Hot on the heels of the centrepiece event that is the Grand National comes the Scottish National, running at Ayr at 15:45 on Saturday afternoon.
The unkind sometimes argue that this is the race for all those horses who weren't good enough for the big event, but to our eyes it's a strong field with a lot of promising but inexperienced runners.
Much as with the Grand National, staying the course is the big issue and it's certainly a question for some of the runners here. Current favourite Gallant Oscar has certainly shown some form over distance, with a run to third at Cheltenham a notable performance.
He's placed third and fourth in his last two long distance attempts, notably each on very different ground. He's certainly going to be worth a look on the day, and the best place we've found to back him is at Coral, who are offering 10/1.
That run to third at Cheltenham might well have been a fourth for Gallant Oscar, though, had Indian Castle not been compromised by Pendra on the run to the line.
Indian Castle ran an excellent race that day, and the three mile one furlong handicap chase is certainly not a bad sighter for spotting stayers. It was his best effort for a while since changing stables, and more importantly it showed us that he can run on good ground and perform well.
Previously he was considered to be something of a mudlark, but if he can perform on good ground with the stamina of a horse who can take race victories in a swamp then he's definitely worth keeping an eye on.
He's a little higher in the weights than Gallant Oscar, but you can pick him up at SkyBet for a very tempting 18/1.
Picking out a longer odds contender is tricky, since many of the horses seem pretty equally matched. If we had to choose one, though, we'd probably take Cogry.
He's done some solid running over distance and has not notably disgraced himself thus far. He's under a new jockey here, and would probably prefer the gorund a little softer, but as an outside bet he's worth a little punt.
The best we've found him at is 25/1, which you can pick up over at StanJames.