The Grand National 2024 will be a huge event, especially as the crowds flock to Aintree Racecourse. But how do you choose your favourite to cheer on?

Some study form, others opt to follow the grey runners, and others pick their favourite jockey.

And then there’s the horse’s name. How many of you backed Rule The World because it was a Take That song?

Or maybe Pineau de Re because you love a tipple of vino? One lady claimed to have backed Tiger Roll because it was her mother’s favourite bread!

Grand National runners with names such as One For Arthur and Oscar Time have always enjoyed a huge following simply because they reminded people of family members.

With two non runners on the day, what will this year’s starting 32 inspire in you? Here’s a quick guide to the runners based just on their names…

CORACH RAMBLER

Corach is Welsh for “Dwarf,” but Lucinda Russell’s horse became a giant when he won the Grand National in 2023. He could very well ramble his way to victory again.

I AM MAXIMUS

Maximus Meridius once declared, “Are you not entertained?” Can I Am Maximus, enter the arena with the same determination as the famed Roman general?

MEETINGOFTHEWATERS

Will he make waves at Aintree or simply wash away under the pressure?

KITTY’S LIGHT

This contender is set to light up Aintree like a cat chasing a laser pointer.

PANDA BOY

Winning the hearts of panda bear fans everywhere, let’s just hope he moves faster than his namesake, or we might finish the race next Tuesday!

LIMERICK LACE

There once was a horse, Limerick Lace,
Set to run at Aintree’s famed race.
He jumped with such flair,
Through the brisk Liverpool air,
Aiming for victory to embrace.

NOBLE YEATS

Noble Yeats was poetry in motion when he won the Grand National in 2022. We could wax lyrical all day about his chances of repeating the feat, but we’ll just say there’s a good chance.

MAHLER MISSION

Channeling the dramatic flair of Gustav Mahler, the Austro-Bohemian maestro, Mahler Mission aims to compose his own symphony at Aintree. Will this performance earn him a standing ovation?

NASSALAM

Nassalam might mean ‘people of peace,’ but will his backers be resting easy or on the edge of their seats?

MINELLA INDO

Is this the moment for Minella Indo to gallop into the annals of Aintree history, echoing Minella Times’ 2021 glory?

DELTA WORK

Delta is Greek for D, and that’s the mark I consistently got for my school work. No such concerns for this horse, he’s an A+ student.

MR INCREDIBLE

The horse with the superhero name is sure to appeal to some, and he’ll need a super performance to win at Aintree.

LATENIGHTPASS

If the trainer and jockey, who just so happen to be married, clinch victory at the Grand National, they could be in for a late-night celebration to remember.

GALVIN

Owned by Potato King Ronnie Barlett, could well mash up the competition at Aintree this year.

MINELLA CROONER

Singing his way past the competition, one melody at a time!

FOXY JACKS

With a name that hints at cunning and agility, watch out because this fox might just outsmart the competition.

GLENGOULY

This horse’s name might sound like a quaint village nestled in the Scottish Highlands, but will the bagpipes be serenading his victory on Saturday?

CHEMICAL ENERGY

While Chemical Energy might sound like it was concocted in a clandestine lab, the real question is, does this horse have the power to electrify Aintree?

AIN’T THAT A SHAME

Fats Domino famously sang ‘Ain’t that a shame, my tears fell like rain’ but will his backers be crying tears of joy on Saturday?

ADAMANTLY CHOSEN

Is Adamantly Chosen truly the chosen one destined for Grand National glory? With a name like that, he certainly seems convinced!

STATTLER

We might not have Waldorf, but we have Stattler, the only horse in the race who’s ready to critique the finish line!

THE GOFFER

While The Goffer might be better suited to running errands than racing at Aintree, every horse deserves its shot at glory.

FAROUK D’ALENE

With a name that suggests he might have once ruled over distant lands, will Farouk D’Alene conquer Aintree?

GALIA DES LITEAUX

Galia may be a melon that leaves a sweet taste, but will this horse turn bets into a juicy payout at Aintree?

JANIDIL

This runner’s name is a fusion of its sire, Indian Daffodil, and its dam, Janidouce.

ELDORADO ALLEN

Enters the race with a name that conjures visions of hidden treasures and golden adventures.

EKLAT DE RIRE

“Eclat de rire” is a French phrase that translates to “burst of laughter,” but will backers be laughing all the way to the bank?

CAPODANNO

Capodanno is the Italian term for New Year, and with a bit of luck, bettors could be celebrating like it’s Hogmanay.

RUN WILD FRED – Non Runner

A name that’s sure to catch the attention of everyone named Fred, but will he run wild or stay the course?

CHAMBARD – Non Runner

With a name that translates as ‘upheavel’, is Venetia Williams about to shake things up at Aintree?

VANILLIER

French for Vanilla plant, could appeal to those who like a scoop of Vanilla Ice Cream. But can he lick the competition?

COKO BEACH

Sounds like an exotic holiday destination, but will his backers be celebrating in Liverpool on Saturday?

ROI MAGE

Translating as ‘Wise Man’ in French, there’s certainly some wisdom behind his selection.

MAC TOTTIE

A name as bold and smooth as a fine Scotch whisky, but will this spirited runner leave punters with a warm glow of satisfaction or a pounding hangover of disappointment?

Conclusion

Selecting a runner to root for can be a daunting task, with various factors such as form and jockey preferences playing a role in decision-making.

However, for many, a horse’s name can be the deciding factor, drawing inspiration from personal connections or pop culture.

Whether you’re reminded of a loved one or simply captivated by a unique moniker, this quick guide to the starting 34 runners based on their names may just help you find the perfect horse to cheer on during this year’s Grand National.

Good Luck, and may the best-named horse win!

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