Grand National Runners 2014

The final declared Grand National runners and riders will be confirmed on Thursday for Saturday’s Crabbies Grand National at Aintree. Check the form and odds of the list of horses in the grand national 2014.  Bet on the Grand National favourite, On Your Own or use Free Grand National Bets

No. Form Colours Grand National Horses Odds
Bet
Age Weight Trainer Jockey Rating
12 03-928 214662 Grand National Runners 2014 Teaforthree 8/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 10-12 Rebecca Curtis Nick Scholfield 149

The long-time ante-post favourite for the race, returns to the track following a solid third last year, and sets the standard this time round. He was well fancied last year, where he travelled well for a long way, before fading down the testing Aintree straight, losing second place late on. Rebecca Curtis’ ten-year-old finished ninth in the Welsh equivalent in December, fading again late on, however showed he was going to be bang in contention for the Aintree feature, when finishing a short-head second behind Restless Harry in a handicap chase at Ascot in February. He was slightly outclassed in the Gold Cup, where he lacked the finishing kick to really mount a challenge, but he should be right there come April, and will prove very popular to those looking for a consistent short, who is likely to go well for a long way. Rating 8/10

1 1-1532 124425 Grand National Runners 2014 Tidal Bay 12/1 13 11-10 Paul Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 161

Tidal Bay arrives at Aintree in top form after finishing third in the Welsh National in December, before putting in an even better display when second in the Irish Hennessey at Leopardstown. The popular 13-y-o seems to be aging like a fine wine, putting in consistently strong performances at the top level, and looks set for a big run in the Aintree feature. His incredible stamina and the manner in which he attacks his fences will mean he is a popular pick on the day, however he has raced in the Grand National once before, and put in a round of shoddy jumping before unseating his rider at the tenth. If he can overcome his previous bad experience, he will be a major player. Rating 7/10

2 2-54U1 15243 Grand National Runners 2014 Long Run 12/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 9 11-9 Nicky Henderson Mr S Waley-Cohen 160
Former Cheltenham Gold Cup winner lines up, in an attempt to reignite his jumping career which has slightly lost its spark. A series of flat performances at the top level has meant that the Grand National plan looks ideal, with Long Run managing to keep his infamous bold jumping style, and staying ability. He hasn’t got the speed over fences which he used to possess but still comes into the race as a big player if he proves himself over the National fences. There is no worries about having an amateur jockey on-board in the shape of Sam Waley-Cohen, as the dentist has guided Oscar Time (for the same owner, his father) into the placing’s in the two Grand National’s he has ran in. He is set to have his fair share of supporters, and with just cause. Rating 9/10
5 113-22 178350 Grand National Runners 2014 Rocky Creek 12/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 8 11-5 Paul Nicholls Noel Fehily 156

Paul Nicholls looks set to have another live chance in the race, with Rocky Creek, who finished second in last year’s Hennessey. He has improved with each run, after finishing a solid third in the Mildmay Novices’ Chase at Aintree last year, he has stepped up and gone very close, both in the Hennessey and the Argento Chase. The eight-year-old looks as though he could well be ahead of the handicapper, and this year looks as good an opportunity for him to land a big prize before he is punished for his performances. Rating 7/10

19 P-3415 180551 Grand National Runners 2014 Monbeg Dude 12/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 9 10-9 Michael Scudamore P Carberry 146

Last year’s Welsh National winner Monbeg Dude lines up, well-fancied to go close in his first attempt at Aintree. Paul Carberry delivered a magnificent ride when the nine-year-old got the better of ante-post favourite Teaforthree at Chepstow, and will be hoping to maintain form-lines with his rival this time around. Michael Scuadamore has been happy with his preparation, and says his fifth in the Grimthorpe Chase last time out, has put him in good order for a crack at the Aintree feature. He is a solid jumper, who loves big fields and stamina tests, means he ticks a lot of boxes for many punters. He wouldn’t mind a bit more cut in the ground, which looks possible, when he arrives in Merseyside, and he would certainly be a popular winner for part-owner Mike Tindall and his wife Zara Phillips. Rating 8/10

14 111116 20887 Grand National Runners 2014 Double Seven 14/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 8 10-11 Martin Brassil AP McCoy 148

