D'Argent in demand for Scottish National

D’ARGENT has been all the rage for Saturday’s Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish Grand National and is now as low as 6-1 favourite for the Ayr showpiece.

Alan King’s eight-year-old is a best-priced 7-1 joint market leader from 9-1 with Ladbrokes for the marathon contest, while William Hill and Coral both go 6-1 after strong support yesterday.

Paul Nicholls’ Cornish Rebel has also been backed, as has the Martin Pipe-trained Comply Or Die, who is 8-1 from 11s with Ladbrokes.

The Grade Three event could prove to be pivotal in the battle for the trainers’ title with Pipe and Nicholls set to make every penny of prize money count.

Comply Or Die, runner up in the Royal & SunAlliance Chase, is by no means certain to take his chance, however, as Pipe wants to make sure conditions are right for the six-year-old.

“He’s very well. He will run either at Ayr or in the Betfred (Gold Cup) at the end of the season. We will have to see what the ground is like,” Pipe told At The Races.

One horse who could well run is last week’s Topham Chase fourth Longshanks.

The Kim Bailey-trained runner missed the cut for the Grand National but he ran with credit in the shorter event.

Bailey is keen to keep JP McNamara on the eight-year-old after their good run at Aintree but with top weight Take The Stand an intended runner, Longshanks may have a weight the rider is unable to make.

Bailey told his website www.kimbailey.co.uk: “Longshanks could well run this Saturday in the Scottish Grand National.

“Jockeys could be a major problem. I would dearly like JP McNamara, his regular rider, to retain the ride but off Longshanks’ current mark of 9st 10lb, JP would have no chance of doing the weight.

“We need Take The Stand to come out, then the weights would rise significantly, so we will have to wait and see.”

Gala Casinos Daily Record Scottish National:

Ladbrokes: 7-1 D’Argent, Cornish Rebel, 8-1 Comply Or Die, Longshanks, 10-1 Philson Run, 12-1 Iris Bleu, 14-1 Chives, Colourful Life, Double Honour, Take The Stand, 16-1 Another Rum, The Bajan Bandit, Toulouse-Lautrec, 20-1 bar.

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