Last Updated 13:23 14/04/2018
The final list of runners and reserves for the Randox Health 2018 Grand National at Aintree on Saturday 14th April has been announced.
W Lewis our subscribers’ tipsters top 5
- SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT 12/1
- TOTAL RECALL 11/1
- UCELLO CONTI 18/1
- RAZ DE MAREE 22/1
- MILANSBAR 28/1
P Peters our free tips tipsters top 5
- LORD WINDERMERE 50/1
- TOTAL RECALL 11/1
- RAZ DE MAREE 22/1
- TIGER ROLL 12/1
- BLAKLION 14/1
1 THUNDER AND ROSES (10) 10-05 Mouse Morris IRE 66/1
Very difficult to see why he’s entered as he fell on his last two starts in preparation for this. Would need a miracle to jump cleanly throughout the race and would not envy the jockey on board.
2 BLAKLION (9) 11-10 Nigel Twiston-Davies 14/1
Finished fourth in last years grand national and has run credibly since. Has recently had a wind operation and if all goes well he could improve on last year’s position and finish with a place. Good each way chance.
3 ANIBALE FLY (8) 11-08 Tony Martin IRE 14/1
Finished third in this years gold cup and although she has never run further than 3m 3f if she does stay this trip then she could well be in with a winning chance. Has a great jockey on board today and is definitely in with a big chance.
4 THE LAST SAMURI (10) 11-08 Kim Bailey 20/1
Finished second in this in 2016 and last year only managed 16th. His recent form doesn’t seem to fill you with confidence but he does stay this trip and if nothing else you can bet he’ll finish the race.
5 VALSEUR LIDO (9) 11-07 Henry de Bromhead IRE 100/1
Has won some big races in the past but hasn’t been doing very well at all this season. He is a very capable horse if coming back to form and does jump well but has never raced this far and that is a big concern. Faces a tough task.
6 TOTAL RECALL (9) 11-05 Willie Mullins IRE 11/1
Has impressed with 3 wins from his last 4 starts and although he fell in the Cheltenham gold cup he was improving and looked to be in with a chance before he fell. If he gets a clear round of jumping he could really be the one to beat here and is definitely in with a big chance.
7 ALPHA DES OBEAUX (8) 11-04 Mouse Morris IRE 40/1
Not an easy horse to predict either way. Hasnt really shown any outstanding form recently but that said has actually finished races that saw the likes of ‘Anibale Fly’ and ‘Minella Rocco’ both fall. Looks certain to jump well and finish the race but will need a lot of luck to finish in front.
8 PERFECT CANDIDATE (11) 11-03 Fergal O’Brien 66/1
Very unpredictable and although his last two races have been poor he did win at Cheltenham in November. Like most here he is in with a shout on his best form but it is a big gamble for him to produce that in such a big and testing race. Looks outclassed
9 SHANTOU FLYER (8) 11-02 Richard Hobson 25/1
Has been running incredibly well recently without actually winning and has finished second on his last 4 starts and 3 of those have been at Cheltenham. He pulled up in this race last year but that was after being badly hampered. Has a huge chance today and if he gets a bit of luck could well have a winning chance.
10 TENOR NIVERNAIS (11) 11-01 Venetia Williams 100/1
Did run in this race last year and managed to finish 17th but so far this season he has had a very poor showing in his last two runs pulling up early in the first and finishing last in the second race. Will definitely find this a very hard task and difficult to recommend.
11 CARLINGFORD LOUGH (12) 11-01 John Kiely IRE 50/1
Has done extremely well in the past with two Irish gold cup wins under his belt, however he has run very very poorly in the last two seasons of racing and has never finished a race of this distance. One to steer clear of in this contest.
12 DELUSIONSOFGRANDEUR (8) 10-05 Sue Smith 50/1
A very useful Chaser who definitely stays the distance. Has 1 win and 4 places from his last 6 starts so is not without a chance. Very likely to finish the race but faces much more experienced opponents.
13 TIGER ROLL (8) 10-13 Gordon Elliott IRE 12/1
Has won twice over 3m6+ at Cheltenham one of those was his last race in March. Has a very strong chance in this race today as long as he manages to jump cleanly. Definitely one of the more likely winners in this years line up and a big each way claim.
15 VIEUX LION ROUGE (9) 10-13 David Pipe 33/1
Has won over these fences at Aintree in 2016 and finished a respectable 6th in this race last year. Hasn’t ran anywhere near as good as he did last season and looks as if he will struggle to do as well this time around. Faces a very difficult task.
16 CHASE THE SPUD (10) 10-12 Fergal O’Brien 22/1
Has shown he is a very talented sort when winning the Midlands National in March last year and followed that up with another impressive win in November. Disappointed on his only two starts so far this year but has a big opportunity to bounce back today. Not without a chance here and is a massive price if ready to put things right.
17 WARRIORS TALE (9) 10-12 Paul Nicholls 33/1
Very consistent with 2 wins and 2 seconds from his last 6 starts. Unseated the rider at this track in November but he did finish ahead of “L’ ami Serge” (who won here on first day of the festival) on his last race and was only beaten by a head. In Excellent form but the only concern is that he has never run further than 3m 2f. That being said if his stamina holds out he could well be in with a solid chance.
18 SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT (10) 10-12 Sandy Thomson 12/1
Has been very impressive in previous years and has beaten the likes of Bristol de Mai among others. Finished a very close third in the Scottish National 2016. And finished a very respectable third on his first start for a year. Cobwebs blown away and very talented jockey on board means he is very dangerous to underestimate and has a very strong chance here today. Major Player.