JP McManus has a real contender for the race in the shape in Double Seven, who racked up a five-timer before finishing a respectable sixth on unsuitable ground conditions last time out, following and absence of 126 days off the track. The eight-year-old has always looked a Grand National type, and Martin Brassil knows what it takes to win the race, having trained 2006 winner, Numbersixvalverde. He received a form-boost at Cheltenham when Spring Heeled, who he had comfortably beaten in the middle of achieving his five-timer, ran out an impressive winner of the Kim Muir Chase. Ridden by Tony McCoy his price will crumble on the day. Rating 7/10

4 1-1310 130080 Grand National Runners 2014 Triolo D´Alene 20/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 7 11-6 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty 157

Last year’s Topham Chase winner is back for a crack at the Aintree feature, and the vibes are all extremely positive. Having already won over the National fences is a major plus, and his form since winning at last year’s Aintree festival, has only increased the momentum behind Triolo D’Alene’s challenge. His Hennessey win showed last year’s form was no fluke, and he instantly shot to near the head of the ante-post market for Aintree. He was well-fancied when once-paced in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, but that run should act as a great prep-race for Aintree and he will arrive on the day in great shape. A tidy jumper, with a great attitude and loves a battle. He should go very close. Rating 6/10

7 03U0F 20887 Grand National Runners 2014 Colbert Station 20/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 11-0 T M Walsh 151

Tony McCoy opted for Colbert Station in last year’s race, where he was sent off a well-fancied 12/1 shot, before blundering and unseating at the 15th. He has been trained for another crack at the race this year, and should go very close if he can sort out his slight jumping issues. He has failed complete his round on two of his last three visits to a racecourse, which may be some cause for concern for his backers, although he certainly has ability to mount a big challenge, if he can negotiate the fences safely. Rating 5/10

9 P-1111 61176 Grand National Runners 2014 Balthazar King 20/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 10-13 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson 150

Phillip Hobbs looks to have his best chance yet, of ending his wait for Grand National glory, with Cheltenham Festival winner Balthazar King. The cross-country winner showed his love of stamina quenching marathons at Prestbury Park and looks as though he may have a chance of ending Hobbs’ 25 year wait for Aintree glory, should the ground be good enough. He will only run if the ground is no worse than good-to-soft, but with the forecast weather he may have a chance. He completed the race last year, showing he can deal with fences, and although he finished 15th of 17 finishers (Hobbs’ stable was out of form at the time), it will provide as a solid learning curve for him to come back and have a crack this year. Rating 6/10

18 2-3094 124425 Grand National Runners 2014 Prince De Beauchene  20/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 11 10-10 W P Mullins 147

Graham Wylie’s 11-year-old has been denied the chance to run in the last two Grand National’s, after injuries have intervened when the gelding has been extremely well fancied both years. He is a real talent, who has always been held in high regard by the Willie Mullins stable, and he has looked as if he is coming back to somewhere near his highest level of form. He has been outpaced late-on in his last few races, but looks set to step-up when given a severe stamina test. His last run was extremely promising, where he finished fourth, one place behind Cheltenham Gold Cup third-favourite, Last Instalment. If he lives up to the hype of previous years, he will be bang there, and looks an attractive proposition at a price which is three times as bigger as it has been for the last two renewals. Rating 6/10

21 509P82 16887 Grand National Runners 2014 Burton Port 20/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 10-8 Jonjo O´Neill Brian Harding 145

Trevor Hemmings will be aiming to win his third Grand National as an owner (Hedgehunter 2005, Ballabriggs 2011), with the high-class ten-year-old. He has competed at the highest level in the past, running consistently well in Grade One’s, and had it not been for a series of training issues, he may well have gone close to winning a Cheltenham Gold Cup. He went close in 2012, when finishing a brilliant fourth behind the ill-fated Sychronised, but had his fair share of injury troubles in the build-up. However then went off the boil and looked as though he may well struggle to regain his former ability, before bouncing back with a promising run in the Veterans Chase last time out, after seemingly appreciating the wind operation he undertook in the build-up to the race. He has dropped down the weights and looks on a very fair handicap mark, where he may well take advantage if he gets anywhere near his 2011/2012 form. Rating 6/10

29 5F2713 6223 Grand National Runners 2014 Pineau De Re 20/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 11 10-6 Dr Richard Newland Leighton Aspell 143

