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.
Which horse will you be cheering? Check out the runners – Click Here
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 turned him into an instant favourite for the 2017 Grand National.
NO.20 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 267-11 | WEIGHT: 10-11 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: D PIPE
A potential Grand National 2017 runner that is definitely worth taking a second look at, Blaklion has notched up over £214K in earnings, despite being only 8 years old. He was second in the Grand National Trial and is on fine form this season so if you think this lion will roar at Aintree he's certainly worth an each way bet.
NO.13 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 3-4532 | WEIGHT: 11-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: N TWISTON-DAVIES
A runner well worth keeping an eye on, Definitly Red has just won the Grimthorpe Chase and odds have plummeted from 33/1 to just 14/1. He can go the distance, jumps beautifully and if you're a Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal or basically a fan of any team that plays in red, then there's that reason to back him too!
NO.21 | JOCKEY: | FORM: -131U1 | WEIGHT: 10-11 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: B ELLISON
CAUSE OF CAUSES
Was 8th in the 2015 National, skipped the 2016 renewal but will almost certainly be back for 2017 as one of possibly three hopefuls for on form trainer Gordon Elliott. While he has clocked up plenty of runs and earnings in his career, his recent form hadn't been great until he went and one a blinder at Cheltenham improving his Grand National chances no end.
NO.18 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 5P051 | WEIGHT: 10-12 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT
ONE FOR ARTHUR
Expect the odds on this fella to keep dropping if for no other reason than everybody even mildly related to somebody called Arthur will be backing him. There are worse reasons to part with your money but the good news is this runner really is in with a shout. His form, weight, and ability to go the distance tick plenty of boxes.
NO.26 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 43-151 | WEIGHT: 10-10 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: L RUSSELL
THE LAST SAMURI
A terrific run from The Last Samuri in the 2016 National saw him finish in second place. Another year on and he should definitely be in contention for the ultimate prize especially as he also finished 2nd in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster. But, he will be carrying a whopping stone more than last year which may make things a bit tricky!
NO.2 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 12-532 | WEIGHT: 11-09 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: K BAILEY
We tipped him last year and we're tipping him again this year. Trainer Gordon Elliott is confident and sees Ucello Conti as his best chance of winning and considering that he has already run and finished 6th in last year's National, that he is on form, has stamina in bucket loads and has been weighted very fairly, he is a serious contender for the each way bet.
NO.22 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 74724 | WEIGHT: 10-11 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT
Was a strong contender this year until the defection of the first four in the weights inadvertently made him the top weighted horse for this year's race. And while that would usually be a barrier, Carlingford Lough frequently runs carrying 11-10, just not over the distance of a Grand National. He's a big winner and a big earner who could surprise everybody and do very well.
NO.1 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 14-144 | WEIGHT: 11-10 | AGE: 11 | TRAINER: J KIELY
MORE OF THAT
A fantastic horse who is a World Hurdle Winner and a pro around the Cheltenham course. But he has never run at Aintree, is a much better hurdler, and the two chases he has won were both novice chases. The Grand National would be asking a huge amount of him especially up against seasoned staying chasers.
NO.4 | JOCKEY: | FORM: P36U6 | WEIGHT: 11-05 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: J O'NEILL
Not a particularly well chased runner with only six chase starts under his belt, despite being 9 years old. That said, he has won three of them including the BobbyJo Chase at Fairyhouse on February 25th. Aintree may be on the cards but before that it's likely he will go to Cheltenham, having been entered into seven separate races over the course of the festival. Depending on how he does, connections will then decide on Aintree.
NO.25 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 3P-141 | WEIGHT: 10-11 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: W MULLINS
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 March 22nd 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 if your selection does not run. A maximum field of 40 runners is permitted.
Paddy Power are now 'No Runner, No Bet' and paying out each way bets to five places.