Racing: Ante-Post Update: Kenny tops weights

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YOUNG KENNY, the favourite, will have to carry top weight in Saturday's Scottish Grand National at Ayr. A 25lb rise in the weights leaves nine in the handicap proper. Peter Beaumont, Young Kenny's trainer, said yesterday: "He is a big horse and will carry the weight. But it is a lot of weight and it is a long way to carry it."

Bob Buckler expects his dual recent Towcester winner, Scotby, to run well. He said: "The ground is going to be soft up at Ayr, which he needs. Scotby is very, very well and this was always the plan." Buckler has yet to find a replacement for Scotby's regular rider, Brendan Powell, who rides Young Kenny. He said: "We will use one of the top boys. I don't think we will struggle to find someone."

Powell himself said: "I'm looking forward to riding Young Kenny again. The ground is heavy and that will be in his favour."