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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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 8 years of age I wouldn't be putting any bets on him just yet.
NO.4 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 2-3P23 | WEIGHT: 11-07 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT
Entered in both 2016 and 2015, Carlingford Lough has been withdrawn both times with connections opting to got to Cheltenham and the Gold Cup instead.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
EMPIRE OF DIRT
With three back to back wins, and a second place in the Irish Gold Cup, under his belt, things are looking very good for Gordon Elliott's Empire Of Dirt. From 14 chase starts, he has bagged four wins and another four places so is in the money more than 50% of the time. A solid chaser but one who hasn't been tested over the longer distances very often.
NO.3 | JOCKEY: | FORM: P11-12 | WEIGHT: 11-08 | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT
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
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
A potential Grand National 2017 runner that is definitely worth taking a second look at, Blaklion has won three and placed in a further three chases from just 10 starts, notching up over £214K 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
This nine year old from trainer Henry De Bromhead looks to be in fine form notching up back-to-back wins in January. From 11 chase starts he has has a healthy return rate of four wins and three places but he's also booked in for the Ryanair Chase and the Gold Cup so whether he makes it to Aintree will have to be determined later in the season.
NO.2 | JOCKEY: | FORM: FP-311 | WEIGHT: 11-09 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: H DE BROMHEAD
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. That said, he likes the ground a bit soft and has never really been tested over a distance like the 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 16th 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.