Richard Newland’s eleven-year-old seems to be improving with age, putting in arguably his best performance to date at the Cheltenham Festival, finishing a staying-on third behind Fingal Bay. Had he winged the last hurdle, instead of clattering through it, he may well have won the race and this would have been the perfect piece of form to head to the National with. He won his last appearance over fences, in a Veterans’ race at Exeter, however he has ran over the National fences before (2014 Becher Chase), and although he travelled very nicely, he clattered the eighth fence and fell. This is a slight worry for backers, but should he manage to negotiate the obstacles, he will be right there off a low weight. Rating 7/10

33 14PP-3 102372 Grand National Runners 2014 The Package 20/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 11 10-4 David Pipe Tom Scudamore 141

David Pipe’s veteran chaser, The Package, returns to Aintree for another crack at the elusive race, following a disappointing effort when well fancied in 2010. He was mid-division before blundering badly and unseating Graham Lee four years ago, so he will be hoping to improve this time around and Pipe is confident he can. Having not ran all season, he ran a blinder to finish third behind the impressive Hollywell at Cheltenham, and this will stand him in good stead come April. He was warming to task when he blundered last time round, and should that have acted as a learning curve, he possesses plenty of ability to go well of such a low weight. An intriguing outsider that no-one would begrudge victory, following the loss of his owner and racing enthusiast, David Johnson, last year. Rating 6/10

17 P-5714 161018 Grand National Runners 2014 Lion Na Bearnai 25/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 12 10-10 Thomas Gibney Davy Russell 147

Winners of the Irish National have a strong record when going on to take part in the English version, and Lion Na Bearnai will be hoping that record can continue, as the 2012 Irish winner lines up this year. He tried to land the Scottish National last year, but had to be pulled-up after a serious blunder left him with little chance. He bounced back with a solid few runs at the back end of 2014, and managed to get a decent prep-run under his belt, when tracking the leaders with great intent before fading behind On His Own in the Bobbyjo chase. He should go well, but others look far better each-way value. Rating 4/10

20 211-23 209298 Grand National Runners 2014 Big Shu 25/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 9 10-8 Peter Maher Peter Buchanan 145

Having started favourite for the Cross Country chase at Cheltenham, Big Shu could only manage third behind the re-appearing Balthazar King, but his performance gave plenty of positives to take towards a tilt at Aintree. The long-distance specialist has already won over four miles, landing a big handicap at Punchestown, however connections will be hoping for plenty of rain, as his best performances have all come with plenty of cut in the ground. His last three races have been run carrying 12-3, 12-0 and 11-9, so he is sure to appreciate the much lighter weight on his back as he lines up at Aintree. His jumping, stamina, age and ability all tick the boxes, and he is one to keep an eye on at the prices. Rating 5/10

23 1-3315 198474 Grand National Runners 2014 Mountainous 25/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 9 10-7 Richard Lee Jamie Moore 144

Richard Lee’s nine-year-old stakes his claim for the Crabbie’s Grand National with a fantastic performance in the Welsh equivalent, pulling out all the stops to get the best of a three-way battle at the death. The 20/1 shot managed to get up by a head, showing great grit and determination, traits which are very important when it comes to mounting a big challenge in such a difficult race. This will help him, should he take his chance at Aintree and 25/1 fairly reflects his chances. He has been stepped up in the weights after a string of solid efforts, and should he be able to carry on his upward curve he should be there or thereabouts after the first circuit, then the final mile will be a step into the unknown. Rain would be welcomed by his connections, as they are confident he will stay the extra-distance, and has put his best performances in with plenty of cut in the ground. Rating 4/10

13 0-581U 165963 Grand National Runners 2014 Across The Bay 33/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 10-11 Donald McCain Henry Brooke 148

A Grand National wouldn’t be complete with a runner from the McCain family, and Across The Bay lines up in an attempt to improve on his 15th place finish in last year’s big race. He returned to Aintree in December for a crack at the Becher Chase, over the same course, and managed to finish a respectable eighth. He handles the fences well, and enjoys going from the front which is a big positive, as shown when leading the field, and going very well for a long time in last year’s race. A brilliant win in the Last Fling Chase at Haydock gave owners hope of another big run, and if anyone knows how to create a fairytale story come true at the National, it’s the McCain family. Rating 5/10

