The Grand National

The Worlds Greatest Steeplechase



The Grand National or the worlds greatest steeplechase as it is often referred to as is a horse race run over steeplechase fences at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool..

The distance run in this race is 4 miles 4 furlongs and is the longest race run in the UK today.

This race is a unique test or horse and rider and the 30 fences that are jumped are a real test of bravery. Unlike most racecourses in the uk the fences are varied in height, width and depth and also the landing side on many of the fences is lower than the take off side and therefore do not offer a view of the landing to the horse.

There are 16 fences and 14 of then are jumped twice, the exceptions being the water and The Chair jumps. This make a total of 30 jumps to be made.

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2011 Grand National Preview

Well here we are the preview of all the runners in The 2011 Grand National.
I will be updating this page every day until the National so please call back regularly.

P1-P000 DON'T PUSH IT (IRE) 11-11-10 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill/Tony McCoy

Last years winner returns again to try and be the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win back to back Grand Nationals. Set to carry top weight of 11st 10lbs he has it all to do this year. He will be helped on his way by the champion jockey again this year . His form this season so far looks very poor but it can largely be ignored as these were hurdle races and this horse is very much a chaser and this has been his target all year. It is now very popular for horses to run in hurdle races throughout the season in prep for long distance chases like this so it can be difficult to confirm the horses form. Something you can be sure of, He will like the course, the distance and the drying ground and these are three big pluses. I don’t think another win is on the cards this year but should run well.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Soft.

04-3226 TIDAL BAY (IRE) 10-11-09 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson/Brian Hughes

Top class hurdler and first class chaser. At the top of the weights and that is obviously a worry as the last horse to carry this sort of weight in this race and win was Red Rum. The handicapper is crushing the handicap in this race and that has the effect of letting horses at the top of the handicap give less weight away to horses lower down and this has had the limited effect of the winners creeping up the weight scale but this may just be too much for Tidal Bay. All that said this horse is real class and his wins include a winning novice hurdle at the festival 2007 and another at this course a month later. The winner of the Arkle at the festival in 2008 followed by a win in the Magull chase a month later. 5th in the Melling chase here in 2009 and then a second in the Old Roan chase. Sent back hurdling this season and running well and then followed that with two good chase runs in the Betfair chase behind Imperial Commander and then 2nd in the Costwold chase. Latest run was 6th in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham. I am one of those who quickly overlook horses carrying over 11st 2lbs but I think this horse may just change my mind and I think he has a great chance today of running into a place and could well win.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Heavy.

211-524 WHAT A FRIEND 8-11-06 Ged Mason & Sir Alex Ferguson Paul Nicholls/Daryl Jacob

Impressive winner of the Totesport Bowl chase at this meeting last year even given that the Gold Cup winner imperial Commander had unseated his rider. A good top class chaser this already at only 8 years old and he showed his class and well being in his last run when he was 4th in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham. He was not closing in on the leaders that day but also he was not stopping at the end of that race which suggests that he could do well here and although having to carry a pound more than last year’s winner and more than any horse since 1982 the trend has been that the average weight of the winner has been going up of late with the handicapper crushing the handicap weights in order to get better horses to run. This has the effect of horses at the top of the handicap not having to give so much weight to unexposed horses at the bottom end. Should be well fancied as he is owned by Alex Ferguson and is from the powerful stable of champion trainer Paul Nichols but Paul does not have a good record in this race and if this horse was a good thing would Ruby Walsh pass him by for another ride?
Wins have come on ground ranging from GD/Firm to Soft.

1B-0044 VIC VENTURI (IRE) 11-11-06 Seamus Dunne Dessie Hughes IRE/Andrew Lynch

Unseated at the 20th in last seasons National but that was a surprise as this horse jumps well and also is a previous winner of the Becher chase in 2009 so also like the fences. Carries enough weight today at 11st 6lbs but has good form as a previous winner of the BobbyJo Chase and also a good run in the 2009 Irish National finishing 8th. Although a little below par this season he rarely puts up a bad performance and could run well today but at this weight others have more appeal.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Heavy.

