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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 2 furlongs and 74 yards 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.More information
Thunder and Roses In as a reserve, 2015 Irish National winner, Poor recent form is a big worry for this one. Will act on the ground.
Blaklion from the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard ran a really good race last season. As they came into the final straight he looked like the likely winner however he did fade towards the end of the race even given that he was hampered at the last and the second last. He was a very smart winner over this course last December in the Becher Chase where he had another of today's fancied horses The Last Samurai back nine lengths in second. He likes soft ground and is sure to go well, he is a year older so it might just be that he stays the trip better. A good strong chance.
A few years ago French bred horses consistently ran poorly in the race, but more recently they have fared better. Anibale Fly is a French bred gelding trained by Tony Martin in Ireland. He was third in the Gold cup and was staying on as strong as any horse at the finish. He is a young progressive horse and is coming in for some strong support in the betting market. If Cheltenham did not take too much out of him then he comes here with a good chance.
Some horses simply don't take to the Grand National fences, and some love them. The Last Samurai falls into the latter. In 2016 he ran a great race to come 2nd to Rule the World, where as a young eight-year-old he was always there or thereabouts but just couldn't hold on to the winner on the run in. Last year his race was over before the start according to his trainer. As the horse had to wait in the tunnel leading to the course because another runner was playing up and the horse got nervous and het up and never really settled after that. This year connections are hoping for better. He does not mind soft ground and was a good second on heavy ground around this course to Blaklion in the Becher Chase last December. He will give you a good run for his money but I just wonder if his chance of winning this race is past now?
Valseur Lido a few season's ago looked like he was goning to be progressing into top-class. However his form has ebbed in the last two seasons. He is French bread and not will mind the conditions today but seems to have plenty of weight and has not won a race since November 2016.
The strong Irish stable of Willie Mullins sends Total Recall to take his chance here today. A really good progressive horse, he ran in this season's Gold cup where he took a fall when actually going pretty well. That ended a three run win sequence. He has come in for some really good support in the betting market and is price now is half of what it was a little while ago. The ground should be no problem and he has won over 3 miles and 2 furlongs so there's nothing to suggest that he might not get this trip. Another strong contender.
Alpha Des Obeaux is another eight-year-old horse who seems to be progressing well. In the 2017 Cheltenham Festival he was fourth in the RSA Chase. His last run was back in February in the Irish Gold cup where he finished sixth. Interesting to see that he has bypassed the Cheltenham Festival this season so will have had this race earmarked early in the season. He has been on the go for a while with seven run so far this season and that would be a worry but not so the ground as he has run well on very soft or heavy ground in the past.
This race has been a complete disaster for champion trainer Nicky Henderson. Extreme distance races simply do not seem to be his forte. Today he sends Gold Present. A good young horse that went to the Cheltenham Festival with two wins from two runs this season. But then went to the festival and was pulled up on heavy ground in the Ulitima. The ground is certainly a worry as he seems to be better on genuinely good ground.
Perfect Candidate is an 11-year-old bay gelding who is well exposed. He weakened in the second half of the race last year and was subsequently pulled up. He has won on heavy but that will take more out of him today and that's a worry.
Shantou Flyer is a nice eight-year-old bay gelding who runs well but seems too often find one too good for him in the race. His last run at the Cheltenham Festival in the Ultima handicap was another the of these good runs. He ran well over 3 miles and 1 furlong on heavy ground, and was staying on but simply couldn't get to the smart winner that day Coo Star Sivola but only went down by a neck. If Cheltenham is not taken too much out of him he could well run a good race today, the main worry perhaps is that he seems a better horse at a distance less than 3 miles.
Noted for horses that seem to do really well in heavy ground, Venetia Williams sends Tenor Nivernais here today. A well exposed 11-year-old horse he has not had much go his way this season. He ran a reasonable race in this race last season finishing 17th in the race but he was 72 lengths behind the winner and was fading from four out. Although he has won over 3 miles he looks a better horse over distances less than that. Although the ground won't be a problem the distance might be.
