Nicky Henderson’s Beware The Bear has been allocated top weight of 11st 12lb in the £215,000 Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse on Saturday April 13.
The nine year-old won the Ultima Chase at Cheltenham last month and the horse that finished fourth that day – Lucinda Russell’s Big River is also set to run at Ayr where he has been given 10st 6lb to carry.
Nicky has never trained the winner of a Scottish Grand National and will be hoping he can put that right with the lightly raced gelding who also won at Cheltenham in New Year’s Day.
Coral have Beware The Bear as a 16-1 chance while Big River 14-1. Last year’s winner Joe Farrell (10st 11llb), who may still run at Aintree on Saturday, is 8-1 favourite with Alan King’s Dingo Dollar (10st 13lb) sitting at 10-1.
Crosshue Boy who won the £100,000 novices’ handicap chase at the meeting last year goes for the Coral Scottish Grand National this time and carries 10st 8lb and is rated a 25-1 shot.
The main supporting race is the £105,000 CPMS Scottish Champion Hurdle and Ch’tibello, who won the County Hurdle at Cheltenham last month heads the weights in this with 11st 10lb.
The latest betting for the Coral Scottish Grand National is 8 Joe Farrell 10 Dingo Dollar 14 Talkischeap, Big River, 16 Beware The Bear, Ballyoptic, Vintage Clouds, Cloth Cap, 20 Lake View Lad, Royal Vacation, Blue Flight, Abolitionist, Give Me A Copper, Walk The Mill, The Two Amigos, The Young Master, Folsom Blue, Glen Rocco, Chidswell, Chic Name, Doing Fine