U62/1-31 MAJESTIC CONCORDE (IRE) 8-11-05 Dr Ronan Lambe Dermot Weld IRE/Robbie McNamara

A good versatile horse who was useful on the flat (and still is) who took well to hurdles and who is now showing some form over the larger obstacles. Progressing well and a good third in the Galway plate last July on the flat was followed by two poor runs (also on the flat) before returning to form on his last outing winning the Paddy Power in December at Leopardstown. On the upgrade and should have more to come but weighted up to his form so he would have to improve again to win this race.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Heavy.

42F14 OR NOIR DE SOMOZA (FR) 9-11-05 Filsal Stadeg Racing David Pipe/Tom Scudamore

Well where do we start, a French import who has never run in this country. Looking at his form he looks something of a classy animal. A winner of 16 of his 36 starts and he once ran up a 9 run winning streak. Has been running in, and winning valuable races in France and has already had win and place prize money of over £1,000,000 . Okay now the down side, it is impossible to access the form accurately as he has not run against our horses. French horses do not have a good record in this race. And the conclusion is ? An interesting runner. Watch the betting market.
All 16 wins have come on ground ranging from Soft to Heavy.

1F24-41 DOONEYS GATE (IRE) 10-11-04 Jackie Mullins Willie Mullins IRE/Mr Patrick Mullins

Nice horse from the powerful Willie Mullins camp over in Ireland. Very much a two and a half mile horse who although has quite good form over this shorter trip has no form over longer distance. Nothing in form to say that he will finish this competitive race in the frame.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Soft to Heavy.

14-2F44 BIG FELLA THANKS 9-11-01 Crossed Fingers Partnership Ferdy Murphy/Graham Lee

Only 9 years old this horse and having his third run in this race. Improved on his 6th place in 2009 last year when he finished fourth and was only passed on the run in. This horse could be one of those horses that because he runs well in the race he gets weighted just out of it every time. Many horses come back and run well and because of that never get to win the race because there are always there to be shot at. This horse would be a popular winner and perhaps we can say a deserved winner. He obviously likes this course and runs well in this race. He has the help of Grand National winning jockey Graham Lee on his back today and that will be a help to him. Unlike other horses who run in hurdle races as a prep, this horse had been taking part in good quality chases all season but started off the season with an uncharacteristic fall in the Hennessy. That can safely be ignored as this horse is a sound jumper who travels well in his races. Moved stables this year from Paul Nicholls to Ferdy Murphy and is doing well. Another who is in with a good chance of making the frame if the ground is not too firm.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good/soft to Heavy.

205-244 THE TOTHER ONE (IRE) 10-11-00 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls/Mr Ryan Mahon

Really good hurdler who has not quite reached the same heights in chases. That is not to say that he is not a good horse, he has run some fine races with his best in the Charlie Hall chase at the start of the season finishing second. Followed that up with 4th in the Hennessy but most recently a poor effort in the Cotswold chase. Looks to have plenty on his plate here but has better form that a lot of the field and if he ran into a place it would not be a great surprise.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Heavy.

111-112 BALLABRIGGS (IRE) 10-11-00 Trevor Hemmings Donald McCain/Jason Maguire

Really good consistent chaser this who won the Kim Muir amateur riders race at the festival. Has not been out of the frame in last 7 runs and won 5 of them so obviously well placed by his connections. Trained by Donald McCain who’s father Ginger won this race three times with Red Rum and then again with Amberliegh House and may have had some influence on the preps for this race but Donald is a first class trainer in his own right and is one of the best trainers around today and looks to be destined for the top. The connections of this horse have obviously had this race in mind all year and the owner of the horse is also a past winner with his horse Hedgehunter in 2005. Another horse that has a good chance in this race which looks to be as competitive as it has ever been with lots of horses in with a chance. He would have to improve to win this race but comes here in great form and is one of only a few leading contenders that would like genuine good ground having won on it three times..
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Heavy.

