Grand National Runners 2010

No. Col. Horses Age Weights Trainers Jockey
22 Big Fella Thanks
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10-12
P F Nicholls Ruby Walsh
Big Fella Thanks ran sixth as a novice off a 3lb higher mark last year finishing each way for Boylesports who paid 6 ew grand national places in 2009, when he went a fair way to proving his stamina and resolution. Been trained with a repeat trip in mind and warmed up for his return with a fine victory at Newbury in March over a trip that seemed likely to be on the short side. Officially 5lb well in after that and should go well if he can keep errors down to a minimum. Champion trainer has yet to win this, but this looks his best chance. Ran creditable 6th when a novice last year and has Ruby Walsh on top. Ruby Walsh is regularly an asset over these fences.
 
2 Mon Mome (FR)
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11-7
Miss V Williams Aidan Coleman
Mon Mome 100/1 emphatic 12 length winner last year at 100-1 and great third in Cheltenham Gold Cup last month. Looks set to make a bold defence of his crown, but has more on his plate this time from a 7lb higher weight mark, Has had a light campaign and Red Rum was the last back-to-back winner 36 years ago and only 2 back-to-back winners in last 140 years.
 
33 The Package
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7
10-7
D Pipe Graham Lee
The Package has been expensive to follow but not done much wrong since being upped in trip, running a cracker when a staying-on second in the William Hill Trophy Chase at Cheltenham last time. Would be an interesting contender but will have to stay calm during the long preliminaries and no seven-year-old has won this since 1940. If Murphy rides, the hint could be worth taking. Good chance provided he handles preliminaries okay.
 
20 Snowy Morning (IRE)
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10
10-13
W P Mullins David Casey
TIP BET TO WIN – Snowy Morning is one of two strong horses for Willie Mullins who also runs Arbor Supreme and won the 2005 National with Hedgehunter. Fine third place in 2008 but made errors and not at his best when ninth last year. This classy horse has been in decent form in Ireland this season and he looks the sort to definitely get round and could get a place. Tendency to make a mistake or two remains a worry, but not done much wrong this season over mostly inadequate distances, including when a good third to Tranquil Sea at Leopardstown at the end of February. Fits most of the grand national trends and one of the more likely contenders. David Casey, closest in ten attempts when third on him two years ago.TIP BET TO WIN
 
31 Arbor Supreme (IRE)
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10-8
W P Mullins Paul Townend
Arbor Supreme looked a stayer going places in 2008, his wins included a defeat of Black Apalachi and another long-distance success at Fairyhouse. Back to form over an inadequate trip at Leopardstown in late February and his young rider is one for the future. Paul Townend, 19-year-old, who completed course on debut in race last year. Tough, consistent stayer who won’t mind soft ground. Has been well-backed in recent days and just the sort to be competitive in this race, especially off this weight – definite chance.
 
4 Black Apalachi (IRE)
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11
11-6
D T Hughes Denis O’Regan
Black Apalchi is the leading Irish Grand National horses hope, despite failing to complete in the past two Grand Nationals. Bold jumper suffered an early fall in 2008 but was tanking along in the lead when unshipping his rider at the 22nd fence (second Becher’s Brook) last year. Easy winner of 2008 Becher Chase over the Grand National fences and looked as good as ever when runner-up to stable-companion Vic Venturi at Fairyhouse last time. Loves soft ground, but may have too much weight. Loves soft ground, but may have too much weight.
 
9 Niche Market (IRE)
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11-4
R H Buckler Harry Skelton
Niche Market won the Irish Grand National in 2009 and several good races to his name this term especially at Newbury, when third to Denman in the Hennessy Gold Cup and second to Tricky Trickster in the Aon Chase. However but for a poor run at Cheltenham, he would have a major form shout. Handicapped to hilt now, but genuine sort who should take well to this course and Handicapped to hilt now, but genuine sort who should take well to this course. Seems to need decent ground to show his best. Harry Skelton, son of Nick Skelton, the legendary showjumper will take his first ride in the race.
 
