Pinstickers’ Guide for Saturday’s (5:15pm – April 10th) Randox Health Grand National!
We’ve produced a runner by runner guide for all the horses entered into the big Aintree race.
A full guide to the race and fences is available here.
No.1 BRISTOL DE MAI
Better known for his Betfair Chase exploits at Haydock but he is still a class horse away from there as his Gold Cup third in 2019 showed.
No.2 CHRIS’S DREAM
Henry de Bromhead’s runner was pulled up at Cheltenham but he does have snippets of good form like his Troytown Chase victory.
No.3 YALA ENKI
The gutsy eleven-year-old stays all day and will be an exciting and willing Grand National partner for jockey Bryony Frost.
The former Charlie Hall winner is not the force of old and he would need a torrential downpour to come down to figure in this.
No.5 DEFINITLY RED
Northern jump racing hero Definitly Red would be a popular winner and the veteran showed plenty of his old sparkle behind Cloth Cap at Kelso.
No.6 LAKE VIEW LAD
Winner of the Many Clouds Chase here back in December but was pulled up in his first attempt in this race in 2019.
No.7 BURROWS SAINT
Based on his current form, the 2019 Irish Grand National victor has every chance of giving Willie Mullins his second Grand National winner since Hedgehunter in 2005.
No.8 MAGIC OF LIGHT
Jessica Harrington’s 2019 runner-up has had a return trip to Merseyside earmarked for some time now and the mare can perform well again over these unique fences.
No.9 ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS
This useful veteran was third in the 2019 Irish Grand National and took the scalp of Burrows Saint in February as he won the Bobbyjo Chase for a second time.
Winner of the Bet365 Gold Cup in 2019 but has failed to hit those heights since. Lots of blazing sunshine would aid his cause.
No.11 TOUT EST PERMIS
A slightly unpredictable horse this season but Noel Meade is a shrewd trainer and odds of 50/1 do look somewhat large.
No.12 ANIBALE FLY
The consistent JP McManus-owned veteran has finished fourth and fifth in the last two runnings Grand National behind Tiger Roll.
No.13 MISTER MALARKY
Wind surgery at the start of February appeared to work the oracle when Mister Malarky finished a decent third at the Cheltenham Festival.
No.14 KIMBERLITE CANDY
Finished second in the Becher Chase over the National fences in December and the nine-year-old tends to run well fresh.
No.15 ANY SECOND NOW
Hails from the Ted Walsh yard, who won this race in 2000 when Ted jocked up his son Ruby to land the race with Papillon.
No.16 BALKO DES FLOS
2018 Ryanair Chase winner Balko Des Flos was recently purchased by the Racehorseclub syndicate who should have a great day out with the Henry De Bromhead-trained gelding.
No.17 ALPHA DES OBEAUX
The Gigginstown veteran has been a Grade 2 winner over fences and was the runner-up to Thistlecrack in the 2016 World Hurdle.
No.18 OK CORRAL
Potentially one of Nicky Henderson’s best chances in years if he can reproduce the form that saw him land the Sky Bet Chase in 2020.
Nicky Richard’s “pensioner” has won a Scottish National, a Sky Bet Chase and the Rehearsal Chase and has proved that he is still a top-class handicapper.
No.20 SHATTERED LOVE
The ten-year-old mare finished third in the Mrs Paddy Power Mares’ Chase at The Festival but will need to step up markedly in this contest to figure.
Jett is a shadow of his former self this season after being a particularly useful sort a few seasons ago.
No.22 LORD DU MESNIL
Stays forever and put in another gutsy display in the Grand National Trial at Haydock but his chances are very much ground dependent.
No.23 POTTERS CORNER
2019 Welsh Grand National winner will be a popular choice amongst punters as former winners of that race often go well in this.
No.24 CLASS CONTI
Thyestes second Class Conti could well be another live chance in the race for his famous owners Simon Munir and Isaac Souede.
No.25 MILAN NATIVE
Winner of last year’s Kim Muir and highly probable that the Cullentra House stable have laid the eight-year-old out for this race.
Owned jointly between Andrew Gemmell and Thomas Friel, Discorama has been placed at three Cheltenham Festivals and fits the Grand National profile well.
No.27 VIEUX LION ROUGE
Prolific jumper of these unique fences as his Becher Chase successes prove but he never seems to quite stay out this marathon trip.
No.28 CLOTH CAP
On all known recent form he looks the horse to beat but statisticians will shudder when they realise that Tom Scudamore has never placed in the top three in any of his 18 previous National attempts.
No.29 CABARET QUEEN
Winner of the Munster National and Kerry National’s, the mare looks a very big price in the betting should she take up her entry here.
Katy Price’s twelve-year-old has a fine record at Aintree and is a very interesting outsider should he stay the distance.
Despite not being a big fan of the race, Alan King could be in danger of actually winning it with Canelo who has run some super prep races this season.
No.32 THE LONG MILE
Third to Acapella Bourgeois last time out and an impressive winner at Christmas, this JP-owned runner could well be this year’s dark horse.
No.33 GIVE ME A COOPER
Badger Beers Silver Trophy winner in 2019 but his form has started to become rather unpredictable.
Ran an impressive second to The Shunter in the Paddy Power Chase at Cheltenham and off a featherweight of just 10-3, he has to be considered.
No.35 MINELLA TIMES
Set to be ridden by Rachael Blackmore, which will see a raft of money come for the Henry de Bromhead-trained Paddy Power Chase runner-up last Christmas.
No.36 SUB LIEUTENANT
Formerly owned by the Gigginstown stud, the twelve-year-old is still enjoying his twilight racing but doesn’t look up to winning this.
No.37 HOGAN’S HEIGHT
Winner of the Grand Sefton Chase over the National fences in 2019 but this will require a marked step up on that form.
No.38 DOUBLE SHUFFLE
Has some back class in his armoury to potentially get into the mix but on the whole his chances look slim.
No.39 AMI DESBOIS
Solid performer over the years but this looks more like a “good day out” entry rather than him being a serious contender.
Useful in his time with Nigel Twiston-Davies and was sent off the favourite in 2017, but he looks like a fragile veteran now.
No.41 SOME NECK
Landed the Grade 2 Florida Pearl Novice Chase in 2018 on good going and would be an interesting contender if Aintree experiences a dry spell of weather.
No.42 SECRET REPRIEVE
Winner of the Welsh Grand National this season and clearly a talented youngster, but the last seven-year-old to win this was back in 1940.