Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter beats the weather

TODAY’S Betfred Midlands Grand National meeting at Uttoxeter goes ahead after the course passed a precautionary 8am inspection.

ITV 4 will be giving live coverage of four of the eight races on the card for those unable to join the anticipated 16,000-strong crowd at the East Midlands course.

They include the National which gets off at 3.35.

The National has attracted an 18-strong field including the only white horse in training, the 11 year old Russe Blanc, from Kerry Lee’s yard on the Shropshire/Herefordshire border.

The stable also runs two other horses, Alfie Spinner and Krackatoa King, which are likely to attract good support from punters.

Racing starts at 1.50 with the 2m 7f Mares Handicap Hurdle and concludes at 5.55 with the 2m Standard Open NH Flat Race.

Horses entered in today’seight  races will have their stamina tested to the full in going reported to be heavy.

East Midlands Trains are adding extra carriages to their Crewe-Derby service via Uttoxeter to cope with the extra demand for seats.

Racegoers travelling to the meeting by car are warned some of the course car parks have been badly affected by the recent atrocious weather.