Pinstickers’ Guide for Saturday’s (5:15pm – April 15th) Randox Health Grand National 2023!

We’ve produced a runner-by-runner guide for all the horses running in the big Aintree race.

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A full guide to the race and fences is available here.

No.1 ANY SECOND NOW

Trainer: Ted Walsh | Jockey: Mark Walsh

Having secured a place in the last two Nationals, Any Second Now has seen an increase of 8lb since finishing second to Noble Yeats. Worth noting he battled to the end and loves this course.

No.2 NOBLE YEATS

Trainer: Emmet Mullins | Jockey: Sean Bowen

Despite a huge increase of 19lb in weight, last year’s winner, Noble Yeats, remains a contender following a good run and fourth-place finish in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

No.3 GALVIN

Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Jockey: Davy Russell

Second to Delta Work in the Glenfarclas Chase and has plenty of stamina but the weight could hamper his chances.

No.4 FURY ROAD

Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Jockey: Jonjo O’Neill Jr

A Grade 1 winner and on relatively good form but the distance will be his biggest challenge.

No.5 THE BIG DOG

Trainer: Peter Fahey | Jockey: Aidan Coleman

Third in the Welsh National but jumping issues showed in the Irish Gold Cup.

No.6 CAPODANNO

Trainer: Willie Mullins | Jockey: Danny Mullins

Doesn’t tick a lot of boxes. Too young, too heavy and lacks experience at this distance.

No.7 DELTA WORK

Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Jockey: Keith Donoghue

Third last year and won the Glenfarclas Chase at Cheltenham. Will carry less weight but needs to improve on stamina.

No.8 SAM BROWN

Trainer: Anthony Honeyball | Jockey: Jonathan Burke

Has won at Aintree and with a recent wind operation may arrive in better form than the season suggests so far.

No.9 LIFETIME AMBITION

Trainer: Jessica Harrington | Jockey: Sean O’Keeffe

4th in the Grand Sefton at Aintree but otherwise is lacking proven stamina at longer distances.

No.10 CAREFULLY SELECTED

Trainer: Willie Mullins | Jockey: Michael O’Sullivan

The ground will suit but little else to suggest that he could win this race.

No.11 COKO BEACH

Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Jockey: Harry Cobden

8th place finish last year and a 3m4f win last time boosted his case.

No.12 LONGHOUSE POET

Trainer: Martin Brassil | Jockey: JJ Slevin

Was doing well last year until weakening from two out to finish in sixth place. A win last time has boosted his chances.

No.13 GAILLARD DU MESNIL

Trainer: Willie Mullins | Jockey: Paul Townend

This horse secured a third-place finish in the 2022 Irish National and went on to win the 3m6f National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham. Also the pick of leading jockey Paul Townend which is a good sign.

No.14 DARASSO

Trainer: Joseph O’Brien | Jockey: Luke Dempsey

Although there is still room for improvement, it’s worth noting that this horse has performed well in the last six starts, with three runs over 2m6f and 3m that have been consistently good.

No.15 LE MILOS

Trainer: Dan Skelton | Jockey: Harry Skelton

Well fancied after a significant 3m2f race win at Newbury, although there are some doubts regarding stamina. An intriguing prospect.

No.16 ESCARIA TEN

Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Jockey: Adrain Heskin

Ran out of steam last year and seasonal form doesn’t suggest any improvement this time around.

No.17 THE BIG BREAKAWAY

Trainer: Joe Tizzard | Jockey: Brendan Powell

Great second place finish in the Welsh National but one swallow does not make a Summer.

No.18 CAPE GENTLEMAN

Trainer: JJ Hanlon | Jockey: Jody McGarvey

The owner’s Great-grandfather owned the 1923 winner, could another victory be on the family cards? Unfortunately, not much suggests it is.

No.19 ROI MAGE

Trainer: Patrick Griffin | Jockey: Felix De Giles

A couple of good wins at Down Royal but fails to sparkle when running anywhere else.

