Its estimated that a quarter of the UK adult population will bet on the Randox Health sponsored Grand National in 2017. Most people will have a small each-way bet on a horse they fancy for no other reason then they like the name. Of course there’s nothing wrong with picking a horse for that reason, as pre-race favourites have a dire record in the race.
The Grand National is famed for its unpredictable nature and rightly so, in the past century five 100/1 shots have triumphed over the famous fences. However, the Grand National is far less of a lottery than many people believe. Trends and statistics have emerged over the last 20 years which can help you identify those runners who have the potential to run a big race. Whether you decide to follow the trends and stats or choose your horse based on its name, silk colour or jockey riding we can tell you everything you need to know about this year’s hopefuls.
A TV audience in excess of 10 million will tune in to watch the drama of the 2017 Grand National unfold on the 8th of April at 5:15pm. Along with those watching at home a 70,000 strong crowd will be at Aintree racecourse to cheer on the horses from the first fence to the final furlong.
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Grand National 2017 Runners
Below are the current top 10 horses in the Betfair ante-post betting…
An exciting prospect from Colin Tizzard but the chances of seeing Native River lining up for the Grand National 2017 hover somewhere between nil and zilch. He will be just 7 years old when the race rolls around and although he has had an impressive career to this point with a 100% record of wins/places from his eight chase starts, including a win in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow in December 2016, I can’t see his connections running him in the National.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 321-211 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: C TIZZARD
Winner of the 2015 Grand National for trainer Oliver Sherwood, giving jockey Leighton Aspell back-to-back wins in the event and a third National win for owner Trevor Hemmings. He aimed for the elusive back-to-back wins in 2016 but couldn’t make the dream happen and had to settle for completing the race in 16th place. With any luck he’ll be given another shot at the Grand National in 2017.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 62210-1 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: O SHERWOOD
THE LAST SAMURI
A terrific run from The Last Samuri in the Grand National 2016 saw him finish in second place behind the winner Rule The World. Another year on and he should definitely be in contention for the ultimate prize especially as he is currently on 5 wins from just 9 chase starts. A continuation of good form and expect to see The Last Samuri plummet in the odds as the race draws closer.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 3112-53 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: K BAILEY
Entered in both 2016 and 2015, Carlingford Lough has been withdrawn both times with connections opting to got to Cheltenham and the Gold Cup instead. With a 50% win or place rate from his 22 Chase starts, Carlingford Lough is a very highly rated horse who has notched up over £500K in earnings over the course of his career.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 4614-1 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 11 | TRAINER: J KIELY
While it would no doubt be a huge coup for the Grand National 2017 if Don Poli were given a run, it’s also a little unlikely with the Gold Cup at Cheltenham beckoning. Of course both are not impossible as he did run in the Aintree Bowl Chase just 20 days after his Gold Cup run in 2016 but at just 7 years of age I wouldn’t be putting any bets on him just yet.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1132-3P2 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT
EMPIRE OF DIRT
With three back to back wins under his belt, things are looking very good for Gordon Elliott’s Empire Of Dirt. From 13 chase starts, he has bagged four wins and another three places so is in the money roughly 50% of the time. A solid chaser but one who hasn’t been tested over the longer distances very often.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: F2P11-1 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT
Fresh off the back of a win in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown in December, Nobel Endeavor is a solid runner but one who perhaps lacks the necessary experience to have a go at the Grand National 2017. With only eight chase starts and only one big win under his belt, connections may hold off for another year – time will tell.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 2F-P541 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT
There is no doubting the quality of Valseur Lido who was runner-up in last year’s Cheltenham Ryanair Chase. I suspect that connections may want to try their hand at Cheltenham again as he currently has early door entries into both the Ryanair Chase and the Gold Cup so we may not see him in the Grand National this year.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: FU22-14 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: H DE BROMHEAD
VIEUX LION ROUGE
Despite being only 7 years old and going off at 66/1 in the 2016 National, Vieux Lion Rouge gave a very encouraging account of himself when he finished in 7th place. He has since won the Coral Welsh National and though he seems the sort that prefers heavier ground maybe a couple of spring time trips could boost his 2017 Grand National credentials.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 11U267-1 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: D PIPE
A potential Grand National 2017 runner that is definitely worth taking a second look at, Blaklion has won three and placed in a further two chases from just seven starts, notching up approx £200K in earnings. Despite being only 7 years old, he has already won at more than 3m, has run at Aintree and has bagged three wins at Cheltenham.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 113-453 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: N TWISTON-DAVIES
Odds Updated January 12th 2017
Check the odds with your bookmaker before placing a bet as fluctuations can occur.
The horses listed above are the potential entrants in the 2017 Grand National. They are the ante-post selections from Betfair and no horse is guaranteed a run until the official entry deadline in January 2017. Ante-post terms and conditions apply until Betfair go ‘Non Runner No Bet’. A maximum field of 40 runners is permitted.
We give each horse a rating based on how closely it matches the past trends and statistics of previous winners.
Unlikely to mount a serious challenge.