2017 GRAND NATIONAL RUNNERS & ODDS
The runners and their current odds…
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. A terrific horse who had also won the Hennessy Gold Cup and the BetBright Cup Chase earlier in the season, he defied the statisticians and trends in the 2015 race when he won carrying the heaviest weight since Red Rum in 1974.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1-6221 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: O SHERWOOD
Went off as the race favourite for the Grand National in 2015 with AP McCoy on board but the fairytale ending did not materialise and instead he had to settle for fifth place. Nevertheless, that still returned a profit for each-way backers who supported AP on his last ride in the National. A type who’s always there or thereabouts, expect to see him knocking on the door again.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 15-3P | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: J. O’NEILL
THE LAST SAMURI
Scored an impressive victory in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster on his last outing. Recently moved from Donald McCain’s yard to Kim Bailey. Both trainers have previously tasted success in the Grand National which suggests the Aintree showcase is the prime target for this horse. The handicapper has given The Last Samuri every chance of putting the rest of the field to the sword.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 12-311 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: K BAILEY
Had a terrific 2014 with four wins on the bounce including at Cheltenham and Aintree. He didn’t have the best seasonal start this year but a second place in the Cheltenham Handicap Chase boosted his Grand National claims especially as he will only carry a weight of just 10-12.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 3-54P2 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: J O’NEILL
Failed to impress in recent outings when he unseated the jockey, finished seventh and then fifth. Nevertheless, he did show promise in previous seasons. Gallant Oscar will be one of multiple race entries for Irish super owner JP McManus, on paper he has other runners with stronger claims on the race, it’ll be a Gallant effort if he manages to finish in the places.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 3-1U75 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: A J MARTIN
Tom George predicted a big run from Saint Are in the 2015 Grand National and his smart chaser didn’t disappoint, finishing just two lengths behind the winner Many Clouds. Can he go one better in 2016? A recent win at Doncaster over three miles suggests he’s not without a prayer.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: P BRENNAN | FORM: 12-671 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: T GEORGE
Paul Nicholls was cagey about the chances of Silviniaco Conti contesting the 2016 Grand National before the release of the official weights in February. However, after a fine win in the Betfair Ascot Chase Nicholls indicated a tilt at the National was on the cards. At 10 years old Silviniaco Conti is the ideal age for a crack at the big one and attractively handicapped for a multiple grade one winner – Nicholls rates Silviniaco Conti a classier prospect than Neptune Collonges, who won the National for the Ditcheat based trainer in 2012.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1-22P1 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: P NICHOLLS
THE DRUIDS NEPHEW
Gained momentum in the betting as the 2015 Grand National drew closer and went as short as 10/1 heading into the race. Despite jockey Aidan Coleman’s best efforts, The Druids Nephew fell at fence 26. Was 2nd in the Grimthorpe Chase in March and he’s looking good for another terrific run in the Grand National 2016.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: D O’REGAN | FORM: 1F-662 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: N MULHOLLAND
Bypassed the Grand National in 2015 in favour of going to the Scottish event a week later where he finished in second place which followed on from his Midlands Grand National win in March 2015. Clearly a long distance chaser who has run in the Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Midlands Grand Nationals but does his best work when the going is heavy.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: JJ BURKE | FORM: 2-3942 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: J DREAPER
Half brother to Silviniaco Conti, Ucello Conti has spent the majority of his career running in France with some success. He moved to Gordon Elliott’s yard last April and has had three runs this season finishing second in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown in December. Has grand national winning jockey Daryl Jacob on board.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: D JACOB | FORM: 1P-623 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT
A good horse from Enda Bolger but one that will struggle with the distance as he has never won, placed second or third in any race beyond 2m4f. With three wins and three places from nine chase starts, he’s had some good wins but on soft or heavy ground.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: R POWER | FORM: 1-3455 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: E BOLGER
Ordinarily I would be quite positive about this horse but he has been sidelined for over a year and has raced just once since January 2015 and that was a few weeks ago at Kempton. The Grand National is a mammoth ask from a horse who hasn’t been consistently running but the weight of 10-06 should ease the burden slightly.