19 GAS LINE BOY (12) 10-11 Ian Williams 20/1
Finished a very respectable fifth in this race last year and unfortunately fell on his return here in October. He is definitely in with a chance of going one better this year and finishing in the places but is not one for the faint-hearted when it comes to these fences.
20 THE DUTCHMAN (8) 10-11 Colin Tizzard 25/1
Won over 3m1f recently and beat some good opposition, unfortunately followed up with first attempt at 3m4f and was pulled up. He would be in with a great chance if his stamina held out the distance but that will have to be taken on trust. Risky
21 PLEASANT COMPANY (10) 10-11 Willie Mullins IRE 28/1
Ran very well in this last year and was unlucky to finish only 9th. He has however since then run very poor in recent races tailing off in one and pulling up in another. Very hard to recommend on recent form.
22 UCELLO CONTI (10) 10-10 Gordon Elliott IRE 18/1
Was very unlucky in this race last year when unseating his rider whilst doing very well, and he previously finished fourth here in 2016 beating “One for Arthur” who went on to win in 2017. Has finished second to ‘Anibale Fly’ in December and his jockey today seems very confident of his chances. Leading contender with a very solid chance.
23 SAINT ARE (12) 10-10 Tom George 50/1
Has a very impressive record in this race over the years reading 92P3 and last year he was finishing very strongly. Obviously loves racing here and although he has had a torrid run in last two races pulling up in both he cannot be discounted back here over a race he clearly relishes.
25 RAZ DE MAREE (13) 10-09 Gavin Cromwell IRE 22/1
Ultra impressive on his last race when winning the Welsh National and was doing extremely well in this race last year when he was badly hampered and unseated rider. In Incredible form right now and has an excellent chance of winning again here if he gets a clear run.
26 I JUST KNOW (8) 10-08 Sue Smith 16/1
Won the Yorkshire National on his first start over 3m1f and made it look easy. Has taken a hefty hike in the weights but it’s quite possible that this extra distance could bring about even more improvement. Definitely has a chance.
27 VIRGILIO (9) 10-08 Dan Skelton 66/1
Has never ran further than 3m1f before but did manage to win over 3m here in may last year but has definitely underperformed in his two races since then. Faces an extremely tough task.
28 BAIE DES ILES (7) 10-08 Ross O’Sullivan IRE 16/1
Won a trial for this race at Punchestown in February last year over 3m4f but hasn’t really shown anything outstanding since. Had attracted a lot of attention for this race and that may be because he is very likely to jump well. Should run well but there are a lot of others with much better claims.
29 MAGGIO (13) 10-08 Patrick Griffin IRE 66/1
Won a listed chase here two years ago but has run very poorly since then. Is doubtful he will even stay the distance of today’s race and his huge price reflects this. Cannot Recommend.
30 PENDRA (10) 10-08 Charlie Longsdon 100/1
Managed to finish 13th in this race in 2016 but has only raced twice since. One of those he did finish runner up at Cheltenham 3m2f but his last start finished 15/20. Could well have blown away the cobwebs but is facing some exceptional opposition today and very difficult to see an improvement on his 2016 attempt.
31 BUYWISE (11) 10-08 Evan Williams 66/1
Won a race at Sandown over 3m in January but that win came completely out of the blue and he hadn’t managed a win for three years previous to that. Ran a poor race last time out and although it’s not beyond the realms of possibility it’s very hard to see him mounting a challenge here.
32 CHILDRENS LIST (8) 10-08 Willie Mullins IRE 66/1
Has only had four starts over fences and didn’t jump very well in the Punchestown trial for this race and was eventually pulled up. Doesn’t seem as if he should be running here and doesn’t really have a chance.
33 LORD WINDERMERE (12) 10-07 Jim Culloty IRE 50/1
Finished 7th in this last year and fell in his only race since then. Doesn’t seem to have been prepared for it this year and faces a daunting task. Difficult to recommend.
34 CAPTAIN REDBEARD (9) 10-07 Stuart Coltherd 16/1
Has been in great form recently with 2 wins and 1 second from his last 3 starts. Won his last start so confidence will be high but has never raced beyond 3m1f. Not without a chance if staying the distance and could do well.
35 HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (11) 10-07 Venetia Williams 33/1
Done well last year and placed in the Midlands National before finishing 10th in this race. His jumping has let him down in recent races and although he is lighter this time around his jumping could well let him down here again.
36 BLESS THE WINGS (13) 10-06 Gordon Elliott IRE 40/1
Strange recent record reading PP1FP and the win sandwiched between the other disastrous results was a 3m6f at Cheltenham. Very difficult to say how he will fare in this as distance will not pose a problem. Obviously very difficult to catch right and would prefer better ground. Very risky to have faith in.
37 MILANSBAR (11) 10-06 Neil King 28/1
A very exciting runner who won over 3m5f at Warwick in January and also finished second in the Midlands National last month. Whilst he has never run here before he is in excellent form and won’t mind the ground at all. He also has the very talented Bryony Frost on board. Exciting Prospect and could well be in with a winning chance.
38 FINAL NUDGE (9) 10-06 David Dennis 40/1
Ran well to finish third in the Welsh National and was in with a chance in the Midlands National in 2017 when he fell 4 from the finish. Is another who could have solid place claims if getting a clear round.
39 DOUBLE ROSS (12) 10-06 Nigel Twiston-Davies 66/1
Whilst he was unlucky in this race back in 2016 with his rider losing his irons resulting in him pulling up. This year he looks to have a bit too much on his plate. Did finish a credible 4th at Cheltenham last time out but hard to see him making an impact here.
40 ROAD TO RICHES (11) 10-05 Noel Meade IRE 50/1
Has had an unbelievably poor run of form lately and looks to be completely out of his depth here today. Will be lucky to get to the finish line and very hard to make any sort of case for him.