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The Crabbies Grand National race 2017, one of the most famous horse races in the world, takes place at Aintree on April 8th 2017.
|13.40||Gaskells Handicap Hurdle||3m ½f||Hurdle|
|14.25||EZ Trader Mersey Novices’ Hurdle||2m 4f||Hurdle|
|15.00||Doom Bar Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase||2m||Steeple Chase|
|15.40||Liverpool Stayers’ Hurdle||3m ½f||Hurdle|
|16.20||Betfred Handicap Steeple Chase||3m 1f||Steeple Chase|
|17.15||Randox Grand National Steeple Chase||4m 2½f||Steeple Chase|
|18.10||Pinsent Masons Handicap Hurdle||2m ½f||Hurdle|
Trainer: J. Keily | Age: 11 | Weight: 11-10 | Jockey: TBD |
This multiple grade 1 winner will have to defy top weight of 11st 10lb is he is to prove successful for leading owner JP McManus. Will be racing over this extreme trip for the first time but has every chance of getting home as always produces his best at the end of his races. Dual winner of Ireland’s prestigious Gold Cup and unlucky not to complete the treble this year with race developing into something of a sprint. If taking to the national fences for the first time, one of the most likely winners. He Currently has a 33-1 price at Skybet ( 5 places and NRNB).
Trainer: K. Bailey | Age: 9 | Weight: 11-09 | Jockey: TBD |
Found only Rule The World too good 12 months ago and has since finished third over the fences in December’s Becher Chase, just a length behind winner Vieux Lion Rouge. Has been trained with this race in mind all season and only negative appears to be his revised mark of 161, 12lb more than last year. David Bass likely to be in the saddle and currently a standout 18-1 with 32Red.
Trainer: W. P. Mullins | Age: 9 | Weight: 11-04 | Jockey: TBD |
Had some decent form over much shorter in 2016 but no encouragement when upped to 3m 6f for last two starts, both in cross-country chases at Cheltenham, beaten 54 lengths in the first and tailed off when being pulled-up in the second. Trainer Willie Mullins will need to perform a minor miracle for this one to play a leading role.Will probably be amateur-ridden and offers little in the way of value at the 66-1 quoted by Skybet (5 places NRNB).
Trainer: J. O’Neill | Age: 9 | Weight: 11-05 | Jockey: TBD |
Only horse to have beaten the great Annie Power when she has completed the course, that being in the 2014 World Hurdle. Has shown nothing like that form since being switched to fences and has been found wanting on his last three starts in Grade 1 company. Impossible to know how he will react to the national fences but is a class act on his day and capable of going close if in the mood. Possible mount of Aidan Coleman or Mark Walsh. Currently at 25/1 Betfair Sportsbook.
Trainer: Miss R. Curtis | Age: 7 | Weight: 11-07 | Jockey: TBD |
Trainer Rebecca Curtis went close with Teaforthree in the national a few year’s ago but hard to fancy this one. Campaigned mainly over distances short of three mile although did win over that trip in 2015 at Cheltenham. No experience of Aintree and hard to see this son of Shantou lasting home. Adam Wedge possible pilot and 66-1 with Skybet (5 places NRNB).
Trainer: Fergal O’Brien | Age: 10 | Weight: 11-04 | Jockey: TBD |
Has been in good form for trainer Fergal O’Brien this season, winning a competitive veteran’s chase at Exeter on most recent start. Caught in the final stride by Theatre Guide in a valuable chase at Cheltenham in December over 3m 2f but is now 9lb higher. Has never fallen over fences and may well stay the trip but with 11st 4lb looks high enough in the weights. Possible mount of Paddy Brennan or Conor Shoemark. Perfect Candidate 50-1 Skybet ( 5 places NRNB).
