When is the Scottish Grand National? 2021 date, live stream, betting

It's up to Ayr on SUNDAY as the meeting has been switched due to Prince Philip's funeral.


*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widget, while in-copy odds are accurate at time of publication but subject to change

The Scottish Grand National is back in 2021 after a two-year break (thanks coronavirus…). It’s the joint-second richest handicap chase in Great Britain and represents one of the remaining opportunities for trainers and jockeys to land a high-profile win this season. Paddy Power News has all the details you need to be fully clued up for the big race.

When is the 2021 Scottish Grand National?

This year’s Scottish Grand National takes place now on Sunday April 18 at 3.35pm. It’s the showpiece race of the two-day meeting at Ayr Racecourse. Sunday’s racecard also includes the Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle, which has attracted 10 entries including Calico, Milkwood and Diego Du Charmil.

The card was initially meant to be held on Saturday April 17 but has been pushed back to avoid clashing with Prince Philip’s funeral as a mark of respect. The first day of the meeting remains slated for Friday April 16.

There will be no crowd in attendance at Ayr Racecourse due to ongoing coronavirus restrictions in Scotland.

How far do the horses have to run in the 2021 Scottish Grand National?

It’s a four-mile slog (well, 3m 7f 176y to be precise) facing the field of 23 runners and riders. The deadline for entries closed on March 23 and a total of 64 horses were put forward so that number had to be whittled down before the big day. A host of potential runners were also entered for the Grand National at Aintree which took place on April 10 and most have now withdrawn from the Scottish Grand National, although Lake View Lad – a first-fence faller has stood his ground.

How can I watch the 2021 Scottish Grand National?

You can catch all the racing from Ayr for FREE on Paddy Power’s website or through the Paddy Power app. You don’t even have to place a bet to watch, just simply log in. ITV Racing, whose excellent coverage is sponsored by Paddy Power, will broadcast the race live on ITV.

How much prize money is available in the 2021 Scottish Grand National?

A prize pot worth £150,000 is at stake, with the winning connections set to earn £84,405. That’ll be enough for the owner to pay for a round of drinks at the bar afterwards.


1 Lake View Lad (Theo Gillard *5)
2 Aye Right (Callum Bewley)
3 Vintage Clouds (Ryan Mania)
4 Sam’s Adventure (Henry Brooke)
5 Notachance (Tom Cannon)
6 Dingo Dollar (Brian Hughes)
7 Mighty Thunder (Tom Scudamore)
8 Soldier Of Love (Sean Bowen)
9 Oldgrangewood (Harry Skelton)
10 The Dutchman (Harry Reed)
11 Some Chaos (Ben Poste)
12 The Hollow Ginge (Sam Twiston-Davies)
13 Big River (Derek Fox)
14 Claud And Goldie (Richie McLernon)
15 Coup De Pinceau (Angus Cheleda *7)
16 Chapel Stile (Ryan Day)
17 The Ferry Master (Sean Quinlan)
18 Enqarde (Charlie Hammond)
19 Cool Mix (Conor O’Farrell)
20 Mister Fogpatches (Danny Mullins)
21 Chidswell (Danny McMenamin)
22 Chef D’Oeuvre (Jonathan England)
23 Dino Boy (Craig Nichol)

If you want a detailed look at all the runners and riders make sure to visit our dedicated Racecards tab.

What’s the latest betting for the 2021 Scottish Grand National?

Aye Right, a two-time winner at Ayr Racecourse and third in the Ultima Handicap Chase at this year’s Cheltenham Festival, is the favourite in Paddy Power’s antepost book for the 2021 Scottish Grand National.

Dingo Dollar and Soldier of Love are all available at 8/1 while Sam’s Adventure is at 9s.

Vintage Clouds, first in the Ultima Handicap Chase, is also prominent in the betting at 10s. It’ll be the 11-year-old’s fourth attempt to win the race.

You can check out Paddy Power’s betting market for the Scottish Grand National by clicking here.

*All prices are bang up to date with our snazzy widget, while in-copy odds are accurate at time of publication but subject to change

Who was the most recent winner of the Scottish Grand National?

If you cast your mind back to the Before Times then you’ll remember Takingrisks (25/1) claimed victory by 4l from Crosspark and Cloth Cap on good ground.

The legendary Red Rum remains the only horse in history to have won the Grand National and the Scottish Grand National in the same season. Unsurprisingly, 2021 Aintree champ Minella Times will not be running at Ayr on Sunday.


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