Midlands Grand National Betting Tips

The 2019 Midlands Grand National betting tips from Betting.org experts say Ballydine is worth a bet to land the spoils in the Listed feature 4m 2f contest at Uttoxeter on Saturday, 16 March, following some solid efforts this season. Irish raider Folsom Blue has his ideal conditions and is therefore feared most in this stamina sapping contest. Final Nudge, meanwhile, has become well-treated, so appeals each-way at huge odds. Read our in-depth 2019 Midlands Grand National betting tips preview below for more details on these horses’ chances.

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Ballydine
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Ballydine has a Grand chance in Uttoxeter feature

The big race at Uttoxeter on Saturday is the Midlands Grand National (15:35) and Ballydine looks decent value to land the spoils in the stamina-sapping Listed 4m 2f contest. This Charlie Longsdon trained nine-year–old was a smart hurdler who shaped well over fences last season, finishing a neck runner-up at Haydock off an official rating of 138 and a fair third to the progressive Acting Lass at Leicester.

He then got off the mark when landing competitive class 2 12-runner handicap at Sandown when staying on strongly under Sean Bowen to beat Holly Bush Henry by three-quarters of a length off a mark of 131. Ballydine now has to race off 9lb higher (140), but showed that he could be competitive off it last time out when a fine 4 1/4 lengths third of 11 to Wakanda in the Grade 2 Peter Marsh at Haydock.

Ballydine travelled strongly throughout and stuck to the task after making a costly blunder three from home. Prior to that, the son of Stowaway had shaped well in two runs.In the first of those he looked in need of the outing when a not knocked about 10-length fifth of 12 to Lake View Lad in the Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle.

Claims on pick of form

The form of that similar grade Listed contest has been franked as the winner went on to score again next time up, before finishing a fine third in the Ultima Handicap Chase at this week’s Cheltenham Festival. Ballydine the went down all guns blazing when beaten just 3/4 of a length by Carole’s Destrier in the Mandarin at Newbury – and that one has also won again since.

Those runs also looks solid and suggest he has a big prize in him. Bowen, who is 1-1 on him, is also now back in the saddle and underfoot conditions are ideal. Everything looks in place for a big run, so that’s why Ballydine features as the main bet in our 2019 Midlands Grand National betting tips.

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Folsom Blue has conditions to suit

There are plenty of dangers in a fiercely competitive renewal, but Folsom Blue makes more appeal than most given that he is an out-and-out stayer who revels in the mud. Trained by Gordon Elliott, this 12-year-old has only won three of his 30 starts over fences but has posted some solid efforts in races of this nature.

They include when a 1 1/2 lengths fourth of 30 to General Principle in last year’s Irish Grand National off a mark of 142. This veteran gelding stayed on strongly to be nearest at the finish and the form reads well in the context of this contest.

Folsom Blue has only had three starts this season, finishing fourth to subsequent Stayers’ Hurdle winner Paisley park in a Grade 3 at Haydock before being far from disgraced when eight of 20 to Elegant Escape in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow.

He has since warmed up for this with an eye-catching fourth of 16 to Lord Napier in a hot handicap hurdle at Sandown. Folsom Blue now reverts to the larger obstacles off a rating of 144. That looks workable on the pick of his form, while the booking of Davy Russell to do the steering is a positive one.

With a 25 per cent strike rate on Folsom Blue – winning twice and placing on two others occasions from eight starts. So, taking everything into account, a bold bid looks on the cards and he therefore rates the main danger to Ballydine in these 2019 Midlands Grand National betting tips.

Final Nudge a lively outsider

Off those at massive odds, Final Nudge looks weighted to go well on the pick of his form. This David Dennis trained 10-year-old has a 20 per cent strike rate over fences and is on a long losing run, having not scored since landing a novice handicap chase at Newbury back in February 2017 off a mark of 135.

However, Final Nudge was in the process of running a huge race in this next time up when holding every chance and coming to grief four from home off a rating of 140. He has since posted some decent efforts in defeat. Final Nudge went down by just a head to Present Man in the 2017 Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton off 139 and ran a cracker in the 2018 Welsh Grand National at Chepstow when a 15-length third of 20 to Raz De Maree off 145.

The son of Kayf Tara is now able to race off a reduced rating of 130 and that is a career-low chase mark. It gives Final Nudge a big shout from a handicapping perspective and he relishes soft/heavy ground. So, off a featherweight of 10st 2lb, and with the visor now fitted for the first time, he looks capable of outrunning his odds and thus features as our each-way punt and completes these 2019 Midlands Grand National betting tips.

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