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Get on the Yager at Uttoxeter

Get on the Yager at Uttoxeter

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After four days of Cheltenham, Get On The Yager sounds like something a lot of punters might be tempted to take as advice, but for now we’ll just settle on backing it for the Midlands National at Uttoxeter.

The race is Uttoxeter’s biggest of the season and puts the track in sharp focus on this traditional slot the day after Cheltenham finishes.

Trainer Dan Skelton struck with a festival winner at Cheltenham on Friday and could be in for more success with the impressive Rowland Meyrick Chase winner.

Get On The Yager was a gallant winner of that race on Boxing Day at Wincanton and the form now has a strong look about it, with three of his beaten rivals winning since.

In his sole outing since, the eight-year-old ran a fine race in second behind Two Swallows over a trip shorter than ideal. But this searching test of stamina is more his thing and, at odds of 7/1, he can improve again and run a big race under Harry Skelton.

It could be landmark day for trainer Dan, who also saddles a live contender 20 minutes before the Midlands National in Kempton’s big race, the Silver Bowl Handicap Chase.

The improving six-year-old Cobra De Mai produced a fine win last month at Warwick on his first start after wind surgery and there is likely further mileage in him, having been raised just 3lb for that score.

Jockey Bridget Andrews will be high on confidence after her win at Cheltenham on Friday and she’s taken to get this one home at odds of 13/2.

Saturday is St Patrick’s Day and while the weather has claimed Down Royal, there is action at Wexford on the Emerald Isle.

It’s been a magical week for Gordon Elliott, with eight Cheltenham winners, but he might have to play second fiddle as Crosshue Boy is fancied in the two-mile Novice Handicap Chase (16:50).

He was polished in winning for the first time over fences at Leopardstown last week and will take beating in the same mood now, ensuring he’s worth backing at 6/4.

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Enda McElhinney Our racing expert, Enda studies cards in both England and Ireland on a daily basis and knows all the details you need to know when trying to select a winner. He is also a regular football writer and has strong knowledge of the Scottish game, with golf another specialised sport on his CV.