Paul Nicholls: Exclusive views on my Saturday runners at Ayr and Bangor

Paul Nicholls - racehorse trainer
Paul Nicholls runs Vicente and Silsol in the Scottish Grand National on Saturday
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Betfair Ambassador Paul Nicholls has six runners at Ayr on Saturday including Vicente who has his sights set on a third Scottish Grand National title...

Best chance of the day: Braquer d’Or each way - "I’ve been keeping the progressive Braquer d’Or for this valuable race for a while and the ground looks perfect for him."

Kapcourse likely to need a bit more time

13:35 Bangor - Kapcourse

A striking individual who has needed time to mature and develop. He has been disappointing so far over hurdles and needs to show a fair bit more now that he is going chasing.

Better ground will suit Dolos

13:45 Ayr - Dolos

Will enjoy the return to better ground after finding conditions too testing at Cheltenham last time when he still ran OK. He has been crying out for drier ground which he gets here so I am hopeful of a good show from him in this

Hopeful of a decent performance from Worthy

14:10 Bangor - Worthy Farm

Got his career off to a perfect start with a dour display of jumping and galloping in his only point-to-point for Jack Barber at Littlewindsor almost a year ago.

Who knows what the form is worth but he won by a fence that day and is a lovely big horse, a nice prospect who looks a ready made staying chaser once he gains a bit of experience.

I've waited for better ground for his debut for us and am hopeful of a decent show from him.

Cheek pieces will hopefully make a difference

14:20 Ayr - Mr Mix

Comes here fresh after just one run since November. He can be a bit in and out and is probably at his best in a big field when he is suited by a proper strong gallop which he should get here.

With the ground coming in his favour, too, we are hoping the application of cheek pieces will help him bounce back to form

Braqueur has a great chance

14:20 Ayr - Braqueur D'Or

Has had a cracking first season for us, improving with almost every run before finishing an excellent fourth in the Ladbroke Trophy (formerly the Hennessy) at Newbury in December. I then ran him much too quickly after that at Doncaster.

As Braquer d'Or is another who wants good ground I've been saving him for this valuable ultra competitive end of season novice handicap in which he looks to have a great chance.

Adrien can go well if settling

15:30 Ayr - Adrien Du Pont

Has taken very well to fences, jumping boldly as I expected despite being too keen for his own good at times. That cost him at Ascot last month where he began tanking at half-way and couldn't quite get past Happy Diva. While his coat didn't look great that day he looks stunning now.

Adrien Du Pont also bled at Ascot which may have been happened when he made a bad mistake and his nose hit the ground. We are putting on a hood here to try to help him relax, he loves good ground and I'd say he has a really good chance in this if he settles better.

Silsol won't lack for stamina

16:05 Ayr - Silsol

Isn't the most natural chaser but has been running well in long distance chases this season and again performed with credit when fourth in the Midlands National at Uttoxeter on heavy ground a month ago.

While he is one who can handle those conditions his best form last season was when he beat Native River on decent ground at Wetherby.

They don't hang about in this race but if Silsol jumps well and can get into a nice rhythm early on he could be a big player in this because he stays longer than the mother-in-law.

A historic victory awaits for Vicente

16:05 Ayr - Vicente

Is a wonderful stayer who seems to blossom and come good each spring. He is bouncing at home ahead of his bid to win this for the third year running, a feat last achieved by Couvre Feu II in 1911, 1912, and 1913.

Vicente was going to run at Aintree until the rain came on Friday morning. It was pointless running him after that as he has never been at his best on deep ground so the decision to by-pass Aintree and wait for Ayr was an easy one.

You can put a line through his last run at Cheltenham where conditions were all against him. The better the going the better Vicente tends to jump, and as he seems to reserve his best for this track I am really hopeful he can make a bold bid for that historic third victory.


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