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55 entries for Midlands Grand National

55 horses including last year's winner Firebird Flyer have been entered for this month's Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter.

The centrepiece of the Staffordshire racecourse's race programme, run over 4m 1½ furlongs and worth £125,000, has attracted some of the top staying steeplechasers from across Britain and Ireland.

The entries are headed by Alan King's 2015 Paddy Power Gold Cup winner Annacotty, along with Anthony Honeyball's Regal Encore, winner of Ascot's Listed Silver Cup in December. Another interesting entry is Mark Bradstock's Flintham, a half-brother to Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Coneygree and full brother to Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carruthers. Flintham was most recently seen coming a close second in the Grade Two Reynoldstown Novice Chase at Ascot.

Another previous winner Goulanes (2014) trained by Neil Mulholland has also been entered. Trainer Michael Scudamore has enjoyed success in long distance chases this season, and enters Newcastle Racecourse's Eider Chase winner Mysteree as well as Kingswell Theatre, winner of the Devon National at Exeter.

Trainer David Pipe has a fantastic record in the race, having won four times in a row between 2011 and 2014, and has entered a total of five this year, with the same number of horses entered from trainers based in Ireland.

Racing from Uttoxeter will be broadcast by ITV Racing, with four races, including the Betfred Midlands Grand National.

Uttoxeter Racecourse's Executive Director David MacDonald commented, "We're really pleased with the entries for the Betfred Midlands Grand National this year. Again, we have some quality horses entered and can be assured of a big field for this competitive and compelling race.

The Betfred Midlands Grand National is one of the most colourful and spectacular sporting days out on the Midlands calendar, and the second largest steeplechase in the whole of the UK, after the Aintree Grand National. It is expected to once again attract around 16,000 racing fans and corporate guests to the famous Staffordshire racecourse.

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