Tote Ambassador Danny Mullins sets sail across the Irish sea to Ayr for his only ride on Saturday afternoon. 

Mullins will ride the Pat Fahy trained Stormy Judge in the Scottish Grand National at 15:35. 

The dual Cheltenham Stayers’ Hurdle champion is excited by the rare prospect of a ride in Scotland and thinks the trip over could be worthwhile, he said: “He’s going there with a big chance. 

“I think his couple of runs this season should bring him to a level of fitness required for such a test like a Scottish National.”

The seven-year-old is fancied to go well for the all Irish connections and off a mark of 139 it looks a doable feat for the flashy grey. 

Twice a winner over fences last season as a novice, this is the first time Stormy Judge has been tried outside of Ireland.

Mullins partnered the grey to a two length victory in a Grade B Handicap Chase at Navan last March, beating well thought of Grand National hope Enjoy D’Allen.  

The Ciaran Murphy trained eight-year-old has subsequently been bought by J P McManus and is set to go to post in next weekend’s Aintree showpiece, Mullins thinks that form could be quite hot come this weekend. 

Mullins said: “In Stormy Judge’s last win he went and beat Enjoy D’Allen well. 

“The runner up (Enjoy D’Allen) went on to run a big race in the Irish National in third, so I think that form is solid.”

It was only 20-days since Stormy Judge’s last run, where he was 5th in heavy ground in the Leinster National. Not beaten a long way there, the conditions of the Ayr race will be the opposite, with the ground set to be Good to Soft. 

Mullins doesn’t think the quicker ground will be a problem, he said: “Although he hasn’t won on ground like this before, the step up to four miles should help him with the ground.” 

When producing an extraordinary run aboard Flooring Porter at Cheltenham last month, Mullins sparked some memorable scenes in the winners enclosure, seemingly confident of more success on British soil, he expressed: “Pat is very happy with him, he’s going there with a nice chance.”

Pat Fahy is charged with another runner in Saturday’s feature, with Stormy Judge’s stable mate History Of Fashion, taking his chance in the big pot. 

The eight-year-old has been well-tried over fences thus far, with only the one win to his name. He has travelled over to Britain before when he contested Newcastle’s Eider Chase in February. 

He was well supported in the market that day, before unseating his rider Richard Condon, after only six fences.  

Phillip Enright gets the leg up this time on the gelding as Fahy hopes for a second roll of the dice at the £85k purse. 

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