Carlingford Lough was a really well thought of horse who didn't quite seem to live up to his connections expectation. He has been out of form this season running poorly albeit in grade 1 races. He is now 12 years old and 12-year-olds don't have a great record in recent times.
Ditchet trainer Paul Nicholls won this race in 2012 and today sends Vicente. Vicente is a good long-distance chaser he proves this by his two back to back wins in the Scottish Grand National in 2016 and 2017. Those races were over 4 miles and so he should get this trip although last year's race saw him fall at the first fence. It is not unheard of for first fence fallers to go on and win the race in subsequent years. The main problem for this horse might be the ground. He has run well in the past on heavy, even if he hasn't won. But he has also one on good to firm which suggests that if it turns into a bog today he will certainly find it difficult. If the ground does ease then I think he has a great chance at a big price, but the ground might be the worry.
Possibly the best bred horse in the race is the Gordon Elliott trained Tiger Roll. His sire Authorized won the Derby. He is a good young horse who has been progressing really well. He won the cross-country race at the Cheltenham Festival which normally has Aintree style fences, however this year they were omitted for the race. His previous run over the cross-country fences at Cheltenham the only fences that he didn’t jump adequately were actually the Aintree fences and that is a bit of a worry as this horse has a lot of class but simply doesn’t get very high it is fences. He is a good horse and has come in for a lot of support but I’m just not sure that this track will suit. Often horses like him make a mistake eary on in the race but get away with it but then thanks to the scare give the fences more respect, this could be the case ith this one?
Eighth in this race last year was Regal Encore. He ran a good race and stayed on at the end but never really looked like he was going to make the frame. He comes year today on the back of a good run at Ascot where he took a listed race by one of a half lengths.
Vieux Lion Rouge is trained by David pipe and is a horse that is not quite run to his form yet this season. He was a good sixth in the race last year and was staying on at the finish. In last season’s Grand National trial at Haydock over 3 ½ miles he beat today’s joint favourite Blaklion by 3 ¼ lengths. His trainer has won this race before and knows how to get a horse ready for a tough handicap. Not without a chance and one of the better outsiders.
Chase the Spud is another who's form this season is disappointing. This started well at Haydock on heavy ground where he won a handicap over 3 miles and 1 furlong. He has been pulled up on two subsequent runs both on heavy ground and one over 4 miles. In his favour he has won the Midlands Grand National over 4 miles and 1 furlong on soft ground so if he puts his best foot forward he does have a chance but there’s a lot to take on trust.
Warriors Tale is a young nine-year-old horse who was gradually been increasing in the ratings. Although he has run well enough over 3 miles his winning form his over a shorter trip so not sure that this marathon on this sort of ground will suit him.
Seeyouatmidnight has recently been bought by Mrs David Thomson. It is not unusual for this owner to buy a Grand National entrant in this race. They won the race on one occasion when Party Politics was a triumphant winner. This horse has good really good form. But much of it at distances below 3 miles. That said he was a winner of a point-to-point over 3 miles and also a novice hurdle over 3 miles. His Chase wins as said have come below 3 miles however he did run a good third back in 2016 in the Scottish National over 4 miles where he led towards the end of the race before making a mistake but then did stay on. He has come in for some support which suggests that some shrewd judges Feel he should go well here.
Gas Line Boy, fifth last year in this race and staying on, this horse will certainly give you a good run for your money. He has one on heavy ground this season at this course when he took the grand Sefton handicap chase albeit over a much shorter distance. So he likes the course, will act on the ground and has won over 3 miles. He has a lot going for him today and is another of the good outsiders.
The Dutchman is trained by Colin Tizard, this eight-year-old bay gelding won this seasons Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock over 3 miles 1 ½ furlongs. The Haydock course is similar to Aintree in many ways and that is good form. He returned to the track with the extra half a mile to run in his next race but lost his place and was pulled up quickly. That is certainly a worry today.