Trainer: Paul Nicholls | Age: 8 | Weight: 11-10 | Jockey: TBD |
Looked a possible Gold Cup horse for trainer Paul Nicholls when running out an impressive winner of a Grade 1 novice chase over Aintree’s Mildmay fences in 2015. Has not realised that potential since but in good form of late culminating in a creditable fifth place in last week’s Gold Cup, beaten just over six lengths. At eight open to more improvement and does not look badly treated off 156. If taking to the fences and lasts out the marathon trip would have a major chance. Sam Twiston-Davies likely pilot. Best price at 25-1 with Ladbrokes.
Trainer: Gordon Elliot | Age: 8 | Weight: 11-03 | Jockey: TBD |
Got off the mark for Gordon Elliott after leaving Willie Mullins when winning a weak 3m 2f chase at Down royal earlier this month. A Grade 2 winner in 2016 and beat Ryanair Chase runner-up Sub Lieutenant in a beginners three mile chase at Fairyhouse in December 2015. Not certain to be suited by the marathon trip however and very little to recommend him on recent performances. Several possible jockeys including young Jack Kennedy and Conor Brassil. Now 66/1 with 32Red sports.
Trainer: T. M. Walsh | Age: 9 | Weight: 11-02 | Jockey: TBD |
Good strike-rate of eight from twenty one over fences including a couple of Grade 2 novice chases in 2014. Beaten three quarters of a length by Carlingford Lough in the 2015 Hennessy at Leopardstown and will be 8lb better off with that horse at Aintree. Despite being a relatively young nine-year-old has embarked on a hunter chase career this season, winning all four starts. Never been further than 3m 1f so has stamina doubts but can’t fault current form. Possible mount of Katy Walsh. Foxrock at odds of 25/1 William Hill.
Trainer: T. M. Walsh | Age: 9 | Weight: 11-02 | Jockey: TBD |
Third behind Don Poli in the 2015 RSA Chase before going one place better at the Punchestown festival, beating all bar Valseur Lido. Very disappointing since and failed to beat a rival when last of thirteen in the Lexus Chase over christmas. Impossible to fancy on current form and unproven on the course and over the trip. Only hope is that better ground might help. Ger Fox may be in the saddle with the likes of Bryan Cooper having better options. Back Wounded Warrior at 66/1 with Skybet (5 places NRNB).
Trainer: Venetia Williams | Age: 10 | Weight: 11-10 | Jockey: TBD |
Spreadeagled the field to record a thirty length victory in a three mile chase at Ascot in February but well beaten over slightly shorter at Kelso on most recent start. Only try at further than three mile resulted in a ninth place finish in the 2015 Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham festival. Likes to bowl along up front and can see this one going well for a long way before stamina runs out at the business end of the race.
Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies | Age: 8 | Weight: 11-00 | Jockey: TBD |
Last year’s RSA winner would have a major chance if seeing out the marathon trip. Looks on a fair mark of 152 and wasn’t stopping when a three and a quarter length second to Vieux Lion Rouge in Haydock’s Grand National Trial over 3m 4f + last time. Normally a safe jumper and very consistent. Ticks plenty of boxes and will have the services of in-form jockey Noel Fehily. Trainer Nigel Twiston Davies knows what it takes to win the race having been successful with both Earth Summit and Bindaree.
Trainer: Charlie Longsdon | Age: 9 | Weight: 11-00 | Jockey: TBD |
Looked to have his stamina limitations exposed when only ninth in the 2015 Scottish Grand National but has gone on to win twice over further than three miles since. Stayed on well under a big weight to win the Badger Ales Chase at Wincanton in 2015 and most recently won the 3m 2f Summer Cup at Uttoxeter last June. Has not been seen since so will be a fresh horse at Aintree and while not an obvious candidate can not be totally dismissed. Graham Watters a possible pilot. Back Drop Out Joe at 100-1 with Paddy Power ( 5 places )
Trainer: Paul Nicholls | Age: 7 | Weight: 10-13 | Jockey: TBD |
You have to go back to 1940 to find the last seven-year-old to win the race and the Paul Nicholls-trained son of Nickname is unlikely to halt the trend. Two best efforts this season came when runner-up to Many Clouds at Aintree ( Mildmay fences ) and Native River at Newbury but nothing to suggest the national trip is within his capabilities. Hard to fancy despite having the possible services of Sam Twiston-Davies or Sean Bowen. Back Le Mercery at 50/1 at Coral.