No.20 DIOL KER

Trainer: Noel Meade | Jockey: Kieren Buckley

Anything beyond 3m and Diol Ker just runs out of steam, the 2023 Grand National is unlikely to be any different.

No.21 A WAVE OF THE SEA

Trainer: Joseph O’Brien | Jockey: Shane Fitzgerald

Hardly ticks a single box and is a much better performer at half the distance of this race.

No.22 MINELLA TRUMP

Trainer: Donald McCain | Jockey: Theo Gillard

Has won twice at 3m when carrying a lot more weight and the McCain’s know how to train Grand National winners. Debatable whether Minella Trump will be one of them.

No.23 VANILLIER

Trainer: Gavin Cromwell | Jockey: Sean Flanagan

Narrowly beaten by Kemboy last time out and does have potential. Distance and stamina may prove too much.

No.24 VELVET ELVIS

Trainer: Thomas Gibney | Jockey: Darragh O’Keeffe

This horse’s sixth-place finish in the 2022 Irish National demonstrated their ability to handle 3m5f races, and they have since bounced back to form with two impressive outings.

No.25 AIN’T THAT A SHAME

Trainer: Henry De Bromhead | Jockey: Rachael Blackmore

Watch the odds plummet as Rachael blackmore will be onboard. Ground will suit but stamina unproven.

No.26 CORACH RAMBLER

Trainer: Lucinda Russell | Jockey: Derek Fox

10lbs well in and a back-to-back winner in the Ultima at Cheltenham.

No.27 ENJOY D’ALLEN

Trainer: Ciaran Murphy | Jockey: Simon Torrens

Unseated last year and nothing to suggest better form this season.

No.28 MR INCREDIBLE

Trainer: Willie Mullins | Jockey: Brian Hayes

Has the stamina but also a chequered past that includes refusing to race. Temperment will determine if he runs well.

No.29 MISTER COFFEY

Trainer: Nicky Henderson | Jockey: Nico De Boinville

Beaten last time out by Gaillard Du Mesnil and is still looking for his first win.

No.30 CLOUDY GLEN

Trainer: Venetia Williams | Jockey: Charlie Deutsch

Was out for a year and with only two seasonal races, this may be beyond him.

No.31 HILL SIXTEEN

Trainer: Sandy Thomson | Jockey: Ryan Mania

Pulled up in the Welsh, unseated in the Scottish and last, last time out.

No.32 GABBYS CROSS

Trainer: Henry De Bromhead | Jockey: Peter Carberry

Is facing an uphill battle in this race with little to suggest he would even go the whole distance.

No.33 RECITE A PRAYER

Trainer: Willie Mullins | Jockey: Jack Foley

The ground will go against him as he’s the sort to slug it out in the mud. Will need more than a prayer for this race.

No.34 EVA’S OSKAR

Trainer: Tim Vaughan | Jockey: Alan Johns

Weakened towards the end of the Eider Chase but has proven stamina that’s a lot better than many other running.

No.35 OUR POWER

Trainer: Sam Thomas | Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies

Good form reflected in the odds and has plenty of fans. Just never really been tested beyond 3m.

No.36 DUNBOYNE

Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Jockey: Jack Tudor

Has already refused to race this season which is never a good sign. Redeemed himself with a 4th place at Cheltenham.

No.37 FRANCKY DU BERLAIS

Trainer: Peter Bowen | Jockey: Ben Jones

Has run in the Grand Sefton, Tpham and Becher at Aintree but current form is sketchy at best.

No.38 FORTESCUE

Trainer: Henry Daly | Jockey: Hugh Nugent

Unseated in this race last year and pulled up in the Coral Welsh National.

No.39 BACK ON THE LASH

Trainer: Martin Keighley | Jockey: Adam Wedge

Ticks more boxes than you think and is 3lbs wellwith proven proficiency over the 3m6f Cheltenham cross-country course. Soft ground may be an issue.

No.40 BORN BY THE SEA

Trainer: Paul Gilligan | Jockey: Philip Enright

No form beyond 3m1f, was 150-1 last time out at Cheltenham and was well beaten in that race.

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