Want to know all about the 2019 Grand National Runners but don’t have time to study the form? Check out our very quick guide to the runners who look set to line up on Saturday 6th April at 5.15pm!
Steve Mullington gives us his low-down and tips for the Grand National on Saturday. Runner numbers may change before the race as the final declarations are made on Thursday.
1. Anibale Fly – Barry Geraghty
Second in this season’s Gold Cup and fourth in this race last year. Sets a high standard.
2. Valtor – Daryl Jacob
Surprise winner of the Garrard Silver Cup before Christmas and has been pulled up since.
3. Tiger Roll- Davy Russell
Winner last year and clearly in good heart after another Cheltenham Festival win. Will have to break a 45-year record though to follow up.
4. Outlander – Keith Donoghue
Game veteran whose last win came in the JNwine.com Champion Chase in 2017.
5. Don Poli – Patrick Mullins
Well beaten third behind Jury Duty last time out and is now without a win since 2015.
6. Go Conquer – Sam Twiston-Davies
Nice winner of the Sky Bet Chase but will his stamina last out here?
7. Mala Beach – Jamie Codd
Second to Jury Duty at Down Royal and is seen to his best on soft/heavy ground. Rain will suit him.
8. Minella Rocco – Richie McLernon
Ran a stinker at Cheltenham but Jonjo has always fancied him to do well in the National.
9. Lake View Lad – Henry Brooke
This grey a real chance of giving owner Trevor Hemmings yet another victory in the race. He is a horse in peak form.
10. Pleasant Company
Ran the race of his life when runner-up last year but has done very little since.
11. Ballyoptic – Tom Bellamy
Finished sixth in this year’s Welsh Grand National but has run inconsistently since.
12. Dounikos – Jack Kennedy
Bounced back to form in the Boyle Sports Grand National Trial Handicap Chase and a reproduction of that would put him bang in contention.
Winner of the Bobbyjo Chase last time which has proved to be a useful barometer to this race in the past.
14. One For Arthur – Derek Fox
Winner of this race in 2017 but has unseated his rider in just two outings since.
15. Rock The Kasbah – Richard Johnson
Can Richard Johnson finally break his hoodoo in the race? The horse will have to prove he can stay first.
16. Warriors Tale – Harry Cobden
Ran last year but pulled-up. Has never realyl been challenged over the longer distances.
17. Regal Encore
Finished 8th in the 2017 renewal and runs in the famous J.P McManus green and gold colours.
18. Magic Of Light – Paddy Kennedy
Trained by top trainer Jessica Harrington but would be a surprise winner in this.
19. A Toi Phil – Denis O’Regan
Ran fifth in the Pertemps Hurdle Final at Cheltenham but this is a massive switch up.
20. Jury Duty – Robbie Power
This is Gordon Elliott’s best chance of a non-Gigginstown winner. All the signs look positive.
21. Noble Endeavor – Mark Enright
Has contested many of the distance handicaps in both GB an Ireland and warmed up nicely for this at Cheltenham.
23. Monbeg Notorious – Sean Bowen
Winner of the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase in 2018 but has failed to go onto bigger things.
24. Ramses De Teillee – David Noonan
Second in the Welsh Grand National and has showed an aptitude for long distances.
25. Tea For Two – Lizzie Kelly
Won the Bowl here in 2017 but has failed to hit those dizzy heights again.
26. Mall Dini
Has yet to win a chase despite knocking on the door several times, notably in the 2018 Kim Muir.
27. Step Back – Nico De Boinville
Won the season-ending Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown last year but has struggled to run up to that level since.
28. Ultragold – Tom O’Brien
Third in the Becher Chase and did well and Warwick but pulled-up at Cheltenham. Still a solid hope for Colin Tizzard.
Two time winner of the Leinster National but this is a considerably longer race.
30. Blow By Blow – Andrew Ring
Has run five uninspiring races since finishing a close second to Some Neck in the Florida Pearl Chase.
31. Up For Review
Finished third in the Thyestes before coming 8th in the Ultima. This distance may stretch him.
32. Singlefarmpayment Paddy Brennan
Nine-year-old gelding who just finds winning a very elusive project.
33. Vieux Lion Rouge – Tom Scudamore
Has plenty of experience over the National fences but simply does not stay out this trip.
34. Valseur Lido – Rachael Blackmore
Has shown nothing of any consequence since landing the JNwine.com Champion Chase in 2016.
35. Vintage Clouds – Danny Cook
Another grey with a live chance for Trevor Hemmings. Ran a cracker in the Ultima and looks sure to be on the premises.
36. General Principle – James Slevin
Winner of the Irish Grand National last season. The more rain the better for this 2019 Grand National runner.
37. Livelovelaugh –
has a couple of wins but only over much shorter distances. Will really struggle with the Grand National distance.
38. Walk In The Mill – James Best
Won the Becher Chase in December but will be stretched over the distance of the Grand National.
39. Folsom Blue – Luke Dempsey
Stamina all day and has run in the Irish, Welsh and Midlands Grand Nationals. Will go the distance but struggle to win. Could place.
40. Captain Redbeard – Sam Coltherd
Ran last year but unseated. Runs better over shorter distances. But a bit of rain and lower weight will help.
41. Bless The Wings – Robert Dunne
Oldest horse in the race but was third last year in the Grand National. Can run all day but not having a great season.
Steve Mullington predicted top four (any order):
Lake View Lad. Vintage Clouds. Jury Duty. Anibale Fly.