Midlands National betting preview: Latest runners, riders, odds and trainer quotes for the final field

Midlands National betting preview: Latest runners, riders, odds and trainer quotes for the final field

IT’S a typically competitive renewal of the Midlands National, Uttoxeter’s big race of the year. We’ve put together all the impor

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IT’S a typically competitive renewal of the Midlands National, Uttoxeter’s big race of the year.

We’ve put together all the important info to help you find the winner of the valuable contest.

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1. American – Harry Fry/Noel Fehily (9-1)

Has bundles of ability but he has struggled for consistency over the past 18 months.

Has the class to run a big race but it’s impossible to know what to expect.

2. Ms Parfois – Anthony Honeyball/Aidan Coleman (7-1)

Flopped when well-fancied for the Ladbrokes Trophy earlier in the season.

Yard was under the cloud then and she returns fresh with the ground in her favour.

Anthony Honeyball on Ms Parfois

“At last she has got her ground, and we know the distance will be fine for her because she has got some good form over four miles.

“She will love the tempo of the race, and I’m just really looking forward to getting her out again. She ticks a lot of boxes in my opinion.

“We’ve got her as good as we can get her at this point of the season, and we feel we have got her somewhere near to being back on track .

“I’m very happy where we are now. She has got that little bit of class for a race like this, and I hope she can go close.

“You would like to think she is up to winning a race like this.”

3. Folsom Blue – Gordon Elliott/Davy Russell (9-1)

Plenty of solid form in staying chases, perhaps unlucky not to win an Irish National.

Getting on a bit at the age of 12 but he commands respect for top connections.

Part-owner Gary O'Brien on Folsom Blue

“The trip and ground will suit him for the first time this season – he hasn’t really had his conditions of late.

“A lot will depend on how he jumps, because he can get behind in his races.

“Davy (Russell) hasn’t ridden him since we’ve had him, partly because he’s normally got a low weight.

“I’m never too confident, but there appears to be no real excuses this time and things are in his favour – although we might prefer a lower weight.”

4. Smooth Stepper – Alex Hales/Ciaran Gethings (33-1)

Ran as well as good be expected when fifth at Ascot last time.

Should relish this stamina test but others look better handicapped.

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5. Dell’ Arca – David Pipe/Tom Scudamore (22-1)

Been a cracking servant for the Pipe team and ran well under a big weight at Haydock in December.

Big stamina doubts on his first attempt at a marathon trip, though.

6. Ballydine – Charlie Longsdon/Sean Bowen (9-1)

Stays all day and was gaining at the finish when third in the Peter Marsh in January.

This step up in trip should suit and he looks a leading contender.

7. Dawson City – Polly Gundry/Tom Bellamy (11-1)

Successfully defended his Devon National crown at Exeter last month.

Up 8lb and will need a career-best to follow up here.

8. Prime Venture – Evan Williams/Adam Wedge (20-1)

Yet to score over fences but he has run well at Chepstow the last twice.

Hard to fancy for win purposes but he could sneak into a place.

9. Arthur’s Gift – Nigel Twiston-Davies/Sam Twiston-Davies (10-1)

Stayed on strongly to win a good chase at Carlisle last month.

Worth a crack at a race like this and he has more upside than most.


10. Jammin Masters – Warren Greatrex/Gavin Sheehan (20-1)

Beaten at odds-on the last twice but both times he has bumped into a nice horse.

Appeals as the type to relish a stiff test. Solid each-way claims.

Warren Greatrex on Jammin Masters

“He has been waiting for soft ground all season – that is what he wants.

“He has run some good races, but he has just not had his ground because he really does appreciate it soft.

“He is in good form, and I’m confident he will stay. We will ride him with restraint and hope he can pick them off one by one.

“He is one of the least exposed horses in the race. He’s got a nice weight – there are not a lot of negatives – so fingers crossed he can do the business.”

11. Milansbar – Neil King/Bryony Frost (14-1)

Likeable veteran who has plenty of form in staying handicaps.

Solid effort at Newbury last time and, for all he is getting on, he is worth a place on the shortlist.

Neil King on Milansbar

“He’s been top-weight the twice he has run in it, and he’s a long way off top-weight this time – which is a big plus.

“He’s in very good form, and I was very pleased with his run at Newbury – I thought he was staying on well at the finish.

“He’ll love the ground and obviously likes the track, so I hope he should run a big race.”

12. Regal Flow – Bob Buckler/Sean Houlihan [3] (33-1)

Won this race convincingly last year, beating Milansbar by 10 lengths.

Lines up off 2lb higher but not in the same form this time around.

13. Raz De Maree – Gavin Cromwell/Conor Orr [5] (14-1)

Defied his advancing years to win the Welsh National last season.

Well-beaten in the Eider last time but you can never rule him out in these kind of races.

Gavin Cromwell on Raz De Maree

“He seems in good form, and it will be the first time he’s had his ground this season.

“He gets in with a nice weight on his back, and I hope he’ll run a tidy race.”

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14. Potters Corner – Christian Williams/James Bowen (14-1)

Fell when in the process of running a cracker in the Eider last time out.

Edging up the weights but he is lightly-raced for his age and should have more to offer.

15. Chef D’Oeuvre – Sam England/Jonathan England (11-1)

Having an excellent season and not beaten far when third in a hot race at Haydock last month.

This step up in trip looks sure to suit and a big run looks on the cards.

16. Back To The Thatch – Henry Daly/Richard Johnson (11-1)

Second to Chef D’Oeuvre at Haydock in December on his last start.

Arrives fresh from a break and he should go well with this step up in trip a big plus.

17. Get On The Yager – Dan Skelton/Harry Skelton (16-1)

Well-beaten on his last two outings at Wetherby and Ascot.

Has dropped to a good mark but big worry about his staying this far.

18. Kilkishen – John Joseph Hanlon/Danny Mullins (18-1)

Ran well to finish in fourth in the Eider at Newcastle last time out.

Proved he stays four miles that day and he is an interesting each-way contender.

Shark Hanlon on Kilkishen

“I’d definitely give him a chance.

“We weren’t sure he’d stay four miles the last day in the Eider, but he saw it out well.

“We probably didn’t make enough use of him, and we’ll make more use of him on Saturday.

“I think the trip and the ground will suit him, and 10st 5lb is a beautiful weight, so I hope he’ll run a big race.”

19. Final Nudge – David Dennis/James Davies (33-1)

Another with plenty of solid form in races such as this over the years.

Perhaps not as good as he was but he is on a dangerous mark.

20. Jetstream Jack – Sophie Leech/Connor Brace [7] (66-1)

Well-held behind a progressive sort over hurdles at Chepstow last time.

Return to fences will suit but his level of form is some way below a few of these.

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