Ante-Post Focus

Our ante-post expert Gary Nutting has a selection for Saturday's Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter now online.

Published 12 March

MYSTEREE remains a relatively lightly raced chaser for his age and looks set for another bold Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National bid after his back-to-form second in the Eider last month.

Michael Scudamore’s 11-year-old was revitalised by first-time blinkers that day, back down to the same mark as when winning the Newcastle marathon two seasons ago.

He ended that campaign by finishing second in this race off a 6lb higher rating and the handicapper has taken the same measure again.

In the 2017 renewal Mysteree beat all bar Chase The Spud, who followed up in another good handicap at Haydock and reached a mark 19lb higher than he’d run off here at Uttoxeter.

It’s possible the selection will bump into another better-handicapped rival this time around, but he’s in a good place again right now and has proved he can back up a big run after just a three-week break.

Furthermore he’s raced only six times in the last two years, offering encouragement that he will respond positively to the headgear again (assuming Scudamore intends keeping it on).

Gary provides regular ante-post updates on Twitter. His username is @horsetraderinfo.@horsetraderinfo

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