15:35 Uttoxeter Sat 16 March 2019
- Marston's 61 Deep Midlands Grand National (Listed Handicap Chase) (Class 1)
- 4m 2f 8y, Heavy (Soft in places)
- 19 Runners
- Surface: Turf
Lightly raced but solid form to his name in graded races; also boasts a win over 3m at this course. First attempt at a marathon trip but open to further improvement now stamina is put to a more rigorous test. (Pulled up latest but needed the run.)
Second in last season's Mildmay Chase at Aintree from the same mark before finishing tired but a respectable sixth in a Grade 3 at Newbury (American Pulled up) in December. Tough mare with the ability to go close here.
Set to race from 3lb below his last winning mark and should be ready for a crack at this after a solid run at Sandown last month. Stable's results were mixed at Cheltenham this week but very capable of having one primed for a race of this nature.
Gone well here in the past and all previous wins achieved with cut in the ground, so has conditions to suit. Fifth of eight in a Listed race last month was a good pipe-opener; stays well and plenty of positives for at least a place in the frame.
Yard has won four of the last ten renewals of this race and relies on this fellow who showed a liking for this course when winning over hurdles (extended 2m7f) last July. Has also won over these fences but stamina is untested over this trip.
Held his form since a win at Sandown (3m, soft) last February; was also a good third in the Peter Marsh at Haydock latest, which reads well. Steps into the unknown regarding his stamina but is still open to improvement over fences. Shortlisted.
Won the last two running of the Devon National (the form of the latest has already been franked) and has a good engine. Up 8lb and personal best now required; but will keep going when others have cried enough. Solid place claims.
Just short of high-class over hurdles but not really flourished since switching to chasing. Possible he'll improve for the step up in trip but others look more likely to cope better.
Justified favouritism in good style at Carlisle latest and still has plenty of scope for improvement over fences and a longer trip. Also acts well under testing conditions, so has a lot in his favour. Up 8lb here but still one to bear in mind.
Consistent and held his form well since he posted arguably his best effort when he was second in a Listed race at Ascot in December. Handles a bigger field so not unfeasible to suggest he can creep into the frame. Now on a career highest mark.
Won last season's Classic Chase at Warwick before a sterling effort to finish fifth in the Grand National last April. Needs a hefty rise in the weights to go on to Aintree after this but has the irrepressible Bryony Frost to drive him home. Chance.
Won this race from a 7lb lower mark last year but was held from this rating in his 'prep-race' at Taunton last time (a race he also won last year). A likely contender to get round in one piece but looks weighted to the limit.
Suited by a marathon trip as underlined by his effort to finish fifth in the Welsh National over Christmas. Now 3lb lower and should handle the predicted ground conditions. Big ask for him to fend off his more sprightly rivals at his age though.
Still in contention when he fell in his last two starts - each over a marathon trip - but has scope over fences and reasonable to say he's still learning; only his ninth start in a chase. Personal best needed but dangerous to underestimate.
Good effort to finish third in the Grand National Trial at Haydock and had previously held the likes of Dell' Ara when winning at the same course in December. Experience of these fences a further positive. Another to bear in mind.
Closely matched with Chef D'Oeuvre on the form of their Haydock encounter and has a decent chance of reversing the form on the revised terms. That came on the back of his gallant fourth in the Welsh National. Set to race from a career highest mark.
Has ability but was pulled up in this race last year and has a bit to prove after posting two below par runs since undergoing wind surgery. Others make more appeal.
Solid form to his name and ran a cracker to finish fourth in the Eider Chase at Newcastle latest. Acts with give underfoot but has only ever won on good ground, so may not appreciate testing conditions. Sound place claims if he does cope though.
Lightly raced in recent times but has never hinted at a win when tried beyond three miles; and looks to face a very stiff test as a doubtful stayer. (Out of the weights.)
Last Year's Winner
|T: R H BucklerJ: Sean Houlihan|
Folsom Blue (6/1), Milansbar (13/2), Back To The Thatch (7/1), Ms Parfois (8/1), American (9/1), Arthur's Gift (10/1), Chef D'Oeuvre (10/1), Get On The Yager (12/1), Dawson City (12/1), Ballydine (12/1), Potters Corner (20/1), Prime Venture (20/1), Raz De Maree (20/1), Jammin Masters (20/1), Dell' Arca (20/1), Regal Flow (22/1), Final Nudge (25/1), Kilkishen (25/1), Smooth Stepper (50/1), Jetstream Jack (66/1)
- Ms Parfois
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