Midlands Grand National Odds
The Midlands Grand National, run at Uttoxeter Racecourse in Staffordshire, is very much the track’s feature race of the season and attracts some of the gutsiest staying chasers in the country.
First run in 1969, the race hardly drew the crowds or the media attention it deserved in its early days but over the years is now one of the most important race-days in the Jumps season calendar. The late Sir Stanley Clarke transformed the racecourse into one of the top racing arenas in the country.
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One of the main reasons behind its popularity is the fact the race falls at the end of the week when the Cheltenham Festival is run.
This means that a lot of the Irish punters that travel to Prestbury Park for the week, travel up to Staffordshire on the Saturday to finish off their week watching the Midlands Grand National.
Some of the great horses to have triumphed in the race include The Thinker, who won the race in 1986 before going on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup the following season and Bonanza Boy, the last horse to win the Welsh National in successive years, romped away by 20 lengths in the 1991 renewal.
Uttoxeter is noyotuisly one of the wettest places in the UK and the race is seeimgly always run in treacherous conditions punters should keep that in mind to find horses that relish sof-ground.
In fact, the race has been cancelled three times in 1983 (waterlogged), 2001 (foot and mouth disease), and 2004 (high winds).
The 2012 renewal was won for the second year running by trainer David Pipe as Master Overseer ran out a decsisve winner under jockey Tom Scudamore, who had finished a gallant second aboard The Giant Bolster in the Cheltenham Gold Cup the previous day.
The 11/1 shot held off a late surge by Major Malarkey in what was one of the most exciting races in the history of the race.