Sir Alex Ferguson is poised for a return to Scotland on the lookout for another piece of top sporting silverware – at the Scottish Grand National.
The horse he part owns, Harry The Viking, may be a seemingly runner after the Paul Nicholls-trained seven year old was named among the entries.
Manchester United are in action the subsequent day against Everton.
Therefore the United manager may preferably be at Ayr to cheer on his horse within the £180,000 race taking place on Saturday, 21 April.
But there can be stiff competition, with a number of the country’s top chasers featuring among the sixty two entries.
Nicky Henderson has five potential runners, as well as Burton Port, who was fourth at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, and David Pipe has entered one in every of the Grand National favourites, Junior, and additionally The Package, owned by David Johnson.
Cheltenham’s JLT Speciality Chase winner, Alfie Sherrin, from Jonjo O’Neill’s yard, and Hennessey Gold Cup winner Carruthers are entered, as is that the 2010 winner of the race and last year’s runner-up, Merigo.
Notable Scottish-trained entries alternative than Merigo include Lucinda Russell try Red Harbour and Etxalar, Willie Amos’s Lie Forrit, Abbeybraney, from George Bewley’s yard and also the James Ewart-trained Captain Americo.
The chief supporting race on Scottish Grand National Saturday, the Isle of Skye Blended Whisky Scottish Champion Hurdle, has attracted 34 entries.
They embrace Tetlami, Petit Robin and Kid Cassidy, all trained by Henderson, Donald McCain’s Desert Cry and Red Merlin, Raya Star from Alan King’s stable and also the Nicholls-trained Prospect Wells and Brampour.