22 24-759 186677 Grand National Runners 2014 Our Father 33/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 8 10-8 David Pipe Denis O’Regan 145

David Pipe knows what it to takes to win a National, as he masterminded the training performance of Comply or Die’s 2009 success, and he has always spoke of how Our Father struck him as a perfect horse for the race. He is rather in-experienced but he has been thrown in at the deep-end, with just cause according to his trainer. A fine showing in the Kim Muir will serve as a sold prep-run and he may well have been a lot closer had he not blundered badly two out. A few minor jumping issues need to be ironed out before he can be considered a major challenger, but the race should act as an eye-opener to how good he really is. If Pipe’s confidence is justified the 33/1 may look a silly price, but this may come one year too soon for the eight-year-old. Rating 2/10

24 UP-261 56710 Grand National Runners 2014 The Rainbow Hunter 33/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 10-7 Kim Bailey Aidan Coleman 144

Kim Bailey will be aiming to land a second Grand National (first was Mr Frisk back in 1990), with the lively outsider, The Rainbow Hunter. The ten-year-old is considered small in stature, in comparison to most chasers, but he has taken to fences extremely well. In January he landed the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster in a taking fashion, which cemented his place in the ‘lively outsider’ category for the National, in which there seems to be a small group, all trading around 40/1. He has tried and failed in the race before, unseating his rider Aidan Coleman at the eighth fence in the 2014 renewal, and he will be hoping to go better this time around with a new jockey on-board. Rating 7/10

25 1262F 16887 Grand National Runners 2014 Vintage Star 33/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 8 10-7 Sue Smith Brian Hughes 144

Trevor Hemmings love affair with the Grand National looks set to continue with Vintage Star, a very interesting runner in his famous silks. The eight-year-old comes from the Sue Smith stable who landed the race last year with 66/1 chance Aurora’s Encore. She has given Vintage Star a similar build-up, and you can disregard his run in the Welsh National where he really didn’t seem to handle the course, yet managed to finish a gallant sixth. He put that run behind him when only just failing to hold on in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock, finishing runner-up behind Wychwoods Brook. However a slight concern may be his jumping, which has been sketchy in his last couple of races, typified by his fall at Cheltenham last time out, where he blundered at the first couple before finally falling at the fifth. If Smith can extensively school him in the same way she did with last year’s winner, he must surely head to Aintree with a real chance. Rating 5/10

26 98-1P4 113362 Grand National Runners 2014 Chance Du Roy 33/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 10-6 Philip Hobbs Tom O’Brien 143

The ten-year-old is one of very few horses to have had positive experiences over the Grand National fences, and this may pay dividends come April. He has finished runner-up Topham Chase, as well as landing last year’s Becher Chase, often used as a Grand National trial. He ran well for a long way behind Restless Harry at Ascot in February, and that should put him spot on for the big race. He has the option to take part in the Topham once again, so ante-post punters beware, but the 40/1 for the Grand National looks fair value, should he line up. Rating 4/10

27 2P-426 5839 Grand National Runners 2014 Hawkes Point 33/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 9 10-6 Paul Nicholls Ryan Mahon 143

Paul Nicholls’ Welsh National runner-up returns to the track for a crack at the Crabbie’s Grand National, and sneaks into the race off a very attractive weight. The nine-year-old fits the bill as someone who will be suited by the race, with his thirst for stamina sapping contests evident on the back of his last few runs. He put in a solid round of jumping in the Grand National Trial, staying on from the rear from a long way out. This coupled with his run in the Welsh National, where he only just failed to get the better of Mountainous, means he looks a likely sort to appreciate the race, and go very close. He is Paul Nicholls’ supposed second-string, but could prove very popular at 33/1. Rating 5/10

36 29/6P0 110532 Grand National Runners 2014 Shakalakaboom’  33/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 10-3 Nicky Henderson David Bass 140

Nicky Henderson’s popular ten-year-old Shakalakaboomboom is back for another crack at the big one, after running well for so long in the 2012 renewal before finishing a fading ninth, when sent off joint-favourite. Following that he had nearly two years off the track, before returning to run well in a jumpers bumper at Kempton, finishing a steady sixth. He never got into the race on his return to hurdles, being pulled up a good way out, but showed some of his old sparkle when running well for a long way from the front at Cheltenham, before fading rapidly late on, showing he was in dire need of the run. He will come on from it, and with a name like Shakalakaboomboom, he is sure to be a popular selection. Rating 5/10

