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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Entered in both 2016 and 2015, Carlingford Lough has been withdrawn both times with connections opting to got to Cheltenham and the Gold Cup instead.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: 10 | 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: 51132-3 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT
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: 2/3112- | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: K BAILEY
THE YOUNG MASTER
Possibly a first Grand National entry for the Neil Mulholland trained The Young Master if he gets the nod in 2017. Since November 2015 he has been ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen with mixed success including both an unseating as well as a win most recently at Sandown in April 2016, his biggest win by far to date.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 2U4631- | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: N MULHOLLAND
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: 12113- | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: N TWISTON-DAVIES
If he runs in 2017, it will be a second attempt for Gallant Oscar who, despite much hype in 2016, unseated his jockey, Mark Walsh at fence 18. A couple of previous good wins in Ireland have boosted his earnings but overall last season is one his connections will probably want to forget. If he gets back on form in 2017 he could make his mark.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1U75U- | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: AJ MARTIN
Finished fourth in the 2016 Grand National under jockey Robbie Power and definitely has what it takes to go even further in the 2017 renewal. He will be hitting his stride as a nine year old by the time April rolls around and a good prep season between now and then could see his National credentials get a big boost.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 34554- | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: E BOLGER
Was a firm favourite ahead of the 2016 National and went off as short as 11/1 but unfortunately Richie McLernon wasn’t able to navigate Holywell beyond the second fence of the race where he fell. He should be back for the 2017 renewal where hopefully his full potential will be realised.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 54P2F- | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: J O’NEILL
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- | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: O SHERWOOD
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 seven chase starts, including a win in the Mildmay Novices at Aintree in 2016, I can’t see his connections running him in the National.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 113321- | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 6 | TRAINER: C TIZZARD
Odds Updated November 15th 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.