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Improving novice chaser Paris Pike will take on seasoned handicappers in the Ladbrokes Casinos Scottish Grand National on Saturday.

Ferdy Murphy's eight-year-old scored in good style at Uttoxeter last month to book his place in the line-up for the Ayr feature and has pleased connections in his preparation for the four-mile-one-furlong test.

"Paris Pike will run in the Scottish Grand National and Ballinclay King will go for the Scottish Champion Hurdle," Murphy confirmed.

"Paris Pike has won four of his last five starts so I suppose it was to be expected that he would gradually creep up the handicap. I understand that Marlborough might run and also if Young Kenny goes then the weights won't go up too much.

"Paris Pike worked this morning and worked very, very well. Adrian (Maguire) will ride him at Ayr."

Cavalero, who missed the cut by one for the Martell Grand National, will now run at Ayr on Saturday.

The John Manners-trained hunter chaser was the first reserve for Aintree but as there were no late withdrawals from the big race the 11-year-old missed out and is now being aimed at the Ladbrokes Casinos Scottish Grand National.

Audrey Manners, the trainer's wife, said: "We are planning to go for the Scottish and Alex (Charles-Jones) will ride him. He won't mind what the ground is like.

"It was a shame about Aintree because he was dead right for the race."

Cavalero won the Christie's Fox Hunter Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on his last visit to the track and Mrs Manners added: "That was a race we always wanted to win."