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Midlands Grand National Day (Uttoxeter)

Today’s Uttoxeter fancies:

1.50 Uttox- Broughtons Rhythm (5.3) win.

2.25 Uttox- Rock The Kasbah (8.6) e/w.

3.00 Uttox- Dashing Oscar (9.0) & Sky Khan (20.0) e/w.

3.35 Uttox- Portrait Ling (36.0), Blakemount (32.0) & Gevrey Chambertin (15.0) e/w.

4.10 Uttox- Ballyarthur (4.5) win.

4.45 Uttox- Dartford Warbler (3.55) win.

5.20 Uttox- Flobury (3.95) win.

5.50 Utt0x- Victarian (8.4) e/w.

Seven Towers wins 20 years ago.

Midlands Grand National 2016

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Spotlight on the Midlands Grand National

The Midlands Grand National is a Listed handicap Steeplechase run over a distance of 4 miles, 1 furlong and 110 yards, and since 1991, has been run on the Saturday straight after the Cheltenham Festival.

Because of the proximity of Uttoxeter from Cheltenham, many racegoers, especially the Irish add an extra day onto their racing holiday to swell the bumper crowd on the day.

Since 1969 the Midlands Grand National has been the jewel in the crown of horse racing within the region. The atmosphere is always one of excitement and anticipation as people await the biggest raceday in the Midlands. That excitement is always fueled by the action witnessed throughout the previous Cheltenham Festival week.

The inaugural race took place five weeks after the Grand National and all eyes were on Highland Wedding, who had won at Aintree. However, Highland Wedding ran a lackluster race and was pulled up with the race going to the 13-year-old Happy Spring.

Some interesting facts on the race include:

  • Widest winning margin – Another Excuse (1996) – distance.
  • Leading trainer– David Pipe Minella Four Star (2011), Master Overseer (2012), Big Occasion (2013), Goulanes (2014).
  • Narrowest winning margin – Fighting Chance (1974), Knock Hill (1988) – head.
  • Most runners – 22, in 1978, 1979 and 1981.
  • Fewest runners – 6, in 2000.

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Here are some trends and statistics based on the last ten renewals of the race:

Age (Win-Place-Runners)

6-y-o: 1-1-4

7-y-o: 2-1-27

8-y-o: 4-9-36

9-y-o: 3-6-41

10-y-o: 0-6-28

11-y-o+: 0-6-25

The last ten winners were aged six to nine years.

The record of horses ages ten years and over in this race is extremely poor over the past ten years. There are five horses entered that fall into this age bracket.

Weight (Win-Place-Runners)

Horses carrying 10st 10lb or above: 2-7-54

Horses carrying 10st 9lb or below: 8-20-108

As you can see the ten year trend favours the lower weights in the field and the top weights struggle with Uttoxeter’s pretty demanding going over this extreme distance.

With drying ground all this week there may be more horses completing the course this year with the higher weights.

Recent Form

6/10 winners finished in the first three in their last completed start.

10/10 winners had run over 3m+.

9/10 winners were having their first ever run at Uttoxeter.

Trainer Form

David Pipe (4-1-9) has trained four winners of the last five winners of this race. He was without a runner in 2015 but this year he has entered two runners

Jonjo O’Neill (1-1-8) had the winner in 2010 with Synchronised.

Venetia Williams (0-2-10) is usually well represented in the race but has only managed to saddle two place runners.

Price

There are no significant price trends over the last ten years and the favourite has won just twice in that time.

Midlands Grand National 2015 summary

It is very interesting that David Pipe missed the Kim Muir & Fulke Walwyn Chase at Cheltenham in favour of running his top-weighted KATKEAU in this marathon test today. Katkeau was last seen when running a distant third behind Sew On Target on bottomless ground at Wetherby. You can easily forgive that run as the going today will be very much more in his favour and if he puts in a performance anything like he showed at Ludlow in December he is a leading player here.

David Pipe’s association with this race is second to none and after a one year hiatus it would be no surprise to see him come back with yet another Saturday afternoon big race winner. Tom Scudamore is due to ride and he will be brimming with riding confidence after his exploits at the Cheltenham Festival this week.

Evan Williams’ FIREBIRD FLYER went up in the handicap after the sterling work he put in at the end of the Welsh Grand National to get within two and three-quarter lengths of the winner Mountainous. The nine-year-old has had a well deserved break of seventy days since then and could give another good account of himself here for the Llancarfan trainer.

Uttoxeter fancies through the card:

1.50 Uttox- Ballyoptic (win).

2.25 Uttox- Jokers And Rogues & Justatenner (e/w).

3.00 Uttox- Smooth Stepper (e/w).

3.35 Uttox- Poker School & Palm Grey (e/w).

4.10 Uttox- Katkeau & Firebird Flyer (e/w).

4.45 Uttox- Special Wells & One For The Boss (e/w).

5.20 Uttox- Amber Flush (e/w).

5.55 Uttox- Mr Big Shot & Gasoline (e/w).

Another Excuse wins the feature race 20 years ago today.

