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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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. Now 8 years old, he has since won the Becher Chase over the National fences and the Grand National Trial at Haydock which instantly made him the favourite for the 2017 Grand National.
NO.40 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 267-11 | WEIGHT: 10-07 | 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 four chases from just 11 starts, notching up over £230K in earnings. Despite being only 8 years old, he is definitely a long distance chaser, has run at Aintree and has bagged three wins at Cheltenham all at significantly more weight than he has been allocated for the Grand National.
NO.24 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 13-453 | WEIGHT: 10-10 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: N TWISTON-DAVIES
ONE FOR ARTHUR
A horse on very good form this season, One For Arthur started the season with a win at Kelso, followed by a 5th place finish in the Becher Chase around the Grand National fences at Aintree, before getting back to winning ways at Warwick in January. He will definitely make the cut having been given a decent weight by the Handicapper so it's all systems go for everybody who knows anybody called ‘Arthur' sticks their bets on him!
NO.45 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 43-151 | WEIGHT: 10-06 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: L RUSSELL
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 and four places from just 11 chase starts. A continuation of good form and expect to see The Last Samuri plummet in the odds as the race draws closer.
NO.6 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 112-53 | WEIGHT: 11-05 | 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 six wins and five places from his 23 Chase starts, Carlingford Lough is a very highly rated horse who has notched up over £530K in earnings over the course of his career.
NO.5 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 14-144 | WEIGHT: 11-06 | AGE: 11 | TRAINER: J KIELY
Winner of the national Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2016, Minella Rocco is shaping up to be a fantastic chaser however, he's still very young and is only 7 years old so while he has excellent credentials, I can't see his connections giving the go ahead for the race especially with the Gold Cup on the cards.
NO.9 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 21-3FU | WEIGHT: 11-02 | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: J O'NEILL
THE YOUNG MASTER
The first Grand National entry for the Neil Mulholland trained The Young Master in 2017. Since November 2015 he has been ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen with mixed success. A win at Sandown back in April gave connections a good end to the season but unfortunately that didn't continue as he fell first time out this season at Aintree, in the Becher Chase and he didn't do much better last time out at Cheltenham where he finished 14th from 15 runners.
NO.34 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 631-F0 | WEIGHT: 10-08 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: N MULHOLLAND
Ucello Conti was reasonably well fancied for the 2016 Grand National, going off at 25/1. He got around and finished in sixth place so another trip around the Aintree fences could be on the cards for 2017. Well chased and in the money 50% of the time, he's still on form as indicated by his recent 4th place finish in the Becher Chase.
NO.39 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 6-7472 | WEIGHT: 10-07 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT
A horse that is definitely on a roll with three back-to-back wins all with Katie Walsh on board. To put that in context, form the five times she has partnered him has won four of them, including his first ever race back in 2012. Even more remarkable is the fact that in the last two wins he carried 12st, and has only been given 10-12 for the Grand National.
NO.20 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 552111 | WEIGHT: 10-12 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: T WALSH
Le Mercurey generally carries a lot of weight despite being only 7 years old so the 10-09 he has been given by the Handicapper must have been a huge relief for connections. His form is very good and from 11 chase starts he has won three and placed in another five which is great but they were all Novice Chases and he has never won beyond 2m7f so the trip to Aintree may be a challenge.
NO.29 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1-3252 | WEIGHT: 10-09 | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: P NICHOLLS
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.
Odds Updated February 24th 2017
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The horses listed on this page are the potential entrants in the 2017 Grand National. No horse is guaranteed a run until the final declaration stage (6th April). Ante-post terms and conditions apply until Bookmakers announce they are ‘Non Runner No Bet’. Until then you may lose your stake if you bet in the antepost market and your selection does not run. A maximum field of 40 runners is permitted.