Grand National Runners

4 March 2019
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The Grand National is the most famous steeplechase in the world and it is the race that most trainers and jockeys want to win most. There is speculation about the Grand National runners and the favourite on the day of the race.

The Grand National Runners for the 2020 Race

Here is a list of possible Grand National runners. The race takes place at Aintree and there will be a maximum field of 40 runners in addition to 4 reserves.
In 2018 Tiger Roll won the Grand National and is being targeted at the race again. The Gordon Elliott trained horse will be trying to become the first horse to win the Grand National in consecutive years since Red Rum prevailed in 1973 and 1974.

Grand National horses must have contested three chases under the Rules of Racing before February 10th. Each entry will then be allocated a weight by the BHA handicapper whose decision will be final.

The Grand National

Randox Health Grand National Runners 2020

Here are the race conditions:

  • Grade 3 handicap.
  • Total prize fund of £1,000.000.
  • Distance: four miles and three and a half furlongs.
  • Entries closed on January 29th, announced the following day and there were 112.
  • Weights announced on February 12th
  • Declarations: February 26th, March 19th, April 1st and 10 am on April 4th.

There is a betting guide for the Grand National and the ante post favourites.

Grand National 2020 Runners

At the time of writing the weights and jockeys are not known. The odds displayed are from the day of publication and are subject to change. Odds are supplied by Paddy Power. 18+ T&C Apply.

Tiger Roll (IRE)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds
Trainer: Gordon ElliottAge: 10
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Tiger Roll won the Grand National last year and is looking to emulate Red Rum who won the race in 1973 and 1974 and again in 1977. The horse carried 10st 13lbs in 2018 but the handicapper will probably increase the weight this time. Tiger Roll is relatively young but he has had some demanding races. Even so, the horse has coped with the unique fences but history is against a second win.

Vintage Clouds (IRE)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Sue SmithAge: 10
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Vintage Clouds is owned by Trevor Hemmings who has had three Grand National winners in the past. The horse won at Aintree in October 2017 but not over the Grand National fences. The horse was targeted at the race in 2018 but did not make the field. Vintage Clouds finished third in the Scottish National last year and the trainer won the Aintree National in 2013.

Elegant Escape (IRE)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Colin TizzardAge: 8
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The horse won the Welsh National in December and gives Colin Tizzard a big chance to win the Grand National for the first time. Elegant Escape is a dour stayer who at the age of 7 will have other opportunities. The horse has a touch of class but 7 year-olds do have a good record in the race.

Walk In The Mill (FRA)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Robert WalfordAge: 10
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Walk In The Mill is a progressive horse who won the Becher Chase over the Grand National fences this season. The horse is suited to the course and obstacles and the longer trip should be a positive. Walk in The Mill was one of the reserves last year so connections will be hopeful he makes the field this time.

Burrows Saint (FRA)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Willie MullinsAge: 7
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Promising horse trained by Willie Mullins. At the age of only 7 years Burrows Saint claimed a win in the 2019 Irish Grand National, here is a horse to follow for the couple next years hopefully.

Native River (FRA)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Colin TizzardAge: 9
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Another relatively young horse with promise. Unfortunately was pulled in the last years race due to few mistakes but another year and a year wiser we are hoping for this horse to show its true potential like we saw in the 2008 Comply or Die race.

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Pleasant Company (IRE)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Willie MullinsAge: 12
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The horse finished just a head adrift of Tiger Roll in the National last year. Pleasant Company will be aged 11 on the day of the race and three Grand National horses in that same group have won the race since 2012. The Willie Mullins runner was also 9th in the 2017 race so is suited to the track and fences. The handicapper will probably allocate the horse more weight this time based on past National form.

Ballyoptic (IRE)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-DaviesAge: 9
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The trainer won the Grand National in 1998 and 2002 and has another leading contender that was just beaten in the Scottish National last year. Ballyoptic was fourth in the Grade 1 RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and that race was won by Presenting Percy. Ballyoptic was fifth in the stayers’ hurdle at the 2017 Festival and this lightly raced chaser could be competitive in his first Grand National.