Another of the Willie Mullins runners is Pleasant Company. A reasonably well exposed 10-year-old who was ninth in this race last year. He was going well enough when he made a mistake at Valentine’s Brook on the second circuit. This is a funny sort of fence that often catches horses out as it comes after the 90° turn fence at the Canal turn. He is a nice horse with good form but I just wonder whether last year may have been his chance.
Ucello Conti has run twice in the National he ran well in 2016 finishing sixth. He made a few mistakes that day and was outpaced at the end of the race. In last year’s renewal he unseated his rider at Bechers on the second circuit. With a clear round he could run well but is more likely I think that he’ll make a few mistakes and that will ruin his chance. Connections are in great form at the moment with his owners having some good horses coming into form at the right time and with Gordon Elliott having a fantastic time with many winners at the Cheltenham Festival.
The Grand National seems to attract horses time and time again and one of the favourites is the Tom George trained 12-year-old St Are. His first go at the race was in 2015 he ran in absolutely fabulous race and only finished second by one and a half lengths to the extremely classy Many Clouds. That was a really good run and being beaten by such a good horse was a great run. In 2016 the ground was softer but he again run a really good race and was prominent throughout and just lost his place turning for home when he got tailed off and was pulled up before the last fence. He came back for another try last season and again put up an very impressive run finishing third just eight lengths behind the winner and was staying on really really well. The ground that day was a little better, good to soft. He really is a lovely horse but I think the ground is going against him this year and at 12 years old it looks likely that his chance may have passed him by.
Beeves is a well exposed 11-year-old gelding. He looks to have it all to do here today but he does have little bits of form that might give some hope of a good run. He ran well over 4 miles in last season’s Edinburgh Chase but that was on good ground. He has won however on all going from good to firm through to heavy and is a five times winner of 3 mile chases. He would have to improve his form here i have to say, to be in with a chance today and 11 years old that’s not really likely.
Raz De Maree is a really nice horse. His last run was a spectacular win on heavy ground over 3 miles 5 ½ furlongs when he won the Welsh Grand National. Back in 2016 he also won the Cork Grand National over 3 miles and 4 furlongs, a race that he’d won previously in 2012. A good horse who handles the ground and his second in the Midlands National in 2015 over 4 miles 1 ½ furlongs suggests that he should get the trip however at 13 years old it’s difficult to see him winning especially if you consider the last 13-year-old to win the race was Sergent Murphy back in 1923. Could run into a place however and there has been good support for him in the betting market.
Trained by Grand National winning trainer Sue Smith the eight-year-old I Just Know comes here in sparkling form. That is especially true if you consider when he was upped in distance to 3 miles and 6 furlongs in the Yorkshire Grand National Chase on soft ground he won that day by 15 lengths and was staying on. He comes here in good improving form and is currently low enough in the handicap to get a really good racing weight at 10 stone 7 pounds. He was a beaten favourite last time out on heavy ground but I suspect that this has been his target for the season. His price has been coming down and is now half of what it was a little while ago. Looks to have a good chance
Virgilio seemed to be going the right way and three of his last four runs of been at Aintree but over the Mildmay fences. At the end of last season he had wind surgery but strangely since then has run well below par. Something perhaps is amiss here but a return to his pre-op form could give him a chance of running into a place. Although he has won on very soft ground he may be one who might be better at this distance on better ground.