3133-21 THE MIDNIGHT CLUB (IRE) 10-10-13 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE/Ruby Walsh

Head of the market this horse from the strong Irish stable of Willie Mullins. Also backed by one of the top jockeys riding Ruby Walsh who has chosen to ride this horse from the many that he could have ridden. A good consistent chaser this who is rarely out of the frame and always puts in good performances. Loves really heavy ground and is much better with this ground. Has put up reasonable runs on other ground but from his 7 wins to date 6 were on heavy and 1 on soft. Really good winner of The BobbyJo Chase in February puts him spot on for this race. At 10 he has not got many miles on the clock and if as good as connections think then he could run well unless of course the ground turns up too firm for him.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Soft to heavy.

20P-F50 NICHE MARKET (IRE) 10-10-13 Graham Regan Paul Nicholls/Harry Skelton

This horse has not won many of his races but, and it is a big but he has won The Irish equivalent of this race back in 2009 and that is a big plus for this race. A really good horse who has some fine performances in his record and is another who contests good races running well and perhaps because of that the handicapper has a good handle on his form and is reluctant to take any chances with him. Pulled up last in last year’s race 3 from home and looking to do better this year. He has followed the same prep races starting with the Badger Ales (8th 2009 & f this season) then the Hennessy (3rd 2009 & 5th this season) but unlike last season this year he has given the Festival a miss and chose instead to run in the Greatwood Gold cup at Newbury but all roads have again led here. Certainly good enough to win this race at his best and he has less weight to carry this year so looks to have a better chance than last year if he gets round.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Soft.

121-001 SILVER BY NATURE 9-10-12 Geoff Brown Lucinda Russell/Peter Buchanan

Really good long distance chaser who looks built to win this race. He will be a very popular winner as he is a grey and it has been a long time since a grey horse won this race (1961 Nicolaus Silver). 9 Years old and still improving he comes here with some good runs under his belt with his last run a win in the Grand National trial at Haydock and a good run in the Welsh National back in December but he caught my eye in the race the year before when he was a really good second behind Dream Alliance and I thought that day that he looked the national type. This race is obviously his end of season target and he looks to be coming into form at the right time. He has a good racing weight and is a good clean jumper . He looks to have all the credentials of a national winner and if he takes to the fences then should at least make the frame and who knows?
Wins have come on ground ranging from Gd/soft to Heavy.

0BP-500 BACKSTAGE (FR) 9-10-12 MPR & Capranny Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE/Paul Carberry

Going well last year when hampered by a loose horse and unseated his rider (20th) and is set to carry a few pounds less this year than his 11 st of last year. He likes the course and finished 8th in the 2009 Foxhunters under a really good ride from Davy Condon. A progressive type who has had a couple of point-to-point runs just recently and both wins at that, therefore having to carry 12st in the pointers it will seem as if he has nothing on his back today. Perhaps difficult to fully access his chances but connections have obviously had this as is target this year with all preps designed to give him the best chance and his short price in the market should not be ignored
Wins have come on ground ranging from GD/Firm to Soft.

11-053F CHIEF DAN GEORGE (IRE) 11-10-12 Maurice Chapman Jimmy Moffatt/Paddy Aspell

Plenty to like about this horse. A lovely big chaser and looks the type for The National so surprising that he has not taken his chance before now. Not having the best of seasons this year and may just be on the downgrade now but can’t be written off easily as he ticks all the boxes for a winner. Fell last time out but that was his first fall in 45 runs. So there are points for and points against with this horse and I would not like to put anybody off this horse. It would not be a surprise to see him run really well and run into a place or perhaps even better!
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Heavy.

4-56242 CALGARY BAY (IRE) 8-10-10 Camilla Radford Henrietta Knight/Hadden Frost

Good big chasing type who is another who looks the right type for this race albeit maybe a year too soon. A really good consistent novice who hasn’t quite filled his potential as a chaser yet. From the yard of Henrietta Knight his jumping has been good but he can sometimes run in snatches. If he takes to the fences and gets in to a rhythm I could see the pace of this race helping him through and if he keeps in touch and does not get left behind I can see him running a big race
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Good / Soft.

