58 horse entered to compete in Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National

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The Martson’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National will take place on Saturday, March 16th at Uttoxeter. The 50th anniversary of the race has 58 horses entered. The Midlands Grand National is the top horse race of the year held at Uttoxeter Racecourse. The event is run over four miles and two furlongs as horses race for a piece of the £150,000 prize fund. With 58 competitors entered into the race, there are plenty of options for horse race bettors. Horse race fans can use WV horse betting and wager on the outcome of this year’s exciting Midlands Grand National.

The marquee race held at Uttoxeter attracts top names. Leading trainers from Ireland and Great Britain will descend on the racecourse for the Class 1 chase.

Midlands Grand National – What is it?

The Midlands Grand National is one of the top steeplechase races on the British racing calendar. A number of former winners have gone onto success in the Grand National and the Cheltenham Gold Cup. It ranks as one of the most exciting race days each year due to the top horses, jockeys, and trainers that compete.

The racecourse features 24 jumps and a distance of four miles and two furlongs. Horses five-years old and above can enter the race.

Midlands Grand National – Top Horses

Nineteen of the 58 horses entered into this year’s race carry a BHA rating of 140 or more. Horse racing fans will see some of the most exciting staying steeplechase horses running in the race.

One of the early favourites is Yala Enki. Trained by Venetia Williams, Yala Enki has seven career wins. The horse’s last victory came in November at Bangor. That victory saw Yala Enki take top prize in a three-mile Handicap Chase. Yala Enki holds the highest BHA rating of the horses running at 155.

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Despite holding the highest BHA rating, Yala Enki is not the favourite according to leading sportsbooks. That honour goes to Robinsfirth. The 154-BHA rated horse is trained by Colin Tizzard and goes into Uttoxeter at odds of 8/1, according to top bookmakers.

Midlands Grand National 2018 champion, Regal Flow, finds himself down the odds list of leading bookies. The former winner is 40/1 to win the race for a second straight year. Regal Flow will be joined by 28/1 odds listed horse Milansbar. The Neil King trained horse finished second at last year’s event. It was the second time Milansbar finished as runner-up at the race.

Midlands Grand National – Can Regal Flow repeat as winner?

Regal Flow will attempt to do what no horse has done in the previous 49 editions of the Midlands Grand National. He will try to win it for a second time. No horse has won the race more than once, which may indicate why leading sportsbooks have given Regal Flow such long odds for a former winner.

Trained by Bob Buckler, Regal Flow will be 12-years old when he takes to the Uttoxeter Racecourse. Since winning last year’s edition of the Midlands Grand National, Regal Flow has finished no higher than fifth place in his last six races. Regal Flow last ran in January at Taunton finishing fifth. Buckler will hope his 12-year-old can surprise everyone on race day and take top-prize once more.

Ascot Matchbook Clarence House Chase odds

Steeplechase scene black whiteThe Matchbook Clarence House Chase will take place on Saturday, 19th of January at Ascot. The race will see Willie Mullins’ Un De Sceaux clash with Nicky Henderson’s Altior in what could be one of the most exciting races of 2019. Nine horses will enter the gates for the race, but leading sportsbooks have Altior miles ahead of the competition. Horse racing fans can find the latest race odds at PA horse betting and stay up to date on all of the latest action. While Altior is the favourite going into the race, Un De Sceaux has won the Matchbook Clarence House Chase three years in a row. Will Altior end the day in the winner’s circle or will Un De Sceaux upset the favourite?

Matchbook Clarence House Chase top 5 odds

Altior: 1/3

Altior has won each of his last 16 races. The horse hasn’t tasted defeat since April 2015 at Punchestown. The nine-year-old is the easy favourite for this year’s Matchbook Clarence House Chase as Altior will renew his long rivalry with Un De Sceaux. In early December, Altior defeated Un De Sceaux at Sandown before finishing off the year with another win Kempton.

Un De Sceaux: 5/1

Despite winning the last three Matchbook Clarence House Chase races, Un De Sceaux goes into this year’s event as a distant second in odds. The horse does offer good value to race betters as the Mullins’ trained horse aims for a fourth win at Ascot. Mullins has already stated the horse would prefer a very soft track. The trainer believes the 11-year-old horse would have a better chance of finishing the day as winner with soft conditions.

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Waiting Patiently: 5/1

Waiting Patiently’s last race at Ascot ended in a win last February. After a 312-day break, however, the horse finished off 2018 on a sour note unseating his jockey at Kempton. Trainer Ruth Jefferson watched her stable star win his first six starts over fences and hopes are high Waiting Patiently could win once more at Ascot. The horse is entered in the 32Red Casino Chase as a warm-up for the 19th of January event.

Politologue: 8/1

Paul Nicholls’ Politologue finished a disappointing fourth in the King George IV Chase at Kempton in December. It came after two consecutive wins. The Sam Twiston-Davies ridden horse could bounce back with a big victory at this year’s Matchbook Clarence House Chase. His last two races at Ascot have resulted in wins. Politiologue is familiar with the course, but will be racing against some top-notch competition.

Fox Norton: 14/1

Fox Norton has been labelled a “forgotten horse” as he attempts to battle Altior and company for a win at Ascot. The nine-year-old Colin Tizzard trained horse hasn’t won a race since November 2017. That win came at Cheltenham. The two-time Grade 1 winner has been beset by injury over the last year-plus. He is now ready to run and hopes are high in the Tizzard camp that Fox Norton will spring a surprise at Ascot. Prior to Fox Norton’s 2017 injury, the horse registered 11 career wins.

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