Baie Des Iies has come in for some really strong betting support in the last week or so. He will be ridden today by Katie Walsh who has finished the highest position of any female rider ever to ride in the Grand National. She will be riding this horse for her husband trainer Ross O’Sullivan. The horse has some good form, she has run well in races. She was eye-catching in last season’s Grand National trial at Punchestown where she was a good winner, and that was after a good run on soft ground over 3 miles 5 ½ furlongs in the Coral Welsh National which was won that day by this year’s Gold cup winner Native River, she finished fifth that day. If this horse wins today she will break most of the statistics for Grand National winners. Firstly she is seven years old, seven-year-old horses don’t win the Grand National the last was a horse called Boskar and that was back in 1940. Secondly she is a mare , the last mare to win was in 1951 when Nickel Coin won the race. Thirdly she is a grey horse, actually she’s almost white, but strangely not many greys of ever won the race. Finally she has a lady rider and female riders have never won this race. All that said statistics just there to be broken. I think the biggest hurdle will be the fact that she is seven years old generally speaking this age of horse will not have had enough runs, she has had plenty with 12 Chase runs under her belt but this is still the stand out stat for me. The least worrying is the jockey. Katie Walsh is as good a jockey over fences as there’s ever been and she is a positive to this horses chances rather than a negative. This is not my idea of the winner but would be some story to add to the tales of the Grand National.
Maggio is a fully exposed 13-year-old bay gelding who has not one since winning at this meeting two years ago. Would seem to have it all to do today.
Pendra has not won since October 2015 but has been lightly raced in the intervening time. He was 13th in the 2016 running of this race and since his run at this year’s Cheltenham Festival he has had a wind up and also will be tongue-tied for the first time. Although he is a good chaser and will have a really good jockey in Aidan Coleman in the plate today there just seems to be too many ticks in the against box and to few in the for box unless the wind operation restores his form.
Carrying just 10 stone seven in this race the 11-year-old bay gelding Buywise looks an interesting prospect. He is available at a big price if you consider what was his best form was when he won the veterans Chase at Sandown back in January. That was over 3 miles on heavy ground. He doesn’t look the easiest of rides and over 2 miles 7 furlongs at the same course just a month later he seemed a different horse finishing 11th of 17. He ran in this race in 2016 and ran well enough until he made a mistake at the 17th fence and then never really recovered. If he is on a going day today then he is definitely one of the better 50 to 1 chances, however if he decides that is not one of his days it will be a totally different story.
Another from Willie Mullins is Children’s List. A nice progressive young horse whose best form was in December 2016 when beating this year’s Irish Gold cup winner Edwulf by half a length. Has been tried over 3 ½ miles and didn’t seem to get that trip, so maybe wanting over this marathon.
2014 Gold cup winner Lord Windermere today takes his third crack at the world’s greatest steeplechase. In 2015 on good to soft ground he was pulled up and last year on good to soft he finished seventh. He stayed on well enough but he has not really shown any real form since winning the Gold cup and indeed has not won since then. One of the classiest horses in the race but too many question marks.
Captain Redbeard is another horse who has come in for a lot of support. Available at a 100/1 not so very long ago he is now down to just a quarter of those odds. A nine-year-old chestnut gelding he has some good consistent form, however he has not won at a distance greater than 2 miles and 7 furlongs under rules, although he did win a point to point over 3 miles. That is certainly a worry as generally speaking horses that have not won over 3 miles tend not to get this trip. I would guess that his supporters come in since winning on heavy ground last month but that was over hurdles at a considerably shorter distance. Looks to have plenty to do.
Houblon Des Obeaux is an 11-year-old bay gelding trained by Grand National winning trainer Venetia Williams. I have followed this horses career for quite some time since his early victory in a hurdle race on heavy ground at Haydock back in 2011. I always thought that his liking for soft ground and the way that he jumps would make him a good horse for the Welsh Grand National. He ran in the race in 2016 where he was beaten by this year’s Gold cup winner Native River. This horse although not being a prolific winner might still be something of a dark horse. He was 10th in this race last year and looked as if he was not having a good time. He was out the back for most of the race but was doing his best work at the end of the race. Given a better ride, up with the pace he might have a better chance this season off a featherweight.
