The Scottish Grand National takes place this weekend and it is all set to be a thrilling encounter at Ayr on Saturday.
One of the horses grabbing a lot of attention prior to this race is Auroras Encore as he was of course the Grand National winner at Aintree at the start of the month.
The eleven-year-old was a shock 66/1 winner in the National and he is set to go for a historic double this weekend.
Ryan Mania, who was the jockey that steered him to success at Aintree – has been declared fit to ride this weekend after suffering a nasty injury the day after winning the National.
Despite suffering the small fracture to his vertebra, Mania is ready to ride again and seems to be looking forward to the challenge.
At the moment, Auroras Encore is being tipped at 14/1 with SkyBet to win the Scottish Grand National and you can be sure his betting offer would have been a lot longer if he didn’t win at Aintree earlier in the month.
The gelding needs to produce another big performance to win at Ayr, but if he puts in a performance as strong as the one in the National, then there aren’t going to be any contenders that can stop him as the quality in this race is not as strong.
The current favourite is Rival dEstruval, who is of course a talented National Hunt horse, but won’t be a jumper that strikes fear into Mania or Auroras Encore. Rival dEstruval is available to back at 6/1 with William Hill.
It should be an excellent encounter and you never know, a horse could come from nowhere yet again and claim first place. That is the beauty of National Hunt Racing, you just never quite know what is going to happen.