One Line Guide To The Grand National Runners

It's that time of year again; the form books are out and we are all trying our best to pick a winner in the Grand National. However, if you don't have the time to run through every runner's recent form, then worry not. Our guest writer has a one-line guide to each of the 40 runners in the prestigious race.

In such a big field, there is something for everyone – from in-form runners to rank outsiders – no matter what you are looking for, it is there. So, without further ado, here is our one-line guide to the Grand National.

Best of luck with whoever you pick!

1. The Last Samuri – Last year's second place finisher and strong runner in Becher Chase last December – this horse has definite chances.

2. More of That – A stop-start career for a horse who was beaten by less than lengths in the Cheltenham Gold Cup this year.

3. Shantou Flyer – Fell in a four-miler at Cheltenham and is among the outsiders in the race.

4. Perfect Candidate – Has proven stamina but 6lb rise from Exeter win may prove too costly.

5. Saphir Du Rheu – Impressive in Gold Cup and during recent Kelso race – tough to overlook.

6. Roi Des Francs – Blinkers helped this horse in his last run, but he doesn't seem to be running well for Gordon Elliot.

7. Wounded Warrior – Pulled up in the last run and would need a lot of luck to compete in this field.

8. Wonderful Charm – Produced an impressive run in the Foxhunter at Cheltenham, but this run may prove to be just a little bit too soon.

9. Tenor Nivernais – Questions over stamina which will have to be answered on April 8th.

10. Blaklion – Fifth in the Hennessy looks good on paper and this horse is among the favourites.

11. Drop Out Joe – Doesn't work well on soft ground, so rain could put chances out of their misery.

12. Le Mercurey – Poor at Kelso last time out, but excellent before that – an inconsistent horse that could do well if at its best.

13. The Young Master – Sixth at Cheltenham and a winner of last year's bet365 Gold Cup and both of these facts suggest that he may be among the contenders.

14. Cause of Causes – Has won at the last three Cheltenham festivals and has stamina to burn – definite and clear chances.

15. Regal Encore Avoid – has been pulled up in three of his last four races.


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16. Vieux Lion Rouge – David Pipe's Grand National chances rely on this horse, who looks to be primed to hit form on the day.

17. Definitely Red – Excellent at Wetherby and Doncaster but may struggle with the jumping.

18. Ucello Conti – Was fine in last year's race – but will need to improve massively to be competitive.

19. Double Shuffle – A good horse, who may struggle to stay the journey.

20. Houblon Des Obeaux – Past his best, thus it would be a massive shock if it was among contenders.

21. Pleasant Company – Was excellent winning the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse and has been lightly raced since – definitely worth a look.

22. One For Arthur – Proven stamina and Lucinda Russell has primed this horse to run an excellent race at Aintree on April 8th.

23. Ballynagour – Off-kilter since unseating rider a year ago and looks far too inconsistent to back.

24. O'Faolains Boy – Injury has set this horse back a distance, so it would be a big surprise if it was in the winner's enclosure at the end of the big race.

25. Highland Lodge – Ran well in the Becher Chase in December and may be a good each-way contender.

26. Bishops Road – Loves the soft ground and may do well if it rains on the day.

27. Lord Windermere – Not the same horse that he was a few years ago – was hammered in last two races.

28. Saint Are – Second place behind Many Clouds a few years ago and looked good for a while last year – this could be the race where it hits the big time.

29. Vicente – Won the Scottish National last year, but its form since has been worrying.

30. Just A Par – Another hit and miss horse, who may perform well on the day, but probably won't.


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31. Measureofmydreams – No, this horse is simply not good enough.

32. Raz De Maree – A stayer whose best years are probably behind him – best watched.

33. Stellar Notion – The handicapper hasn't been nice to this horse and there are also questions over its stamina.

34. Rogue Angel – It won the Irish National last year but has been awful since – big improvement needed.

35. Cocktails at Dawn – Was defeated by 78 lengths in the race earlier this term – not a great horse – probably not even a good horse.

36. Thunder and Roses – Irish National winner two years ago and looks to be getting back to his best form – worth a punt.

37. Gas Line Boy – The handicapper has probably killed this horse's chances.

38. Goodtoknow – Plenty of stamina, but slow.

39. La Vaticane – Won at Doncaster late last year but not at best when in Cheltenham last month.

40. Doctor Harper – Not in great form and doesn't look at home in bigger races.