37 R3-51P 153545 Grand National Runners 2014 Alvarado 33/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 9 10-2 Fergal O´Brien Paddy Brennan 139

Alvarado strongly entered Grand National considerations when he powered home up the Cheltenham hill back in November to land the Murphy Group Handicap Chase, in the style of someone who wanted even further than the 3m 3f. He failed to kick on from this however, and was extremely disappointing when being pulled him when last seen on a racecourse, on New Year’s Day. The fact he hasn’t run since then will be a slight worry to fans of his, but he is sure to appreciate the marathon distance, and sneaks in off such a low weight, to warrant his current 33/1 price. Rating 5/10

6 F475P 113523 Grand National Runners 2014 Quito De La Roque 40/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 11-1 C A Murphy Brian O’Connell 152

Quito De La Roque is an extremely interesting outsider who has proved himself at the highest level over the past few years. He looked a potential high-class chaser when sweeping up plenty of Graded races on the other side of the Irish Sea, before his form began to tail off last year. He has been crying out for an extended trip, and he should relish every yard of the marathon test at Aintree. Gigginstown House Stud’s horses have been in great form lately, and it would top off a tremendous season for the owners. Rating 4/10

15 1-1PRP 175323 Grand National Runners 2014 Battle Group 40/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 9 10-10 Johnny Farrelly Brendan Powell 147

Battle Group always saves his best runs for spring, and given his love of the course, he is sure to prove a popular selection. A record of three wins and a second from only five runs at Aintree, means he is very high up on the stats list, and after he has shown his love for big fields, there are plenty of boxes that have already been ticked. The horse has plenty of ability, and his shrewd trainer has based his entire campaign around masterminding a big run in Merseyside, come April; however there are question marks over the geldings recent attitude. He refused to race at Newbury, before tearing off from the front at a rate of knots, proving a handful for Brendan Powell in the saddle, eventually having to be pulled-up, as he faded rapidly. He is extremely talented when he decides to apply himself, however his temperament is a major negative, and he is a risky proposition at the prices. Rating 3/10

16 05103 168766 Grand National Runners 2014 Buckers Bridge 40/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 8 10-10 Henry De Bromhead A E Lynch 147

Henry de Bromhead’s eight-year-old has failed to live up to the early promise he shown during his bumper days, winning only three of his starts over fences. He landed the Flyingbolt Novice’ Chase at Navan last February, but he has only won one out of his next seven races, which was a four-horse affair at Gowran in November. However he has looked as if he is improving the further he is stepped up in distance, after finishing third behind the well-fancied On His Own last time out, which is a good marker for where he is at, at the minute. He will only take his chance in the race if de Bromhead thinks he can mount a serious challenge, and he could be the surprise package if he manages to improve to the level many expected him to get to, and if he does, he may well be ahead of the handicapper. Rating 6/10

31 25017U 59121 Grand National Runners 2014 Twirling Magnet 40/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 8 10-5 Jonjo O´Neill Richie McLernon 142

Jonjo O’Neill’s Twirling Magnet will take his chance at Aintree, but will have to sort out his jumping if he is to land any blow. He has always had plenty of ability, but is prone to throwing in a sketchy jump or two, which cost him on his most recent run, making crucial mistakes when in contention before unshipping his jockey in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham. He will be hoping for a return to the form which seen him run out an impressive winner of a Novices’ Chase at Cheltenham in October, which would give him a squeak of a chance. The current 40/1 on offer is fair, and there are much better each-way alternatives. Rating 2/10

34 1-P0P3 50356 Grand National Runners 2014 Raz De Maree 40/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 9 10-3 D T Hughes Davy Condon 140

Raz De Maree is a very interesting sort, who landed the Cork Grand National back in 2012. He then had over a year off the track, before returning at the back end of last year. He has been nursed back to full fitness, but looked as though he badly needed his first three runs where he showed little spark. However his last run was encouraging, when finishing third (ahead of Bog Warrior and Seabass), at Fairyhouse last time out. He showed signs he had retained his old form, and would have gone a lot closer had it not been for an error four out. He knows what it takes to win a big race, and may be well backed amongst the Irish punters for the popular figure of Dessie Hughes. Rating 3/10

