Portrait King: Eider Chase winner cut to 8-1 (from 10) for Ayr marathonPICTURE: John Grossick (racingpost.com/photos)
Market moves for Scottish National fancies
THE market for Saturday's Coral Scottish Grand National received a major shake up with Quentin Collonges among a host of shorteners on Tuesday.
The Henry Daly-trained eight-year-old was cut to 16-1 (from 20) by the sponsors, although Paddy Power go 12-1 (from 20).
"We're not going up there for the fresh air," said Shropshire-based Daly. "This has been the plan for some time and he will definitely appreciate going left-handed."
Lie Forrit, trained by Willie Amos, is 12-1 (from 16-1) with the sponsors, while William Hill cut Eider Chase scorer Portrait King 8-1 (from 10) and 2010 winner Merigo 8-1 (from 9).
David Pipe hinted John Smith's Grand National faller Junior, a 14-1 shot, could bid for compensation in the Ayr equivalent.
David Pipe: trainer could run JuniorPICTURE: Mark Cranham (racingpost.com/photos)
"He departing at the second fence and as such he doesn't know that he has had a race," said Pipe on his website.
"We have left him in the Scottish National and he could well participate in that, although he will have to contend with top weight."
Ayr's going was changed on Tuesday to good, good to soft in places from good, good to firm in places after 8.5mm of rain.
Speaking on Tuesday evening, clerk of the course Emma Marley said: "With got a low pressure sitting over us and there are some beefy showers forecast for the rest of the week.
"Hopefully we'll get some more rain to maintain the ideal conditions."