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And the best starting point to identify the 2018 winner of the great race is to look at the first 12 horses home in the 2017 race…
Trainer: L. Russell | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-11 | Jockey: Derek Fox|
The 2017 Grand National winner certainly has age on his side but it was 1974 when we last had a back-to-back National winner. One For Arthur has only raced at 3m 2f or more four times and won three times at these extreme distances. Will have more weight to carry in 2018 but may not have peaked just yet.
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Trainer: G. Elliott | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-13 | Jockey: Jamie Codd|
Ran a cracker in defeat behind One For Arthur and has won at the Cheltenham Festival for three consecutive seasons. Loads of miles on the clock but holds his form well. A non-factor in the 2015 Grand National, 2018 could well be his year.
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Trainer: T. George | Age: 11 | Weight: 11-1 | Jockey: D Russell|
A veteran of the 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017 Grand National’s and placed for a second time in 2017, this loveable veteran keeps his best form for Aintree. Likely to have three or four prep runs in late 2017 and early 2018 before his fifth attempt at landing the big one.
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Trainer: N. Twiston-Davies | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-11 | Jockey: N. Feihily|
Started favourite and travelled so well for a long way in the 2017 Grand National before fading in to fourth in the closing stages. Likely to be stronger in 2018 and while he’s likely to carry more than 10st 11lb in 2018, he looks like an improver.
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Trainer: I. Williams | Age: 11 | Weight: 10-07 | Jockey: R. Dunne|
Last won a race in 2014 and he will be 12 years old in 2018. The last National winner aged 12 was Amberleigh House in 2004 but there was no fluke about his fifth-placed effort in 2017.
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Trainer: D. Pipe | Age: 8 | Weight: 10-12 | Jockey: T. Scudamore|
This classy French bred has won half of his ten chase starts despite already running in two Grand Nationals. Seventh in 2016 and sixth in 2017 he will surely be campaigned towards the 2018 race.
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Trainer: J. Culloty | Age: 11 | Weight: 10-10 | Jockey: L. Aspell|
The 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner has not won a race since that career highlight and finishing seventh in the 2017 Grand National (albeit beaten 27 lengths) represented his best form in a while. However, age is against him and retirement may be beckoning.
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Trainer: A. Honeyball | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-13 | Jockey: R. Power|
Pulled-up in six of his eight starts prior to finishing eighth in the Grand National. The mixture of an extreme race distance and the Aintree fences seemed to agree with him however and he might just have more to offer in 2018 if ridden with more confidence (now his stamina has been confirmed).
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Trainer: WP. Mullins | Age: 9 | Weight: 10-12 | Jockey: R. Walsh|
Never won a race in six starts over hurdles but was three from six over the chase fences prior to his ninth-placed effort in the 2017 Grand National. Beaten 28 lengths in the National (when fifth, sixth, seventh, eighth and ninth finished in a heap) and would have been a lot closer if it were not for a bad stumble at Valentine’s Brook on the second circuit. A definite candidate for the 2018 Grand National particularly if the ground comes up ‘soft’.
Trainer: V. Williams | Age: 10 | Weight: 10-12 | Jockey: C. Deutsch|
Unable to emulate the trainers surprise 2009 Grand National winner, Mon Mome (100/1) when never seen in contention during the 2017 race. With over 50 jumps races on his CV it is hard to see him staking a claim on the 2018 National title.
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Trainer: D. Pipe | Age: 11 | Weight: 10-11 | Jockey: D. Noonan|
It’s been three years since his last win over chase fences and he was another never competitive in the National. Age is very much against him and it unlikely Ballynagour will contest the 2018 Grand National.
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Trainer: P. Nicholls | Age: 7 | Weight: 11-0 | Jockey: S. Bowen|
Had a lot of races in the months prior to contesting the 2017 Grand National and may have found it one race too many. Likely to fare better than he did this year (twelfth) with an extra year on him and may well have a better racing weight in 2018.
…and our 2018 big race fancy never made it beyond the first fence in the 2017 Grand National.
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Trainer: P. Nicholls | Age: 7 | Weight: 10-10 | Jockey: B. Hughes|
16/1 in the 2017 National when falling at the first fence, the likeable Trevor Hemmings owned French-bred horse underlined his liking for extreme distances when landing the Scottish Grand National two weeks later for a second consecutive year. With age very much on his side (two of the last three national winners were aged 8) he looks a worthy long-range favourite and our fancy at this stage.
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The Crabbies Grand National race 2018, one of the most famous horse races in the world, takes place at Aintree on April 8th, 2018.
|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|
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 had to be considered for the 2017 marathon, but the final Grand National 2017 winner was One For Arthur.
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 for Grand National betting 2018.
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 nine-year-old will be ten by the time April 2018 comes around and he improved with every run last season, with excellent wins at Kempton and Doncaster in the lead up to Aintree Festival 2017.
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. Lets see what he has in store for us for Grand national 2018.
