Twenty-four declared for Ayr feature

John Quinn’s Character Building heads a field of 24 for the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr on Saturday.

John Quinn’s Character Building heads a field of 24 for the Coral Scottish Grand National at Ayr on Saturday.

The seven-year-old, who chased home subsequent Irish National winner Butler’s Cabin in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, was thought to be a doubtful runner due to the quickish ground in Scotland.

However, Quinn has declared the grey gelding and will be hoping for rain ahead of the race.

David Pipe’s Joaaci heads the weights following the expected withdrawals of Halcon Genelardais, Billyvoddan and Juveigneur.

Other noteworthy defections include Baron Windrush, Mon Mome and Wee Robbie.

Idle Talk, trained by Donald McCain jnr, will bid for quick compensation following his mishap at Aintree last weekend.

Others to turn out after the John Smith’s Grand National include Ballycassidy, Zabenz and Le Duc.

The latter is one of four entries for champion trainer Paul Nicholls, who came so close to the prize in recent years with the short-head defeats of Cornish Rebel and Ladalko.

Cornish Rebel will have another go and will be joined by Napolitain and the mare L’Aventure.

Ferdy Murphy’s Nine De Sivola, second to Butler’s Cabin at Fairyhouse, will be joined by stablemate Hot Weld.

Last year’s winner Run For Paddy is still engaged, while recent gamble Parsons Legacy has the assistance of Richard Johnson from the saddle.

There are two challengers from Ireland – Michael Hourigan’s A New Story and Ian Duncan’s Another Rum – while Keith Reveley’s Rambling Minster also takes his chance.

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