Marton’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National Odds – Drake overpriced at 11/1 with 10Bet

Captain to earn Midlands Grand National promotion

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Cheltenham may be over for another year but we are quickly into the ‘Grand National’ season for NH enthusiasts, starting with the Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter. A traditionally-attritional handicap chase in which only the strongest stayers thrive.

Midlands Grand National History and Trends

The Midlands Grand National celebrates its 51st anniversary this year and to mark the half-century, prize money of more than £280,000 will be on offer across Saturday’s racecard – more than £84,000 of which is up for grabs for the winner in the feature race contested over a gruelling 4m2f.

No horse has ever won the race twice but there have been some famous winners including Rag Trade in 1975 –  a year later he thwarted Red Rum in the Grand National by winning at Aintree. In 1986 The Thinker stormed to victory and a year later joined chasing’s elite by winning the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Synchronised won in 2010 for AP McCoy and trainer Jonjo O’Neill and went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup two years later.

Once again, a horse proving the Midlands Grand National is a good stepping stone as it went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup two years later.
Midlands Grand National Betting at BetVictor

Midlands Grand National Recent Winners

  • 2002 The Bunny Boiler 8 10-00 Norman Williamson Noel Meade
    2003 Intelligent 7 10-10 Robbie Power Jessica Harrington
    2005 Philson Run 9 10-02 Paul Carberry Nick Williams
    2006 G V A Ireland 8 10-03 Ruby Walsh Francis Flood
    2007 Baron Windrush 9 10-09 Jason Maguire Nigel Twiston-Davies
    2008 Himalayan Trail 9 10–00 Tjade Collier Sue Smith
    2009 Russian Trigger 7 10–12 Jack Doyle Victor Dartnall
    2010 Synchronised 7 11-05 Tony McCoy Jonjo O’Neill
    2011 Minella Four Star 8 10-00 Conor O’Farrell David Pipe
    2012 Master Overseer 9 10-03 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
    2013 Big Occasion 6 09-07 Mr Mikey Ennis David Pipe
    2014 Goulanes 8 10-03 Richard Johnson David Pipe
    2015 Goonyella 8 10–12 Jonnny Burke Jim Dreaper
    2016 Firebird Flyer 9 11-05 Adam Wedge Evan Williams
    2017 Chase The Spud 9 10–12 Paddy Brennan Fergal O’Brien
    2018 Regal Flow 11 11-03 Sean Houlihan Bob Buckler
    2019 Potters Corner 9 10-07 James Bowen Christian Williams

    There is barely a race on the racing calendar that asks more in terms of stamina and toughness than the Midlands Grand National. The West Midlands has seen as much wind and rain as anywhere in recent days so the forecast going is heavy, not that those conditions are unusual for this traditional post-Cheltenham betting heat.

    Uttoxeter’s fences are not the easiest and the course is undulating. The Midlands Grand National is a real test of staying power, therefore, and it’s common for most of the field not to complete the 4m2f.
  • Last year’s winner Regal Flow was the first aged older than nine in the last 20 years.
  • Only two of the last 15 winners have carried more than 10st 12lb.
  • Most winners had won over at least 3m previously and between one and four times over fences.

Midlands Grand National Current Best Odds

Truckers Lodge 5/1
Christmas In April 6/1
Petite Power 13/2
De Rasher Counter 15/2
Dominateur 10/1
Captain Drake 11/1
Prime Venture and Joe Farrell 12/1
Se Mo Laoc, Sheneededtherun and Very First Time 14/1
Just Your Type 20/1
Potters Legend 25/1
Financial Outcome 33/1
(Odds correct at 15.00GMT March 13)

Midlands Grand National Predictions

CAPTAIN DRAKE has given the impression he has been crying out for a step up in trip.
Taken off his feet over 3m at Ascot last time before unseating his rider, he’s won over a more testing track at Exeter previously.
He needs to cut out errors as he doesn’t yet have the experience to adjust at his fences but Harry Fry’s seven-year-old was placed over 3m2f over hurdles so there is every chance he’ll stay the trip at Uttoxeter, especially with Bryan Carver’s claim reducing his weight to just above the minimum.
Successful on both previous runs on heavy going, the 11/1 with 10Bet is quite attractive.

Power’s featherweight makes him an attractive proposition

Petite Power will carry a pound overweight but that is cancelled out by Liam Harrison’s claim and means the 11-year-old will only be shouldering 9st 8lb.
That has to be a plus on the forecast going and he’s already won on heavy going at Uttoxeter this season.
Second over 3m6f at Exeter in December, he’s since run well for third in the Grade 3 Classic Chase over 3m5f at Warwick so stamina should not be an issue. Available at 7/1 with Boylesports.

Christmas In April hoping to start festivities early

Colin Tizzard’s Christmas In April has not stopped improving since his trainer worked out that staying was his game.
He won the Sussex National at Plumpton in January and the Devon National at Exeter last month so is chasing a unique hat-trick.
A further 8lb rise is compensated by the fact that Richard Johnson takes over the reins for the first time with Harry Cobden needed elsewhere. Heavy going proved no problem last time and he should run his race again at 6/1 with Unibet.

Lavelle warrior bids to Counter big weight

De Rasher Counter is a tough stayer but is giving at least 13lb, less Ben Jones’ claim, to his rivals in the Midlands National.
Winner of the prestigious Ladbrokes Trophy in November, the top weight won on the same Uttoxeter card 12 months ago so track and conditions are suitable.
If his welter burden doesn’t hold him back, Emma Lavelle’s eight-year-old can play a part at 15/2 with 10Bet.

Best Of The Rest

Truckers Lodge is a general 5/1 and, despite a 3lb rise, has strong claims on his second in the Welsh Grand National when Prime Venture was fourth.
Dominateur (a best 10/1) won a novices’ handicap at Chepstow on the same day on heavy going and wears the colours worn with distinction by Saint Calvados and Simply The Betts at Cheltenham last week.
Se Mo Laoch is a general 14/1 and is another real mud-lover. He has won at Fairyhouse and Navan this season when conditions have been in his favour.

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