2P-2536 KILLYGLEN (IRE) 9-10-10 David McCammon Stuart Crawford IRE/Robert Power

Good horse who won the Mildmay Novice Chase here in 2009. Pulled up in last seasons Scottish National after leading for some time in the race. 9 year old who has not won for two years and would have to improve to take a part in the finish here.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Heavy.

152-263 OSCAR TIME (IRE) 10-10-09 Robert Waley-Cohen/Sir Martin & S Broughton Martin Lynch IRE/ Mr Sam Waley-Cohen

There is a lot to like about this 10 year old. Not seen in this country and runs exclusively in Ireland. Not a prolific winner it has to be said with only 4 wins from 28 starts but he does run well and his fine second in the Irish National last season puts him in good stead for this race. Laid out since then with this race in mind he had two of the now usual prep hurdle races before a good third place behind The Midnight Club and Arbour Supreme in the BobbtyJo Chase. He was at the same weight as The Midnight Club that day and was 5 lengths behind but he now gets 4 pounds from him today. In with a good chance off a racing weight if he takes to the unique Aintree fences.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Yielding to Heavy.

10-1131 QUINZ (FR) 7-10-08 Andrew Cohen Philip Hobbs/Richard Johnson

7 Year old French import who is progressive and talented. Winner of The Racing Post Chase at Kempton in February over 3 miles on good to firm and that looks really good form coming into this race. It has been a long time since a 7 year old won this race, Bogskar in 1940 was the last and although we have lots of French imports these days who seem to peak at a young age it would take an exceptional horse to win at this age. Also French bred horses do not have a great record in the race probably because the peak so early and then their form flattens off. Connections has said recently that they are not sure about the trip but it would be really good to see one of our best national hunt trainers Philip Hobbs get a win in this race, I just don’t think it will be this year.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Good/Soft.

2212-42 BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE (IRE) 8-10-08 Noel Glynn Noel Glynn IRE/Davy Russell

Another Irish raider and consistent sort who comes here on the back of a good second in The Paddy Power over three miles. Not much racing for this young horse to go on but seems to have some class and should stay given the good 2nd in the National hunt cup over 4 miles at last seasons festival. Shortening of the price for this horse should not be ignored but may be another of the horses who will be better next year.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Soft to Heavy.

000-06P COMPLY OR DIE (IRE) 12-10-08 David Johnson David Pipe/Timmy Murphy

2008 winner who was also second in 2009. They were two tremendous efforts. 12th last year and again ran really well. Back again for his last attempt this year and he has not been in the same form this season and looks to have plenty on his plate to take part in the finish here but as long as he finishes safe and sound many will cheer him back at the end of the race.. Can’t fancy his chances this year unless the drying ground turns out much firmer than in previous years but sure to give a good account and will be staying on at the end when many have chucked in the towel.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good/Firm to Good/Soft.

F-FF25P QUOLIBET (FR) 7-10-08 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill/Mark Walsh

20 runs and only 1 win. Has been running in France over 2 to 2 ½ miles. Only tried once at 3 miles in France and fell. 1 Run in this country over 33f and did not get home. Looks to have no chance whatsoever here and would be the biggest surprise winner ever.
Single win on very soft ground.

1FP10P GRAND SLAM HERO (IRE) 10-10-07 Walters Plant Hire Ltd Nigel Twiston-Davies/Aidan Coleman

10 year old but quite progressive and has been creeping up the ratings with some good runs at the smaller tracks. 7 runs over the summer and then a lay off until February and was then pulled up. Not seen since. Does not look up to this class and would be a surprise winner.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good / Firm to Good / Soft.