As the Aintree racecourse annual event approaches, we will update you with our horse-racing expert betting tips including Grand National 2018 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.
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The Grand National victory of Tiger Roll was bad news for most bookmakers who announced a “multi-million pound payout“ on the Gordon Elliott-trained eight-year-old who was returned the 10-1 joint second favourite.
After running out an easy winner of the Glenfarclas Cross-Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival the Gordon Elliott-trained Tiger Roll was available at odds of 25-1 with many bookmakers for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National, a decision they came to regret as the well-backed 10-1 joint second favourite on the day of the race just held off the late challenge of Pleasant Company to win the £1 million contest.
Ladbrokes claimed it was a result “that has left the betting industry licking their wounds with a multi-million pound payout“ while Coral spokesman David Stevens said: “ We were given hope when Pleasant Company fought back, but it wasn’t to be. In one of the closest National finishes ever it was the punters who came out on top”.
Irish bookmaker BoyleSports felt the brunt of the success achieved by runners from the Emerald Isle, saying: “with Irish horses filling the first four places and another in sixth it was one of our worst results in recent memory”.
Whilst all the Scottish trained National runner attention has been focused upon Sandy Thomson’s Seeyouatmidnight, slipping under the radar relatively unnoticed has been the Stuart Coltherd trained Captain Redbeard.
Coltherd is no stranger to springing a big surprise at Aintree. In 2013, he saddled Tartan Snow to win the Foxhunters’ Chase, a race for amateur jockeys over the Grand National fences, at 100-1 and a stunned silence fell upon the Aintree crowd that day.
Captain Redbeard finished sixth in the Grand Sefton in December despite being hampered four fences from home. He then followed up that run by winning the Tommy Whittle Chase at Haydock and finished runner-up on his return there for the Peter Marsh.
The distance is obviously an unknown with him as he has never raced further than the 3m 1½ furlong Peter Marsh distance but he gives the impression of being a strong stayer and he has that all important form over the Grand National fences.
Captain Redbeard can be backed currently at betting odds of 33/1 for the Aintree showpiece.
Ante-post joint-favourite Blaklion headlines the remaining 63 entries still left in the hunt for Aintree’s £1-million Grand National, the 171st running, following Monday’s five-day confirmation stage.
Katie Walsh is keenly anticipating partnering Baie Des Iles (10st 7lb) in Saturday’s feature. Trained by Walsh’s husband Ross O’Sullivan in Ireland, the seven-year-old grey mare was third behind subsequent Irish Grand National fourth Folsom Blue in a Grand National trial at Punchestown in February.
Katie Walsh achieved the highest-ever finish by a female jockey in the National when third aboard Seabass, trained by her father Ted, in 2012. She has completed the course on four of her five Grand National rides.
The other 10/1 joint favourite is the Willie Mullins-trained Total Recall (11st 4lb), who was staying-on when falling at the third last in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in March, having landed the Ladbrokes Trophy (formerly known as The Hennessy) at Newbury back in December.
Ireland’s champion Jump trainer Mullins was last successful in the Grand National with Hedgehunter in 2005.
Trainer Nicky Henderson’s hopes for a first victory in the Grand National will rest with Gold Present, owned by Yorkshire businessman John Cotton.
The four-time champion trainer has never won win the world’s greatest steeplechase after sending out a total of 40 runners at Aintree over the years. His horses have been runner-up on two occasions – Zongalero (1979) and The Tsarevich (1987).
Gold Present won at Newbury and Ascot in December but was pulled up in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival where it was subsequently found that he had bled.
The eight-year-old has experienced the Liverpool course before. He fell at the 12th fence when going well in last year’s Randox Health Topham Chase over the Grand National fences.
Conversely Nicky Henderson is the most successful trainer in the history of the Topham Chase, with five wins. His three entries this year are the 2017 fourth O O Seven, Kilcrea Vale and Days Of Heaven
Henderson’s stable stars Buveur D’Air, Altior and Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up Might Bite could also head to Aintree.
James Bowen will bid to become the youngest ever jockey to win Aintree marathon aboard the Richard Hobson-trained eight-year-old, Shantou Flyer, who is owned by Southport solicitor Carl Hinchy.
Bowen, who turned 17-years old just before the Cheltenham Festival, will be three months younger than Bruce Hobbs, who was 17 years and four months old when he partnered Battleship to victory at Aintree in 1938, when he lines up against the tapes on April 14th.
Bowen, the son of the Welsh trainer Peter, has already won the Coral Welsh Grand National this season aboard Raz De Maree and is on the verge of taking conditional jockeys’ title.
Raz De Maree, is also entered in the 2018 Grand National but Bowen will partner Shantou Flyer, who he rode into second place in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month.
Shantou Flyer, who has finished second in his last four starts, is a general 50/1 shot with most online bookmakers. He was pulled up four fences from home in last year’s Grand National when trained by Rebecca Curtis.