Pinstickers’ Guide for Saturday’s (5:15pm – April 9th) Randox Health Grand National 2022!
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 MINELLA TIMES
Won this race last year under Rachel Blackmore but top weight this year means there is an uphill battle to be climbed to retain the title.
No.2 DELTA WORK
Delta Work was last seen spoiling the Tiger Roll party at Cheltenham. A worthy winner on the day but with more weight and further to go Jack Kennedy will have to hustle for the win.
A cross country expert but has pulled up on all three starts this season.
No.4 ANY SECOND NOW
Finished third in 2021 and has been well supported in the betting this year but the 13lbs extra could cost him the race.
No.5 RUN WILD FRED
Looks like the mount of Davy Russell who has already won this race twice with Tiger Roll, and can certainly go the distance.
Doesn’t look the force of old and nothing suggests he’ll be pulling a victory out of the bag on Saturday.
No.7 BRAHMA BULL
Unseated his rider at Cheltenham in the Glenfarclas Chase but was otherwise having a decent run. Could be the ace up Willie Mullins sleeve.
No.8 BURROWS SAINT
Fourth in the race last year, Burrows Saint once again has strong claims for the 2022 Grand National. Also a former Irish Grand National winner too.
No.9 MOUNT IDA
A former Kim Muir winner, Mount Ida has only tried a 3m+ race once in her career, not the ideal profile for a Grand National winner.
No.10 LONGHOUSE POET
Won the Goffs Thyestes Chase in January but asking for a win in this race may be a tough ask, though the rain may help his cause.
Looking to continue a fine season and maintain his solid form. Already has two wins and eight places from ten starts. An each-way place maybe?
No.12 TWO FOR GOLD
Previously unseated his jockey in the Topham Chase and this is a far trickier and longer race.
Runner-up in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2020 but hasn’t won a race in more than two years. Still a fine chaser so it could go either way.
His level of form really doesn’t cut it and it wouldn’t be surprising if he pulled up halfway around.
Finished fifth last year and deliberately skipped Cheltenham to prepare for this race. Could sneak into the places again.
No.16 ESCARIA TEN
Beaten by a nose in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse previous form suggests he has plenty of stamina reflected in his short odds.
No.17 GOOD BOY BOBBY
Has run some cracking races this season and Grand National winning jockey Daryl Jacob will know how to keep him out of trouble.
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No.18 LORD DU MESNIL
Trying hard to be along distance chaser but just not producing the results. Pulled up in last year’s Grand National and again in the Becher in December.
No.19 COKO BEACH
Long odds of 66/1 for a horse known to go long distances. Can definitely get around and may even place but unlikely to win.
No.20 DE RASHER COUNTER
Sidelined for over a year and with just one race since October 2020 he may be too out of practise to seriously challenge in 2022.
No.21 CARIBEAN BOY
Nicky Henderson’s only runner this year and with one exception, a win at Kempton, has had a pretty poor season.
No.22 COURT MAID
This will be Court Maid’s first start for the Henry De Bromhead yard. Has form over long distances but this season has been a mixed bag of results.
Was a smart chaser a couple of seasons ago, winning some valuable races. Will run off his lowest weight in over three years and could be a dark horse in the race.
Placed seventh in last year’s Grand National and no reason why he couldn’t improve on that result in 2022.
No.25 TOP VILLE BEN
An error-free round is required if Top Ville Ben wants to do better than he did in the Becher Chase in December when he fell. Rain will help him.
No.26 ENJOY D’ALLEN
Third in the Irish Grand National last year and did well in the Paddy Power Chase. Has every chance of doing well which is reflected in the odds.
No.27 ANIBALE FLY
This is Anibale Fly’s fourth attempt at the Grand National, having successfully navigated the course twice before.
No.28 DINGO DOLLAR
Narrowly beaten in the Scottish Grand National in 2021 but may need dryer ground to perform at his best.
No.29 FREEWHEELIN DYLAN
Winner of the Irish Grand National last year but unseated at Cheltenham in November and pulled up at Fairyhouse so current form needs improving.
No.30 CLASS CONTI
Got around the course last year but current form is terrible and on paper he doesn’t have a chance.
No.31 NOBLE YEATS
Too young and too inexperienced. Will struggle with the distance and be lucky to even get around the course.
No.32 MIGHTY THUNDER
Last year’s Scottish National winner could go well for trainer Lucinda Russell but odds reflect pulling up in his last two outings.
No.33 CLOTH CAP
Pulled up last year but has had wind surgery since and odds are shortening on him by the day.
No.34 SNOW LEOPARDESS
Could become the first mare to win the Grand National since Nickel Coin in 1951. With three back-to-back wins could go off as the race favourite for 2022.
No.35 AGUSTA GOLD
Owned by Randox boss Dr Peter Fitzgerald, it would be some story if the mare took the 2022 Grand National. 100/1 odds say that is unlikely.
No.36 PHOENIX WAY
Fell at Kempton last time out but a decent weight and a top owner and trainer and Phoenix Way could warrant a second look.
No.37 DEISE ABA
Ticks a lot of boxes and other than pulling up in the Welsh National is on solid and consistent form. Could sneak into the places.
The oldest horse running this year, Blaklion has plenty of energy, notching up two impressive victories at Haydock this season. Finish sixth in last year’s National.
No.39 DEATH DUTY
Battleoverdoyen was taken out so Death Duty could make the cut. A recent win at Punchestown over 3m 4f suggests connections made a good choice.
No.40 DOMAINE D’ISLE
4th in the Becher Chase so can navigate the tricky fences and got around more than 4m in the Eider at Newcastle last time out. Has less weight in the National and could surprise everybody.
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