For the second time, the Grand National weights lunch was held outside of London. The great and the good of the horse racing world came together at St George’s Hall in Liverpool for a bit of lunch, a few drinks and the eagerly anticipated reveal of the 2020 Grand National weights.

At 3pm, the BHA Handicapper, Martin Greenwood, unveiled the board and it was Tiger Roll who had been handed top weight of 11-10. Trained by Gordon Elliott, it wasn’t a huge surprise given the horse’s official rating of 172, which has been compressed down to 170. But top weight is a burden that most connections hope to avoid so speculation about a guaranteed run at Aintree is sure to follow today’s announcement. Particularly in light of what his owner Michael O’Leary has previously said about his participation.

Second in the weights is his stablemate Delta Work, also on joint top weight of 11-10. Again this is unsurprising given the caliber of chaser that he is. That said, he is well and truly ear-marked for Cheltenham and at only 7-years-old will undoubtedly swerve Aintree this year.

Bristol De Mai comes in third on 11-08 with the Colin Tizzard trained Native River on 11-06.

Last year’s runner-up, Magic Light saw her weight increased from 10-11 to just 10-12 which hopefully won’t hamper her chances of another shot in the Aintree spectacular.

Ten horses have been given 11st or more. BHA Handicapper Martin Greenwood, who framed the weights for the second time this year said: ““I have made Tiger Roll and Delta Work joint top-weights for the Randox Health Grand National.

“This decision was made essentially on two factors – historical compression which was brought in by Phil Smith and has been used for the last 10 years or so. On the other hand, I have to give Tiger Roll this mark based on his efforts over the national fences at Aintree where he is of course unbeaten.

“Tiger Roll was rated 172 at the end of last year and obviously there is no recent evidence to go on because of his fitness issues, so his handicap mark has been unquantifiable since.

“He is therefore coming down 2lb and carries the same weight as Suny Bay did when he was second in the 1998 Grand National. No other horse has carried that rating since. Many Clouds won off 11st 9lb, but he did not have as high a rating.”

Connections at Gigginstown have yet to comment on the weights given to their list of entries.

Grand National 2020 Weights

  Horse Age Wgt   Owner Trainer
1 Delta Work (FR) 7 11-10 170 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
2 Tiger Roll (IRE) 10 11-10 170 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
3 Bristol de Mai (FR) 9 11-08 168 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
4 Native River (IRE) 10 11-06 166 Brocade Racing Colin Tizzard
5 Anibale Fly (FR) 10 11-02 162 J P McManus Tony Martin IRE
6 Aso (FR) 10 11-02 162 The Bellamy Partnership Venetia Williams
7 Cadmium (FR) 8 11-02 162 In Our Element Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
8 Elegant Escape (IRE) 8 11-02 162 J P Romans Colin Tizzard
9 Top Ville Ben (IRE) 8 11-02 162 Harbour Rose Partnership Philip Kirby
10 Beware The Bear (IRE) 10 11-00 160 G B Barlow Nicky Henderson
             
11 Chris’s Dream (IRE) 8 11-00 160 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
12 Alpha des Obeaux (FR) 10 10-13 159 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
13 Jett (IRE) 9 10-13 159 G M McGrath Jessica Harrington IRE
14 Peregrine Run (IRE) 10 10-13 159 V Byrne Peter Fahey IRE
15 Total Recall (IRE) 11 10-13 159 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
16 Magic of Light (IRE) 9 10-12 158 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE
17 The Storyteller (IRE) 9 10-12 158 Mrs Pat Sloan Gordon Elliott IRE
18 Voix du Reve (FR) 8 10-12 158 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
19 Ballyoptic (IRE) 10 10-11 157 Mills & Mason Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies
20 Talkischeap (IRE) 8 10-11 157 Charles Dingwall Alan King
             
21 Yala Enki (FR) 10 10-11 157 Hills of Ledbury Ltd Paul Nicholls
22 Burrows Saint (FR) 7 10-10 156 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
23 Definitly Red (IRE) 11 10-10 156 Phil & Julie Martin Brian Ellison
24 Ok Corral (IRE) 10 10-09 155 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
25 Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 11 10-09 155 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
26 Tout Est Permis (FR) 7 10-09 155 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE
27 Crievehill (IRE) 8 10-08 154 Highclere T’Bred Racing- Crievehill Nigel Twiston-Davies
28 Jury Duty (IRE) 9 10-08 154 Sideways Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE
29 Lake View Lad (IRE) 10 10-08 154 Trevor Hemmings Nick Alexander
30 Vintage Clouds (IRE) 10 10-08 154 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
             
31 Pleasant Company (IRE) 12 10-07 153 Malcolm Denmark Willie Mullins IRE
32 Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 10 10-06 152 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
33 Any Second Now (IRE) 8 10-06 152 J P McManus Ted Walsh IRE
34 Champagne Classic (IRE) 9 10-06 152 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
35 Mister Whitaker (IRE) 8 10-06 152 Tim Radford Mick Channon
36 Potters Corner (IRE) 10 10-06 152 All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies Christian Williams
37 Shattered Love (IRE) 9 10-06 152 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
38 Death Duty (IRE) 9 10-05 151 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
39 Dounikos (FR) 9 10-05 151 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
40 Kildisart (IRE) 8 10-05 151 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Ben Pauling
             
