There are plenty of reasons why people love backing certain runners in the Grand National.

Sometimes, it’s because of a name; other times, it’s the jockey on board, but for a lot of fans, it’s because the horse is a grey runner.

Racing fans absolutely love them. And while grey winners are few and far between, there is a good reason for that.

So few grey runners are entered, and even fewer make the starting tape, that statistically, it is very difficult to notch up the wins.

Neptune Collonges, trained by Paul Nicholls, was the last grey runner to win the Grand National in 2012. That made him only the third grey to win in the race’s history.

That said, any horse can win the Grand National, and its color is irrelevant!

Below are the Grey runners entered into the 2024 Grand National. Can any of them tear up the history books and become the winner on April 13th, 2024?


Trained by Gavin Cromwell, Vanillier was last year’s second-place finisher and doesn’t appear to have been treated too badly by the BHA Handicapper in 2024.

He went off last year on 10-06 and was only been handed 10-08 this year, though this went up to 10-12 when the top weighted horses were withdrawn.

Even then, on 10-12, that is still an incredibly winning weight.

His current form is almost identical to last year’s, including a second-place finish in the BobbyJo Chase at Leopardstown.

So all things being equal, it’s easy to see why his odds are so low and why he will go off as one of the 2024 Grand National favourites.

Coko Beach

Gordon Elliott trains the Gigginstown grey, Coko Beach, which looks set to run again in the 2024 Grand National.

Fans may remember that he ran in the last two Nationals, getting around the course to finish 8th place in 2022 and pulling up in 2023.

What boosts his chances this year is that he was second in the Becher Chase in December, so we know he can absolutely get around the course, and that can never be overlooked.

That said, his weight started at 11-04 and and has now risen to 11-08, which may scupper his chances a little.

Eldorado Allen

Until he ran in the Ultima Handicap Chase on March 12th, Eldorado Allen had never pulled up in his career.

The trainer said he had made a respiratory noise and had wind surgery in January, so that has to be taken into consideration on the run-up to the race.

Connections clearly decided is was well and fit enough to race and will now be partnered with jockey Brendan Powell.

Panda Boy

He was sitting at spot number 45, and was waiting to make the cut which he did after the second declaration stage.

He was fifth in the Irish Grand National last year and was 2nd at Leopardstown in the Paddy Power Chase in December, beaten only by Meetingofthewaters.

A solid runner, his form has improved recently and he definitely has a big race in him.


Empire Steel was too far down the list to make the cut for the 2024 Grand National.

instead, trainer Sandy Thomson decided to go for the Topham Chase on the Friday where he will be partnered with jockey Ryan Mania.

Asterion Forlonge did have a spot in the National, but was taken out by connections before the final declaration stage.

Grey Runners Conclusion

Unlike other years, four greys entered into the 2024 Grand National have made the cut, including Panda Boy when it came down to the wire.

Considering two have a really good shot at winning, this could be the year we see another join the list of grey runners that have won the National.



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