Trainer: Patrick Griffin | Age: 12 | Weight: 10-12 | Jockey: TBD |
Ran out an impressive twelve length winner of a 3m 1f handicap chase over Aintree’s Mildmay fences on Grand National day 12 months ago after failing to make the cut for the feature race. Guaranteed a place this time and despite finishing a thirty nine length last of four at Kelso on most recent start that form should not be taken at face value as trainer Patrick Griffin has been training the horse with the national in mind for some time. Has experience over the fences having finished tenth in the 2015 Topham. A lively outsider. Derek Fox a possible pilot. Current price of 50/1 at Skybet (5 places NRNB).
Trainer: Neil Mulholland | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-12 | Jockey: TBD |
Only an eight-year-old but plenty of form in top handicap staying chases. Won seven from eight in 2014 (disqualified in one on technicality ) and last spring finished third at Cheltenham festival before winning the 3m 5f Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown. Fell in Becher Chase on first run this season but more encouragement when a staying-on sixth at Cheltenham festival on most recent start. Amateur Sam Waley-Cohen will be on board who has a cracking record over the national fences. Back young Master at 20/1 with Bet365 ( 5 places NRNB and best odds guaranteed).
Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-12 | Jockey: TBD |
Possibly Gordon Elliott’s best chance of another Grand National following Silver Birch in 2007. All three wins over fences have come at the Cheltenham festival, the first in 2015 being the four mile National Hunt Chase. Won the 3m 2f Kim Muir by an ever increasing twelve lengths in 2016 and most recently ran away with the cross-country chase over 3m 6f. Missed the cut last year but finished eighth behind Many Clouds in 2015. With that experience of Aintree under his belt must have a first-rate chance on this occasion. Top amateur Jamie Codd who has ridden at 10st 7lb this season will probably be in the saddle. 16-1 Generally.
Trainer: Anthony Honeyball | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-12 | Jockey: TBD |
From four starts this season won a competitive three mile handicap at Ascot just before christmas but was pulled-up in the other three. Hard to know what to expect from this nine-year-old who has pulled-up in six of his last eight races and is untried over trips beyond 3m 1f. Another JP McManus-owned possibility and with Barry Geraghty on the sidelines Will Kennedy could substitute. Regal Encore at 66/1 Skybet ( 5 places NRNB ).
Trainer: David Pipe | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-11 | Jockey: TBD |
Ante-post favourite based on a creditable seventh place last year as a seven-year-old. Two from two this season, the first over the national fences in the Becher Chase and the second a clear-cut victory over Blaklion in the Grand National Trial at Haydock. The David Pipe-trained gelding looked short on stamina 12 months ago but is a year older and stronger now so, if able to see out the trip this time, one of the most likely winners. Has had the perfect preparation and looks sure to give jockey Tom Scudamore a great ride. Bet on Vieux Lion Rouge at 11/1 with William Hill.