Magic of Light (IRE)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Jessica HarringtonAge: 9
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A big name to follow. This horse is true and true a Grand National runner finishing as runner-up in the last years Grand National event. Going to be a huge player in 2020 race.

Rathvinden (IRE)

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Trainer: Willie MullinsAge: 12
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Rathvinden won over four miles at the Cheltenham Festival last March so the distance of the Grand National is not an issue. If prevailing, the horse would be the second winner in the race for Willie Mullins and the fourth winner at the age of 11 since 2012.

Top Ville Ben (IRE)

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Trainer: Philip KirbyAge: 8
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One to watch for sure, Top Ville Ben might be a underdog going in to the Grand National 2020 but might prove itself as a formidable one. A newcomer in Aintree so we will be following this horse with excitement.

Potters Corner (IRE)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Christian WilliamsAge: 10
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Potters Corner for now has not seen many exceptional races but its odds still hover in the medium level with anything between 16/1 to 33/1 where the latter seems to be the more likely for this Grand National runner.

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Any Second Now (IRE)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Ted WalshAge: 7
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Picked up a win from the Cheltenham Festival in Kim Muir Chase last year. Unfortunately also a faller from the 2019 Irish National. Trained by Ted from the well known Walsh family and shares the same surname as one of the Grand National jockeys we are covering in our Jockey serie: Mark Walsh.

Give Me a Copper (IRE)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Paul NichollsAge: 9
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This Grand National Runner is trained by non other than the legendary Paul Nicholls. An interesting horse for sure not just because of the name behind the horse but a promising runner in itself we are looking forward to watch this horse.

Cadmium (FRA)

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Trainer: Willie MullinsAge: 7
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Another in the list of Grand National runners trained by Willie Mullins. Proven on shorter runs, winner of the 2019 Topham Chase which run just over 2m5f. We will have to see what comes on the big track.

Borice (FRA)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Gordon ElliotAge: 8
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Entered in the last years Grand National event but did not get a run. Borice has won several novice hurdles but we will see how this newcomer Grand National runner performs on the big stage.

One For Arthur (IRE)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Lucinda RussellAge: 11
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One For Arthur won the Grand National in 2017 but after some long term injuries the horse could not go back to Aintree last April. The horse will be trying to emulate Red Rum in regaining his title but former winners do not have a good record in the race. This runner carried 10 stones and 11 pounds to victory two years ago but in that form could be allocated a bigger weight.

Beware the Bear (FRA)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Nicky HendersonAge: 10
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A yet to be proven horse trained by Nicky Henderson. Beware the Bear got some experience already from the 2019 Cheltenham Festival.

Anibale Fly (FRA)

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Trainer: Tony MartinAge: 10
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JP McManus is trying to win the race for the second time having owned the winner in 2010. His 9 year old has been placed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National so has the class to run another big race. Anibale Fly was asked to carry 11 stone and 8 pounds last year but could drop in the weights. He finished 11 lengths behind Tiger Roll and with experience of the fences this horse is a leading contender.

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Le Breuil (FRA)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Ben PaulingAge: 8
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Winner of the National Hunt Challenge Cup from last years Cheltenham Festival. That race is over 4m so one of the longer ones which means that Le Breuil definitely has the power to race at the big race in Grand National.

Jury Duty (IRE)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Gordon ElliottAge: 9
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Young enough to prove itself and showed some moments of absolute power in the Grand National 2019 but unseated his rider at the 18th which was the last nail in the coffin regarding that race. We will see if Jury Duty redeems itself in the Grand National 2020.

Livelovelaugh (FRA)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Willie MullinsAge: 10
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11th in the last years Grand National while carrying a decent 10st 4lbs which means Livelovelaugh still has to pull something special out of its fictional pockets to beat the other Grand National runners this year.