0/144/P3- STATE OF PLAY 11-10-06 William & Angela Rucker Evan Williams/Paul Moloney

Not many miles on the clock this 11 year old and the main reason for that is that the horse runs well when fresh but his form drops off quickly. 4th in 2009 on his third run of the season. Last year he went one better with only one other run in the whole season which was in November in the Hennessy. This season his whole plan is with this race in mind and no prep race beforehand and this will be his first run of the season hoping to get closer to winning. Horses usually need to be fit to win this race and a run within 6 weeks of the race seems to be the most usual prep but Mely Moss came second in 2000 on his first run of the season so it might be possible. A really good horse and winner of a Charlie Hall and a Hennessy Gold cup shows that the horse has the class to win this race. A liking for the course and able to get the distance is all in his favor and now racing off a much lower weight who knows it could be this horses year.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good/firm to Good/Soft.

11-11P5 KING FONTAINE (IRE) 8-10-06 Trevor Hemmings Malcolm Jefferson/Denis O’Regan

Another progressive sort who put up two good chase runs around Haydock this season before being pulled up in the National trial at the same course, that was won by Silver by Nature. It could have been that the heavy going that day did not suit. Certainly horses that have Haydock form usually take to Aintree well. Still only 8 years old and has plenty of experience. Can't be fancied with confidence today but it would not be a surprise if he runs well and is best watched for future National attempts.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good / Soft to Soft.

U-3431U IN COMPLIANCE (IRE) 11-10-05 Westerly Breeze Syndicate Dessie Hughes IRE/Leighton Aspell

A nice Irish horse with some useful form but all at around two and a half miles or just over. There is a theory that this sort of horse gets marathon trip but past history does not bear this out. This horse needs really soft ground to show his best and it would be a remarkable run if this horse were to win.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Soft to Heavy.

005P-1P HELLO BUD (IRE) 13-10-05 Seamus Murphy Nigel Twiston-Davies/Sam Twiston-Davies

His 5th in the 2009/2010 Becher chase showed a liking for this course and he then followed up with the same 5th position in the National. Went much better in this season’s Becher when he was a very good winner so will he do the same today? A good jumper in the main but he is a horse who seems sometimes just to hit a flat spot in a race and then never recovers when horses pass him. At 13 he can’t be improving and 13 year olds down’t win the National as the last one was Sergeant Murphy in 1923. All that said could run well and be running on when other have given up.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good / Firm to Heavy.

P/00-11P WEST END ROCKER (IRE) 9-10-05 Barry Winfield & Tim Leadbeater Alan King/Robert Thornton

Good hurdler and good novice chaser before going wrong and taking a year off between Dec 2009 to December 2010 then came back really well winning two long distance chases before being caught out in the Grand National trial at Haydock. This horse could well be one of the dark horses in the race. He does make some jumping mistakes and could get caught out by the drop fences and that is a worry but he should be fine going through the top of these fences as there is some give in them. Not without a chance given some luck in running.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Heavy.

200010 SANTA'S SON (IRE) 11-10-05 Douglas Pryde & Jim Beaumont Howard Johnson/Jamie Moore

Nice enough chaser this but all form is around 2 ½ miles. At 11 years old it would be a surprise if he gets around today in contention. Nothing in form to suggest he will win this.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good / Firm to Heavy.

C21-046 BLUESEA CRACKER (IRE) 9-10-04 J P McManus James Motherway IRE/Andrew McNamara

Winner of last seasons Irish National and will be carrying the colours of last years winner J.P.McManus. 4th to Midnight Chase at Cheltenham back in November was a good run and was the only run he has made outside is native Ireland. Most recent run 6th in the BobbyJo Chase, Bluesea Cracker was a little disappointing with rivals The Midnight Club, Arbour Supreme and Oscar Time ahead of him that day and although he now gets weight from those horses here he would have to improve on that run to be in with a shout here, but we need to bear in mind that he is a stayer and travels well in his races so he should run a few pounds better today. One worry might be that he does need soft ground to show his best and with drying ground on the lead up to the race he may not get the ground he needs to show his best.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Soft to Heavy.