Trainer: David Pipe | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-11 | Jockey: TBD |
This horse’s name is sure to appear on plenty of betting slips, many of which will have an incorrect spelling. Providing the Brian Ellison-trained eight-year-old is not inconvenienced by the marathon trip has an outstanding chance of providing a victory for the north. The son of Definite Article has already bagged a couple of valuable handicap chases this season, Weatherby’s Rowland Meyrick on Boxing Day ( by seven lengths ) and most recently when giving last year’s Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri a twelve length thrashing in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster. Distance an unknown as only attempt at four mile resulted in a fall for the gelding in last season’s National Hunt Chase. Handicapper has put the horse up 10lb in the future so possibly the best handicapped horse in the race. Regular rider Danny Cook will be on board. Price of 14/1 at Bet365 (5 places NRNB best odds guaranteed)
Trainer: Brian Ellison | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-11 | Jockey: TBD |
Another leading contender for Irish trainer Gordon Elliott. Finished a respectable sixth last year when cause was not helped by a couple of mistakes at the 19th and 26th fences. Runs off the same mark this time and gained more experience of the fences when a close fourth in the Becher Chase in December. Last three runs just average but shouldn’t read too much into that as has been trained with this race in mind and sure to appreciate likely better ground. Hard to see this son of Martaline not playing a prominent role. Grand National winning jockey Daryl Jacob ( Neptune Collonges ) likely to be in the saddle. Currently 20/1 at Betway ( 5 places )
Trainer: Tom George | Age: 7 | Weight: 10-11 | Jockey: TBD |
A talented lightly-raced chaser but has plenty of negatives to overcome if the son of St Leger winner Milan is to give trainer Tom George compensation for the second place finish of Saint Are in 2015. Has only ten chase starts to his name and two victories but never been further than three miles. Excellent second on most recent start when going down by half a length in the valuable BetBright Chase at Kempton last month. Could give Adrian Heskin a good ride but doubtful if the combination will still be in contention at the finish. Odds of 66/1 at Betfred.
Trainer: Venetia Williams | Age: 10 | Weight: 10-11 | Jockey: TBD |
Mon Mome give trainer Venetia Williams a first national victory at odds of 100-1 and it would be no surprise to see this ten-year-old run a big race. 31 Chase starts include plenty of excellent performances including runner-up spot behind Many Clouds, who was receiving 6lb, in the 2014 Hennessy and a runaway twenty eight length victory over The Giant Bolster in the 2016 Grade 2 Denman Chase at Newbury. Has been running well over extreme distances recently without winning but possible Aintree could bring out the best in this talented chaser. A lively outsider and possible mount of Charlie Deutsch. Bet on Houblon des Obeaux at 50/1 with Bet365 (5 places NRNB and best odds guaranteed).
Trainer: W. P. Mullins | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-11 | Jockey: TBD |
Main hope of top Irish trainer Willie Mullins. Only six runs over fences however but a 50% strike-rate, the most recent victory coming in the Grade 3 Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse over 3m 1f. Given a lovely patient ride by Ruby Walsh there in the heavy ground and repeat tactics are likely at Aintree in an effort for the son of Presenting to see out the trip. One of the most unexposed contenders and open to plenty of improvement. Will probably have the valuable services of Ruby Walsh in the saddle once again. Despite lack of experience hard to dismiss claims. Bet at 25/1 Betway (5 places).
Trainer: Lucinda Russell | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-10 | Jockey: TBD |
One of the leading hopes for northern-based trainers. Has the perfect profile of a potential Grand National winner. Has never fallen and improvement has been a gradual one since going over fences, winning two of his last three starts, the most recent being a comfortable six length victory in the 3m 5f Classic Chase at Warwick, after which trainer Lucinda Russell decided to put the eight-year-old away with the intention of keeping him fresh for Aintree. In the middle of those two victories One For Arthur was beaten only three lengths when competing over the Grand National fences for the first time in the Becher Chase, staying on better than anything at the end of the 3m 2f contest. Impossible to fault the claims of the likely mount of Derek Fox. Bet at 16/1 with Betfair Sportsbook.
Trainer: David Pipe | Age: 11 | Weight: 10-10 | Jockey: TBD |
Recent form figures of PPP are hardly inspiring regarding the chances of David Pipe’s contender who unseated Tom Scudamore at the 19th fence last year when making headway. Runs off a 9lb lower mark this time and ran two excellent races during the summer when runner-up in competitive handicaps at Market Rasen and Uttoxeter. Hard to know what to expect based on last three runs but now 15lb lower than career-high mark of 163. David Noonan likely replacement for Tom Scudamore who rides favourite Vieux Lion Rouge. Odds at 66/1 with Bet365 (5 places NRNB and best odds guaranteed).
