Pinstickers Guide To The Grand National
Many Clouds (Oliver Sherwood) 8/1
Looked in great nick at Kelso recently and, though this looks a tougher renewal than last year, he could well have improved again himself. We could be all wondering why we didn’t back him if we don’t.
Silviniaco Conti (Paul Nicholls) 12/1
Dual King George winner who’s been aimed at the race. Would probably beat Many Clouds over 3-miles, but a doubt about him staying the trip.
First Lieutenant (Mouse Morris) 40/1
His trainer must be cursing blowing his handicap mark by finishing second to Don Poli in the Lexus Chase, and others look better handicapped.
Wonderful Charm (Paul Nicholls) 66/1
Form at 3-miles, though has never won beyond 2 mile 5-frurlongs, Stamina and class to prove.
Ballynagour (David Pipe) 66/1
Got within a neck of Silviniaco Conti in a grade-1 here last season, but has looked a shadow of that horse so far this season. Stable in better form now though.
O’Faolains Boy (Rebecca Curtis) 40/1
Trainer had a horse placed in the race before, and she’s notably been in great form this week. Former RSA winner could surprise a few if getting round.
Gilgamboa (Enda Bolger) 66/1
Always talked about as a good horse, but has yet to really deliver on a big stage.
On His Own (Willie Mullins) 50/1
Fell twice in the race before when in better form, but is often better at this time of year.
The Druids Nephew (Neil Mulholland) 16/1
Looked the horse that would have pushed Many Clouds closest last year until falling, and his trainer has set his stall out to win it this year.
Triolo D’Alene (Nicky Henderson) 33/1
Hennessy Gold Cup winner as a 6-y-o, and has always been talked about as a Grand National horse. Hard to discount, as he was out of form when pulled-up last year.
Rocky Creek (Paul Nicholls) 66/1
Hasn’t stayed the trip in two attempts, and hard to see him staying strongly enough in this better renewal.
Sir Des Champs (Willie Mullins) 40/1
Shadow of the horse who finished second in a Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Holywell (Jonjo O’Neill) 16/1
Some say he’s too small for the National fences, but he must have a great chance if he takes to them. Well-handicapped, likes this time of year, and has on the Mildmay Course.
Shutthefrontdoor (Jonjo O’Neill)
Really well-fancied last year, and connections blamed a small injury rather than a lack of stamina. Been saved for the race again, and could go well.
Soll (David Pipe) 50/1
Higher in the handicap than when 7th and 9th the last two years. Hard to see him as the winner.
Buywise (Paul Moloney) 50/1
Great engine but dodgy jumper. Heart in mouth time if you back him, though trainer has had a few places in the past.
Boston Bob (Willie Mullins) 33/1
No surprise this Aintree winner didn’t win until after the weights came out. Form of that win hasn’t been franked, but hasn’t had this kind of weight in a handicap before.
Aachen (Venetia Williams) 100/1
Poorly handicapped, and would need a mud-bath.
Morning Assembly (Pat Fahy) 33/1
Has been trained for this and, if Cheltenham was just a prep-run, this former RSA third could go mighty close.
Double Ross (Nigel Twiston-Davies 66/1
Gone well over the fences before in shorter races, but surely won’t get home.
Goonyella (Jim Dreaper) 20/1
Stamina not an issue, and every drop of rain increase his chances.
Ucello Conti (Gordon Elliott) 33/1
Put aside for this after finishing third in Ireland when racing on the outside rail throughout. Might be one at a reasonable price.
Unioniste (Paul Nicholls) 33/1
Fell last year when carrying a lot more weight and, if he can get round, he looks sure to be powering home at the finish. A stone better off with Many Clouds for recent Kelso defeat.
Le Reve (Lucy Wadham) 40/1
Better going right-handed, and would be of more interest for the Bet365 Cup at Sandown.
Gallant Oscar (Tony Martin) 25/1
Trainer adept at winning big handicaps, and this one came good in the Spring last year.
Onenightinvienna (Philip Hobbs) 40/1
Looks like the distance will suit, but already had quite a hard season. Novices also don’t have a great record.
The Last Samuri (Kim Bailey) 10/1
Connections have stated he’ll be at his best on good ground over this distance, and therefore his win at Doncaster on soft ground last time was impressive. Potentially chucked-in.
Kruzhlinin (Philip Hobbs) 25/1
Tenth two years ago but has improve since. Interesting, though no has some ground to make-up on the Holywell on their running at Cheltenham
Rule The World (Mouse Morris) 50/1
Second in last year’s Irish Grand National, and this trip on better ground could be perfect for him. Connections side-stepped Cheltenham, and looks one of the better outsiders.
Just A Par (Paul Nicholls) 40/1
Best form when carrying light-weight for first time and this will be the first time he’s had similar conditions since. Stable has more fancied runners, but not ruled out.
Katenko (Venetia Williams) 80/1
Well-handicapped, but not won for 3 years. Tough ask after showing little all season.
Vics Canvas (Dermot McLoughlin) 66/1
Fifth in the Becher Chase, but might find himself out-paced in this better race.
Black Thunder (Paul Nicholls) 50/1
Looked good when winning as a novice, but not looked up to this in recent runs.
Ballycasey (Willie Mullins) 66/1
Never quite reached the heights of his reputation, and this trip has to be a worry for him.
Hadrian’s Approach (Nicky Henderson) 66/1
Looks to have been the long-range plan for a horse who won the 2014 Bet365. Probably needs good ground.
Vieux Lion Rouge (David Pipe) 66/1
Tough ask for a novice, and may find this happening a bit quick for him.
Pendra (Charlie Longsdon) 66/1
Trainer back in form, but has more bad days than good days.
Saint Are (Tom George) 16/1
Last year’s runner-up looked good when winning last time out, and he’s also got plenty of form on the Mildmay course here. No surprise if he goes well again.
Home Farm (Henry de Bromhead) 100/1
Third in an Irish Grand National once, but surely won’t win this.
The Romford Pele (Rebecca Curtis) 100/1
Unlikely winner on any formline.
Knock House (Mick Channon) 100/1
May well get round, but probably neds lots of non-finishers to hit the frame.
Bishops Road (Kerry Lee) 25/1
Trainer has announced herself in fine style in her debut season, and there’s no reason that this bold jumper can’t go well, though maybe not well enough.
Pineau De Re (Dr Richard Newland) 100/1
Winner two years ago, but asking a lot for him to do it again at his age.
Alvarado (Fergal O’Brien) 40/1
Finished fourth in the last two renewals, and could easily hit the frame again without probably challenging the winner.