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Can Aurora Land The Double?
12/04/13

The big players of jumps racing are heading north of the border on Friday 19th and Saturday 20th April, for the 2013 Coral Scottish Grand National Festival at Ayr Racecourse.

Auroras Encore & Ryan Mania
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Auroras Encore & Ryan Mania

There are eight races each day and a total of £537,000 in prize money on offer with all the leading jockeys and trainers in attendance.

The question on everyone’s lips is will the Aintree winning combination of Auroras Encore and jockey Ryan Mania bid to make it a Grand National double and create history.

It was back in 1974 Red Rum last achieved the amazing feat and race sponsors Coral have the Sue Smith trained horse at odds of 10/1 to do the double.

Raya Star
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Raya Star
Other leading contenders include Rival D’Estruval, carrying Raymond Anderson Green’s colours successful in 2010 and 2012 with Merigo, the Alan King trained Godsmejudge and the JP McManus owned Wyck Hill.

Lucinda Russell could be represented by course specialist Nuts N Bolts and the Irish could be represented by the Gordon Elliot trained Chicago Grey.

Main supporting race on Saturday is the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle which has £60,000 in prize money and last year’s winner Raya Star, trained by Alan King, is likely to defend his crown.

Other races include the Arcadia Consulting William Dickie & Mary Robertson Future Champion Chase, the Scotty Brand Handicap Chase, the Weatherbys Hamilton Insurance Novices Handicap Chase and the DBS Spring Sales Bumper.

Friday’s eight race card is headed by the Hillhouse Quarry Handicap Chase with £25,000 on offer and won last year by the Paul Nicholls trained, Ruby Walsh ridden The Knoxs.

Friday’s card ends with a competitive National Hunt Flat Race which again will attract some big name trainers and jockeys.

Advance ticket sales for the meeting are selling well and a crowd of more than 17,000 is expected. For more details on racing at Ayr call 01292 264179 or go online at www.ayr-racecourse.co.uk .


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