41 Ramses de Teillee (FR) 8 10-05 151 John White & Anne Underhill David Pipe
42 Acting Lass (IRE) 9 10-04 150 Nigel & Barbara Collison Harry Fry
43 Double Shuffle (IRE) 10 10-04 150 Crossed Fingers Partnership Tom George
44 Kimberlite Candy (IRE) 8 10-04 150 J P McManus Tom Lacey
45 Saint Xavier (FR) 8 10-04 150 David Maxwell Racing Limited Paul Nicholls
46 Valtor (FR) 11 10-04 150 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
47 Walk In The Mill (FR) 10 10-04 150 Baroness Harding Robert Walford
48 Warriors Tale 11 10-04 150 Trevor Hemmings Paul Nicholls
49 Chef des Obeaux (FR) 8 10-03 149 Sullivan Bloodstock Limited Willie Mullins IRE
50 Class Conti (FR) 8 10-03 149 P Joubert Willie Mullins IRE
             
51 Traffic Fluide (FR) 10 10-03 149 Galloping On The South Downs Gary Moore
52 One For Arthur (IRE) 11 10-02 148 Two Golf Widows Lucinda Russell
53 Romain de Senam (FR) 8 10-02 148 Chris Giles & Dan Macdonald Paul Nicholls
54 Snugsborough Benny (IRE) 10 10-02 148 R Loughnane Liam Cusack IRE
55 Dallas des Pictons (FR) 7 10-01 147 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
56 Give Me A Copper (IRE) 10 10-01 147 Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood Paul Nicholls
57 Lord du Mesnil (FR) 7 10-01 147 Paul Porter Richard Hobson
58 Now McGinty (IRE) 9 10-01 147 The Garratt Family Stuart Edmunds
59 Poker Party (FR) 8 10-01 147 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
60 Steely Addition (IRE) 8 10-01 147 Step By Step Philip Hobbs
             
61 Takingrisks (IRE) 11 10-01 147 Frank Bird Nicky Richards
62 Borice (FR) 9 10-00 146 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Gordon Elliott IRE
63 Heron Heights (IRE) 11 10-00 146 Barry Maloney Henry de Bromhead IRE
64 Hogan’s Height (IRE) 9 10-00 146 Foxtrot Racing: Hogan’s Height Jamie Snowden
65 Regal Encore (IRE) 12 10-00 146 J P McManus Anthony Honeyball
66 Activial (FR) 10 9-13 145 Roger Brookhouse Tom George
67 Atlanta Ablaze 9 9-13 145 The Last Man Standing Henry Daly
68 Cabaret Queen 8 9-13 145 SyndicatesRacing Willie Mullins IRE
69 Dalko Moriviere (FR) 7 9-13 145 Ecurie Sagara Jerome Larrigade FR
70 Dragon d’Estruval (FR) 7 9-13 145 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
             
71 Le Breuil (FR) 8 9-13 145 Mrs Emma Palmer Ben Pauling
72 Outlander (IRE) 12 9-13 145 GOWING’S ELEVEN Richard Spencer
73 A Toi Phil (FR) 10 9-12 144 Teme Valley 2 Gary Moore
74 Cogry 11 9-12 144 Graham and Alison Jelley Nigel Twiston-Davies
75 Dingo Dollar (IRE) 8 9-12 144 M Warren J Holmes R Kidner & J Wright Alan King
76 Flying Angel (IRE) 9 9-12 144 R J Rexton Nigel Twiston-Davies
77 The Hollow Ginge (IRE) 7 9-12 144 The Ginge Army Nigel Twiston-Davies
78 The Young Master 11 9-12 144 Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters Neil Mulholland
79 Mall Dini (IRE) 10 9-11 143 Philip J Reynolds Patrick Kelly IRE
80 Monbeg Notorious (IRE) 9 9-11 143 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
             
81 As de Mee (FR) 10 9-10 142 The Stewart Family & Judi Dench Paul Nicholls
82 Fitzhenry (IRE) 8 9-10 142 J P McManus Paul Nolan IRE
83 Joe Farrell (IRE) 11 9-10 142 M Sherwood, N Morris & J Turner Rebecca Curtis
84 Ravenhill (IRE) 10 9-10 142 Try Ravenhill Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE
85 Roaring Bull (IRE) 7 9-10 142 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
86 Townshend (GER) 9 9-10 142 J D Neild Nigel Twiston-Davies
87 Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 11 9-10 142 Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent David Pipe
88 Ami Desbois (FR) 10 9-09 141 The Reserved Judgment Partnership Graeme McPherson
89 Missed Approach (IRE) 10 9-09 141 Alan & Andrew Turner Warren Greatrex
90 Moonshine Bay (IRE) 7 9-08 140 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE
             
91 Noble Endeavor (IRE) 11 9-08 140 Chris Jones Gordon Elliott IRE
92 Out Sam 11 9-08 140 D Charlesworth Gordon Elliott IRE
93 Fingerontheswitch (IRE) 10 9-07 139 Cahill, Atwell & Crofts Neil Mulholland
94 Singlefarmpayment 10 9-07 139 N T Griffith & H M Haddock Tom George
95 Kilfilum Cross (IRE) 9 9-06 138 Andy Bell & Fergus Lyons Henry Oliver
96 Soupy Soups (IRE) 9 9-06 138 Equi ex Incertis Partners Neil Mulholland
97 General Principle (IRE) 11 9-05 137 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
98 Spider Web (IRE) 9 9-05 137 J P McManus Tom Mullins IRE
99 Princeton Royale (IRE) 11 9-03 135 D Nott, P Beadles, R Clarke Neil King
             
100 Scoir Mear (IRE) 10 8-12 130 J P McManus Tom Mullins IRE
101 Rathlin Rose (IRE) 12 8-10 128 Fergus Wilson David Pipe
102 Disco d’Authie (FR) 11 8-07 125 Mme Magalen Bryant David Cottin FR
103 Prince of Scars (IRE) 10 8-07 125 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Gordon Elliott IRE