I Race Days Tuesday . Thursday and Saturday. Shawfield Stadium. Ruther'glen Road. Glasgow. There are ten races in each meetingstartingat7.45pm.£2.


I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. I’owderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. Each meeting includes ten races. startingat 7.30pm. £2.50 Stand; fl .5” Ground. Race programme free with admission

FOOTBALL Saturday 11


I Airdrie v Dunlermline Broomfield. Airdrie. 3pm. The Dirty .ind'l‘he Doomed. Another gritty Saturday afternoon matinee.

I Celtic v St Johnstone (‘eltic I’ark. Gallowgate. Glasgow. 3pm.

I Dundee Uld V Rangers Tannadice Park. Tannadice Street. Dundee. 3pm. A tricky away fixture for Rangers. seeking to tie up the title despite some erratic performanCs of late. Tannadice optimists might even hold out a glimmer of hope for a European place.

I Falkirk V Hibs Brockville. Falkirk. 3pm. I Hearts V SI Mirren 'I'ynecastle Park. Gorgie Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. Jordan‘s boys cling to the last vestiges of hopeof catching Rangers. Anything less than two points here means the end.


I Ayr United v Dundee Somerset Park. Somerset Road. Ayr. 3pm. Simon Stainrod takes his Dundee side in search of two more points to make promotion a

The Scottish National. race, the National will

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; Alter last week's ‘old's greatest steeplechase’, Scotland weighs in with l its own blg gambling race on Saturday,

to call than ever this year, as it comes only one week alter the tour and a hall miles at Aintree. Although chasers are amongst the toughest sporting animals outside ol pit-bulls, it may be asking too much to expect them to race well so

What we could be left with is a iield composed either at non-starters at Aintree or horses that came to griei early on. One horse which will not be putting in an appearance is last year’s winner Klllone Abbey, who won at the customary Scottish National long odds oi 40-1. lie was lollowed home by the Martin Pipe-trained Omerta, last year's iavourite and many people’s prelerred horse again this year. Omerta tell on the iirst circuit at Aintree so will at least be lresh, ii a little shaken.

Another contender must be the Duke oi Atholl’s Boraceva who was run out

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. I over the llnal iurlong in 1991. But he was only eight years old last year, very young tor a chaser, and should have gained some extra stamina over the winter. There’s also the not-so-small

matter that Boraceva is trained by Toby Balding, oiten seen as the second best trainer in the country behind Martin Pipe, but nevertheless already having shown Pipe’s and Jenny Pitman’s horses the way home in the Gold Cup with Cool Ground.

However, The Llst's expert pundits (who, incidentally, won a packet on Party Politics last week) go tor Over The Road for this year’s race. John Upson's horse llnlshed eighth at Aintree, having laded in the llnal hall mile, but the more traditional Ayr iences should suit him down to the ground. So, it Upson tests that his horse has the stamina a mere week ailerthe National, and he races him, Over The Road should certainly be in the irame. (Philip Parr)

The Scottish National, Ayr Racecourse, Saturday 11 April.

Always a quirky be more ditticult

near certainty.

I Clydebank v Foriar Kilbowie Park. (‘lydebank 3pm.

I Hamilton v Stirling Albion Douglas I’ar'k. Hamilton. 3pm.

I Morton v Meadowbank ('appiclow l’ark. Greenock. 3pm.

I Partick Thistle V Firhill. Firhill Road. Glasgow. 3pm.

I Raith Rovers v Partick Thistle Stark's Park. Pratt Street. Kirkcaldy. 3pm.

SECOND DIVISION I’ark. Alloa. 3pm. I Cowdenbeath v Brechi

(‘oyydenbeath 3pm.

Dumbarlon. 3pm.

Glasgow . 3pm.



MON 20 - WED 22 APRIL 2PM & 4PM


I Alloa Athletic v East Stirling Recreation

I Dumbarlon v Clyde Bogheati.

I Queen's Park V Berwick l Iampdcn Park.

Saturday 18


I Airdrie V Celtic Broomfield. Airdrie. 3pm.

I Dundee UId V Hearts 'l'annadice Park. ’l‘annadice Street. Dundee. 3pm.

I Dunlermline v Motherwell East End Park. Dunlermline. 3pm. TIle East End l’ark learn start preparing for their promotion campaign next season. Who knows. this may even result in some entertaining football rather than the desperate stuff we've had for most ofthe

I Falkirk v St Johnstone Brockville. Iiilkirk. 3pm. Also-rans clash in oneof those irritatingly meaningless end of season games.

I Hibs V Aberdeen Easter Road Stadium. Albion Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. Thisis more like it. Two talented but inconsistent sides should be able to relax and entertain with the pressure off. I Rangers v St Mirren Ibrox Stadium. Glasgow. 3pm. This could be the chance to capture the title pennant at Ibrox for Rangers. injuries and form permitting. FIRST DIVISION

I Clydebank v Hamilton Kilbowie Park. ('Iydebank.3pn1.

I Kilmarnock v Dundee Rugby Park. Kilrnarnock. 3pm.

n (‘entral I’ark.

I Meadowhank Thistle v AyrUnited Meadowbank Stadittm. London Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.

I Morton V Raith Rovers Cappielow Park. Greenock. 3pm.


I Albion Rovers v Brechin (‘Iit‘tonhilL (‘oatbridge 3pm.

I Clyde v Stenhousemuir Douglas Park. Ilamilton. 3pm.

I Dumbarlon v Cowdenbeath Boghead. Dumbarton. 3pm.

I Oueen's Park V Stranraer I larnpden Park. Glasgow. 3pm.

EDIE}- Friday 10— Saturday 11

IAyr Ayr Racecourse. 2 Whitletts Road. Ayr. 0292 26417911th ill). Eglinton £6. First race 2pm. It‘s Scottish Grand National day on Saturday. with some of the nags who fell on the first circuit at Aintrce heading north to try theirltrck again. See preview.

Monday 13

I Edinburgh Musselburgh Racecourse. Mussclburgh. Club 1' ill. paddock £6. First race 2. lllpm. Flat racing at the windy and winding seaside track.


I Edinburgh Gull Monarchs v Newcastle Diamonds Powderhall Stadium. Edinburgh 7. l5pm. A Gold (‘upclash between two close rivals who tend to produce thrilling encounters. Newcastle's challenge is led by star New Zealanders David Bargh and Mark Thorpe.


I Glasgow Tigers v Middlesbrough Bears Shawfield Stadium. Glasgow. (1.30pm. Middlesbrough are hotly fancied to win the northern section of the Gold (‘upthis season. but don't usually enjoy the trip up to Glasgow. Look out for hot new rider Regeling.


I Edinburgh Gull Monarchs vBerwick Bandits Powderhall Stadium. Edinburgh 7. I5pm. New Bandit Scott Lamb returns after his controversial transfer from Edinburgh. Along with Richard Knight. he leads a strong Berwick challenge.


I Glasgow Tigers v Newcastle Diamonds Shawfield Stadium. Glasgow. 6.30pm. Last year‘s Gold Cup winners Diamonds and their Kiwi duo return toScotland. aided and abetted by useful Danish reserve RichardJuul,


I Scottish Open SECC. Glasgow. SWIMMING . Thurday 16—Saturday 18

I British Grand Prix Final Commonwealth Pool. Edinburgh. A chance to see some of the country's top swimmers in action.

52 The List 10— 23 April 1992