24 Character Building (IRE)
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10
10-11
J J Quinn Miss Nina Carberry
Character Building, only two grey horses have ever won the Grand National, The Lamb in 1868 and 1871 and Nicolaus Silver in 1961, but this one has long looked tailor-made for it. Unfortunately, setbacks have resulted in missing the past two Grand Nationals and he ran a lacklustre race at Cheltenham latest, when he had optimum conditions. Type to bounce back, though, and could go well for his new owners if he takes to the fences. Fancied for the race 12 months ago, but missed Aintree through injury. Has struggled on two outings this season, but capable at best and respect his chances
 
23 State of Play
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10
10-11
Evan Williams Paul Moloney
TIP BET EACH WAY – State of Play, the 2006 Hennessy winner was a fine fourth in the National last year off a 5lb higher mark and might have finished second but for mid-race errors leaving him to play catch up. Usually a sound jumper and his trainer’s ploy of keeping him fresh not run since November and could be rewarded as he’s undoubtedly at his best after a break. His record since 2005 after a rest of four months or more reads 1112P and you can excuse that last figure as he was found to have a small problem afterwards. Would not want the going to get too soft. TIP BET EACH WAY
 
8 Tricky Trickster (IRE)
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7
11-4
P F Nicholls Barry Geraghty
Tricky Trickster, a big money purchase and grand national favourite before running a shocker beat only one home in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Does not have much time to recapture his form and no seven-year-old has won this since 1940. He had looked every inch a grand National winner pipping Niche Market close to home in the Aon Chase at Newbury in February having previously landed the four-mile National Hunt Chase in fine style at Cheltenham last year Montelimar, his grandsire, was the sire of recent Aintree heroes Hedgehunter and Monty’s Pass. Barry Geraghty, won on Monty’s Pass in 2003 and placed on three other occasions. Rejected by Ruby Walsh here.
 
3 Vic Venturi (IRE)
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10
11-6
D T Hughes Paddy Flood
Vic Venturi defeated fellow Grand National runner Black Apalachi in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse in February, which came just five days after the National weights had been announced, means that he is officially 8lb under weight. However, that race took less winning and his victory in the Becher Chase over the National fences in November could be a red herring as there were only six runners left after two fences and his jumping lacked conviction. Stamina is a worry because he has not lasted home in two Irish Nationals. Paddy Flood, who has ridden twice in the grand national fell at the first fence last year. Not certain to stay the full distance.
 
7 Comply Or Die (IRE)
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11
11-5
D Pipe Timmy Murphy
Comply or Die was the Grand National winner in 2008 and again ran well in 2009 when beating all bar winner Mon Mome. 1lb lower mark this time and no reason to expect anything but another challenge because he’s got few miles on the clock and has again been trained specifically for the Grand National, seen just twice this term. Timmy Murphy has ridden him in past two races but could switch to The Package, who runs in the same colours. Graham Lee, who won on Amberleigh House in 2004, will ride whoever he rejects.
 
6 Don’t Push It (IRE)
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11-5
Jonjo O’Neill A P McCoy
Don’t Push It, since making Denman roll up his sleeves at Cheltenham towards end of 2006, his jumping has been inconsistent with problems. He may put it all together in a big race one day and his win at last year’s Grand National meeting in a competitive handicap on the Mildmay course also offers encouragement. On the negative side, he showed little zest over hurdles at Cheltenham on his most recent start. Tony McCoy has never finished closer than third in 14 attempts, or novice Grand National jockey Richard McLernon has never ridden in race. He doesn’t look the best handicapped runner in the race.
 
17 Backstage (FR)
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8
11-0
G Elliott D J Condon
Backstage enhanced his reputation during the summer winning but the handicapper took exception raising him an aggregate of 29lb. Still possible that he has more to offer and his trainer won the Grand National in 2007 with Silver Birch. He may need a sound surface to show his best and that he made little impact in last year’s Aintree Fox Hunter Chase, albeit gaining some experience of the National fences. Well beaten over hurdles on heavy going on his latest start.
 
