There’s no other race in the calendar quite like the Grand National.
The renewal, run over 4m2f at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, is one of Britain’s sporting crown jewels and as such carries a £1m first prize for the winner. Up to 40 runners will line-up for the 2018 edition at 5:15pm on Saturday 14th April hoping to emulate the achievements of last year’s winner One For Arthur.
Over 70 horses are currently pencilled in to tackle Europe’s most prestigious steeplechase. But factors such as ground, weight and trainer decisions will whittle the field down before final declarations are made at 10am on Thursday 12th April.
Then the build-up can really begin for the race that will be live on ITV two days later. Let’s go through the Grand National runners and riders for 2018…
Willie Mullins has not trained a National winner since Hedgehunter in 2005.
However, hopes are high for Ladbrokes Trophy and Munster National victor Total Recall. The Irish-bred raider fell when in a good position in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last time out. But the rest of his form looks good.
Though questions to remain over whether the current ante-post favourite can handle the step-up to 4m2f for the first time. You can bet on Total Recall by clicking here.
Trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, Blaklion certainly has the quality to win this race.The nine-year-old finished fourth in the 2017 Grand National and landed the Becher Handicap Chase last December.
He’s a horse who has shown time and time again that he has the stamina to stay the trip. Another National tilt looks to be on. Bet on Blaklion here.
A third-place finish in the 2018 Gold Cup was an encouraging result for A J Martin’s 33/1 shot. So the pair should take great encouragement ahead of the Aintree showpiece. He enjoys the soft ground and usually carries a heavy weight, so 11-07 from the handicapper won’t bother the French-bred raider.
Keep an eye out, though, he’s also entered into the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse on 2nd April. Bet on Anibale Fly here.
Tiger Roll was one of eight winners for Gordon Elliott at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival.
He’ll send the Cross Country Chase victor to Aintree as he hopes to continue his stunning 2018 success.
The son of Authorized will want a bit of rain ahead of the Merseyside renewal, although his chances are boosted by a prior win over the 4m distance.
Cause of Causes
Last year’s runner-up and a three-time Cheltenham Festival winner.
He’s already proved that he has the staying power for this distance and a handy weight of 11-1 won’t hurt his chances.
Second to Sizing John in the 2017 Gold Cup and has been aimed at this race for a while.
Jonjo O’Neill’s star underwent wind surgery in February and has previously shown the required stamina on soft and heavy ground.
He won over 4m as a six-year-old. He should be capable of more two years on, albeit under a 11-10 weight.
The Last Samuri
Kim Bailey’s star has come up short twice before in the Grand National. He finished 2nd in 2016 and 16th in 2017.
It’s third-time lucky for the 10-year-old who has finished second in the Becher Chase and third in the Cross Country at Cheltenham this season.
An interesting contender and another for the Mullins camp. Has done well over in Ireland and has been gradually stepped up in trip, too.
The son of King’s Theatre can handle any ground and is lightly raced this season having only returned to action at Fairyhouse in February. He’ll carry a comparatively low-weight of 10-10.
In good form prior to pulling up in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in March. He’s won gamely at Ascot and Newbury this season having been stepped up in trip each time.
Nicky Henderson’s charge does his best work on the sounder surfaces and will be hoping the rain doesn’t come ahead of the National.
Vieux Lion Rouge
The Old Red Lion will take a third tilt at the National in 2018 after finishing 7th in 2016 and 6th in 2017.
He’s finished out of the places in the Charlie Hall, Becher Chase and Swinley Chase already this season.
But with the experience he has, it’s impossible to rule out David Pipe’s nine-year-old.
Recent Records and Trends
- One For Arthur won the National for Scotland in 2017 for the first time since 1971.
- Nine-year-olds and 11-year-olds have enjoyed the most success in the last decade, winning three apiece.
- Horses carrying under 11st have won four of the last five renewals.
- Nine of the last 10 Grand National winners have come at an SP of 10/1 or above.