Bless the Wings is a fully exposed 13-year-old bay gelding whose form figures this season include one win three pulled up’s and a fall. His single win was over the cross-country fences at Cheltenham at the December meeting. He fell when prominent at the festival over the same course but then run again on 2 April only to be pulled up in the Irish National. Too many doubts to really fancy this horse
The most recent start of the jockey room is a young lady called Bryony Frost. She is a young top-class National Hunt jockey who just seems to get on well with the horses that she rides. Milansbar will have her help in this race today. He is a well exposed 11-year-old bay gelding with nothing more than reasonable form, with the exception of his second in the Midlands Grand National in 2016 over 4 miles 1 ½ furlongs on soft ground and his same form in the same race in March this year when again he finished second but this time on heavy ground. His last win was at Warwick over 3 miles and 5 furlongs in soft ground where he was and 11 lengths winner with Bryony on-board. It would be easy to knock this horses form and say that he’s just not good enough for the race but I’m not sure that that is the case and if the ground does turn out to be a soft as everybody expects there won’t be many finishers and a sympathetic ride could just be what this horse needs. Off a l ightweight I can see this horse running well.
Final Nudge is a nine-year-old bay gelding who ran on well to finish third in the Welsh national over 3 miles 5 ½ furlongs on heavy ground. That was a real slog that day and the extreme test of stamina may be what this horse needs. He is definitely better on heavy ground and the more rain the more the chance he has. Has to improve considerably in a normal race but if this does turn out to be a complete slog he may well run better than his starting price suggests.
Double Ross runs from the Nigel Twiston-Davies yard. He is a chestnut gelding who is winning form is all below 3 miles. A vast improvement would be needed to win this race under 12 years old that seems unlikely.
Road to Riches acts on the ground and is a past grade 1 Lexus Chase winner. But he has not won a race since November 2015 and this looks a very tall order for him to win this race.
DelusionofgrandeurIn as a reserve he is something as a Caterick specialist. Trainer does well with long distance chasers. Sould be ok on ground, but may not get trip?
Pleae note because of withdrawals the weights on Thunder and Roses and Delusionofgrandeur are out of racecard order
|Number||Horse||Form / Type||Age||Weight||Trainer||Jockey||Rating|
|1||Thunder and Roses||P04PFF . Gelding||10||10st 5lbs||M.F.Morris||JJ Slevin||142|
|2||Blaklion (GB) WS||324-212 • C • GELDING||9||11st 10lbs||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||161|
|3||Anibale Fly (FR) T||2-501F3 • GELDING||8||11st 8lbs||A. J. Martin||Barry Geraghty||159|
|4||The Last Samuri (IRE) T||20-2243 • GELDING||10||11st 8lbs||Kim Bailey||David Bass||159|
|5||Valseur Lido (FR)||14-5553 • GELDING||9||11st 7lbs||Henry de Bromhead||Keith Donoghue||158|
|6||Total Recall (IRE)||05-111F • GELDING||9||11st 5lbs||W. P. Mullins||P. Townend||156|
|7||Alpha des Obeaux (FR) p||414646 • GELDING||8||11st 4lbs||M. F. Morris||Rachael Blackmore||155|
|8||Perfect Candidate (IRE)||1P-0105 • GELDING||11||11st 3lbs||Fergal O'Brien||Alain Cawley||154|
