Grand National at Aintree Racecourse is the next big race on the cards following Cheltenham Festival! The world renowned steeplechase will gather horse racing enthusiasts from all over the globe for three days of exhilarating National Hunt Racing action in April.
Ahead of the highly anticipated Grand National race which takes place on Grand National Day, find out more about these top ten prominent runners.
Key Runners at Grand National
Weight: 11-1 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Odds: 10/1
Could last year’s Grand National Winner become the next horse to win the prestigious race twice in a row? This success has not been achieved since 1974 when Red Rum won in both 1973 and 1974. Last year he won with a large weight of 10st 13lbs, however this year he will be carrying more. The leading contender is sure to give fans a thrilling race in the contest to victory. Only time will tell how he will fare at year’s meeting.
Weight: 11-4 | Age: 7 | Trainer: Colin Tizzard | Odds: 14/1
Elegant Escape gained victory in this season’s Welsh National. The Colin Tizzard runner could potentially be the first Grand National winner for the leading trainer. Trends tell us that seven year olds have a negative racing record however this contender could certainly defy the odds.
Weight: 10-0 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Sue Smith | Odds: 25/1
Vintage Clouds is another strong contender in the Grand National contest. The horse has won the race a total of three times in previous years. He has experience of the track, having won at Aintree Racecourse back in 2017 and 2018 saw him finish third in the Scottish National carrying a much higher handicap.
Weight: 11-6 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Tim Martin | Odds: 16/1
Anibale Fly came in third for the prestigious Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2017. His owner JP McManus won the Grand National back in 2010 and is certainly seeking a further victory. The rising horse came fourth in the 2018 Grand National renewal and was rated 159. Last year, a mere eleven lengths stood between him and the winner thus it’ll be interesting to see what improvements have been made in the past year.
Weight: 10-10 | Age: 11 | Trainer: Willie Mullins | Odds: 12/1
Rathvinden has experience to his name and has won the 4m race at Cheltenham Festival. If successful in this Grand National bid, the horse will become one of the few eleven year olds to win the race since 2012. In addition to that, he could also also be Willie Mullins’ second Grand National winner!
Weight: 10-0 | Age: 10 | Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Odds: 25/1
Another prominent horse trained by Gordon Elliott is General Principle. The horse has great experience having won the Irish Grand National in 2018. He has superb form in gruelling staying races however it will be his first time running on the track at Aintree Racecourse. Provided the ground in soft, General Principle is sure to put in a tough challenge for this race.
Weight: 10-4 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Patrick Kelly | Odds: 20/1
Though the horse has yet to win over fences, he’s got a solid form and has seen steady improvements. After coming in a close second at Cheltenham Festival’s Kim Muir, he must build on that success in the run up to the grand race!
Rock The Kasbah
Weight: 10-9 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Philip Hobbs | Odds: 20/1
Though best suited to good surfaces, Rock The Kasbah has still been able to achieve victory on soft surfaces. He has a proven record of finishing within the top two over fences so we’ll be looking forward to seeing if he can finish in first and make it a first Grand National win for trainer Philip Hobbs.
Walk In The Mill
Weight: 10-0 | Age: 9 | Trainer: Robert Walford | Odds: 33/1
This season, Walk In The Mill showed great signs of improvement having won the Becher Chase! Last year he was a 2018 Grand National Reserve. Having experience over these fences in particular, we’re excited to see how he will fare this year.
Up For Review
Weight: 10-12 | Age: 10 | Trainer: Willie Mullins | Odds: 25/1
Up For Review is another Willie Mullins trained horse that should not be underestimated. The horse has been kept fresh this season and has been improving over the past years. Nonetheless he lacks experience jumping over fences and running long distances.
With £1,000,000 up for grabs as the total prize fund, we’re sure that this year’s Grand National race is going to be a memorable one! The intensity of the racing on track and the atmosphere on the stands will certainly make for a thrilling day at the races.
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