Scottish National next for Ladalko

Ladalko will bypass the Cheltenham Festival and head straight to the Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National following his fourth place in the Racing Post Chase at Sandown.

Trainer Paul Nicholls is keen to keep the seven-year-old fresh for the Ayr marathon on April 22 after he went down by just under four lengths, with his stablemate My Will just ahead in third.

“I was very pleased with both of them and I think we will leave Ladalko now and go straight to the Scottish National,” Nicholls told Teletext.

“He goes well fresh and has had a few races. Cheltenham may come too soon so the obvious thing is to go straight to Ayr.

“He keeps improving – looking at where the horses finished behind him, I think he ran a career best yesterday.”

My Will was staying on well to finish in the frame having taken the runner-up spot behind Our Vic in the Ascot totesport Chase the previous weekend.

“My Will thrives on racing, has come out of the race well and is in several races at Cheltenham, but the ground will dicate which race he runs in,” Nicholls added.

More in this Section

Midfielder Mount may make match against LiverpoolMidfielder Mount may make match against Liverpool

French lieutenants: Who is in charge of French World Cup squad?French lieutenants: Who is in charge of French World Cup squad?

World Cup Referees: The 21st team in JapanWorld Cup Referees: The 21st team in Japan

Finishing school: Jacob Stockdale takes talents to Rugby World CupFinishing school: Jacob Stockdale takes talents to Rugby World Cup


My seven-year-old stood tall, whispered “bravery” to herself and stepped into the pitch-black dungeon. I stood there and watched her disappear.Learner Dad: I hate nostalgia, I think it’s mawkish and sentimental

Dr Phil Kieran says head lice is incredibly common among school children and offers practical advice on how to remove the crawlers with easy treatments.Tackling head lice: Easy treatments to remove itchy creepers

Gráinne Healy only started running regularly a few years ago. She’s already completed 50 parkruns. She tells Rowena Walsh what motivates her.Ageing with Attitude: Parkruns and quiet Friday nights

Against popular wisdom and flying a plane made from bamboo, wire and bike handlebars, a Co Antrim woman blazed a sky trail for aviation and for the independence of women, writes Bette BrowneMagnificent Lilian Bland blazed a trail for independence of women in her plane of bamboo

More From The Irish Examiner