3 686934 208237 Grand National Runners 2014 Hunt Ball 50/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 9 11-7 Nicky Henderson Andrew Tinkler 158

Hunt Ball has been a popular figure with many National Hunt fans, as his rise up the handicap resulted in a win in a big handicap at the Cheltenham Festival in 2012, for decorated former owner Anthony Knott. He has since been sold to American owners, Atlantic Equine. He has still shown he has massive amounts of ability, when finishing an eye-catching third behind Captain Chris on his return to British shores, and proving it wasn’t a fluke by finishing a respectable fourth in the Ryanair at Cheltenham. He has never fallen or unseated on a racecourse, and has finished third on his only start at Aintree, in the Betfred Bowl two years ago. A big player  at a rather inviting price. Rating 5/10

8 P52-U4 177718 Grand National Runners 2014 Walkon 50/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 9 11-0 Alan King Wayne Hutchinson 151

Walkon has experience over the Grand National fences before, after finishing runner-up behind Triolo D’Alene in the Topham Chase at Aintree last year. The nine-year-old excels in big fields, and his jumping style seemed suited for the unique obstacles, which is a major positive for all fans of the big grey. The fact he has only ran twice since Aintree twelve months ago, is a slight concern, however a solid prep-run in February should serve him well in the quest to land the big prize for Alan King. Serious each-way contender. Rating 8/10

10 6-52P7 101926 Grand National Runners 2014 Wayward Prince 50/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 10-13 Hilary Parrott Jack Doyle 150

Hilary Parrot’s stable star lines-up, with the hopes of Gloucestershire in his back, and is sure to have many supporters. After filling the runner-up spot in successive Charlie Hall chases, the ten-year-old has had a campaign based around a crack at the Aintree feature. He showed he still retained his ability when travelling nicely in the Grimthorpe for a long way, and that run should put him spot on for the big race. However he is another who needs as close to good ground, as possible. No doubting his class, but whether he will appreciate the stiff stamina test is another thing. Others preferred. Rating 4/10

11 573112 215377 Grand National Runners 2014 Mr Moonshine 50/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 10-12 Sue Smith Ryan Mania 149

Sue Smith’s ten-year-old is back for another try after pulling-up in last year’s renewal. He travelled nicely through the race before being outpaced down the back, where his jockey decided enough was enough and to end his race there. That acted as a brilliant eye-opener, as the gelding went on to finish third in the Becher Chase over the same course, in December. He showed his National credentials, before going on to run consistently well in small-fields, to get him in shape for another attempt in 2014. He has been employed with new tactics this year, often going from the front which may prove beneficial if this is the case, when Aintree arrives, as it ensures there is no chance of being brought down by fallers/unseated riders in front of you. He is a very interesting sort, who could prove a popular each-way bet. Rating 4/10

28 441173 199331 Grand National Runners 2014 Kruzhlinin 50/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 7 10-6 Donald McCain Wilson Renwick 143

Donald McCain’s second season chaser gets into the race off a low weight, which has pleased his trainer, but it still looks a big ask. He landed back-to-back Handicap Chases at Kelso at the back-end of last year, to give the impression he may well be a National horse. He stepped up to run a fading seventh in the SkyBet Chase at Doncaster, which meant he was sent-off well fancied in a small-field last time out, where he jumped to the left when asked the question. This is a slight worry, and the race may come a year or two, too soon. Rating 2/10

30 3/3-U1 171201 Grand National Runners 2014 Golan Way 50/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 10-5 Tim Vaughan Michael Byrne 142

The former high-class hurdler Golan Way lines-up for a crack at a big prize over fences, after having a mixed times since taking to obstacles. He had a lightening start over timber, looking set for big things, however he failed to maintain his form at the top level and tailed off slightly. Yet, given time to find his feet again, Tim Vaughan has helped Golan Way find his form of old, and most recently he landed a Hunters’ Chase at Warwick with consummate ease, giving his supporters a confidence going into Aintree, although you can still get 50/1 for him to land the race. Rating 2/10

