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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.
Horse 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: 10/1 with Paddy Power
Trainer: Gordon Elliott Age: 9
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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: 25/1 with Paddy Power

Trainer: Sue Smith Age: 9
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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: 14/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Colin Tizzard Age: 7
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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: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Robert Walford Age: 9
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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.

General Principle (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Age: 10
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The horse runs in the colours of Gigginstown House Stud who have already won two Grand Nationals and is another potential winner trained by Gordon Elliott. General Principle won the Irish version at Fairyhouse last April so has winning form in a long distance handicap chase. Soft ground would be better and the horse has no experience of the Grand National fences.

Auvergnat (FRA)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Enda Bolger Age: 9
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The horse is owned by JP McManus who won the Grand National in 2010. The 9 year old was successful at Leopardstown’s Christmas meeting in the Paddy Power Chase when wearing blinkers for the first time. Auvergnat has also won in the cross country sphere over four miles so can handle non-conventional fences. The trainer has not prepared a National winner but that record could soon change.

Runners Grand National 2019

Pleasant Company (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Willie Mullins Age: 11
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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 horses in that same group have won the Grand National 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: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Age: 8
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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.

Valtor (FRA)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Nicky Henderson Age: 10
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This horse came from France to Nicky Henderson but the trainer has not won the Grand National. Valtor was an impressive winner of his first race in the UK at Ascot in December but was pulled up in the Cotswold Chase. The horse has no experience of the track and fences but has the benefit of experience in more than 50 races.

Rathvinden (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Willie Mullins Age: 11
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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.

Mall Dini (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Patrick Kelly Age: 9
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Mall Dini was pulled up in the 2018 Irish National at Fairyhouse having just been beaten into second place in the Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham. At the start of the current season the horse had not won a steeplechase but has decent form in good chases. The distance could find out the horse in the Grand National.

Rock The Kasbah (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Philip Hobbs Age: 9
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The trainer has had some near misses in the Grand National but is yet to win the race. This runner has won on soft ground but performs better when the going is good. Rock The Kasbah is a solid chaser who could run a big race in the Grand National if the track is not an issue.

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Step Back (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Mark Bradstock Age: 9
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The stable has never won the Grand National but this horse has a chance in 2020. Step Back was the winner of the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown last April in impressive style. That win was over three miles and five furlongs so the National trip should be manageable. The horse does not have many miles on the clock over fences and could progress to be a National horse.

Abolitionist (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Richard Newland Age: 11
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The trainer won the race in 2014 so knows what it takes to compete in the Grand National. Abolitionist won at Aintree in November and despite turning 11 there could be some improvement to come. Horse aged 11 have a good strike rate in the race over the last seven years.

Total Recall (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Willie Mullins Age: 10
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This horse was the favourite for last year’s Grand National but was pulled up as a 7/1 chance. Jumping was an issue but the horse was hampered early in the race. Total Recall fell three from home in the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup with every chance. The win in the Ladbrokes Gold Cup at Newbury resulted in a hike up the weights. The horse is the right age at 10 but there could be other targets before April.

Missed Approach (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Warren Greatrex Age: 9
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The winner of the Kim Muir Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last year could not confirm the form in the bet365 Gold Cup. At the age of 9 Missed Approach is in the right age group and all his wins have been on ground softer than good. Missed Approach has performed well over four miles and one furlong so the distance will not be a problem but taking to the fences will be key.

One For Arthur (IRE)

Latest odds: 25/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Lucinda Russell Age: 10
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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.

Warriors Tale (FRA)

Latest odds: 40/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Paul Nicholls Age: 10
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This is another runner owned by Trevor Hemmings who is looking for his fourth winner of the Grand National. Warriors Tale won over the Grand National fences last December so has experience with the unique obstacles. The horse was pulled up last year at the 15th fence but has been hampered earlier in the race. Consistency could be a problem but this horse has the potential to make the frame.

Anibale Fly (FRA)

Latest odds: 25/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Tony Martin Age: 9
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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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Alpha Des Obeaux (FRA)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Age: 9
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The horse is trained by Gordon Elliott who won the Grand National last year with Tiger Roll. Alpha Des Obeaux is rated higher than 150 and jumped will in the race last year before falling at the 15th fence. Race experience and another year of chasing are positives for a horse with the same connections as the winner in 2018.

