2017 Grand National RunnersJake Johns - 15:03, 7th March 2017
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Double Shuffle – BET NOW?
Been running well in three mile handicaps all season and will like the flat track but is far from a certain stayer.
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.
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.
Thunder And Roses – BET NOW?
Goes for the expert placer Mouse Morris and won the Irish National in 2015 so is likely to stay.
Wonderful Charm – BET NOW?
Was staying on strongly at the end of the Foxhunters at Cheltenham and Katie Walsh returns to ride him here.
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.
Le Mercury – BET NOW?
On the face of it he could be well handicapped based on his staying on second to Native River who recently went well from the front in the Gold Cup. But it’s likely that race wasn’t true form.
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.
Measureofmydreams – BET NOW?
On his best form he has a huge chance. He ran a big race when third in an excellent National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2016 but has been badly out of form all year.
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?
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.
Ballynagour – BET NOW?
Formerly grade one class but has pulled up on his last three starts.
Bishops Road – BET NOW?
Dour stayer and would have been well in for a National that suited him last year but just didn’t make the cut and it’s likely to be too quick this time round.
Bless The Wings – BET NOW?
He ran a big second in the cross-country behind Cause Of Causes but usually saves his best for that sphere or Fairyhouse.
O’Faolains Boy – BET NOW?
This former RSA winner would have a serious look in on his best form, but he’s been incredibly poor recently and the stable are in atrocious form.
Stella Notion – BET NOW?
Come here with a similar profile to last year’s winner and actually has last year’s winning jockey on board. He could cause a shock if managing to stay this monster trip.
Doctor Harper – BET NOW?
Tends to run hot and cold and has been poor on his last two. However he ran a big race at Cheltenham the time before and he goes for a shrewd owner/trainer partnership.
Drop Out Joe – BET NOW?
Charlie Longsdon has been mopping up veteran chases this season and he tends to get them ready for the big race. This horse will love the fast ground and is unbeaten after a break.
GoodtoKnow – BET NOW?
Keey Lee excels in these long distance handicap chases but the ground is likely to be too quick for this outsider.
Regal Encore – BET NOW?
He’s impossible to back but I wouldn’t be that surprised if he won! He’s pulled up on four of his last six starts but was first and second on the other two!
Roi Des Francs – BET NOW?
Looks to be carrying too much weight and would prefer it softer.
Shantou Flyer –BET NOW?
Stable massively out of form and carrying way too much weight. Also nowhere near certain to stay.
Wounded Warrior – BET NOW?
You’d have to give him a shout on some of his old form but has been poor since second to Don Cossack in January 2016.
Gas Line Boy – BET NOW?
I can see him running well and possibly getting in the top ten but I struggle to see him getting the better of some of the more fancied horses.
Cocktails At Dawn – BET NOW?
Just snuck in at the bottom of the handicap for Nicky Henderson but holds little to no chance on recent form.
La Vaticane – BET NOW?
Gets there right at the bottom but doesn’t find a lot for pressure and is an unlikely winner.