For the first time in more than 40 years, the Grand National weights lunch was held outside of London. Instead, the great and the good of the horse racing world came together at the Cunard Building in Liverpool for some nice grub, a few drinks and the eagerly anticipated reveal of the 2019 Grand National weights.

At 3pm, the BHA Handicapper unveiled the board and it was Bristol De Mai who had been handed top weight of 11-10. Trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, it wasn’t a huge surprise given the horses rating. However, it also doesn’t guarantee that Bristol De Mai will run at Aintree. Twiston-Davies told the Racing Post “I’ve got to talk to the owners and the Gold Cup is Bristol De Mai’s first target. If everything goes well we’ll have to think about it.”

Last year’s fourth place finisher Anibale Fly will be next on 11-06. But of course if Bristol De Mai opts out of the 2019 Grand National, then Anibale Fly will be bumped up to the number one spot.

Tiger Roll and Pleasant Company who finished first and second last year have both gone up in the weights. Tiger Roll will run a couple of pounds more on 11-01 with Pleasant Company on 10-11, staying the same.

BHA Handicapper Martin Greenwood, who framed the weights for the first time this year said: “I have them both on the same mark for what they were rated after last year’s Grand National.

“Tiger Roll confirmed that rating in the Cross Country Handicap at Cheltenham in November.

“Pleasant Company has been a bit disappointing in a few runs since, but I think the Aintree fences will bring out the best in him, so that is why I left him on that mark.”

Connections at Gigginstown should be happy with how their horses faired. Alpha Des Obeaux is their highest weighted on 11-04, with Outlander on 11-00 and Don Poli on 10-13. And the positive response from trainer Gordon Elliott confirms it.

Elliott is back to win it saying “I’ll run as many as I can. I’ve won it before and it would be nice to win it again.

“Basically I’ll run whatever gets in. If I can get 10 to 15 in, I’ll run them all.

“We look forward to it. Obviously it’s a race we target and want to win.

“It will be very hard for Tiger Roll. He’s got a lot more weight this year, but we’ll see what happens.

“He’s very good. He’ll run in the Boyne Hurdle in Navan this weekend and then go to Cheltenham for the cross-country again.

“Obviously we have Dounikos and General Principle, who ran well in the trial at Punchestown. They’ll be going.

“We’ll try to get them all in because if you’re not in, you can’t win.”

Interestingly, only nine potential 2019 Grand National runners are currently weighted at 11-00 or more. That is not a lot considering the calibre of entry this year. It may be a case that more will get pulled into the higher weights if Bristol De Mai is scratched at some point. However, if he does go to Aintree then it leaves the field wide open.

Even Elegant Escape is relatively unscathed on 11-04 and still remains a favourite at 14/1 with Paddy Power. You can still get him at 20/1 ante-post at Betfred!

Grand National 2019 Weights

Horse Age Wgt Rating Owner Trainer
1) BRISTOL DE MAI (FR) 8 11-10 168 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
2) ANIBALE FLY (FR) 9 11-06 164 J P McManus Tony Martin IRE
3) ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) 9 11-04 162 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
4) ELEGANT ESCAPE (IRE) 7 11-04 162 John Romans Colin Tizzard
5) THE STORYTELLER (IRE) 8 11-03 161 Pat Sloan Gordon Elliott IRE
6) VALTOR (FR) 10 11-02 160 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
7) EDWULF 10 11-01 159 J P McManus Joseph O’Brien IRE
8) TIGER ROLL (IRE) 9 11-01 159 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
9) OUTLANDER (IRE) 11 11-00 158 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
10) DON POLI (IRE) 10 10-13 157 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
 
11) GO CONQUER (IRE) 10 10-13 157 Paul & Clare Rooney Nigel Twiston-Davies
12) SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE) 10 10-13 157 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
13) BLAKLION 10 10-12 156 Simon Such & Gino Paletta Nigel Twiston-Davies
14) MALA BEACH (IRE) 11 10-12 156 Chris Jones Gordon Elliott IRE
15) YALA ENKI (FR) 9 10-12 156 Hills of Ledbury (Aga) Venetia Williams
16) BALLYOPTIC (IRE) 9 10-11 155 Mills & Mason Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies
17) BLACK CORTON (FR) 8 10-11 155 The Brooks, Stewart Families & J Kyle Paul Nicholls
18) LAKE VIEW LAD (IRE) 9 10-11 155 Trevor Hemmings Nick Alexander
19) MINELLA ROCCO (IRE) 9 10-11 155 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
20) PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) 11 10-11 155 Malcolm Denmark Willie Mullins IRE
 
