The weights for the 2022 Randox Grand National were announced on Tuesday at a ceremony in Liverpool to celebrate the world’s greatest steeplechase, which will be run again this year for a total prize fund of £1 million.
Forty horses will line up at Aintree on Saturday 9th April to tackle the 30 fences and 4m 2f 74y course in the 174th running of the race.
Here are five horses we believe are in with a live shout at the Merseyside track come the spring:
Burrows Saint (10st 13lb, current price 20/1)
Trained by Willie Mullins and owned by the Ricci’s, Burrows Saint is one of the leading Grand National lights from the Closutton yard this year.
Speaking of the nine-year-old, Mullins said “He looked very good for most of the race last year and just going to the last he just ran out of petrol a bit.
“However, he is more mature this year and he is certainly one a lot of jockeys would like to ride.
“It was a good run he had behind Al Boum Photo last time and it has been entirely the case since last year’s Grand National to go back there again.
“He will probably go for the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse before going to Aintree. He has a nice weight and is definitely a horse with a chance of that weight.”
Escaria Ten (10st 9lbs, current price 16/1)
Gordon Elliott really likes this McNeill family horse a lot and said of his chances:
“He will go straight to the Grand National.
“I’d say he just got tired the last day in the Thyestes. He is a big horse and he is hard to get fit and he just needed the run last time.
“He ran a very good race behind Galvin in the National Hunt Chase last year and that form is very good. I think he should go well over those fences.”
Longhouse Poet (10st 12lb, current price 20/1)
There were Echoes of Numbersixvalverde as Longhouse Poet claimed the Thyestes Chase a few weeks ago and trainer Martin Brassil could well have another National winner on his hands.
“There’s less emphasis on jumping in the National nowadays and more on speed,” said the Kildare trainer. “Hopefully that might suit our horse.”
Brassil has ruled out a Cheltenham Festival bid for Longhouse Poet before going to Aintree.
Discorama (10st 5lbs, current price 33/1)
The Andrew Gemmell and Thomas Friel-owned gelding ran an excellent Aintree prep last time out when he was beaten just a length by Full Time Score at Fairyhouse.
Discorama finished seventh to Minella Times in last year’s Grand National which was his first run for five months following a wind operation.
He was also a well-fancied third in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2020 and has always looked like a doughty stayer.
Chris’s Dream (11st 5lb, current price 33/1)
Running off of a mark of 162, a pound higher than last year’s winner and stablemate Minella Times, is the classy Chris’s Dream trained by Henry de Bromhead.
Asked about the ten-year-old’s chance, de Bromhead said:
“He’s a couple of pounds less than last year and he looked to be going well when unseating at Valentine’s, so we’re happy with that and it seems fair enough.
“He seems good after Gowran. He’s normally a brilliant jumper and hopefully he’ll be back on song there at Aintree.”
1pt E/W Burrows Saint @ 20/1
1pt E/W Discorama @ 33/1
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