Author: Alan Kelly
Published: 17:05 13/03/2015
The Cheltenham Festival may be over for another year and once again, win or lose, never disappoints. But the week's action is far from over as Uttoxeter stage a cracking renewal of the Midlands Grand National on Saturday afternoon which is likely to see the Jonjo O'Neill-trained and Tony McCoy-ridden Catching On go off a warm favourite following the seven-year-old's impressive recent victory at Exeter for which the Milan gelding will have to carry a 6lb penalty.
A rise of 13lb for that nine length victory over Coolking puts the lightly-raced gelding 7lb well in and with the marathon trip unlikely to be a problem must take plenty of beating towards the bottom of the handicap. The 4-1 currently on offer with several bookmakers may turn out to be more than generous but in a race which is sure to prove a severe test of stamina a better value bet may be the Emma Lavelle-trained top weight Shotgun Paddy who has not enjoyed the best of luck this season so far.
Strongly fancied for Chepstow's Coral Welsh Grand National at the end of last year in which an early mistake after being unsighted effectively put the eight-year-old out of the race and after a creditable effort when third in Warwick's Betfred Classic Chase ( would have gone close but for blundering three-out ) the horse unseated jockey Daryl Jacob as the 11-2 favourite for Newcastle's Eider Chase last month.
The extended 4m 1f trip of the Uttoxeter race should suit Shotgun Paddy down to the ground and the son of St Leger winner Bryan Boru is taken to outstay his rivals at the guaranteed 14-1 available with Bet365.