21) AMERICAN (FR) 9 10-10 154 The Jago Family Partnership Harry Fry
22) DOUNIKOS (FR) 8 10-10 154 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
23) ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE) 10 10-10 154 Two Golf Widows Lucinda Russell
24) RATHVINDEN (IRE) 11 10-10 154 Ronnie Bartlett Willie Mullins IRE
25) SHATTERED LOVE (IRE) 8 10-10 154 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
26) SIZING CODELCO (IRE) 10 10-10 154 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Colin Tizzard
27) TOTAL RECALL (IRE) 10 10-10 154 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
28) TRAFFIC FLUIDE (FR) 9 10-10 154 Galloping On The South Downs Partnership Gary Moore
29) ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE) 9 10-09 153 Diana Whateley Philip Hobbs
30) WARRIORS TALE 10 10-09 153 Trevor Hemmings Paul Nicholls
 
31) AUVERGNAT (FR) 9 10-08 152 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
32) REGAL ENCORE (IRE) 11 10-08 152 J P McManus Anthony Honeyball
33) ROYAL VACATION (IRE) 9 10-08 152 Jean Bishop Colin Tizzard
34) A TOI PHIL (FR) 9 10-07 151 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
35) JURY DUTY (IRE) 8 10-07 151 Sideways Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE
36) MAGIC OF LIGHT (IRE) 8 10-07 151 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE
37) MASTER DEE (IRE) 10 10-07 151 Paul & Clare Rooney Fergal O’Brien
38) MONBEG NOTORIOUS (IRE) 8 10-06 150 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
39) NOBLE ENDEAVOR (IRE) 10 10-06 150 Chris Jones Gordon Elliott IRE
40) SANDYMOUNT DUKE (IRE) 10 10-06 150 Ronnie Wood Jessica Harrington IRE
 
41) THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) 11 10-06 150 Paul & Clare Rooney Harry Fry
42) ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (FR) 9 10-05 149 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
43) RAMSES DE TEILLEE (FR) 7 10-05 149 John White & Anne Underhill David Pipe
44) TEA FOR TWO 10 10-05 149 Jane Williams & Len Jakeman Jane Williams
45) DAKLONDIKE (IRE) 7 10-04 148 Prof Caroline Tisdall David Pipe
46) MALL DINI (IRE) 9 10-04 148 Philip Reynolds Patrick Kelly IRE
47) CALETT MAD (FR) 7 10-03 147 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
48) STEP BACK (IRE) 9 10-03 147 Cracker and Smodge Partnership Mark Bradstock
49) THE DUTCHMAN (IRE) 9 10-03 147 SprayClad UK Colin Tizzard
50) ULTRAGOLD (FR) 11 10-03 147 Brocade Racing John Romans Terry Warner Colin Tizzard
 
51) BLOW BY BLOW (IRE) 8 10-02 146 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
52) MS PARFOIS (IRE) 8 10-02 146 M R Chapman Anthony Honeyball
53) PAIROFBROWNEYES (IRE) 10 10-02 146 Fibbage Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
54) SINGLEFARMPAYMENT 9 10-02 146 N T Griffith & H M Haddock Tom George
55) SOME NECK (FR) 8 10-02 146 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
56) UP FOR REVIEW (IRE) 10 10-02 146 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
57) VALSEUR LIDO (FR) 10 10-02 146 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
58) VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) 10 10-02 146 Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent David Pipe
59) ABOLITIONIST (IRE) 11 10-01 145 Mark Albon, John Provan & Chris Stedman Dr Richard Newland
60) GIVE ME A COPPER (IRE) 9 10-01 145 Done, Ferguson, Kyle, Mason & Wood Paul Nicholls
 
61) MISSED APPROACH (IRE) 9 10-01 145 Alan & Andrew Turner Warren Greatrex
62) FOLSOM BLUE (IRE) 12 10-00 144 Core Partnership Gordon Elliott IRE
63) GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE) 10 10-00 144 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
64) LIVELOVELAUGH (IRE) 9 10-00 144 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
65) VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE) 9 10-00 144 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
66) WALK IN THE MILL (FR) 9 10-00 144 Baroness Harding Robert Walford
67) WILLIE BOY (IRE) 8 10-00 144 Kate & Andrew Brooks Charlie Longsdon
68) BALLYHILL (FR) 8 9-13 143 Simon Such & Gino Paletta Nigel Twiston-Davies
69) BLESS THE WINGS (IRE) 14 9-13 143 Adrian Butler & Stephen O’Connor Gordon Elliott IRE
70) CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE) 10 9-13 143 Stuart Coltherd Stuart Coltherd
 
