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Grand National Favourites: How did the last 10 get on at Aintree?

| 05.04.2019

2019 Grand National favourite Tiger Roll could go off as the shortest-price horse in National history. Gordon Elliott’s 2018 winner is already 7/2 for a repeat success around Aintree.

Further support could see him go off even shorter and become the shortest-price National winner since 11/4 shot Poethlyn in 1919.

So we’ve had a look at how the last 10 Grand National favourites have fared, starting with 2018.

2018 – Total Recall – 7/1f

Total Recall was tipped by plenty to win the 2018 Grand National after his victory in the 2017 Ladbrokes Trophy. But Willie Mullins’ raider blundered throughout and was pulled up at the 29th.

2017 – Blaklion – 8/1f

Noel Fehily gave 2017 fav Blaklion a sterling ride and briefly had him in front at the 26th before slowing and being hampered at the last. He stayed on but was pipped to third by Saint Are.

2016 – Many Clouds/The Last Samuri – 8/1jf

2015 Grand National winner Many Clouds finished last of the runners to complete in the 2016 Aintree showpiece.

Joint-fav The Last Samuri was beaten 6l into second by 33/1 shot Rule The World for David Mullins and Mouse Morris.

2015 – Shutthefrontdoor – 6/1f

Tony McCoy had to wait until 2010 to win his first Grand National. But he couldn’t follow it up five years later with 6/1 favourite Shutthefrontdoor for Jonjo O’Neill.

The eight-year-old was in contention right up until the last when looking one-paced to allow eventual winner Many Clouds and Saint Are to go clear. Shutthefrontdoor finished fifth.

2014 – Teaforthree/Double Seven – 10/1jf

The Chair has claimed all number of Grand National fancies down the years and so it proved again in 2014 as Teaforthree unseated rider Nick Scholfield on the first circuit.

Double Seven kept on but could only finish third behind Balthazar King and 25/1 winner Pineau De Re.

2013 – Seabass – 11/2f

Katie Walsh couldn’t improve on her third-place in 2012 as 11/2 favourite Seabass finished 86l behind winner Auroras Encore in 13th.

2012 – Seabass/Shakalakaboomboom – 8/1jf

Walsh came within 5l of becoming the first female jockey to win the Grand National as Seabass missed out on an incredible battle between Neptune Collonges and Sunnyhillboy to finish third.

Shakalakaboomboom had briefly led with four to go but could only finish 9th for Nicky Henderson and Barry Geraghty.

2011 – The Midnight Club – 15/2f

Ruby Walsh and Willie Mullins won the Grand National in 2005 with Hedgehunter. The pair couldn’t replicate the feat in 2011 as The Midnight Club finished a well-beaten sixth.

Ballabriggs won the race for Donald McCain, Jason Maguire and owner Trevor Hemmings.

2010 – Don’t Push It/Big Fella Thanks – 10/1jf

14 previous attempts ended in failure for Tony McCoy. But the legendary rider finally got up to win his first Grand National in 2010 with 10/1 joint-favourite Don’t Push It.

The 10-year-old stayed on well at the elbow to finish ahead of Black Apalachi. Big Fella Thanks finished 28l further back in fourth.

2009 – Butler’s Cabin – 7/1f

McCoy gave Butler’s Cabin a prominent ride before blundering at the 26th and failing to find any extra on the run for home.

100/1 shot Mon Mome won the race for Venetia Williams and Liam Treadwell as Butler’s Cabin finished 7th in his final ever race.

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All Odds and Markets correct as of date of publication



Nick Murphy

Nick is a graduate of the UEA where he doubled up as the sports editor of the student newspaper. He supports Dagenham & Redbridge and previously edited the matchday programme at Victoria Road. Darts and Horse Racing are among his other favourite sports.