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VALUE TIPS | The Scottish Grand National

Resident writer Reece Charlton has picked out three runners that could hold some value in the Scottish Grand National



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A month jammed packed with Grand National renewals gets underway this weekend, with the Scottish edition featuring at Ayr on Saturday.

With the declarations now made for the four-mile Grade 3 handicap chase, we have shortlisted three runners that could well run a big race in the £150,000 contest.

Here are three value picks to consider for the Scottish Grand National.

THE FERRY MASTER (10/1 – PP + William Hill)

Hailing from Sandy Thomson’s yard, The Ferry Master could go three better in this race after placing fourth in the contest last year.

The nine-year-old is now 4lbs lower than this time last year, after recording a slightly inconsistent season to date for his connections.

The gelding has a good record at the course and with the experienced Ryan Mania in the saddle, he could hint at some value at 10/1 currently.

COOL MIX (16/1 – Sky Bet)

Another runner that featured in last year’s renewal, Cool Mix could well push further up the standings this time around for Iain Jardine.

Cool Mix Ayr Value Tips
Cool Mix won over hurdles at the 2018 Scottish Grand National meeting at Ayr

The 10-year-old has finished in the top four in all four of his outings this season, with his best effort coming last time out at Musselburgh when finishing second to Glen Forsa.

He is 6lbs lower in the ratings since finishing fifth in the Scottish Grand National last year and with the bonus of a 7lb claimer in the saddle, he could be huge value at his price of 16/1.

ASK A HONEY BEE (20/1 – Ladbrokes + William Hill)

After producing a fairly consistent campaign for his connections, Ask A Honey Bee is given his toughest assignment to date in the Scottish Grand National.

Trainer Fergal O'Brien at Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse, Bangor-on-Dee.
Fergal O’Brien’s Ask A Honey Bee could hint at some value in the Scottish Grand National

The gelding has finished in the top two in four of his five starts this season, with his only slight blip coming at Chepstow in February when he was pulled up.

He looks to be a workable mark and the extra distance could well benefit him here, with his price of 20/1 holding some each-way value here.

Reece Charlton is a Content Writer at Low6 that specializes in horse racing. He is an avid hunter of value in the racing world, picking out longshots six days a week across the National Hunt and Flat cards on offer across the UK and Ireland. He keeps punters and race fans in the know with his racing expertise with previews and value picks for all the big cards and meetings.