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Midlands Grand National: Timeform's expert verdict

The Midlands Grand National takes place at Uttoxeter on Saturday

Timeform bring you their runner-by-runner guide and 1-2-3 verdict for the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter on Saturday.

Midlands Grand National
15:00 Uttoxeter, Saturday
Live on ITV4

1. Mr Incredible (Willie Mullins/Brian Hayes)

Has his quirks (has refused to race) but also a ton of ability as he showed when placed in valuable staying handicap chases at Warwick and Cheltenham last season. Not seen since unseating rider in Grand National 11 months ago but will stay this far and has it in him to run a huge race.

2. Beauport (Nigel Twiston-Davies/Jordan Nailor)

Progressive over hurdles and made a winning chase debut at Carlisle on return last season. Largely underwhelming since, however, pulled up in Classic Chase at Warwick on his latest start.

3. Iron Bridge (Jonjo O'Neill/Jonjo O'Neill Jr)

Bumper and dual winner over hurdles who quickly developed into a smart chaser last season. All the better for return when best of the rest behind Nassalam in Welsh National at Chepstow over Christmas before excellent third in Grand National Trial at Haydock since. Commands plenty of respect.

4. Truckers Lodge (Paul Nicholls/Freddie Gingell (5))

Veteran who won this as a novice four years ago off 2 lb higher. Proved he retains plenty of ability when winning London National at Sandown in December. Might have found Welsh National coming too soon but this probably too competitive for him nowadays (no better than 6th in last three renewals).

5. Farceur du Large (Jamie Snowden/Gavin Sheehan)

Useful at his best in Ireland. Lost his way a little over there but showed he retains all his ability when winning both starts for his new stable at Sandown (for Military amateur jockeys). Stamina is the big question mark now given he is unproven beyond 3m, but is clearly in great heart.

6. Autonomous Cloud (Fergal O'Brien/Paddy Brennan)

Progressive chaser who landed back-to-back 3m handicaps here eight months apart, including on return. Said to have bled when pulled up in Welsh National (sent off favourite) at Chepstow in December and no surprise to see him bounce back after a break. Tongue strap on first time.

7. Guetapan Collonges (Charlie Longsdon/Richie McLernon)

Developed into a useful staying handicap chaser last season and resumed progress when winning at Carlisle on return. Has continued in good heart, placed in Premier handicaps at Cheltenham and Warwick. However, didn't stay so thoroughly as some when fourth in this last year. Tongue strap on first time.

8. Ask Me Early (Harry Fry/Jonathan Burke)

Temperamental, low-mileage 10-year-old who ran no sort of race when one of the market leaders in last season's Welsh National at Chepstow. Back to form in first-time headgear when winning veterans' event at Exeter five weeks ago, but will find this much more demanding.

9. Inis Oirr (Non-runner)

10. My Silver Lining (Emma Lavelle/James Best)

Progressive mare who relished the increased test of stamina when bagging her fourth chase win in the Classic Chase at Warwick (29f, soft), digging deep under pressure. Excellent second in Grand National Trial at Haydock since (six lengths ahead of Iron Bridge but 4 lb worse off here) and has solid claims.

11. Young Dev (Denis Hogan/Daniel King (3))

Seemingly not as good as he was and mixed record over fences this season, though did score at Navan (3m, heavy) last month and not disgraced in veterans' event at Limerick last week. This marathon test will suit (second in this two years ago off 11 lb higher) so arrives with each-way claims.

12. Foxboro (Robert Walford/Harry Kimber (3))

Bagged handicap chases at Fontwell and Newbury last season and back to form with a bang when producing a career-best win at Exeter in December. However, laboured efforts next two starts, and needs to bounce back.

13. Gold Clermont (Andy Irvine/Philip Armson (3))

Enhanced a good strike rate over fences for current yard with a career-best win at Fontwell and backed that up with a good fourth in the Eider at Newcastle three weeks ago, coming from further back than the others in the frame. This looks a tough ask racing from 7 lb out of the weights, however.

Timeform's Analyst Verdict:

Traditionally one of the most gruelling races of the season, which will suit Iron Bridge, who got tapped for toe at a crucial stage when third in the Grand National Trial at Haydock last month. He can provide his yard with a third win in this race at the main expense of the likeable My Silver Lining, who was 6 lengths ahead of the selection that day but is now 4 lb worse off. Autonomous Cloud completes the shortlist.

Timeform's 1-2-3:

1. Iron Bridge
2. My Silver Lining
3. Autonomous Cloud

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