Half Century Up For Midlands National at Uttoxeter

This Saturday 16 March, will mark the 50th running of the biggest horse race in the Midlands, the Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National, at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

With £150,000 up for grabs, the largest amount of prize money ever available, the race, which is run over four and a quarter miles, provides the perfect follow-up to four thrilling days of racing at the Cheltenham Festival.

The Midlands Grand National has attracted some famous names in National Hunt Racing during its half-century existence.

Synchronised, who won the race in 2010 under the guidance of 16-time Champion Jockey, AP McCoy, went on to become McCoy’s sole Gold Cup success in 2012.

The Thinker, who was victorious in the race in 1986, also went onto the win the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup the following year.

The first ever Midlands Grand National in 1969 was won by Happy Springs and jockey, Ken White, who remains one of the only jockeys to win the race twice.

However, 1969 wasn’t only an historic year in the world of horseracing. There were a number of other notable moments across the globe that took place in 1969:

The Beatles released their famous Abbey Road album on 26 September 1969, which is now viewed in some people’s eyes as one of the greatest albums of all time. However, it’s not just the music on the album that has had a lasting impression on generations. The cover showing the four band-members walking across a zebra crossing outside Abbey Road Studios has become one of the most notorious images in music history.

At the stroke of Midnight on 15 November 1969, BBC One and ITV both launched their first-ever colour TV broadcast. An Evening with Petula, featuring a Petula Clark concert from the Royal Albert Hall, was the first colour programme shown on BBC One.

On 21 July 1969, American Astronauts, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, became the first humans to step foot on the moon after boarding a soon-to-be famous spaceflight named Apollo 11 – five days after it set off into Space.

The 50th Midlands Grand National is set to include 2018 winner Regal Flow, who will be looking to be the first horse to win the race more than once.

Local trainer, Dan Skelton, is top trainer at the track this season with an impressive 40 wins from 98 runners – a strike rate of 41% – but has never won the Midlands Grand National. He currently has two horses entered for the race in Get On The Yager and Ange Des Malberaux, who won on his last appearance at Uttoxeter in July 2018.

Tickets are still available for the Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National and begin at £15. For more information please visit: uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk

The race will be shown live on ITV4 this Saturday 16 March from 3:35pm.

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