Trainer: Rebecca Curtis | Age: 10 | Weight: 10-10 | Jockey: TBD |
Looked a tremendous prospect for trainer Rebecca Curtis when winning the 2014 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham festival but has had plenty of issues since. Only subsequent victory came in a four-horse race at Newbury in December 2015. Ran well for a long way in last years Gold Cup, holding every chance until weakening after jumping the third-last but has been pulled-up in both starts this season. Definitely has the ability to run a big race if in the mood but just as likely to throw in the towel when the going gets tough. Possible mount of Jonathan Moore. Bet at 66/1 Skybet ( 5 places NRNB).
Trainer: James Moffatt | Age: 11 | Weight: 10-10 | Jockey: TBD |
Excellent form over Grand National fences since joining trainer James Moffatt from the Emma Lavelle stable, winning the Becher Chase in 2015 before failing by a short head to complete the double in 2016. Failed to make the cut for last year’s race but no such worries this time as handicapper has the eleven-year-old 8lb higher than in other handicaps. Whether the son of Flemensfirth is likely to be as effective over the marathon trip ( pulled-up in 2016 Scottish Grand National ) is debatable but good chance he will last out the extra mile. Sure to give Henry Brook a great spin. Bet at 40/1 with Coral.
Trainer: Kerry Lee | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-09 | Jockey: TBD |
Trainer Kerry Lee is always to be respected with her runners in staying handicap chases and every chance this one could outrun his huge odds. Dropped 7lb since unshipping Jamie Moore at the first in last year’s Topham Chase when sent off the 8-1 favourite following victories at Sandown and Haydock. Has failed to show his best in three runs this season but plenty of promise on most recent start when third behind easy winner Bristol De Mai in Haydock’s Peter Marsh Chase. Won Haydock’s Grand National Trial last year by nine lengths on heavy going so trip shouldn’t prove a problem but plenty of give in the ground would help. Hopefully Jamie Moore will get further than the first fence this time. Bet 66/1 at Skybet ( 5 places NRNB ).
Trainer: Dermot Anthony McLoughlin | Age: 14 | Weight: 10-09 | Jockey: TBD |
The old man of the race at the age of 14 so will re-write the recent history of the race if successful. On the plus-side has been kept fresh for another attempt as this will be the son of Old Vic’s first outing since finishing a creditable 100-1 third 12 months ago. Surprisingly for a veteran has had only 11 starts over fences, one of which was a close-up fifth place behind Highland Lodge in the 2015 Becher Chase. Not many miles on the clock for a horse of his age and a top five finish a distinct possibility. Robert Dunne sure to have a great experience in the saddle. Bet at odds of 50/1 with Bet365 (5 places NRNB and best odds guaranteed).
Trainer: J. H. Culloty | Age: 11 | Weight: 10-09 | Jockey: TBD |
How the mighty have fallen. Given a mark of 163 after winning the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup the son of Oscar has failed to add to that championship victory in eight attempts and will be running off 147 at Aintree. But even running off his lowest mark for over 4 years makes limited appeal following a number of lacklustre performances. Beaten a total of 110 lengths in his last two starts the eleven-year-old was tailed off when being pulled-up 12 months ago and it would take an eternal optimist to expect a bold showing from a horse who’s best days are almost certainly behind him. Paul Townsend or Denis O’Regan may be in the saddle. Bet 50/1 with Bet365 (5 places NRNB and best odds guaranteed).