|9||Shantou Flyer (IRE) V T||PP2222 • GELDING||8||11st 2lbs||Richard Hobson||James Bowen||153|
|10||Tenor Nivernais (FR)||3120-P6 • GELDING||11||11st 1lbs||Venetia Williams||Tom O'Brien||152|
|11||Carlingford Lough (IRE)||44-0U5P • GELDING||12||11st 1lbs||John E. Kiely||Mark Walsh||152|
|12||Delusionofgrandeur||31353 • GELDING||8||10st 5lbs||Sue Smith||H Brooke||142|
|13||Tiger Roll (IRE) T p||1P-2P51 • GELDING||8||10st 13lbs||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell||150|
|NON-RUNNER||Regal Encore (IRE)||P0-03P1 • GELDING||10||10st 13lbs||Anthony Honeyball||Non Runner||150|
|15||Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) p||116-404 • C • GELDING||9||10st 13lbs||David Pipe||Tom Scudamore||150|
|16||Chase The Spud (GB)||051-1PP • GELDING||10||10st 12lbs||Fergal O'Brien||Paddy Brennan||149|
|17||Warriors Tale (GB) T||115-U22 • GELDING||9||10st 12lbs||Paul Nicholls||Sean Bowen||149|
|18||Seeyouatmidnight (GB)||03/1P2-3 • GELDING||10||10st 12lbs||Sandy Thomson||Brian Hughes||149|
|19||Gas Line Boy (IRE) V||445-F13 • C • GELDING||12||10st 11lbs||Ian Williams||Robert Dunne||148|
|20||The Dutchman (IRE) T||20-261P • GELDING||8||10st 11lbs||Colin Tizzard||Harry Cobden||148|
|21||Pleasant Company (IRE)||1410-0P • GELDING||10||10st 11lbs||W. P. Mullins||David Mullins||148|
|22||Ucello Conti (FR) T||024U-2P • GELDING||10||10st 10lbs||Gordon Elliott||Daryl Jacob||147|
|23||Saint Are (FR) B T||3F23-PP • C • GELDING||12||10st 10lbs||Tom George||A. P. Heskin||147|
|NON-RUNNER||Walk In The Mill (FR)||00-513P • GELDING||8||10st 4lbs||Robert Walford||Non Runner||147|
|25||Raz de Maree (FR)||P0-F221 • GELDING||13||10st 9lbs||Gavin Cromwell||Robbie Power||146|
|26||I Just Know (IRE)||P3-3412 • GELDING||8||10st 8lbs||Sue Smith||Danny Cook||145|
|27||Virgilio (FR) T WS||223-10P • C • GELDING||9||10st 8lbs||Dan Skelton||Harry Skelton||145|
|28||Baie des Iles (FR) p||513-663 • MARE||7||10st 8lbs||Ross O'Sullivan||Ms K. Walsh||145|
|29||Maggio (FR) T||504-443 • C • GELDING||13||10st 8lbs||Patrick Griffin||Brendan Powell||145|
|30||Pendra (IRE) B T WS||5/150/2-0 • GELDING||10||10st 8lbs||Charlie Longsdon||Aidan Coleman||145|
|31||Buywise (IRE)||04-0610 • GELDING||11||10st 8lbs||Evan Williams||Adam Wedge||145|
|32||Childrens List (IRE)||0/051-2P • GELDING||8||10st 8lbs||W. P. Mullins||Jonathan Burke||145|
|33||Lord Windermere (IRE)||P//2050-F • GELDING||12||10st 7lbs||J. Culloty||A. E. Lynch||144|
|34||Captain Redbeard (IRE)||2-36121 • GELDING||9||10st 7lbs||Stuart Coltherd||Sam Coltherd||144|
|35||Houblon des Obeaux (FR) B||1663P3 • GELDING||11||10st 7lbs||Venetia Williams||Charlie Deutsch||144|
|36||Bless The Wings (IRE) p||6-PP1FP • GELDING||13||10st 6lbs||Gordon Elliott||Jack Kennedy||143|
|37||Milansbar (IRE) B||63U152 • GELDING||11||10st 6lbs||Neil King||Bryony Frost||143|
|38||Final Nudge (IRE) p||F6-2350 • GELDING||9||10st 6lbs||David Dennis||Gavin Sheehan||143|
|39||Double Ross (IRE)||3-4UP04 • GELDING||12||10st 6lbs||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Tom Bellamy||143|
|40||Road To Riches (IRE) T||05-000P • GELDING||11||10st 5lbs||Noel Meade||Sean Flanagan||142|
Statistics for Grand National
|Finishing Position||Distance||Horse||Form / Type||Age||Weight||Trainer||Jockey||Rating|
|1||.||Tiger Roll (IRE) T p||1P-2P51 • GELDING||8||10st 13lbs||Gordon Elliott||Davy Russell||150|
