Grand National Weights Announced

The weights for the 2017 Grand National have been announced at the V&A tonight. The BHA's senior handicapper Phil Smith has the unenviable task of framing the weights for the world's greatest race. His task is to solve the eternal puzzle of exactly how good a horse is.

The aim of the handicapper is to give each horse a fair chance of winning by allotting them more or less weight to carry. The good horses get more weight to carry than those considered less able. In theory the field of runners should all cross the finishing line together if the handicapper has it 100% correct. But of course that never happens in reality.

The most any horse can carry in the Grand National is 11st 10lbs and the weights descend from there. For now the weights are as follows…

No. 1 – Outlander – 11-10
No. 2 – Champagne West – 11-09
No. 3 – Empire of Dirt – 11-08
No. 4 – Don Poli – 11-07
No. 5 – Carlingford Lough – 11-06
No. 6 – The Last Samuri – 11-05
No. 7 – Alary – 11-04
No. 8 – Alechi inois – 11-03
No. 9 – Minella Rocco – 11-02
No. 10 – Devils bride – 11-01

No. 11 – More Of That – 11-01
No. 12 – Lord Scoundrel – 11-00
No. 13 – Perfect Candidate – 11-00
No. 14 – Saphir De Rheu – 11-00
No. 15 – Shantou Flyer – 11-00
No. 16 – Road To Riches – 10-13
No. 17 – Sausalito Sunrise – 10-13
No. 18 – Caroles Destrier – 10-12
No. 19 – Clarcam – 10-12
No. 20 – Foxrock – 10-12

No. 21 – Roi Des Francs – 10-12
No. 22 – Wonderful Charm – 10-11
No. 23 – Wounded Warrior – 10-11
No. 24 – Blaklion – 10-10
No. 25 – Drop Out Joe – 10-10
No. 26 – Tenor Nivernais – 10-10
No. 27 – Tiger Roll – 10-10
No. 28 – A Toi Phil – 10-09
No. 29 – Le Mercurey – 10-09
No. 30 – The Game Changer – 10-09

No. 31 – Cause Of Causes – 10-08
No. 32 – Maggio – 10-08
No. 33 – Regal Encore – 10-08
No. 34 – The Young Master – 10-08
No. 35 – Definitly Red – 10-07
No. 36 – Double Shuffle – 10-07
No. 37 – Houblon Des Obeaux – 10-07
No. 38 – Pleasant Company – 10-07
No. 39 – Ucello Conti – 10-07
No. 40 – Vieux Lion Rouge – 10-07

No. 41 – Ballynagour – 10-06
No. 42 – Highland Lodge – 10-06
No. 43 – Junction Fourteen – 10-06
No. 44 – O'Faolains Boy – 10-06
No. 45 – One For Arthur – 10-06
No. 46 – Vivaldi Collonges – 10-06
No. 47 – Bishops Road – 10-05
No. 48 – Lord Windermere – 10-05
No. 49 – Saint Are – 10-05
No. 50 – Vicente – 10-05

No. 51 – Vics Canvas – 10-05
No. 52 – Ziga boy – 10-05
No. 53 – Just A Par – 10-04
No. 54 – Measureofmydreams – 10-04
No. 55 – Raz De Maree – 10-04
No. 56 – Stellar Notion – 10-04
No. 57 – As De Mee – 10-03
No. 58 – Cocktails At Dawn – 10-03
No. 59 – Pendra – 10-03
No. 60 – Rouge Angel – 10-03

No. 61 – Seventh Sky – 10-03
No. 62 – Shutthefrontdoor – 10-03
No. 63 – Gas Line Boy – 10-02
No. 64 – Goodtoknow – 10-02
No. 65 – The Romford Pele – 10-02
No. 66 – Thunder And Roses – 10-02
No. 67 – Triolo D'Alene – 10-02
No. 68 – Vieux Morvan – 10-02
No. 69 – Doctor harper – 10-01
No. 70 – Gallant Oscar – 10-01

No. 71 – La Vaticane – 10-01
No. 72 – Bless The Wings – 10-00
No. 73 – Tour Des Champs – 10-00
No. 74 – Knock House – 9-13
No. 75 – Hadrians Approach – 9-12
No. 76 – Benbens – 9-11
No. 77 – Potters Cross – 9-11
No. 78 – Sabremont – 9-11
No. 79 – Straidnahanna – 9-11
No. 80 – Viva Steve – 9-11

No. 81 – Cloudy Too – 9-10
No. 82 – Lamb Or Cod – 9-10
No. 83 – Milansbar – 9-10
No. 84 – Polidam – 9-10
No. 85 – Dromnea – 9-09
No. 86 – Streets Of Promise – 9-09
No. 87 – Vyta Du Roc – 9-09
No. 88 – Beeves – 9-08
No. 89 – Royale Knight – 9-08
No. 90 – Alfie Spinner – 9-07

No. 91 – Emperor's Choice – 9-07
No. 92 – Goulanes – 9-07
No. 93 – Lessons In Milan – 9-07
No. 94 – Mountain King – 9-07
No. 95 – Out Sam – 9-07
No. 96 – Sizing Coal – 9-07
No. 97 – Dare to Endeavour – 9-06
No. 98 – Father Edward – 9-06
No. 99 – Samingarry – 9-06
No. 100 – Silver Man – 9-06

No. 101 – Alvarado – 9-05
No. 102 – Milborough – 9-05
No. 103 – The Crafty Butcher – 9-04
No. 104 – Waldorf Salad – 9-04
No. 105 – Katenko – 9-03
No. 106 – Federici – 9-02
No. 107 – Gone Too Far – 9-01
No. 108 – Racing Pulse – 9-01
No. 109 – Killer Crow – 9-00

Through the next few declaration stages, potential runners will either remain in contention or get withdrawn. If the top weighted horse, which this year is the Gordon Elliott trained Outlander, gets taken out, the next horse on the list, Champagne West, will see his weight increase, as will all of the other horses below him. Essentially the top weighted horse MUST carry 11-10.

Gordon Elliott has already mused that Outlander won't run in the Grand National 2017 which means it's already very likely that all runners will have their weight increased by 1lb, if he goes.

Based on his handicap marks, Phil Smith of the BHA, reckons that those on around 144 should make the cut this year – that's any horse at number 68 or less – for those of you who fancy an early ante-post bet!