35 Irish Raptor (IRE)
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11
10-7
N A Twiston-Davies Paddy Brennan
Irish Raptor is one of six horses for the Gold Cup-winning trainer and regarded as stable’s first string. Loves the Grand National fences and won last season’s Topham Chase, having finished runner-up in it a year earlier. Is bred to stay well, his brother Frantic Tan was a big-race winner over 3m 5f but stamina has looked an issue in past. Paddy Brennan is yet to get farther than the 22nd after four attempts, but there must be question marks over the trip and stiff task off this handicap mark. Major player if stamina holds out and trainer very bullish.
 
32 Maljimar (IRE)
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10
10-8
Nick Williams Daryl Jacob
Maljimar reserves his best efforts for Cheltenham and was unlucky not to win at the Festival last season. However, he can make the odd blunder and does not strike as being a thorough stayer. Daryl Jacob, fourth on Philson Run in 2007, unseated from him following year. Top class handicap form at his best, but stamina has looked to be an issue over an extended three miles, so a concern here, but class could keep him in contention for a long way. Could be interesting if ground dries out.
 
16 Ballyholland (IRE)
33/1
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9
11-0
C A McBratney Andrew McNamara
Ballyholland took his form to another level when winning the Galway Plate in smooth style over 2m 6f in July and ran a pleasing race behind Tranquil Sea at Leopardstown in late February. Sure-footed jumper, better than ever last summer. Never tackled long distances, though, and his stamina is a huge doubt and unknown quantity here. Acts in the mud but well served by good ground. Andrew McNamara, completed for first time in four attempts last year, won Irish National on Monday. Has been well backed in recent weeks, but no evidence he needs a long trip and best form on better ground.
 
27 King Johns Castle (IRE)
40/1
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11
10-9
A L T Moore Paul Carberry
Kings John Castle, Grey horse ran a great race when splitting Comply Or Die 1st and Snowy Morning 3rd in the 2008 Grand National, when such as Cloudy Lane, Mon Mome and Black Apalachi were also in the line up. A knee injury prevented him trying to go one better last year, though, and efforts this campaign mostly over hurdles have been nothing to get excited about. However, don’t write him off with Paul Carberry renewing association who rode him two years ago and also won on Bobbyjo in 1999.
 
12 Cloudy Lane
40/1
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10
11-3
D McCain Jnr Jason Maguire
Cloudy Lane attempts to provide the McCain family with a fifth Grand National win. Faded to finish sixth in 2008 when well in at the weights and fell at the Chair on the first circuit in 2009. Usually a great jumper but, despite being 7lb lower in the ratings than last year, his window of opportunity has probably passed. Jockey Jason Maguire, no higher than sixth after eight attempts. May not truly stay this extended distance and despite family connections, easy to pass over.
 
21 Can’t Buy Time (IRE)
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8
10-13
Jonjo O’Neill Richie McLernon
Can’t Buy Time fell at the eighteenth, in last year’s Grand National but usually a sound jumper and largely progressive profile. Good winner at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day but disappointed at Newbury latest and his stamina is a niggle because he ran out of steam when fourth to Tricky Trickster over four miles at Cheltenham last season. Rejected by Tony McCoy in favour of Don’t Push It.
 
14 My Will (FR)
40/1
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10
11-2
P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield
My Will has only one win since 2005 but overcame making errors to finish third in the grand last year, but beaten over 50 lengths in the Gold Cup last month and may not have the pace to challenge this year.. May not get away with making similar mistakes for a second time and. Not in same form as when third off 2 lb higher, whilst his jumping didn’t convince that day and it could prove even bigger issue without Ruby Walsh’s assistance this time. Nick Scholfield, has completed in rear, only two rides in race.
 
11 Dream Alliance
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9
11-3
P J Hobbs Tom O’Brien
Dream Alliance chased home Denman in the 2007 Hennessy Gold Cup and refound that form when coming back from injuty to a surprise win in this season’s Welsh Grand National. Did not reproduce that when running poorly behind Silver By Nature who he had beaten into second at Chepstow at Haydock on his latest start and as his jumping can let him down is overlooked. Tom O’Brien was second on McKelvey in 2007 but not completed past two years.
 