Trainer: Alan King | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-09 | Jockey: TBD |
Only an eight-year-old but already 22 starts over fences and five wins. Obviously likes Doncaster as last two victories have come in the Sky Bet Chase at that venue. Up 10lb for latest win in January and got no further than the first when unseating Tom Bellamy after being badly hampered on only try over the fences in the Becher Chase behind the likes of Vieux Lion Rouge, The Last Samuri and Highland Lodge. 3lb Worse off at the weights with the winner there so certainly not well handicapped and unless the race brings out plenty of improvement looks up against it against some proven Aintree performers. Tom Bellamy will hope to get a bit further on this occasion. Bet 50/1 with Skybet (5 places NRNB).
Trainer: Tom George | Age: 11 | Weight: 10-09 | Jockey: TBD |
Something of a Grand National standing dish now at the age of 11. Ninth behind Auroras Encore in 2013 before missing the cut the following year. Returned in 2015 to beat all bar Many Clouds after first of all finishing third in that season’s Becher Chase. Seventh in the 2015 Becher before heading once more to the main event the following April but was eventually pulled-up after tailing off. A third attempt at the Becher Chase last December resulted in an uncharacteristic first fence fall giving the impression that his chance of winning the big one has probably passed him by. Aidrian Heskin, Paddy Brennan or Brian Harding possible pilots. Bet 50/1 with Betvictor.
Trainer: Paul Nicholls | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-09 | Jockey: TBD |
Won Scottish Grand National last season so stamina guaranteed and has been campaigned with Aintree in mind for some time. Only 1lb higher than at Ayr and despite being beaten a total of 107 lengths on last three starts chance should not be underestimated, especially if the ground rides decent on the day. With Sam Twiston Davies likely to partner Saphir Du Rheu the mount could go to Sean Bowen or Harry Skelton. Best price 33/1 at William Hill.
Trainer: Paul Nicholls | Age: 10 | Weight: 10-08 | Jockey: TBD |
Like his stablemate Vicente has no stamina issues having won the 3m 5f Bet365 Gold Cup in 2015 before going down by a short head in the same race the following year. Will be staying on better than anything if still in contention late on and comes into the race on the back of a Newbury victory. Could never get competitive when only 15th last year but a better effort expected this time. A lively outsider. Harry Cobden or Sean Bowen possible jockeys. Bet 50/1 with Coral.
Trainer: Noel Meade | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-08 | Jockey: TBD |
Two wins from seven starts over fences but got no further than the third when falling in the Scottish Grand National last season when sent of joint favourite after finishing third behind Minella Rocco and Native River in the 4m National Hunt Chase, form which could hardly have worked out better with those two horses filling the places in this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Has moved from Willie Mullins to Noel Meade and following a couple of prep runs should not be underestimated despite lack of experience. Sean Flanagan possible jockey. Bet 66/1 at Paddy Power (5 places NRNB).
Trainer: Gavin Cromwell | Age: 12 | Weight: 10-08 | Jockey: TBD |
Stayed on really well to finish second to Native River in Welsh Grand National with the third horse 15 lengths away. Has since finished second over hurdles and while 7lb higher than that Chepstow run looks to have been primed with Aintree in mind and looks sure to build on his eighth place behind Pineau De Re in 2014. Ger Fox likely jockey. Best price 50/1 at William Hill.
Trainer: Henry De Bromhead | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-08 | Jockey: TBD |
Some excellent form in valuable handicap chases in Ireland this season but likely to be found wanting on the stamina front. Has been campaigned at distances between two and a half and three mile so plenty of questions to answer. Last year’s winning jockey David Mullins could be in the saddle though. Bet 66/1 with Paddy Power (5 places NRNB).
Trainer: Charlie Longsdon | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-07 | Jockey: TBD |
Guaranteed a run after putting up a great effort at the Cheltenham festival when caught close home by Domesday Book in the Kim Muir. Thirteenth last year when appearing not to get home but goes there a fresh horse so no surprise if the lightly-raced nine-year-old finishes a lot closer this time. Amateur Derek O’Connor could be in the saddle but may have to put up a few pound overweight. 66-1 Coral.
