De Rasher Counter heads Uttoxeter hopefuls

Lavelle stayer to carry top weight in Midlands National.

  • Thursday 12 March
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Ladbrokes Trophy winner De Rasher Counter heads 15 declarations for the Marston’s 61 Deep Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter.

Emma Lavelle’s eight-year-old is burdened with 11st 12lb and has to give upwards of 13lb to his rivals on Saturday.

De Rasher Counter, who won a novice handicap chase on this card 12 months ago, disappointed on his last start when fourth to Santini in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham in January.

Colin Tizzard has a leading contender in Devon National scorer Christmas In April – while Petite Power, who was third in the Classic Chase at Warwick and is a course winner, has solid claims for the Fergal O’Brien stable.

Paul Nicholls’ Truckers Lodge and the Evan Williams-trained Prime Venture clash again after finishing second and fourth respectively in the Welsh Grand National.

Rebecca Curtis is two-handed with 2018 Scottish National victor Joe Farrell and Financial Outcome, who is 14lb out of the handicap.

Oliver Sherwood’s Dominateur and Harry Fry’s Captain Drake are prominent in the ante-post betting – while the sole Irish challenger is the Brian McMahon-trained Se Mo Laoch.

Completing the field are Just Your Type, Potters Legend, Sheneededtherun, Very First Time and Rathlin Rose.

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