01050 THAT'S RHYTHM (FR) 11-10-04 Don't Tell Henry Martin Todhunter/James Reveley

Good hurdler who has not transferred his form to fences. Tried in two Scottish Nationals and fallen both times. Would be a surprise if he makes the frame.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good / Firm to Soft.

P2/111/-0 SURFACE TO AIR 10-10-04 Tim Urry Chris Bealby/Tom Messenger

Hat trick of wins in 2008 climaxing with a win in the Summer National. Off the track until last month when finished 10th of 10. Can’t be sure about his form and therefore must pass on this one and would be a surprise winner.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good / Firm to Good / Soft.

P-234PP PIRAYA (FR) 8-10-04 Terry Neill David Pipe/Johnny Farrelly

Good horse in France but has not shown that form here. 13th in last years race but last two runs have been poor in both pulled up when going badly and falling behind. If back to best could improve on last years position but considering recent form that is unlikely.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good / Soft to Heavy.

6F-0P5P CAN'T BUY TIME (IRE) 9-10-04 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill/Richie McLernon

Good novice who has gone of the boil with his form of late. Best run came with a win in the Victor Chandler Chase at Cheltenham January 2010. Has fallen in two previous attempts at this race and has pulled up twice in last three runs. Does not look the type for this race and with poor recent form he can easily be overlooked.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Soft.

0-30563 CHARACTER BUILDING (IRE) 11-10-04 Patricia Thompson John Quinn/Miss Nina Carberry

A female jockey has never won the Grand National but if there was a female jockey good enough it would be this horses jockey Nina Carberry so could this be the year? 7th last year and set to carry less weight this year. This horse ticks a lot of the boxes needed for a Grand National winner. A previous winner of the Kim Muir at the festival in 2009 shows that he has some class in his make up but that was the last time he won a race as he in one of those horses who runs well and often and the handicapper makes it difficult for him to win. Certainly good enough with luck in running I could see this horse running into a place and who knows perhaps we will see history made today.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good / Firm to Soft.

15/1P/-52 ORNAIS (FR) 9-10-04 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls/Nick Scholfield

French import who was running well up to 2008 when injury forced him out until this February. Encouraging 5th on return and good second at Newbury last month all that said he would be a surprise winner.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Soft.

U2U-0P2 ARBOR SUPREME (IRE) 9-10-03 J P McManus Willie Mullins IRE/David Casey

Unseated his rider at the biggest fence in the National last year “The Chair” and obviously looking to get aground this year. A really good horse who was only one length behind market leader The Midnight club off level weights in the BobbyJo chase in February. Therefore if you think that The midnight club has a good chance then this horse now getting 10 pounds from him must be thrown in at the weights. Tried in the Irish National in 2009 but finished well down the field that day. The main concern about this horse is that he has not won since 2008 and seemed to lose his way a little. If back to his best and his recent run in the BobboyJo would suggest that this might be the case then he could be a dark horse in the race.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Heavy.

P5U-42P ROYAL ROSA (FR) 12-10-03 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson/Paul Gallagher

Good long distance chaser. 8th in 2008 Scottish National. 3rd in the 2009 Becher chase over this course. Was not happy in last seasons race and was going badly when unseated his rider early on however he again ran well in this seasons Becher coming in 2nd. Was subsequently pulled up in the Welsh National and has not been seen since. Although he would be a surprise winner looks a very big price at around 100/1 and if on one of his going days could run into a place.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good to Heavy.

313-011 SKIPPERS BRIG (IRE) 10-10-02 Ashleybank Investments Limited Nicky Richards/Dominic Elsworth

A good horse with consistent form who looks a little below the class of this race. Has put in good runs but has just found wanting a bit when raised in class. Bare form looks good but this may be down to good placement by the connections and may flatter this horses class. One exception to this was his good run at Cheltenham in December when third behind Poquelin and Razor Royale but that was over two and a half miles. Would have to improve to take any part at the business end of the race.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Good/Soft to Heavy.

