A total of 65 horses have been entered for the 2018 Betfred Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter Racecourse on Saturday 17 March. The feature race of the season at Uttoxeter, takes place on St Patricks Day this year and will be run over 4 mile 2 furlongs with a total prize fund of £125,000.
The Class 1 chase has once again attracted some of the top staying steeplechasers from across Britain and Ireland, with nearly one third of the entries carrying a BHA rating of 140 and above.
The entries are headed by Harry Fry’s 157 rated AMERICAN, a winner at this fixture in 2017, with Venetia Williams’ YALA ENKI, winner of Haydock’s Grand National Trial, the second highest rated entry at 152. Another interesting entry is Nicky Richards’ BAYWING, who flew home to win last weekend’s 2018 Betfred Eider Chase at Newcastle Racecourse which is run over similar distance.
2017 Midlands Grand National winner, CHASE THE SPUD, may bid to defend his crown once more and could be up against the horse he beat for the £70,000+ winner’s prize that day, MYSTEREE, trained by Michael Scudamore.