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2021 Midlands Grand National Tips - Time for Uttoxeter to play a Starring role

  • We've published our guide to the 2021 Midlands Grand National
  • This historic race takes place at Uttoxeter on Saturday 20th March
  • Time To Get Up looks a favourite worth backing at 6/1
  • Coo Star Sivola is our second bet at 12/1
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Time To Get Up winning at Wincanton last time out. (Getty)
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The Saturday after the Gold Cup is traditionally headlined by the Midlands Grand National. Many of the sport's finest stayers have travelled to Uttoxeter and claimed victory, including The Thinker and Synchronised, who both went on to win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

We've taken a look through the latest odds and listed some key trends, before picking out our best betting tips.

2021 Midlands Grand National Odds


Name
Odds
Time To Get Up6/1
Achille8/1
Highland Hunter8/1
Coo Star Sivola12/1
Crossley Tender12/1
Screaming Colours12/1
Tommy Rapper12/1
Bar14/1

*Odds taken from bet365 on 18/3/21*

2021 Midlands Grand National Trends


  • 13 of the last 15 winners were seven, eight or nine-years-old
  • 13 of the last 15 winners carried 10-12 or less
  • 13 of the last 15 winners had won a chase over 3m or further
  • 12 of the last 15 winners had run in the last 7 weeks
  • 9 of the last 15 winners finished in the top three on their last start
  • 9 of the last 15 winners went off at 9/1 or longer

2021 Midlands Grand National Tip 1 - Time To Get Up


Time To Get Up2021 Midlands Grand National Tip 1GET 4/1 HERE
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The obvious one to back here is TIME TO GET UP, who was the favourite for this year's Kim Muir, until connections decided to head for Uttoxeter instead.

Time To Get Up started life with Joseph O'Brien, and finished an eleven-length second behind Monkfish in a novices' hurdle last season. On his first start for Jonjo O'Neill, he finished a good third behind Canelo at Aintree, before disappointing a little over two-and-a-half miles at Wetherby. 

Jonjo O'Neill Jnr's mount was a 10/1 shot when the starter let them go in the Dick Hunt Trophy at Wincanton last time out. Yet, Time To Get Up was produced to challenge the leaders at the second-last, and pulled clear in the closing stages to win by six lengths.

Time To Get Up still looked green and inexperienced when he hit the front that day, which suggests there's plenty of improvement left in his locker. He should be a big player with just 10-11 on his back.

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Coo Star Sivola could run a big race at 12/1. (Getty)

2021 Midlands Grand National Tip 2 - Coo Star Sivola


Coo Star Sivola E/W2021 Midlands Grand National Tip 1GET 12/1 HERE
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Golan Fortune and Screaming Colours are interesting contenders. The one who I think is really overpriced, though, is former Ultima Handicap Chase winner, COO STAR SIVOLA.

Nick Williams' star returned from an 18-month lay-off at Bangor in November. Sam Twiston-Davies' mount finished a 30-length fifth that day, before unseating Tom O'Brien fairly early over the National fences in the Becher.

There were promising signs at Kempton in January, as Coo Star Sivola stayed on for fifth behind Double Shuffle. Williams' nine-year-old then jumped into the lead at the second-last at Sandown last time out, but was outstayed by Deise Aba on heavy ground.

Coo Star Sivola has improved with every start since his return. Twiston-Davies' mount ran up to a mark of 141 off this mark at Sandown, and he looks very well-treated.

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Verdict

Time To Get Up skipped Cheltenham to run here, so he has to be greatly respected. As does former Festival winner Coo Star Sivola, who's dropped back to an appealing mark.

2021 Midlands Grand National Tip 1: Time to Get Up Straight Win @600.00 at BetMGM - 10 Units
2021 Midlands Grand National Tip 2: Coo Star Sivola Each-Way @1200.0 at bet365 Sport NJ - 5 Units

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