Lake View Lad (IRE)

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Trainer: Neil AlexanderAge: 10
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This horse won a big handicap chase at Wetherby last season and could improve for that run. Lake View Lad is a consistent horse that often finishes in the places. However, Lake View Lad has not run over the National fences and that is a negative. The horse is another in the ownership of Trevor Hemmings who is looking for his fourth National win.

Cogry (GB)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-DaviesAge: 11
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Grand National runner with experience behind it as well as being trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies. Yet to assure punters on Grand National level but the potential is there for sure. Read our article about Sam Twiston-Davies to read up on the wonderkid of Nigel.

Talkischeap (IRE)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Alan KingAge: 7
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Young runner with already a bet365 Gold Cup win under its belt, yet to be proven at National level. Grand National 2020 will be the first time for this future Grand National runner trained by Alan King.

West Approach (GB)

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Trainer: Colin TizzardAge: 9
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This nine year old runner was able to achieve a win at the BetVictor Smartcards Handicap Chase last year. A relatively young horse looking to prove itself on the big stage.

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Debece (GB)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Tim VaughanAge: 8
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A Grand National runner with experience for the Aintree fences Debece is a formidable suggestion for a promising underdog story. With success from recent BetVictor Handicap Chases this horse is in good age to show what it has at Grand National 2020.

Ultragold (FRA)

Latest odds: Waiting for 2020 Paddy Power odds

Trainer: Colin TizzardAge: 12
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Ultragold has won the last two Topham Chase’s over the unique fences at the Grand National Meeting in 2017 and 2018. At age 11 this could be the horse’s last chance to run in the big one and the fences will not be an issue. The Topham is run over two miles and five furlongs so the National is much longer but Ultragold will relish the track and won’t be put off by the atmosphere.

Kildisart (IRE)

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Trainer: Ben PaulingAge: 7
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Joe Farrell (IRE)

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Trainer: Rebecca CurtisAge: 11
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Here we have the winner of the Scottish National last year and that race has been a good form guide to the big one in the past. Joe Farrell is lightly raced over fences and could show some improvement with more experience. However, the horse is not ground dependent and he has shown decent form over four miles and longer.

Jerrysback (IRE)

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Trainer: Philib HobbsAge: 8
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A good chaser that achieved a third place at the Cheltenham Festival but still has room for improvement if this Grand National runner will want to claim a win at this years event.

Ramses de Teillee (FRA)

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Trainer: David PipeAge: 8
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Young horse with proven stamina for a longer run. The only question lies in that will this Grand National runner clear all the fences. Ramses de Teillee was runner-up at the Welsh Grand National 2018 and has run well in 3m4f+ events.

Mister Malarky (GB)

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Trainer: Colin TizzardAge: 6
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An extremely young horse with already a surprising amount of experience under its belt. Mister Malarky was runner-up in a top staying handicap at the Aintree GN meeting 2019. With time this Grand National runner will be a force to be reckoned with.

Big River (IRE)

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Trainer: Lucinda RussellAge: 10
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Big River has been around winners a while now, fifth place at the Scottish National in 2019 and barely missing the podium in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival same year. This Grand National runner comes from the same yard that claimed the win at Grand National 2017.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ODDS QUOTED ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

The Grand National of 2020 will be run in April 2th-4th but entries are first made in January. It’s impossible for the 112 initial entries to take part and Grand National horses will be withdrawn as different stages of the declarations process. There is a safety limit of 40 Grand National runners so Grand National horses will drop out or be balloted out based on the weight the handicapper has allocated. The entry list will be reduced at each declaration stage in February, March and April. With four reserves the maximum field of 40 runners will almost certainly go to post.

The 2020 Grand National is the 173nd renewal. The head of handicapping for jumps racing at the British Horseracing Authority compiles the weights for an announcement on February 12th. Once the weights have been revealed the final field for the richest handicap chase in the sport will take shape. The betting market will react to the weights and there will be plenty of betting on horses that appear to have been given a manageable weight. The Grand National runners for the 2020 race are becoming clearer ahead of the race on the first Saturday in April.

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