38 Hello Bud (IRE)
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12
10-6
N A Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies
Hello Bud, bold-jumping front-runner. Llast season won the Scottish Grand National at Ayr. Has been harshly handicapped as a result and was a good third in the Servo Chase at Cheltenham in November and out of sorts since, including when last of 5 finishers in Becher Chase here. Not been doing enough since to warrant really close attention. Sam Twiston-Davies, 17-year-old son of trainer, has first ride in race. Fair bet to get round, but not quick enough to win
 
26 Eric’s Charm (FR)
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12
10-9
O Sherwood Wayne Hutchinson
Eric’s Charm has been with Oliver Sherwood’s Lambourn yard since 2002 and more than paid his way. Will be trying this test for this first time as a 12 year old. Reserves his best for Sandown but was a game winner of a veteran’s chase at Newbury last time and is among those who are well treated at the weights. His tendency to jump right must count against him, though, and he was an early faller the only previous time that he has tackled the National fences. Wayne Hutchinson, thirteenth last year after being unseated at first on debut in race. Enthusiastic front runner who is better than ever despite his advanced years. Fell sixth in 2008 Topham only previous try over these fences.
 
1 Madison Du Berlais (FR)
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9
11-10
D Pipe Tom Scudamore
Madison Du Berlais developed into top-class chaser in 2008/9 with three wins. Well handicapped, but not as good this year, including the Racing Post Chase on last start when tried in blinkers.. This looks to be a huge task under top grand national weight. Fell in 2008 and fell first Canal Turn in 2007. Red Rum was the last to carry top weight to victory in 1974. Tom Scudamore never closer than eighth in nine attempts. His Dad, Peter Scudamore never won the race.
 
39 Flintoff (USA)
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9
10-5
Miss V Williams Andrew Tinkler
Flintoff, Half-owned by famous cricketer of the same name, Andrew Freddie Flintoff. Stays well and has made the frame in valuable marathons in the past, but inconsistent and probably needs the mud to be seen to best advantage. Winless for three years but a likely runner after skipping the Irish National, though placed in 2009 Midlands National at Uttoxeter.
 
29 Ballyfitz
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10
10-9
N A Twiston-Davies David England
Ballyfitz, honest stayer horse, winner at 2008 Cheltenham Festival over hurdles and was a decent novice chaser last year, but jumping has been an issue and that could find him out over these unique fences, but without a win over fences since November 2008. Fifth in the Welsh National before plugging on to be fourth in the Blue Square Gold Cup at Haydock. The big fences could be too much for him. David England, failed to complete both attempts and very difficult to fancy here as a result.
 
5 Joe Lively (IRE)
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11
11-6
C L Tizzard Joe Tizzard
Joe Lively is a fine jumper with four wins at Cheltenham. Weighted up to his best and has lacked usual enthusiasm this season, finishing well held in the William Hill Trophy Chase. Needs the big fences to relight his fire. Jockey Joe Tizzard, who has partnered the horse in 23 of his 25 races has a bad Grand National record, completing only once from 11 attempts. Without a win since January 2009 , this 11 year old likes to race with the pace. Not sure to be suited by this extreme test and others are preferred.
 
37 Palypso De Creek (FR)
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10-6
C E Longsdon Tom Siddall
Palypso De Creek, trained in France up until this season. Looks a good recruit to judge by his second to Our Vic in the Peter Marsh. However, he did not look a potential Grand National winner on his penultimate start, when fourth of five finishers in the Becher Chase, not taking a cut at several of the fences and running out of steam. Tom Siddall, first ride in race. Live outsider for a small stable. Interesting each-way option
 
25 Ellerslie George (IRE)
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10-10
Nick Mitchell Christian Williams
Ellerslie George, front-runner horse put up a personal best when repelling all challengers at the Badger Ales, Wincanton in November but handicapper’s response was hefty and, more significant, he has not taken to Aintree on two past visits. Could give his jockey a fun ride without being involved at the finish.
 
13 Nozic (FR)
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11-3
P F Nicholls Liam Treadwell
Nozic will be capable of making an impact off his current rating but it’s unlikely to be in the Grand National because he’s not a stayer and seemed to resent the big fences when running in last year’s Topham. Will carry the hopes and expectations of The Sun newspaper horse and Coral bookmakers for the day and to be used as a prize. Liam Treadwell, who made it first time lucky when winning on Mon Mome last year. Capable at his best, but not very consistent, a doubtful stayer.
 