210010 GOLDEN KITE (IRE) 9-10-02 Dr Anthony Calnan Adrian Maguire IRE/Shane Hassett

Munster National winner who is trainer by Gold Cup winning jockey turned trainer Adrian Maguire. Difficult to access form as can run good and then poorly after. The betting market could be the best guide to this ones chances and a significant shortening of the price would be a strong sign.
Wins have come on ground ranging from Firm to Soft / Heavy.


Well that's it your final list of runners..
I would just like to give some facts on the race for anyone who is not familiar with horse racing.
The first is that the Grand National is a handicap race. All horses that have raced a number of times are given a handicap rating by the official handicapper. In a handicap race it is the handicappers job to give all the runners an equal chance i.e. make all horses finish in a line in a dead heat. Of course this never happens as horses improve and horses run below par and of course the handicapper gets it wrong. In a handicap race, horses have to carry weight in relation to their handicap mark so the best horse (with highest handicap rating) carries the most weight and the poorest horse (with the lowest mark) carried the least weight with all the others somewhere in between.
Some races seem to bear out past form statistics year after year and the Grand national is no exception. Because of changing factors (course and ratings etc.) the statistics that count year on year will also change but the Grand National does seem to follow form statistics, some for many years and some just in recent years. I will set out a few for you below but you should make up your mind what you think are the important ones and ones you can safely ignore:-

1.AGE – The last horse to win the Grand National below 8 years old was Boskar in 1940 and the last 13 year old was Sargent Murphy in 1923
2.DISTANCE – All winners in the last 10 years have won over a distance of at least three miles in their career.
3.WEIGHT – No winner in the last 10 years has carried more than 11st 5lbs.
4.JUMPING ABILLITY – No winner in the last 10 years has fallen more than 3 times in their career.
5.HORSE COLOUR – The last Gray horse to win was Nicholas Silver in 1961
6.PAST WINNERS – Past winners have a poor record with the last past winner to repeat his victory was Red Rum in 1974 and 1977 Before that you have to go back to 1935 / 1936, however past winners do very often run well in the following year.
Below I have set out a table with some of the relevant statistics for this race for you and it is my hope that you will find this easier to read than some of the newspaper information.


One more thing. The Grand National is a great sporting spectacle and is to be enjoyed. The enjoyment of the race in enhanced by having a wager on the race.
However never bet more than you can comfortably lose and you will keep the fun element in the race.
And Finally.........
I wish you something that with all the information the world at you finger tips you can't reply on or buy, Good Luck. We all will need it !

2011 Grand National

Full result


BALLABRIGGS (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Donald McCain Jnr 10-11-0 Jason Maguire 14/1


OSCAR TIME (IRE) (Robert Waley-Cohen/Sir Martin & Steve Broughton) Martin Lynch IRE 10-10-9 Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 14/1


DON'T PUSH IT (IRE) (JP McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 11-11-10 Tony McCoy 9/1


STATE OF PLAY (William & Angela Rucker) Evan Williams 11-10-6 Paul Moloney 20/1


NICHE MARKET (IRE) (Graham Regan) Paul Nicholls 10-10-13 Harry Skelton 16/1


THE MIDNIGHT CLUB (IRE) (Susannah Ricci) Willie Mullins IRE 10-10-13 Ruby Walsh 15/2f


BIG FELLA THANKS (Crossed Fingers Partnership) Ferdy Murphy 9-11-1 Graham Lee


SURFACE TO AIR (Tim Urry) Chris Bealby 10-10-4 Tom Messenger


SKIPPERS BRIG (IRE) (Ashleybank Investments Ltd) Nicky Richards 10-10-2 Dominic Elsworth


BACKSTAGE (FR) (MPR & Capranny Syndicate) Gordon Elliott IRE 9-10-12t Paul Carberry


KING FONTAINE (IRE) (Trevor Hemmings) Malcolm Jefferson 8-10-6 Denis O'Regan


SILVER BY NATURE (Geoff Brown) Lucinda Russell 9-10-12 Peter Buchanan


IN COMPLIANCE (IRE) (Westerly Breeze Syndicate) Dessie Hughes IRE 11-10-5p Leighton Aspell