32 72-FU9 159066 Grand National Runners 2014 Vesper Bell 50/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 8 10-5 W P Mullins 142

Willie Mullins will be hoping to round off his fine season with a win at Aintree, and Vesper Bell has always been fancied to turn in to a National horse. He fluffed his lines when well fancied for the Becher Chase, over the same fences he will be facing come April, when falling at the first. It was hoped he would be able to book his ticket to Merseyside with a convincing performance in the Classic Chase at Warwick, yet he blundered once more and fell when moving into contention, unseating David Casey late on. A solid showing when ninth in Goffs Thyestes Chase, without landing a real blow, suggested he may well be on the road to recovery. Mullins has kept the faith with the eight-year-old, and it is interesting to see he sneaks into the race off a low weight. He is one to keep an eye on in the market, as the current 50/1 may not be around for too long. Rating 3/10

35 14P-01 189425 Grand National Runners 2014 Rose Of The Moon 50/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 9 10-3 David O´Meara Jake Greenall 140

David O’Meara is renowned for having stars on the flat; however he has a solid chance of having a potential big winner of the obstacles, as Rose of the Moon lines up at Aintree. He was very highly rated during his hurdles career, and he had a whole host of brilliant performances, including finishing a close second behind Gold Cup hero Bobs Worth in a Novices’ Hurdle, and fourth behind Champion Hurdle winner Rock on Ruby in a Bumper. His chase form is less impressive, but still solid and he managed to negotiate the National fences safely when finishing tenth in the Becher Chase in December. He has had one run since then, when running out a very impressive winner at Wetherby, staying on best of all, over 3m 1f. He looks a likely improver, and ticks a lot of the boxes to run a big race, at a surprisingly large price of 50/1. Rating 6/10

38 33-009 117393 Grand National Runners 2014 Last Time D´Albain  50/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 10 10-2 Liam P Cusack Robbie Colgan 139

A specialist in big fields, Last Time D’Albain has plenty of form to suggest he does have the ability to go close at Aintree. A third placed finish behind Colbert Station (who was well fancied for last year’s race) in the Paddy Power Chase late 2012, and a third place in last year’s Topham Chase behind Trio D’alene suggest he is good enough to compete at this level, and could well go close. His form this year doesn’t suggest so however, but the National has always been the plan and the fact he has form over the fences already is a major positive. He looks like one to keep an eye on in the market, off such a low weight. Rating 5/10

40 406-50 53705 Grand National Runners 2014 Swing Bill 50/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 13 10-1 David Pipe Conor O’Farrell 138

David Pipe’s popular grey will try and sneak in off a low weight, after finishing a gallant sixth in last year’s race. He ran well for so long in his usual strong travelling style, however he couldn’t go with the leaders two out, and this is a major negative. He loves the fences and attacks him in his own unique style, yet at 13, his best years are behind him and although you are guaranteed a good run for your money, he will probably be outpaced and others are preferred. Sponsors Crabbie’s own this horse. Rating 3/10

39 F3P465 208356 Grand National Runners 2014 One In A Milan 66/1 bet Grand National Runners 2014 9 10-2 Evan Williams Adam Wedge 139

Evan Williams knows what it takes to get a horse right for the Grand National, having had a horse placed in five National’s already (State of Play three times, Cappa Bleu twice), and will be hoping One in a Milan can carry on his good record in the race. He ran a brilliant fourth in the Welsh equivalent in January, on ground that wasn’t ideal, and this is solid enough form for this season. He has had a couple of sharpeners over hurdles in the build-up to the race, and he should arrive in top condition. However he doesn’t look as though he has the ability to go one further and help Evan get that elusive first winner. Rating 4/10

 

A typically open race, that throws up all types of predicaments for punters. The ever consistent Teaforthree looks a solid each-way bet, but the value has disappeared so it may pay to side with Walkon at a massive price. Currently trading at 50/1, the nine-year-old thrives in big fields, and already has solid form over the tricky fences. He is a class act on his day, and has always threatened to produce a performance over fences to rival his hurdle form, and this may well be it. The former high-class hurdler has been flirting with top performances at the highest level over the bigger obstacles, and should he manage to piece together all his magnificent attributes in Merseyside, he will be bang there come the finish. A solid each-way bet, and he could well become the second grey in three years to land the Aintree feature.

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