So, that’s another Cheltenham Festival done-and-dusted!
Hopefully you managed to find a few winners and if you went, we hope the head isn’t too bad!!
So, after all the ‘hustle and bustle’ of the Festival, this weekend is always a bit of a comedown with punters generally taking a break. However, there is still some decent LIVE ITV racing to take in with the cameras heading to Kempton and Uttoxeter, with the Midlands National at Uttoxeter the main event.
Run over a gruelling 4m1f trip is goes without saying that stamina is the order of the day in the Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands National – we’ve got the race covered below with key trends and stats – did you know, 15 of the last 16 winners of the race were aged 9 or younger, while 14 of the last 16 carried 10-12 or less!? We take a look at the big staying race in a bit more detail below.
As always, we’ll be highlighting our TOP FOUR trends to look for from the ITV Racing and putting them in a big-priced ‘Cracker Acca’ – plus, giving you the ‘best of the rest’ trends from around the other tracks this Saturday.
Plus – don’t forget, you can also get more help finding the winner for all this Saturday’s races on our Free Horse Racing Tips page.
TV Stats ‘1,800/1 Cracker Acca’
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2.25 Uttoxeter: This has been a kind race to the Harry Fry yard in recent years – winning it three times since 2014. With that in mind it might be worth taking a chance on their nine-year-old OVER TO SAM. Yes, he was pulled up last time at Exeter but the horse had an excuse after running into the back of another horse and losing all confidence. He was a good winner the time before at Plumpton so with a bit more luck in-running looks worth giving another chance to.
2.40 Kempton: With two wins in this race since 2015 then the Nicky Henderson team have to be respected. They run DOWNTOWN GETAWAY here, who was a nice winner last time out at Kempton. This seven-year-old was a gutsy winner here last time out and a five rise for that looks fair. He’s a horse that suggests there is more to come and with that last run coming off a 3-month break and off wind surgery then he can be expected to improve for it.
3.00 Uttoxeter: The Evan Williams-trained CLYNE won this race in 2018. He got tired in heavy ground over 3m last time at Haydock so the return to 2m4f here will help. He’s had a month off to freshen up and is also rated two pounds higher than when landing this a few years ago.
3.35 Uttoxeter: VERY FIRST TIME looks interesting here. The Dan Skelton yard boasts a decent 30% record with his chasers at the track and this eight-year-old gets in here with only 10st to carry. This light weight will help in conditions and having won three of his last four races then is a horse could still have more to give.
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Saturday Trends – Best Of The Rest
1.00 Kempton: Trainer Nicky Henderson has won this race three times since 2014.
1.30 Kempton: Trainer Paul Nicholls has a 23% strike-rate with his chasers at the track.
3.15 Kempton: The Nicky Henderson yard have a 35% record with their chasers at the track.
1.50 Uttoxeter: Trainer Dr Richard Newland has a 33% record with his hurdles at the track.
4.45 Uttoxeter: Trainer Sue Smith has won this race three times since 2012.
1.40 Fontwell: Trainer Anthony Honeyball has a 30% record with his hurdlers at the track.
2.15 Fontwell: Trainer Anthony Honeyball has a 30% record with his hurdlers at the track.
2.50 Fontwell: Trainer Chris Gordon has won two of the last six runnings.
3.10 Newcastle: Jockey Brian Hughes has won the last three renewals of this race.
4.20 Newcastle: The Sandy Thompson yard have a 25% record with their chasers at the course.
Every LIVE Saturday race covered on ITV can be found on our ITV Racing Tips section, with runner-by-runner previews for each contest.