2017 Grand National RunnersJake Johns - 15:03, 7th March 2017
“The Grand National is probably the biggest and most well-known steeple chase in the entire world. The four mile, two and a half furlong monster chase is unlike any other race due to its enormous field, crazy distance and unique fences. Jake Johns goes through the top 40 in the betting for the Grand National 2017” JJ
Vieux Lion Rouge – BET NOW
Ran a decent seventh in this last year as a seven-year-old but taken his form to a new level this season with a dogged win in the Becher’s Chase over the National fences and the trial for this last time. Perfect preparation.
Definitly Red – BET NOW
Won three from five this season and looked a real stayer last time when beating last year’s second The Last Samuri by 14 lengths.
One For Arthur – BET NOW
Was staying on strongly behind Vieux Lion Rouge in the Becher’s and then took his form to a new level when putting in a perfect jumping display to take the three mile five furlong Betfred Classic by six lengths.
The Last Samuri – BET NOW
We know he stays the trip as he was a superb second in this last season behind Ruler Of The World. But he was very well in that day and will come here on a much higher handicap mark.
Blaklion – BET NOW
His trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies has deliberately skipped Cheltenham with this RSA winner from last year, which is a tip in itself, but there is still a question mark about whether he stays the trip.
Ucello Conti – BET NOW
This exact National has been the plan for a long time according to Gordon Elliott. He was an excellent fourth in the Becher’s and was sixth in this last year when he was possibly still too young. I would slightly worry about his staying ability but he carries lovely weight.
The Young Master – BET NOW
This eight-year-old needs good ground but he won the three mile five furlong bet365 Gold Cup so should stay. He fell when behind in the Becher’s this year.
Foxrock – BET NOW
He was contesting in grade ones a couple of years ago and has won his last three Hunter Chases, including ahead of Cheltenham Festival winner On The Fringe – possibly needs soft ground.
More Of That – BET NOW
He’s probably the most talented horse in the line-up having won a World Hurdle and he gets in with a decent enough weight. He’s the only horse to beat Annie Power when she’s stayed up but there a big question mark over his retained ability over fences.
Carlingford Lough - BET NOW
This two time Irish Gold Cup winner stays all day long and is another class angle into the race. But doesn’t jump that well and carries top weight.
Carole’s Destrier - BET NOW
He’s another Neil Mulholland horse who needs good ground but he stayed on well behind Native River in the Hennessy so has potential to get the trip. Could be carrying a bit too much weight.
Cause Of Causes – BET NOW
He’s now only eight pounds higher than when bolting up at the Cheltenham Festival last year. His trainer usually gets him ready for one run each season and this is it. Huge Chance but needs good ground. Won again at Cheltenham in the Cross-Country.
Minella Rocco – BET NOW (NON-RUNNER)
He won the Four-Miler at Cheltenham last year and he runs like this is the trip he needs. He also gets in on a good mark after a couple of falls, but you’d have to be concerned about his jumping. If he makes it round he’ll be bang there.
Pleasant Company – BET NOW
He pulled up behind Minella Rocco in the Four-Miler last season but has won two from his last three. If he gets some rain he’ll be in with a squeak. Likely to be the ride of Ruby Walsh.
Rogue Angel - BET NOW
Goes for Mouse Morris who won this last year with Ruler Of the World. He is the master of getting one ready for a race and this horse won the Irish equivalent last year off of eight pounds lower.
Vicente – BET NOW
He was recently bought by Trevor Hemmings, the owner of Many Clouds who stormed to victory in 2015 off of top weight. Won the Scottish National off of only a pound lower last season but has been mostly poor this time round.
Highland Lodge – BET NOW
Clearly loves theses fences as he showed when second in this year’s Becher’s, but you’d have to worry about his ability to stay the trip.
Tenor Nivernais – BET NOW
He absolutely bolted up from the front at Ascot in February but disappointed at odds on next time. He’s unlikely to get his own way out front but could have a squeak if the ground turns soft.
Saphir Du Rhue – BET NOW
He ran a stormer in the Gold Cup when fifth of 15. On the face of it that’s up there with his best form but could also indicate a slightly below average Gold Cup. Set to be well in on the handicap.
Alvarado – BET NOW
He’s been 2nd in two Grand Nationals so clearly loves the course and distance. However he’s unlikely to get in and has been badly out of form this season.
Houblon Des Obeaux- BET NOW
He’s a humble servant for Venetia Williams who loves a slog. He could be well handicapped and ran well in the Midlands National last time.
Just A Par – BET NOW
He can run hot and cold but he put it all together from the back of the pack last time at Newbury. However he was beaten out of site in this race last year.
Lord Windermere – BET NOW
It seems mad to me this horse actually won a Gold Cup. He needs good ground and maybe on the downgrade now at 11.
Perfect Candidate – BET NOW
Won easily at Exeter last time but was pulled up behind Many Clouds the time before, but can he see out this monster trip?
Raz De Maree – BET NOW
No stranger to marathon trips like this and looked as good as ever when winning the Cork Grand National this season. Was eighth in this off of six pounds lower a few years ago.
Saint Are – BET NOW
Second in this two years ago and bounced back to form last time at Doncaster. Only four pounds higher than when runner up and clearly been trained for the race. Big outside chance.
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