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 ante-post betting…
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. A terrific horse who had also won the Hennessy Gold Cup and the BetBright Cup Chase earlier in the season, he defied the statisticians and trends in the 2015 race when he won carrying the heaviest weight since Red Rum in 1974.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1-6221 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: O SHERWOOD
Went off as the race favourite for the Grand National in 2015 with AP McCoy on board but the fairytale ending did not materialise and instead he had to settle for fifth place. Nevertheless, that still returned a profit for each-way backers who supported AP on his last ride in the National. A type who’s always there or thereabouts, expect to see him knocking on the door again.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 15-3P | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: J. O’NEILL
THE LAST SAMURI
Scored an impressive victory in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster on his last outing. Recently moved from Donald McCain’s yard to Kim Bailey. Both trainers have previously tasted success in the Grand National which suggests the Aintree showcase is the prime target for this horse. The handicapper has given The Last Samuri every chance of putting the rest of the field to the sword.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 12-311 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: K BAILEY
Had a terrific 2014 with four wins on the bounce including at Cheltenham and Aintree. He didn’t have the best seasonal start this year but a second place in the Cheltenham Handicap Chase boosted his Grand National claims especially as he will only carry a weight of just 10-12.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 3-54P2 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: J O’NEILL
Tom George predicted a big run from Saint Are in the 2015 Grand National and his smart chaser didn’t disappoint, finishing just two lengths behind the winner Many Clouds. Can he go one better in 2016? A recent win at Doncaster over three miles suggests he’s not without a prayer.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 12-671 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: T GEORGE
Paul Nicholls was cagey about the chances of Silviniaco Conti contesting the 2016 Grand National before the release of the official weights in February. However, after a fine win in the Betfair Ascot Chase Nicholls indicated a tilt at the National was on the cards. At 10 years old Silviniaco Conti is the ideal age for a crack at the big one and attractively handicapped for a multiple grade one winner – Nicholls rates Silviniaco Conti a classier prospect than Neptune Collonges, who won the National for the Ditcheat based trainer in 2012.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1-22P1 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: P NICHOLLS
THE DRUIDS NEPHEW
Gained momentum in the betting as the 2015 Grand National drew closer and went as short as 10/1 heading into the race. Despite jockey Aidan Coleman’s best efforts, The Druids Nephew fell at fence 26. Was 2nd in the Grimthorpe Chase in March and he’s looking good for another terrific run in the Grand National 2016.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1F-662 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: N MULHOLLAND
Bypassed the Grand National in 2015 in favour of going to the Scottish event a week later where he finished in second place which followed on from his Midlands Grand National win in March 2015. Clearly a long distance chaser who has run in the Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Midlands Grand Nationals but does his best work when the going is heavy.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 2-3942 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: J DREAPER
Half brother to Silviniaco Conti, Ucello Conti has spent the majority of his career running in France with some success. He moved to Gordon Elliott’s yard last April and has had three runs this season finishing second in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown in December. Has grand national winning jockey Daryl Jacob on board.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1P-623 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT
A good horse from Enda Bolger but one that will struggle with the distance as he has never won, placed second or third in any race beyond 2m4f. With three wins and three places from nine chase starts, he’s had some good wins but on soft or heavy ground.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1-3455 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: E BOLGER
Odds Updated July 6th 2016
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.