BLUESEA CRACKER (IRE) (J P McManus) James Motherway IRE 9-10-4 Andrew McNamara


CHARACTER BUILDING (IRE) (Patricia Thompson) John Quinn 11-10-4 Miss Nina Carberry


GOLDEN KITE (IRE) (Dr Anthony Calnan) Adrian Maguire IRE 9-10-2 Shane Hassett


CHIEF DAN GEORGE (IRE) (Maurice Chapman) James Moffatt 11-10-12 Paddy Aspell


ROYAL ROSA (FR) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 12-10-3p Paul Gallagher


PIRAYA (FR) (Terry Neill) David Pipe 8-10-4tp Johnny Farrelly

1st Fence

THAT'S RHYTHM (FR) (Don’t Tell Henry) Martin Todhunter 11-10-4 James Reveley FELL

2nd Fence

VIC VENTURI (IRE) (Seamus Dunne) Dessie Hughes IRE 11-11-6p Andrew Lynch BROUGHT DOWN
BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE (IRE) (Noel Glynn) Noel Glynn IRE 8-10-8 Davy Russell FELL

3rd Fence


4th Fence

CALGARY BAY (IRE) (Camilla Radford) Henrietta Knight 8-10-10 Hadden Frost FELL
ORNAIS (FR) (The Stewart Family) Paul Nicholls 9-10-4t Nick Scholfield FELL

5TH Fence


6th Fence

WEST END ROCKER (IRE) (Barry Winfield & Tim Leabeater) Alan King 9-10-5 Robert Thornton BROUGHT DOWN
THE TOTHER ONE (IRE) (Graham Roach) Paul Nicholls 10-11-0 Mr Ryan Mahon FELL
OR NOIR DE SOMOZA (FR) (Filsal Stadeg Racing) David Pipe 9-11-5tp Barry Geraghty FELL
DOONEYS GATE (IRE) (Jackie Mullins) Willie Mullins IRE 10-11-4 Mr Patrick Mullins FELL

7th Fence


8th Fence


9th Fence


10th Fence

TIDAL BAY (IRE) (Andrea & Graham Wylie) Howard Johnson 10-11-9 Brian Hughes UNSEATED

11th Fence

QUOLIBET (FR) (JP McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 7-10-8b Mark Walsh UNSEATED

12th Fence


13th Fence

GRAND SLAM HERO (IRE) (Walters Plant Hire Ltd) Nigel Twiston-Davies 10-10-7t Aidan Coleman FELL

14th Fence


15th Fence


16th Fence

QUINZ (FR) (Andrew Cohen) Philip Hobbs 7-10-8 Richard Johnson PULLED UP

17th Fence


18th Fence

CAN'T BUY TIME (IRE) (JP McManus) Jonjo O'Neill 9-10-4 Richie McLernon FELL

19th Fence


20th Fence


21th Fence


22th Fence


23th Fence


24th Fence

MAJESTIC CONCORDE (IRE) (Dr Ronan Lambe) Dermot Weld IRE 8-11-5 Mr Robbie McNamara UNSEATED

25th Fence


26th Fence


27th Fence

WHAT A FRIEND (Ged Mason & Sir Alex Ferguson) Paul Nicholls 8-11-6b Daryl Jacob PULLED UP
SANTA'S SON (IRE) (Douglas Pryde & Jim Beaumont) Howard Johnson 11-10-5 Jamie Moore PULLED UP
KILLYGLEN (IRE) (David McCammon) Stuart Crawford IRE 9-10-10 Robbie Power FELL

28th Fence

ARBOR SUPREME (IRE) (JP McManus) Willie Mullins IRE 9-10-3 David Casey UNSEATED
COMPLY OR DIE (IRE) (David Johnson) David Pipe 12-10-8 Timmy Murphy PULLED UP

29th Fence

29 HELLO BUD (IRE) (Seamus Murphy) Nigel Twiston-Davies 13-10-5t Sam Twiston-Davies PULLED UP

Last Fence


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