Saturday Racing Tips: Celebrations to go on until Midnight if Prayers are answered at Ayr

Alan King trains Tony's Scottish National fancy Midnight Prayer
Alan King trains Tony's Scottish National fancy Midnight Prayer

Hoping to continue his hot recent form Tony Calvin has some big-price tips for Saturday's Scottish Grand National meeting at Ayr...


"One thing we do know about Midnight Prayer is that the 2014 National Hunt Chase winner stays and soft ground - and there were more showers about on Friday - holds no fears. And the combination of the two is ideal."

- Back Midnight Prayer 33-1 E/W (¼ 1,2,3,4,5 with Betfair Sportsbook)
- Back Midnight Prayer @ 36.035/1 or bigger on the Exchange

We have already played ante-post in Ayr's Scottish National at 16:10 with Ballyculla at 26.025/1 - read the preview here - and he was still trading at around the same price throughout Friday if you wanted to get involved.

I think he has strong claims in an obviously desperately competitive race, and first-time blinkers makes him even more interesting in my eyes.

In fact, Ballyculla is trading at 32.031/1 now, so I wouldn't put you off going in again at all.

But I am going with a second string to my bow in the shape of Midnight Prayer at 33-1 each ¼ the odds 1,2,3,4,5 with the Betfair Sportsbook, and 36.035/1 or bigger on the exchange.

The sub-plot to this race is the Mullins v Nicholls head-to-head of Measureofmydreams v Vicente - a winner for the latter would make Sandown next week interesting as the title race draws to a close - and it is easy to make a case for either horse.

However, it was Highland Lodge and Milborough who were the last off my short-list before I came to my second play in the race.

One thing we do know about Midnight Prayer is that the 2014 National Hunt Chase winner stays and soft ground - and there were more showers about on Friday - holds no fears. And the combination of the two is ideal.

Okay, he didn't pull up any trees when seventh to Cause Of Causes in the Kim Muir but the emphasis wasn't on stamina there on good ground, and at least he has been dropped 1lb for it.

Stamina is obviously a pre-requisite here and it was good to see Alan King in the winner's enclosure at Cheltenham on Thursday. He is only 3 from 74 in March and April, as of Friday morning, so hopefully he is beginning to turn the corner after a very lean spell.

His 11yo may not the best handicapped horse in the race but conditions are ideal for him, and at 33-1 he looks far too big to pass up with the enhanced place terms.


Recommended Bets

Back Midnight Prayer 33-1 E/W (¼ 1,2,3,4,5 with Betfair Sportsbook)
Back Midnight Prayer @ 36.035/1 or bigger on the Exchange


Advised Ante-Post

Back Ballyculla at 26.025/1 for the Scottish National


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