Trainer: M. F. Morris | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-07 | Jockey: TBD |
Comes from last year’s winning stable of ‘ Mouse ‘ Morris and already the winner of one Grand National in the shape of the Irish version at Fairyhouse in 2016 so stamina no problem. Has shown very little since then including when tenth in the Becher Chase but a return to form can not be ruled out. Could have the services of top lady rider Rachael Blackmore. Bet at odds of 33/1 with Bet365 (5 places NRNB and best odds guaranteed).
Trainer: Nicky Henderson | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-07 | Jockey: TBD |
The sole representative for trainer’s championship leader Nicky Henderson. Looked a good staying prospect when winning at Sandown and Chepstow in 2015 but fell at the 6th fence when up with the leaders in last season’s Topham Chase. Only completed the course once in four starts since then, that being a 78-length fourth of five behind the ill-fated Many Clouds over the Mildmay fences. No show at the Cheltenham festival when eventually pulled-up and hard to find any positives other than the ability of his master trainer. A speculative ride for Nico De Boinville. Best price 80/1 at Bet365 (5 places NRNB and best odds guaranteed).
Trainer: Rebecca Curtis | Age: 10 | Weight: 10-06 | Jockey: TBD |
Has been kept over hurdles so far this season yet failed to finish in last three starts. Last race over fences was when unseating his rider at the Canal Turn on the first circuit in last year’s race. Two decent runs over hurdles either side of that Grand National performance finishing a close eighth in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham and an even better second in a 25-runner handicap at the Punchestown festival. Favourably handicapped off a mark of 144 over fences but hard to fancy on recent efforts. Jonathan Moore a possible rider. Bet with Bet365 at 66/1 (5 places NRNB and best odds guaranteed).
Trainer: M. F. Morris | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-06 | Jockey: TBD |
Beat Rule The World in 2015 Irish Grand National but has failed to add to that victory in 14 subsequent attempts. Has had several trainers but now with last year’s winning handler ‘ Mouse ‘ Morris so can’t rule out altogether with stamina proven and a featherweight to carry. Top lady amateur Lisa O’Neill could ride. 40/1 at Betfred.
Trainer: Ian Williams | Age: 11 | Weight: 10-06 | Jockey: TBD |
Fell at the first in the 2015 Grand National when trained by Jim Best. Sent to Philip Hobbs shortly afterwards and then to present handler Ian Williams where the eleven-year-old has shown consistent form, the best of which was an eleven length victory over Cloudy Too in a Kelso veteran’s chase. Fourth in Haydock’s Grand National Trial on most recent start and hard to see him turning the table on the first two – Vieux Lion Rouge and Blaklion. Tom O’Brien possible rider. Best price 100/1 at Paddy Power (5 places NRNB).
Trainer: Kerry Lee | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-06 | Jockey: TBD |
Three from ten since joining Kerry Lee along with second place behind One For Arthur in the Classic Chase at Warwick over 3m 5f. Went on to win at Hereford before being pulled-up at Haydock after jumping hesitantly at several fences. Stays well but hard to see this nine-year-old making a significant impact. Jake Greenall likely to ride if horse makes the cut. Bet 66/1 with Bet365 (5 places NRNB and best odds guaranteed).
Trainer: David Pipe | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-05 | Jockey: TBD |
Has ran over the Grand National fences twice since joining David Pipe from France, finishing eighth behind Eastlake in last year’s Topham before occupying fifth place in December’s Grand Sefton, weakening on both occasions. All form is over much shorter and not hard to see failing through lack of stamina. Conor O’Farrell a possible in the saddle. Best price 100/1 at Skybet (5 places NRNB).
Trainer: David Pipe | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-05 | Jockey: TBD |
An in and out performer for David Pipe. Best effort over fences was when beaten a short head by Tour Des Champs at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day. Much better form over hurdles where the nine-year-old is 4 from 7. Hard to give any kind of a chance unless repeating that run at Prestbury Park. Will Biddick a possible rider if making final line up. Odds of 66/1 at Bet365 (5 places NRNB and best odds guaranteed).
Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Age: 12 | Weight: 10-04 | Jockey: TBD |
Good effort to finish second to easy winner Cause Of Causes in Cheltenham’s Cross-Country Chase last week and almost won the Irish Grand National last year when going down by a head to Rogue Angel. Only one victory in last 21 starts however and at twelve looks on the decline at this level. Lisa O’Neill a possible pilot if running. Bet at odds of 100/1 with Coral.
Trainer: Donald McCain | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-03 | Jockey: TBD |
Trainer Donald McCain ( Ballabriggs ) purchased this horse specifically for the Grand National but has failed to sparkle in two runs since leaving the Mick Channon stable, leaving the eight-year-old in grave danger of missing the cut, needing ten to drop out in order to get a run. Best run last season was when finishing a staying-on fourth in Cheltenham’s Kim Muir behind Cause Of Causes and while anything McCain runs in the race has to be respected hard to see this one carrying on the family tradition. Will Kennedy will probably ride if making the cut. Bet365 odds of 66/1 (5 PLACES NRNB and best odds guaranteed).
The Grand National was first officially staged in 1839 and was won by the aptly named ‘Lottery’.
A little-known fact, although commonly known as the Aintree Grand National, the race has not always been staged at the fabled Liverpool racecourse. For three years during WWI, and because of the intervention of the war, the race was staged at Gatwick racecourse. Alas that venue now has an airport on top of it!
Looking through the Grand National results and winners list show both will do well to win the race for a second time. The last horse to win the race more than once was Red Rum in 1977 when he landed the race for a third time. Before that you have to go back to 1935/36 to see a horse appear twice on the winner’s list.
1988 Grand National winner Rhyme ‘n Reason, 1999 winner Bobbyjo and 2006 winner Numbersixvalverde were all previous winners of the Irish Grand National and so Thunder and Roses, Shutthefrontdoor and Rogue Angel who won the Irish version of the race in 2014, 2015 and 2016 respectively have to be considered for the 2017 marathon.
In recent times a Welsh Grand National winner has also won the Aintree Grand National: Bindaree in 2002, Silverbirch in 2007. The 2016 winner Vicente is a huge price of 33/1 with Betfair for Paul Nicholls so is another worth keeping in mind.
The Last Samuri has to be considered among the favourites and is put up here as the bet to have for legendary trainer Kim Bailey. The eight-year-old will be nine by the time April 2017 comes around and he improved with every run last season, with excellent wins at Kempton and Doncaster in the lead up to Aintree.
He took to the National fences like a duck to water and if you take last year’s winner Rule The World (now retired) out of the equation, he won the race very easily indeed having been in or near the front for much of the race. If he gets to the 2017 Grand National with a good prep, odds of 25/1 with 888Sport and Ladbrokes look very attractive.
As the Aintree racecourse annual event approaches, we will update you with our horse-racing expert betting tips including Grand National 2017 runners review, odds updates and bookmakers offers.
The current Grand National betting sees the David Pipe trained Vieux Lion Rouge as the 10/1 favourite to win.
Last years’ runner-up The Last Samuri can be backed at great betting odds for Grand National.
Unsurprisingly all the major betting firms are offering Grand National odds and have done since the horses crossed the line in last season’s race. This is, after all, the biggest horse racing betting event of the year and one which will have major ramifications on the end-of-year balance sheets of the bookmaking firms.
Come race day all traditional ‘shop bookmakers’ and online bookmakers will be showering their customers with Free Grand National betting offers, money back concessions and all sorts of enhancements and bonuses.
The Grand National race is a great race to ‘play’ as an ante-post backer – that’s if you can identify a definite runner. A close inspection of recent Grand National results clearly show an average of around ten horses go off at odds under 20/1. At present no horse is quoted below 20/1 and all but four of the horses in the current Grand National betting are 33/1 or greater.