Scottish National to take place on Sunday, 18th April 2021

2021 Scottish National


We have become somewhat accustomed to watching our favourite races taking place in near-empty racecourses, however as we saw with the 2021 Aintree Grand National and Cheltenham Festival  it generally takes nothing away from the excitement actually taking place on the track. This promises to be the same story this weekend when the action moves to the west coast of Scotland. Ayr Racecourse is once again the venue for the Scottish Grand National and with a nod of respect to Prince Philip who died just a few days ago and whose funeral takes place at 3pm on Saturday, the race itself is being moved back 24 hours and will instead take place on Sunday 18th April at the same start time of 3:35pm.

The winner of the 2019 Scottish National was Takingrisks who went off at 25/1, Sean Quinlan being the winning jockey two years ago. The 2020 renewal of the race was cancelled due to the Covid19 pandemic, however racing fans will be eagerly awaiting the return of the famous race on Sunday afternoon. A line-up of thirty runners will contest the Scottish National and while Aintree Grand National-winning trainer Henry de Bromhead won’t be sending any runners to the Ayrshire track this weekend, there is still a high-quality turnout of entries for what is one of the biggest races on the calendar.


When is the race?

The 2021 Scottish National Festival starts on Friday 16th April at Ayr Racecourse, however the feature race has been put back 24 hours and will now take place on Sunday 18th April as a mark of respect to Prince Philip whose funeral is taking place at 3pm on Saturday 17th April. The prize fund for the race is £150,000, meaning that the Scottish National is the joint-second richest handicap race in the UK behind the Aintree Grand National.


What time does the Scottish National start?

The 2021 Scottish National is scheduled to start at 3:35pm on Sunday 18th April. The Class 1, Grade 3 chase takes place over a distance of slightly less than 4 miles and the field will consist of 30 runners. Most of the premier stables in the country will be represented here and famous past winners include Grey Abbey (2004), Merigo (twice in 2010 and 2012), Vicente (twice in 2016 and 2017) and of course Red Rum who in 1974 became the only horse to win the Grand National and Scottish National in the same year.


Where can I watch?

With no general spectators allowed to enter Ayr Racecourse, the only place where the general public can watch live is on TV with full coverage of the day’s races provided by ITV for the third year in succession.