|2||HD||Pleasant Company (IRE)||1410-0P • GELDING||10||10st 11lbs||W. P. Mullins||David Mullins||148|
|3||11||Bless The Wings (IRE) p||6-PP1FP • GELDING||13||10st 6lbs||Gordon Elliott||Jack Kennedy||143|
|4||NK||Anibale Fly (FR) T||2-501F3 • GELDING||8||11st 8lbs||A. J. Martin||Barry Geraghty||159|
|5||21||Milansbar (IRE) B||63U152 • GELDING||11||10st 6lbs||Neil King||Bryony Frost||143|
|6||12||Road To Riches (IRE) T||05-000P • GELDING||11||10st 5lbs||Noel Meade||Sean Flanagan||142|
|7||7||Gas Line Boy (IRE) V||445-F13 • C • GELDING||12||10st 11lbs||Ian Williams||Robert Dunne||148|
|8||4||Valseur Lido (FR)||14-5553 • GELDING||9||11st 7lbs||Henry de Bromhead||Keith Donoghue||158|
|9||3/4||Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) p||116-404 • C • GELDING||9||10st 13lbs||David Pipe||Tom Scudamore||150|
|10||3/4||Raz de Maree (FR)||P0-F221 • GELDING||13||10st 9lbs||Gavin Cromwell||Robbie Power||146|
|11||29||Seeyouatmidnight (GB)||03/1P2-3 • GELDING||10||10st 12lbs||Sandy Thomson||Brian Hughes||149|
|12||2.3/4||Baie des Iles (FR) p||513-663 • MARE||7||10st 8lbs||Ross O'Sullivan||Ms K. Walsh||145|
|Fence 1||BD||Blaklion (GB) WS||324-212 • C • GELDING||9||11st 10lbs||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Sam Twiston-Davies||161|
|.||Fell||Perfect Candidate (IRE)||1P-0105 • GELDING||11||11st 3lbs||Fergal O'Brien||Alain Cawley||154|
|Fence 2||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 3||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 4||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 5||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 6||Fell||Houblon des Obeaux (FR) B||1663P3 • GELDING||11||10st 7lbs||Venetia Williams||Charlie Deutsch||144|
|.||Fell||I Just Know (IRE)||P3-3412 • GELDING||8||10st 8lbs||Sue Smith||Danny Cook||145|
|.||Fell||Virgilio (FR) T WS||223-10P • C • GELDING||9||10st 8lbs||Dan Skelton||Harry Skelton||145|
|Fence 7||PU||Captain Redbeard (IRE)||2-36121 • GELDING||9||10st 7lbs||Stuart Coltherd||Sam Coltherd||144|
|Fence 8||Fell||Final Nudge (IRE) p||F6-2350 • GELDING||9||10st 6lbs||David Dennis||Gavin Sheehan||143|
|.||UR||Buywise (IRE)||04-0610 • GELDING||11||10st 8lbs||Evan Williams||Adam Wedge||145|
|.||UR||Lord Windermere (IRE)||P//2050-F • GELDING||12||10st 7lbs||J. Culloty||A. E. Lynch||144|
|Fence 9||All jumped||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 10||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 11||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 12||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 13||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 14||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 15||Fell||Alpha des Obeaux (FR) p||414646 • GELDING||8||11st 4lbs||M. F. Morris||Rachael Blackmore||155|
|.||PU||Chase The Spud (GB)||051-1PP • GELDING||10||10st 12lbs||Fergal O'Brien||Paddy Brennan||149|
|.||BD||Saint Are (FR) B T||3F23-PP • C • GELDING||12||10st 10lbs||Tom George||A. P. Heskin||147|
|Fence 16||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 17||PU||Delusion Of Grandour||31353 . GELDING||8||10ST 5 lbs||Sue Smith||H.Brooke||142|
|Fence 18||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 19||Maggio (FR) T||504-443 • C • GELDING||13||10st 8lbs||Patrick Griffin||Brendan Powell||145|