18 Beat The Boys (IRE)
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11-0
N A Twiston-Davies Brian Hughes
Beat the Boys is one of four grey grand national horses left in the race. Has a patchy record as his form figures reveal he’s won five of his past 12 races and can dominate by making all in smaller fields, but unlikely that such tactics will work in the National. He has been pulled up in just as many. High enough in the weights and has also had jumping issues. Brian Hughes has his first ride in the race. Not one to rely on, with suspect jumping/temperament likely to hold him back here. Rank Outsider.
 
19 Preists Leap (IRE)
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11-0
Thomas O’leary Philip Enright
Preists Leap is a dual winner of the Thyestes Chase but well held in this season’s renewal and, overall, his wins-to-runs ratio is poor. Difficult to see him improving on the fourteenth place, beaten 75 lengths in this race last year ridden by Philip Enright. Only 5 lb lower than the 2009 race and easy to oppose after uninspiring 2009/10 campaign so far, not fluent when well held in cross-country event at Cheltenham last time.
 
34 Piraya (FR)
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10-7
D Pipe Johnny Farrelly
Piraya, his win at Warwick in February, on the eve of the weights being announced, has sneaked him into the race. However, has since trailed home last of nine finishers in the Racing Post Chase at Kempton and not hard to look elsewhere. Johnny Farrelly, completed last year and a fall in 2008. Ex-French chaser who has shown bits and pieces of good form in this country, but stamina is a serious issue as best form has been up to two and half miles and easy to oppose here.
 
30 Ollie Magern
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10-9
N A Twiston-Davies Tom Molloy
Ollie Magern, brave little battler over the years whose best moments have been in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby. Not the force of old and decidedly unreliable nowadays, never dangerous from 2 lb lower at Cheltenham last time. Also lacks size for Aintree fell second in 2009 race, shame that connections are tempted to try again. Tom Molloy, first ride in race. Veteran front runner who got no further than the 2nd fence last year and hard to see him being involved in the finish this time around.
 
10 Made In Taipan (IRE)
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8
11-4
Thomas Mullins N P Madden
Made in Taipan would be a bigger shock than Mon Mome last year and has no form over extreme distances and looks sure to struggle to complete the course. Smart and consistent over much shorter, but has his work cut out over this sort of journey. Several creditable efforts this term, though seemsunsuited by hectic big-field handicap at Cheltenham last month and also very doubtful stayer, unproven beyond 2½m.
 
15 Pablo Du Charmil (FR)
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9
11-2
D Pipe Danny Cook
Pablo Du Charmil has a good record when fresh but his latest effort on only start since May 2009 after a break ended with a heavy fall at Cheltenham. Unproven beyond three miles ad all previous form suggests that this trip is way behind his best, unlikely to relish such a severe test. Danny Cook, first ride in race. Major surprise if he manages to get round.
 
28 Conna Castle (IRE)
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11
10-9
J J Mangan S W Flanagan
Conna Castle, trainer won the Grand National in 2003 with Montys Pass but difficult to see him repeating the trick with this horse. Has accumulated plenty of prize money but usually races over much shorter and on lengthy losing run. Not won since a prolific 2007/8 campaign and is often let down by his jumping including last time and very doubtful stayer, raced mainly at 2m / 2½m. Beat current Champion Chaser Big Zeb in a Grade One back in 2008.
 
36 Cerium (FR)
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9
10-5
Paul Murphy  
Cerium ran a blinder when fifth in last year’s Grand National, especially that he suffered a fractured skull in running. Difficult to fathom exactly where that run came from not won since 2006 and had fluffed his lines in a claiming chase just two runs earlier and dangerous to bank on a repeat. Never a threat on his return when well held in the Gold Cup. K Mercer, fifth on him last year after successive falls. Repeat prospects look remote.
 
40 Royal Rosa (FR)
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10-5
J Howard Johnson  
Royal Rosa finished third in the Becher Chase here in November but sole win over fences (from 16 starts) was at expense of one other finisher in a novice event at Wetherby in 2006.
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