When it comes to the Grand National horses, current form is the one thing that most people rely on when they want to whittle down their choices and pick a horse to back.

However, that doesn’t necessarily mean wins. A proven track record at longer distances, rarely unseating or pulling up in a race or even beating out potential rivals in past meetings, often means more than making it into the winner’s enclosure.

That is why, despite not winning the Gold Cup but finishing third in the race, Corach Rambler’s odds dropped to as little as 5/1 to win the Grand National again.

From trainer Lucinda Russell’s perspective, the Gold Cup was a great way to warm up her charge in preparation for another bid at the National on April 13th.

So, what about all the other potential Grand National runners who also headed to Prestbury Park in March? Which of them boosted their chances, and which fizzled out, leaving their hopes for Aintree languishing in the wind?

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Trained by Gordon Elliott, Conflated ran in the Ryanair Chase and finished in third place. However, his odds didn’t change very much, and he is still a general 33/1.

The primary reason is that the Ryanair Chase, although a Grade 1 race, is only 2m4½f, a long way off the distance he will run at Aintree.

Also adding to his woes is the fact that with Hewick now looking set to skip the National, Conflated, as number two on the list, will be bumped up by 3lbs to top weight of 11-12.

And anybody who knows anything about the Grand National will tell you that the last horse to win on top weight was Red Rum. I like Conflated, but he’s no Red Rum.

Noble Yeats

The 2022 winner ran in the Stayers Hurdle, and although he only managed 7th place, it was a decent warm-up.

It remains to be seen whether it is enough for another successful bid at Aintree. That said, his current form is still solid following a win at Cheltenham in January.


You would have thought that having won the Welsh National on heavy ground that this year’s Gold Cup going would have perfectly suited Nassalam.

And it might have if he hadn’t been so outclassed on the day. While he was never likely to beat Galopin Des Champs, he also made a couple of costly mistakes that led to him being pulled up.

He might have better luck at Aintree but that performance didn’t do anything for his chances.

Limerick Lace

Prior to the mares Chase Limerick Lace was a general 40/1 for the Grand National.

But a blindingly good victory saw her odds slashed to 25/1 before shortening even further to 20/1 when the odds went NRNB.

Of all the potential runners, Limerick Lace is the one who is definitely no longer flying under the radar.


Trained by Willie Mullins and owned by JP McManus, Capodanno was fourth in the Ryanair Chase, ahead of Conflated, and while his odds moved out a little, he is still reasonably well favoured at 20/1.

Capodanno ran in last year’s National and pulled up before the last but had only had one seasonal prep race before heading to Aintree.

This season, he has had four runs, which will put him in much better stead, and the trip on Ryanair might just be what gives him the edge.


At a general 66/1, Janidil didn’t do much to improve his chances when he finished 11th from 12 in the Stayers Hurdle.

Beaten by a whopping 30L, he never got going, and bar Willie Mullins’s ability to wave a magic wand, he doesn’t look like a contender for the National either.

Asterion Forlonge

Had Asterion Forlonge not made a mistake five out in the Stayers Hurdle, he could have improved on his 6th place finish.

Whether that would have impressed the bookies, who currently have him priced at 100/1, is unknown, but it does seem a little harsh given that he still faired better than some of his potential competition in the Grand National.

Farouk D’alene

By any measure, the Pertemps was a poor race for Farouk D’alene, who was never really in contention before pulling up before the last hurdle.

His lack of any real success in the last couple of years is likely the main reason he’s a general 66/1 for the 2024 Grand National, and his Cheltenham run did nothing to improve it.

Salvador Ziggy

Salvador Ziggy’s chances in the Grand National would have been greatly boosted by anything resembling a decent run in the National Hunt.

At 3m6f it would have demonstrated real stamina and jumping ability over longer distances. The problem is that he made quite a few mistakes and held up the rear before pulling up.

Can he redeem himself at Aintree? Gordon Elliott has four weeks to correct the errors to give him a chance.

The Ultima Handicap Chase

Two years on the bounce Corach Rambler won the Ultima Handicap at Cheltenham before winning the Grand National.

It’s a great stepping stone for Grand National horses and generally attracts a lot of dual runners. So when Meetingofthewaters finished third this year, his odds were slashed quite considerably, pushing him into contention.

In fact, there were ten dual runners this year, with Famous Bridge in fourth place, The Goffer in fifth, and Kitty’s Light in seventh.

The other six, however, didn’t fare so well, with Eldorado Allen, Run Wild Fred, Eklat De Rire, Gevery, Monbeg Genius, and Minella Crooner all pulling up.

That considerably altered their odds, with Monbeg Genius moving out to as much as 50/1 on the betting markets.


With the next declaration stage fast approaching, seeing who stays and who goes will be interesting. Which National horses came out of Cheltenham on form, and which may need to seek racing options elsewhere?

With only 34 runners set to line up this year, in a change from the usual 40, the competition for a spot at the starting tape will be fierce.

So will the winner come via Prestbury Park like Corach Rambler or will it be another fairytale story like Noble Yeats? Time will tell.