Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

HUE BETTER BELIEVE IT! Boy Can Become Man for Doyle in Red-Hot Scottish National at Ayr Molly Will Toy with Rivals for Team Skelton

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

HUE BETTER BELIEVE IT! Boy Can Become Man for Doyle in Red-Hot Scottish National at Ayr Molly Will Toy with Rivals for Team Skelton

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Byline: garry owen

CROSSHUE BOY (3.35) can strike a major blow for the little man in yet another mesmerizing renewal of the Scottish Grand National at Ayr.

His trainer Sean Doyle may only have two horses in his Wexford yard but he has a serious chance of upstaging the National Hunt elite with this likeable nine-year-old.

The gelding made rapid headway over fences last term and relished tackling three miles when beating Dingo Dollar in a valuable event here 12 months ago. He has been largely kept to timber since, TURN TO PAGE TWO FROM PAGE ONE although he ran well for a long way in the Becher despite not taking to Aintree's big National fences.

Still on the upgrade, Crosshue Boy should be primed after a couple of nice tune-ups and this strong-traveller can record a famous victory for connections.

The Scotty Brand Handicap Chase is a tricky start to proceedings but I'm rowing in with VOSNE ROMANEE (1.25).

Dr Richard Newland's gelding has shown some excellent form over fences and bounced back from a rare flop at Cheltenham by cosily beating Champagne At Tara at Ascot in November.

Best caught fresh, the eightyear-old remains nicely-treated and can land this big prize for the shrewd Worcester handler on the fast surface.

MOLLY THE DOLLY (1.55) can give Dan Skelton another winner at this meeting in the J & D Pierce Novices' Champion Handicap Chase.

The mare has been upwardly mobile over fences, bolting up on her first two starts then taking third behind National runner-up Magic Of Light at Newbury in December.

That is unlikely to be the limit of her ability and she can put the boys in their place for her in-form handler after a break.

VERDANA BLUE (2.25) can make her class tell in the Grade 2 Scottish Champion Hurdle.

Nicky Henderson's mare is one of the best in the business and gallantly defeated superstar Buveur D'Air in the Christmas Hurdle at Kempton in December. …

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