NO.00 | JOCKEY: N DE BOINVILLE | FORM: 1/6P-7 | WEIGHT: 00-00 | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: N HENDERSON
Odds Updated July 6th 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.
The horses listed above are the ante post selections for the 2017 Grand National. The odds displayed come from Betfair sportsbook, official entries for the 2017 race will not take place until January. If you back a horse in the Ante Post market you will lose your stake if he doesn’t make the final line-up in April.
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Who Decides The Runners & Riders?
Every year a maximum of 40 horses line up at the start of the Aintree Grand National and 600 million people worldwide tune in to watch them tackle the 30 notoriously difficult fences in a bid to put themselves into the history books. But how do those particular runners and riders make it to Grand National day?
A horse will be entered into the Grand National if it meets the minimum criteria for qualification and the owner and trainer feel the their horse is capable of handling the race. Not all horses are suited to the long Aintree course or have the necessary jumping ability. Even if a horse gets entered that doesn’t guarantee a place at the starting line.
The race is open to horses aged seven and upwards that have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase of three miles or more and who are allotted a rating of at least 120 by the BHA Handicapper.
The entry date for the race is always at the end of January, with the names and numbers announced by the BHA (British Horseracing Authority) the following day. In 2016 there were 126 entries, an increase of 28 on the 98 entered in 2015.
The BHA Head Of Handicapping then takes the list of entries and frames the weights. In other words, he decides which horses will carry the heaviest weights and which will carry the least. The handicap system is designed to give every horse a fair chance of winning the race, good horses will carry more weight than those perceived to have less ability.
The maximum weight any horse can carry in the 2016 Grand National will be 11st 10lbs and the minimum is 10st. Each runner’s weight will be largely determined by their OR (Official Rating) and the higher the rating, the higher the weight. Although the Grand National is the only race in Britain in which the Handicapper can ignoring the official ratings if he wishes, often to the consternation of owners and trainers.
Horses are then put in descending order from the highest to the lowest weighted and that also determines their race number. The top-weighted horse is number one, second heaviest weighted horse is number two and so on.
The weights are then announced, in 2016 it is on February 16th, and from then on a series of ‘Declaration Stages’ take place. At each of these stages, horses can be withdrawn from the proceedings by their trainers and as they are removed and the entries get whittled down so even horses that have not initially made the Top 40 may now do so as entries above them are taken out.
The very last declaration stage takes place at 10am on the Thursday immediately before Grand National day. This is the point where the top 40 horses will be near completion along with four additional reserves.
The following morning, Friday, at 10am any non-runners must be declared and be replaced by one of the four reserves. This is also the point where any horses who were previously allocated weights of less than 10st will have their weight increased to meet requirements.
Finally this results in the 40 declared horses who will line up for the 2016 Crabbies Grand National.
The criteria for professional or amateur jockeys wanting to taking part in the race are very specific. They must have ridden not less than 15 winners in chases or hurdle races under the Rules of Racing and/or the Rules of the Irish National Hunt Committee and ridden not less than 10 of these winners in chases.
A champion jockey like A.P. McCoy who primarily rode horses for super owner J.P. McManus had his pick of horses in the race before he retired. Ruby Walsh and Barry Geraghty are other top jockeys who can often choose their rides and odds will tumble on any horses chosen by the pair.
Amateur jockeys are now a rarity in the Grand National compared with races early days. Sam Whaley-Cohen is probably the most famous amateur rider in recent years and he enjoys a record over the Aintree fences which is the envy of many a professional.
Other jockeys will usually ride for the yards that retain them or a trainer will engage their services just for this race. In recent years a number of high profile jockeys have missed the race due to injuries picked up at the Cheltenham festival which is the last major National Hunt meeting before Aintree.
Don’t be put off backing a less well known jockey or even one who has never ridden the course before. In 2013 jockey Ryan Mania won the race at his first attempt!