71) POLIDAM (FR) 10 9-13 143 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Willie Mullins IRE
72) ALLYSSON MONTERG (FR) 9 9-12 142 David Fox Richard Hobson
73) BAIE DES ILES (FR) 8 9-12 142 Zorka Wentworth Ross O’Sullivan IRE
74) EXITAS (IRE) 11 9-12 142 P Middleton, M Lowther Phil Middleton
75) ISLEOFHOPENDREAMS 12 9-12 142 Kilbroney Racing Willie Mullins IRE
76) JOE FARRELL (IRE) 10 9-12 142 M Sherwood, N Morris & R Curtis Rebecca Curtis
77) JUST A PAR (IRE) 12 9-12 142 M Scott James Moffatt
78) RED INFANTRY (IRE) 9 9-12 142 Rob Little Ian Williams
79) SHANTOU VILLAGE (IRE) 9 9-12 142 Jane Gerard-Pearse Neil Mulholland
80) THE YOUNG MASTER 10 9-12 142 Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters Neil Mulholland
 
81) WESTERNER POINT (IRE) 10 9-11 141 Thade Quill Syndicate Eoghan O’Grady IRE
82) BALLYARTHUR (IRE) 9 9-10 140 Graham and Alison Jelley Nigel Twiston-Davies
83) BALLYDINE (IRE) 9 9-10 140 Alan Halsall Charlie Longsdon
84) COGRY 10 9-10 140 Graham and Alison Jelley Nigel Twiston-Davies
85) FACT OF THE MATTER (IRE) 9 9-10 140 The Sandylini Racing Partnership Jamie Snowden
86) OUT SAM 10 9-10 140 D Charlesworth Gordon Elliott IRE
87) VIEUX MORVAN (FR) 10 9-10 140 M L Bloodstock Limited Joseph O’Brien IRE
88) IMPULSIVE STAR (IRE) 9 9-09 139 Robert Waley-Cohen & Men Holding Neil Mulholland
89) KINGSWELL THEATRE 10 9-09 139 John J Murray Michael Scudamore
90) MR DIABLO (IRE) 10 9-09 139 Aidan Glynn Philip Dempsey IRE
 
91) CAROLE’S DESTRIER 11 9-08 138 Mrs C Skipworth Neil Mulholland
92) MILANSBAR (IRE) 12 9-08 138 Robert Bothway Neil King
93) BORICE (FR) 8 9-07 137 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Gordon Elliott IRE
94) JAROB 12 9-07 137 Chris Jones Gearoid O’Loughlin IRE
95) MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE) 11 9-07 137 T Howley Jnr/A J O’Ryan/D McDonnell Gordon Elliott IRE
96) ROGUE ANGEL (IRE) 11 9-07 137 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
97) SPLASH OF GINGE 11 9-07 137 John Neild Nigel Twiston-Davies
98) ZIGA BOY (FR) 10 9-07 137 Axom LI Alan King
99) CALL IT MAGIC (IRE) 9 9-05 135 Zorka Wentworth Ross O’Sullivan IRE
100) HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) 13 9-05 135 Cheveley Park Stud James Moffatt
 
101) KILCREA VALE (IRE) 9 9-05 135 Alan Spence Nicky Henderson
102) WOODS WELL (IRE) 8 9-05 135 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
103) LOOKING WELL (IRE) 10 9-03 133 David Wesley Yates Nicky Richards
104) BACK TO THE THATCH (IRE) 7 9-02 132 M R & Mrs C J Barnwell Henry Daly
105) POTTERS CORNER (IRE) 9 9-02 132 All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies Christian Williams
106) MORNEY WING (IRE) 10 8-13 129 The Steeple Chasers Charlie Mann
107) NED STARK (IRE) 11 8-12 128 Noel Moran/Mrs Valerie Moran Gordon Elliott IRE
108) RATHLIN ROSE (IRE) 11 8-12 128 Fergus Wilson David Pipe
109) SCOIR MEAR (IRE) 9 8-11 127 J P McManus Thomas Mullins IRE
110) VAN GOGH DU GRANIT (FR) 10 8-11 127 Fergus Wilson David Pipe