 

The Weekend Whisper (Fri 20th March)

weekendwhisper TWW currently stands at -7.65 pts

There were gremlins in the works last night as this post ended up being stuck as a draft and not posting. This morning I discovered the poor little devil was stuck in my dashboard. Oh the joys of technology!

A second place for Raz De Maree (advised at 16/1) in the Midlands Grand National saved last weekend from being a total disaster points wise so that minus figure isn’t quite double figures yet. Next stop zero I hope.

Today’s thoughts…

If the front running Sharney Sike has recovered from last months Eider Chase exertions then there is no reason why the chestnut gelding cannot run another big race. Kelso is usually a pretty difficult course to peg back front runners and I have been impressed with Coltherd’s horse all season. If you’re really adventurous then definitely include Harry The Viking in your forecast permutation.

Later on in the afternoon the George Bewley trained Hunters Belt is worth an each-way interest. This consistent veteran literally does stay longer than the mother-in-law and two previous career wins at Kelso show his liking for this course. Don’t worry if you don’t see him involved in the race early because he finishes off his races strongly. Son Jonathon takes off a useful 5lb off his back.

TWW advises:

0.5 pt e/w Sharney Sike 2.15 Kelso (10/1 Bet365).

0.5 pt e/w Hunters Belt 4.35 Kelso (14/1 888sport).

*prices correct as of 11.35 am Saturday.

Midlands Grand National 2013

Congratulations to Steve Bedworth who was the overall winner in my Telegraph Fantasy Racing League Final League Results

Watch out in the next few days for a special blog post all about this years league and how it grew from an acorn into a mighty tree 😀

Even though I wasn’t at Cheltenham I appear to have a Cheltenham hangover this morning? I think that’s simply because the four days are mentally draining for a punter/tipster/writer/guesser too. Same again next year? You bet!

Today’s fancies are from Uttoxeter:

2.05 Uttox- Circus Star (e/w).

2.40 Uttox- Savant Bleu (win).

3.15 Uttox- Lackamon & Ubaltique (e/w).

3.50 Uttox- Chac Du Cadran (win), small e/w You Know Yourself.

4.25 Uttox- Crafti Bookie (win).

5.00 Utt0x- Mr Robinson (win).

5.30 Uttox- Little Pop & Cadgers Hole (e/w).

Crafti Bookie

Crafti Bookie

Good luck to the Uttoxeter Twitterati today! 😉

Midlands Grand National 2012

So it’s the calm after the storm that was Cheltenham Festival today. Or is it? Well not if you’re a fan of staying chases and today’s offering is the Midlands Grand National. A juicy 16 runner field to sink your teeth into.

On the results front, classy hunter chaser Salsify (Mr C J Sweeney, 7-1 ) brought home the bacon in the Christie’s Foxhunters for the blog readership yesterday.

Today’s fancies are at Uttoxeter:

2.10 Uttox- Blue Destination (e/w).

2.45 Uttox- Shammick Boy & Bunclody (e/w).

3.20 Uttox- Posh Bird & Mr Moss (e/w).

3.55 Uttox- Mister Hyde & Lackamon (e/w).

4.25 Uttox- Laylas Boy (e/w).

5.00 Uttox- Bennynthejets (e/w).

5.30 Uttox- The Cotswold Grey & Wychwood’s Brook (e/w).

an EXTRA fancy from Down Royal today…

3.15 DR- The Mull (e/w).

Doin’ the Mully Cully! 😉

 

Uttoxeter Utilised

So how was your Cheltenham? Now that the greatest NH show on earth is over for another year it’s a great time to reflect on your favourites memories of the last four days and check on how full or empty your wallet/purse is as a result.

For me it was a very good meeting betting wise. My winnings on Wednesday made up for all the scraps on the other days and I can’t grumble at being fairly well in front. Hopefully I can put some of that pot to good use at Aintree now.

Today’s tips come from Uttoxeter with the star attraction being the Midlands Grand National at 3pm GMT:

1.55 Uttox- Speed Dating (win) & small e/w Group Leader.

2.25 Uttox- Devotion To Duty & Quickbeam (e/w).

3.00 Uttox- Noble Concorde & Nicto De Beauchene (e/w).

3.35 Uttox- Predictive & Maraafeq (e/w).

4.10 Uttox- Royal Chatelier & Meter Meter (e/w).

4.45 Uttox- Fox Appeal & Sedano (e/w).

5.20 Uttox- Nomadic Warrior (win).

5.50 Uttox- La Belle Sauvage (e/w).

Fox Appeal?

The hat I designed for Cheltenham, Aintree & Royal Ascot 😉