Clemencia wasn’t disgraced for us at Cork on Sunday but he still looked a bit green under pressure. He was there with every chance 2f out but once his chance had gone Kevin Manning was pretty easy on him. Handicaps probably await now. The big jumps race this coming weekend is the Scottish Grand National at Ayr. This 4 mile contest is always keenly contested and Dave Stevos likes one near the foot of the weights. Check out his 2019 Scottish Grand National tip below…
Scottish Grand National Tip: 3.35 Ayr – Handicap Chase (Grade 3)
After the thrills and spills at Aintree last weekend, racing fans are in for another treat this Saturday. The Scottish Grand National is a cracking race in its own right and this year’s renewal looks a quality one. 34 horses still remain after forfeits, but four will miss out as the maximum field is 30.
One horse that is guaranteed a run is Geronimo for Sandy Thomson. He is number 30 in the weights so he will be running off bottom weight of 10st if all the horses above him are declared.That would leave him 2lb wrong at the weights off his rating of 132, but Rachael MacDonald is likely to offset that with her 5lb claim. This son of Kadastrof is trained in Scotland and he would be a very popular winner with the locals.
He has been extremely consistent this season, with two wins and two places from four runs. I really fancied him for the 4 miler at Cheltenham after his superb win here last time out. He shaped like an out and out stayer, so the fact that Thomson swerved the festival to have a crack at this race could be a tip in itself.
The bare form of his last couple of runs doesn’t look that strong on paper. However, visually he was very impressive, especially on his last two starts at Ayr. He scored by over 2L off 122 last time (27f gd/sft) and he also won here over 24f (hy) three runs back.
That leaves him with career form figures at Ayr of 2211 so he clearly has an affinity for the track. He has had a nice break since his last run, Rachael MacDonald gets on very well with him and at odds of 25/1 he looks well worth chancing each way.
SCOTTISH GRAND NATIONAL TIP: GERONIMO E/W @ 25/1 (5 PLACES BETVICTOR)