Crawford’s Fine Rightly, Tony Martin’s Gallant Oscar, who failed to complete in the Grand National, and Gordon Elliott’s Cause Of Causes, who is one of the ante-post market leaders. Willie Mullins has left in Measureofmydreams, while Sandra Hughes could run another Irish National winner in Thunder And Roses.
Dr Richard Newland, another used to National success, has two possible runners in Pineau De Re and Royale Knight.
Paul Nicholls, who is still jousting with Willie Mullins for the trainers’ championship, has left in Benvolio, Southfield Theatre, Vivaldi Collonges and Vicente, with fellow West Country trainer Colin Tizzard able to choose from Masters Hill and Golden Chieftain.
Alan King, whose yard has struggled in recent weeks, has Midnight Prayer, who didn’t make the cut at Aintree, and who is as big as 28/1. That looks tempting each-way value as the horse will get the trip and handles any ground. Ziga Boy and Sego Success are also entered for Scots-born King, who has a strong record in the race and it’s a contest he loves to win.
Oscar Rock, Milansbar, Vyta Du Roc, Shotgun Paddy, Mountainous and Highland Lodge are all still engaged.
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Scottish National ante-post selections
Seeyouatmidnight 14/1 (best price)
Midnight Prayer (each-way) 28/1