Grand National Runners List 2018

Grand National Runners List 2018

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…

Total Recall

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.

Anibale Fly

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

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.

Minella Rocco

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.

Gold Present

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:

 Horse  Age   Wgt    Trainer   Owner
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


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