The below table shows a complete list of 73 Grand national runners for 2018, plus additional information like weight, age, trainer and owners:
|TOTAL RECALL||9||11-04||Willie Mullins IRE||Slaneyville Syndicate|
|BLAKLION||9||11-09||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Simon Such & Gino Paletta|
|MINELLA ROCCO||8||11-10||Jonjo O’Neill||J P McManus|
|ANIBALE FLY||8||11-07||Tony Martin IRE||J P McManus|
|THE LAST SAMURI||10||11-07||Kim Bailey||Paul & Clare Rooney|
|VALSEUR LIDO||9||11-06||Henry de Bromhead IRE||Gigginstown House Stud|
|ALPHA DES OBEAUX||8||11-03||Mouse Morris IRE||Gigginstown House Stud|
|GOLD PRESENT||8||11-03||Nicky Henderson||John & Barbara Cotton|
|PERFECT CANDIDATE||11||11-02||Fergal O’Brien||ISL Recruitment|
|CAUSE OF CAUSES||10||11-01||Gordon Elliott IRE||J P McManus|
|SHANTOU FLYER||8||11-01||Richard Hobson||Carl Hinchy|
|TENOR NIVERNAIS||11||11-00||Venetia Williams||Boultbee Brooks Ltd|
|CARLINGFORD LOUGH||12||11-00||John Kiely IRE||J P McManus|
|VICENTE||9||10-13||Paul Nicholls||Trevor Hemmings|
|GO CONQUER||9||10-13||Jonjo O’Neill||Paul & Clare Rooney|
|TIGER ROLL||8||10-12||Gordon Elliott IRE||Gigginstown House Stud|
|REGAL ENCORE||10||10-12||Anthony Honeyball||J P McManus|
|VIEUX LION ROUGE||9||10-12||David Pipe||Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent|
|RATHVINDEN||10||10-12||Willie Mullins IRE||Ronnie Bartlett|
|ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS||8||10-12||Willie Mullins IRE||Slaneyville Syndicate|
|A GENIE IN ABOTTLE||7||10-11||Noel Meade IRE||Gigginstown House Stud|
|CHASE THE SPUD||10||10-11||Fergal O’Brien||Christine Banks|
|WARRIORS TALE||9||10-11||Paul Nicholls||Trevor Hemmings|
|SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT||10||10-11||Sandy Thomson||Quona Thomson|
|AS DE MEE||8||10-11||Paul Nicholls||The Stewart Family & Judi Dench|
|GAS LINE BOY||12||10-10||Ian Williams||The Three Graces|
|THE DUTCHMAN||8||10-10||Colin Tizzard||SprayClad UK|
|PLEASANT COMPANY||10||10-10||Willie Mullins IRE||Malcolm Denmark|
|BELLSHILL||8||10-10||Willie Mullins IRE||Andrea & Graham Wylie|
|UCELLO CONTI||10||10-09||Gordon Elliott IRE||Simon Munir/Isaac Souede|
|SAINT ARE||12||10-09||Tom George||David Fox|
|BEEVES||11||10-09||Jennie Candlish||Paul & Clare Rooney|
|RAZ DE MAREE||13||10-08||Gavin Cromwell IRE||James Swan|
|I JUST KNOW||8||10-07||Sue Smith||Michael Scholey & the late Ray Scholey|
|VIRGILIO||9||10-07||Dan Skelton||C Edwards, D Futter, A Rushworth|
|BAIE DES ILES||7||10-07||Ross O’Sullivan IRE||Zorka Wentworth|
|MAGGIO||13||10-07||Patrick Griffin IRE||Douglas Pryde/James Beaumont|
|PENDRA||10||10-07||Charlie Longsdon||J P McManus|
|BUYWISE||11||10-07||Evan Williams||T Hywel Jones|
|CHILDRENS LIST||8||10-07||Willie Mullins IRE||Susannah Ricci|
|HOUBLON DES OBEAUX||11||10-06||Venetia Williams||Mrs Julian Blackwell|
|LORD WINDERMERE||12||10-06||Jim Culloty IRE||Dr Ronan Lambe|
|CAPTAIN REDBEARD||9||10-06||Stuart Coltherd||Stuart Coltherd|
|BLESS THE WINGS||13||10-05||Gordon Elliott IRE||Adrian Butler/S P O’Connor|
|MILANSBAR||11||10-05||Neil King||Robert Bothway|
|FINAL NUDGE||9||10-05||David Dennis||Corbett Stud|
|DOUBLE ROSS||12||10-05||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Options O Syndicate|
|ROAD TO RICHES||11||10-04||Noel Meade IRE||Gigginstown House Stud|
|DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR||8||10-04||Sue Smith||McGoldrick Racing 3|
|THUNDER AND ROSES||10||10-04||Mouse Morris IRE||Gigginstown House Stud|
|WALK IN THE MILL||8||10-03||Robert Walford||Baroness Harding|
|VINTAGE CLOUDS||8||10-03||Sue Smith||Trevor Hemmings|
|WOUNDED WARRIOR||9||10-01||Noel Meade IRE||Gigginstown House Stud|
|GENERAL PRINCIPLE||9||10-01||Gordon Elliott IRE||Gigginstown House Stud|
|VIC DE TOUZAINE||9||10-01||Venetia Williams||Andrew Brooks & G Moore|
|SPLASH OF GINGE||10||10-00||Nigel Twiston-Davies||John Neild|
|BONNY KATE||8||10-00||Noel Meade IRE||Patricia Hunt|
|COGRY||9||10-00||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Graham and Alison Jelley|
|SIR MANGAN||10||10-00||Dan Skelton||Frank McAleavy|
|MYSTEREE||10||10-00||Michael Scudamore||Lynne Maclennan|
|MINELLA DADDY||8||9-13||Peter Bowen||Roddy Owen & Paul Fullagar|
|BRAQUEUR D’OR||7||9-13||Paul Nicholls||Corsellis & Seyfried|
|RELENTLESS DREAMER||9||9013||Rebecca Curtis||Nigel Morris|
|KNOCK HOUSE||9||9012||Donald McCain||Tim Leslie|
|THE YOUNG MASTER||9||9011||Neil Mulholland||Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters|
|HENRI PARRY MORGAN||10||09-09||Peter Bowen||Ednyfed & Elizabeth Morgan|
|PHIL’S MAGIC||8||09-09||Tony Martin IRE||Lyreen Syndicate|
|ALFIE SPINNER||13||09-09||Kerry Lee||Alan Beard & Brian Beard|
|DANCING SHADOW||9||09-08||Victor Dartnall||The Dancing Shadows|
|ROGUE ANGEL||10||09-08||Mouse Morris IRE||Gigginstown House Stud|
|OUT SAM||9||09-06||Gordon Elliott IRE||D Charlesworth|
|KRACKATOA KING||10||09-03||Kerry Lee||J Harrison Lee & T Howard P’ship|
|GOODTOKNOW||10||09-02||Kerry Lee||Burling Lee MacEchern Nolan Potter|