"Consistent" Cool Mix has Scottish Grand National home win chance says Iain Jardine

Lucinda Russell's Mighty Thunder won the Coral Scottish Grand National last year for the home contingent and proud Scotsman Iain Jardine hopes that his Cool Mix can get stuck in at Ayr on Saturday.

Dumfries handler Iain Jardine is hopeful of another home win for the Scots in the Coral Scottish Grand National on Saturday, April 2 and believes his Cool Mix can do the business.

Last year, Kinross based Lucinda Russell's Mighty Thunder delivered the first Scottish trained winner of the Caledonion centrepiece since Merigo was victorious for Andrew Parker in 2012.

Cool Mix is part of a solid blue and white team for this year that takes in Sandy Thomson's pair of Hill Sixteen and The Ferry Master while Ian Duncan's Strong Economy is not without a sniff.

"Of course it would be brilliant to win it," said Jardine.

"Scottish trainers have won it before obviously, including Lucinda Russell last year.

"It would be great to have it on the CV, for sure."

Cool Mix was only just over eight lengths behind Mighty Thunder in fifth place in the Scottish Grand National last year.

Jardine added: "We're looking forward to him running anyway. We'll see how he gets on.

"A National is a National and any of them can win, but we've got our horse in good form, the ground will suit him and this seems to be his time of year.

"He's run with credit on every run this year, he's very consistent and he's at the right end of the handicap, so fingers crossed.

"We're hoping for a good run and as long as he comes back safe and sound, that's the main thing."

The Scottish-trained quartet are part of a field of 24 runners declared for Saturday's Ayr marathon.

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