The Scottish Grand National at Ayr is the big betting race of the weekend and Alan King’s Dingo Dollar is the 10/1 joint-favourite at BetVictor with Lucinda Russell’s Big River. Neil Mulholland has had a stop-go season, but he could saddle up to three in the race with The Young Master (20/1) Impulsive Star (also 20/1) and Doing Fine (20/1) entered at the five-day stage. All have leading chances although it doesn’t look as if the latter will get a run as he needs a number of defectors at Thursday’s 48-hour declaration stage.

 

Pontefract

Billy Roberts (2.00) won a division of the opening mile handicap at Pontefract back in 2017 from a 6lbs higher mark and he should be spot on for a repeat bid having finished runner up on the all-weather returning from a break in February. His draw in stall 10 is less than ideal although when he scored here a couple of years ago he was housed in stall 14.

In the 1st leg of the Stayers’ Series I hope to see a big run from So Near So Farhh (4.00) with Silvestre de Sousa booked for Mick Channon’s four-year-old filly. The selection must put behind a poor run on her final start of 2018 but had looked a most progressive stayer previously. Note her career record at Pontefract is 1-2.

The feature race is the £25,000 10f handicap and Dukhan (4.30) can make a winning reappearance for Hugo Palmer. The four-year-old is 6lbs higher than when winning at Newbury on his final start of 2018 and began last season with an excellent second to Godolphin’s Old Persian who won the Group 1 Sheema Classic at Meydan recently on Dubai World Cup night.  James Doyle takes the mount for the first time and a draw in stall 1 is a positive.

Rathbone (5.00) has been gelded since the end of last season and he can finally break his maiden tag at seventh time of asking. The selection finished runner up in 50

Odds are correct at the time of posting

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