The Young Master (IRE)

Latest odds: 40/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Neil Mulholland Age: 10
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The Young Master won the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in 2016 but has not shown a similar level of form since that race. The horse has dropped in the weights to a winnable mark at Chepstow and Cheltenham this season. The Young Master was sixth in the Becher Chase in 2017 but has failed to complete in two other outings over the fences.

Vieux Lion Rouge (FRA)

Latest odds: 40/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: David Pipe Age: 10
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This horse has been seen as a potential winner of the Grand National for a number of years. He won the Becher Chase in 2016 and finished ninth in last year’s National and was seventh two years before then. Vieux Lion Rouge’s second place in the Becher Chase this season means the horse has run six times over the fences and never fallen in that spell.

Lake View Lad (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Neil Alexander Age: 9
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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.

Ms Parfois (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Anthony Honeyball Age: 8
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This horse has performed with credit in several top staying races, including in the Ladbrokes Gold Trophy. Ms Parfois was second in the four mile race at Cheltenham last March so will get the trip. This runner has raced at Aintree in the past but not over the National fences which are very different to the track’s park fences.

Bristol De Mai (FRA)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Age: 8
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Bristol De Mai is one of the class animals amongst the Grand National runners. The horse has a brilliant record at Haydock but has not produced the same level of form at other tracks. The yard has sent out two winners of the National and if this horse makes it three that means three grey winners since 2012.

Baie Des Iles (FRA)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Ross O’Sullivan Age: 8
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The horse was backed for the Grand National last year and completed the course but was 89 lengths adrift of the winner in 12th place. Baie Des Iles is relatively young and won a major race in France last June. The horse can handle soft ground so could build on last year’s run and potentially be the fourth grey horse to win the race.

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Blaklion (GB)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Age: 10
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Blaklion was fourth in the 2017 Grand National when looking the winner for most of the race. The horse was brought down last season having been made the favourite. The Becher Chase of 2017 was won in some style so this horse is proven over the fences. The trainer is looking for his third win and, at the age of 10, Blaklion is the right age for this race.

Ultragold (FRA)

Latest odds: 40/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Colin Tizzard Age: 11
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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.

Go Conquer (IRE)

Latest odds: 40/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Age: 10
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This is another horse from the yard that has delivered two Grand National winners in the past. The horse likes to run from the front but he was well beaten in the Topham Chase in 2017 over the fences. There could be an issue with the distance but that applies to most of the other runners. Good ground would enhance the prospects of go Conquer giving Nigel Twiston-Davies a third National winner.

Joe Farrell (IRE)

Latest odds: 33/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Rebecca Curtis Age: 10
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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.

Pairofbrowneyes (IRE)

Latest odds: 50/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Willie Mullins Age: 10
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The horse has raced just a small number of times since joining Willie Mullins. He won his first race for the trainer at Gowran Park last March and was the favourite for the Irish National the following month. However, Pairofbrowneyes fell when still in contention so jumping could find him out at Aintree. The horse has done his winning on soft or heavy ground.

Monbeg Notorious (IRE)

Latest odds: 50/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Gordon Elliott Age: 8
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Here is another runner for Gordon Elliott owned by Gigginstown Stud who have won two Grand Nationals. Their horse was only eighth in the Irish National last April but then finished second at Punchestown later in the month. Monbeg Notorious has not raced away from Ireland so travelling could present some problems. The horse has won on different ground from good to heavy.

Tea For Two (USA)

Latest odds: 66/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Jane Williams Age: 10
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Tea For Tea is a proven chaser going for the Grand National for the first time. The horse has finished sixth and third in the last King George V1 Chases. The prep race could be the cross country contest at Cheltenham. Tea For Tea won a Grade 1 chase at the 2017 Grand National meeting but has never contested a race over the big fences. This is an interesting runner who could be given a chance by the handicapper.

Milansbar (USA)

Latest odds: 50/1 with Paddy Power.

Trainer: Neil King Age: 11
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Milansbar was fifth in the Grand National last season. The horse was the winner of Warwick’s Classic Chase at the start of 2018. The weight hike proved too much of a burden is his next race over an extended four miles. Consistency could be an issue but finishing second at Uttoxeter in the Midlands National over four miles and one furlong augurs well for his run at Aintree.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THE ODDS QUOTED ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

The Grand National of 2020 will be run on Saturday April 6th but entries are first made in January. It’s impossible for the 112 initial entries to take part and horses will be withdrawn as different stages of the declarations process. There is a safety limit of 40 Grand National runners so 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 172nd 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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