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One More Fleurie could spring surprise in Scottish Grand National
With the 2021 Scottish Grand National having been held behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 restrictions, racing fans will be counting the days until the 2022 Scottish Grand National gets underway on Saturday afternoon.
Once the tapes go up at the start of the 2022 Scottish Grand National on Saturday afternoon, the roar will be reverberating around Ayr Racecourse. The outbreak of Covid-19 two years ago and the subsequent lockdown resulted in the 2020 Scottish Grand National being cancelled along with all other racing fixtures throughout the country, while in 2021 Mighty Thunder romped home to victory in front of empty stands as the pandemic continued to play havoc with sporting fixtures of all types.
Nevertheless the 2022 renewal will see around 15,000 eager racegoers throng the stands at Ayr Racecourse and up to 31 runners will battle it out for the £150,000 prize fund.
The trainer we envisage celebrating on Saturday afternoon will be none other than Ian Williams who will make the 624-mile round trip with One More Fleurie, this runner hosing up in the CPMS Novices’ Champion Handicap Chase at the 2021 Festival. Since that day, the horse has failed to live up to expectations and hasn’t progressed as well as might have been hoped, a disappointing showing in the London Gold Cup at Ascot in October being followed by another poor display when being pulled up in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Haydock a month later. A four-month break followed and the runner then finished 17th out of 24 in the Ultima Chase at Cheltenham earlier this month.
Nevertheless don’t let these poor showings put you off. If his jockey Charlie Todd decides to adopt similar tactics to those of 2021, then this horse will be difficult to peg back, especially if he has the run of the race. The good news for punters is that One More Fleurie is currently up for grabs at a healthy 33/1 and we believe that he will outrun this price on Saturday afternoon.
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