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Grumeti - Kempton 25/02/2012

Grumeti: will be part of a strong team for trainer Alan King at Ayr

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Soft ground 'a plus' for Godsmejudge at Ayr

ALAN KING has enjoyed success at the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree's Grand National meeting this spring and is hopeful conditions at Ayr will boost the chances of Godsmejudge in Saturday's Coral Scottish Grand National.

A 10-1 chance with most firms, the Favourites Racing-owned seven-year-old finished third in the John Oaksey National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham.

Quoted on his website on Monday, King said: "They have had 5.5mm of rain overnight up there, with a possible further 11mm expected before the meeting starts, so it looks like being soft ground, which will be a plus to the chance of Godsmejudge in the Scottish National."

The trainer is also set to run last year's winner Raya Star and Grumeti in the QTS Scottish Champion Hurdle on the card.

"It will also be good to have Grumeti back," he added. "He has had a frustrating season with niggles repeatedly thwarting his comeback but, like Raya Star, he is in good form, and the ground shouldn't be a problem to either."

The going at Ayr was on Tuesday morning described as good to soft, soft in places with rain forecast until Thursday.

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