|Fence 20||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 21||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 22||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 23||All Jumped||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|Fence 24||UR||The Dutchman (IRE) T||20-261P • GELDING||8||10st 11lbs||Colin Tizzard||Harry Cobden||148|
|Fence 25||PU||Thunder and Roses||.||.||.||.||.||.|
|.||PU||Shantou Flyer (IRE) V T||PP2222 • GELDING||8||11st 2lbs||Richard Hobson||James Bowen||153|
|Fence 26||PU||The Last Samuri (IRE) T||20-2243 • GELDING||10||11st 8lbs||Kim Bailey||David Bass||159|
|.||Ucello Conti (FR) T||024U-2P • GELDING||10||10st 10lbs||Gordon Elliott||Daryl Jacob||147|
|Fence 27||Tenor Nivernais (FR)||3120-P6 • GELDING||11||11st 1lbs||Venetia Williams||Tom O'Brien||152|
|Fence 29||PU||Total Recall (IRE)||05-111F • GELDING||9||11st 5lbs||W. P. Mullins||P. Townend||156|
|Fence 28||PU||Warriors Tale||115-U22 . GELDING||9||10ST 12lbs||Paul Nicholls||Sean Bowen||149|
|Fence 30||PU||Pendra (IRE) B T WS||5/150/2-0 • GELDING||10||10st 8lbs||Charlie Longsdon||Aidan Coleman||145|
|.||PU||Double Ross (IRE)||3-4UP04 • GELDING||12||10st 6lbs||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Tom Bellamy||143|
|Run In||PU||Carlingford Lough (IRE)||44-0U5P • GELDING||12||11st 1lbs||John E. Kiely||Mark Walsh||152|
|.||PU||Childrens List (IRE)||0/051-2P • GELDING||8||10st 8lbs||W. P. Mullins||Jonathan Burke||145|
|.||NR||Regal Encore (IRE)||P0-03P1 • GELDING||10||10st 13lbs||Anthony Honeyball||Non Runner||150|
|.||NR||Walk In The Mill (FR)||00-513P • GELDING||8||10st 4lbs||Robert Walford||Non Runner||147|
THE RANDOX HEALTH GRAND NATIONAL HANDICAP STEEPLE CHASE (CLASS 1) (Grade 3)
ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR) wore earplugs which were removed at the start and PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) and TOTAL RECALL (IRE) wore earplugs throughout the race.
ANIBALE FLY (FR), placed fourth, did not enter the winner’s enclosure on veterinary advice.
An enquiry was held to ascertain why Danny Cook, the rider of I JUST KNOW (IRE), which had fallen on the first circuit, proceeded to wave the riders around Becher’s Brook on the second circuit. After being interviewed and shown recordings of the incident, his explanation that he was attempting to help the racecourse staff by guiding the runners and loose horses around the bypassed fence was noted. He was reminded of his responsibilities to not become involved in these procedures.
MILANSBAR (IRE), ridden by Bryony Frost, left the Parade early. After being interviewed and shown recordings of the incident, Frost’s explanation that she had misheard the Clerk of the Course’s instructions due to the noise of the crowd was noted.
Following the race, Richard Hobson reported that SHANTOU FLYER (IRE), which was pulled up, had a breathing problem. The Veterinary Officer reported that SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT, unplaced, was lame on its left fore and MILANSBAR (IRE), placed fifth, was lame on its left hind. The Veterinary Officer also reported that ANIBALE FLY (FR), placed fourth, CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE), which was pulled up, and RAZ DE MAREE (FR), unplaced, all suffered from post-race heat stress. The Veterinary Officer further reported that CHASE THE SPUD, which was pulled up, bled from the nose.