Which horses are running in the 2018 Grand National?

105 horses have been entered with a chance to run in the 2018 Aintree Grand National. Here is a full list of Grand National Runners for this year:

Randox Health Grand National – Grand National Runners

  • Grade 3, £1,000,000 Total Prize Fund
  • Four miles, three and a half furlongs
  • 105 Grand National Runners entries
  • Weights revealed February 13th, first scratchings deadline February 27, second scratchings deadline March 20, five-day confirmations April 9, final declarations 10am April 12.
  • Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

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Grand National Runners 2018

HorseAgeOwnerTrainerWeightRating
A GENIE IN ABOTTLE (IRE)7Gigginstown House StudNoel Meade IRE10-08149
ABOLITIONIST (IRE)10M Albon, J A Provan & C E StedmanDr Richard Newland10-04145
ACAPELLA BOURGEOIS (FR)8Slaneyville SyndicateWillie Mullins IRE10-09150
ALFIE SPINNER (IRE)13Alan Beard & Brian BeardKerry Lee9-06133
ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR)8Gigginstown House StudMouse Morris IRE11-00155
AMERICAN (FR)8The Jago Family PartnershipHarry Fry11-02157
ANIBALE FLY (FR)8J P McManusTony Martin IRE11-04159
ARBRE DE VIE (FR)8Susannah RicciWillie Mullins IRE9-11138
AS DE MEE (FR)8The Stewart Family & Judi DenchPaul Nicholls10-08149
BAIE DES ILES (FR)7Mrs Z WentworthRoss O’Sullivan IRE10-04145
BALLYALTON (IRE)11John WestwoodIan Williams9-11138
BEEVES (IRE)11Paul & Clare RooneyJennie Candlish10-06147
BELLSHILL (IRE)8Andrea & Graham WylieWillie Mullins IRE10-07148
BLAKLION9S Such & C G PalettaNigel Twiston-Davies11-06161
BLESS THE WINGS (IRE)13Adrian Butler/S P O’ConnorGordon Elliott IRE10-02143
BONNY KATE (IRE)8Patricia HuntNoel Meade IRE9-11138
BRAQUEUR D’OR (FR)7Corsellis & SeyfriedPaul Nicholls9-10137
BRAVISSIMO (FR)7Susannah RicciWillie Mullins IRE9-05132
BRISTOL DE MAI (FR)7Simon Munir & Isaac SouedeNigel Twiston-Davies11-09164
BUYWISE (IRE)11T Hywel JonesEvan Williams10-04145
CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE)9Stuart ColtherdStuart Coltherd10-03144
CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE)12J P McManusJohn Kiely IRE10-11152
CAROLE’S DESTRIER10Mrs C SkipworthNeil Mulholland10-05146
CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA)10J P McManusGordon Elliott IRE10-12153
CHASE THE SPUD10Mrs C BanksFergal O’Brien10-08149
CHILDRENS LIST (IRE)8Susannah RicciWillie Mullins IRE10-04145
COGRY9Graham and Alison JelleyNigel Twiston-Davies9-11138
DANCING SHADOW (IRE)9The Dancing ShadowsVictor Dartnall9-05132
DEFINITLY RED (IRE)9Phil & Julie MartinBrian Ellison11-10165
DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (IRE)8McGoldrick Racing 3Sue Smith10-01142
DOUBLE ROSS (IRE)12Options O SyndicateNigel Twiston-Davies10-02143
EDWULF9J P McManusJoseph O’Brien IRE11-09164
FINAL NUDGE (IRE)9Corbett StudDavid Dennis10-02143
FLYING ANGEL (IRE)7R J RextonNigel Twiston-Davies10-07148
GAS LINE BOY (IRE)12The Three GracesIan Williams10-07148
GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE)9Gigginstown House StudGordon Elliott IRE9-12139
GO CONQUER (IRE)9Paul & Clare RooneyJonjo O’Neill10-10151
GOLD PRESENT (IRE)8John & Barbara CottonNicky Henderson11-00155
GOODTOKNOW10Burling Lee MacEchern Nolan PotterKerry Lee11-00155
HENRI PARRY MORGAN10Ednyfed & Elizabeth MorganPeter Bowen9-06133
HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR)11Mrs Julian BlackwellVenetia Williams10-03144
I JUST KNOW (IRE)8M B Scholey & The Late R H ScholeySue Smith10-04145
KNOCK HOUSE (IRE)9Tim LeslieDonald McCain9-09139
KRACKATOA KING10J C Harrison Lee & T Howard PartnershipKerry Lee9-00127
LONG HOUSE HALL (IRE)10Carl HinchyDan Skelton10-05146
LORD WINDERMERE (IRE)12Dr Ronan LambeJim Culloty IRE10-03144
MAGGIO (FR)13Douglas Pryde/James BeaumontPatrick Griffin IRE10-04145
MALA BEACH (IRE)10Chris JonesGordon Elliott IRE11-03158
MILANSBAR (IRE)11Robert BothwayNeil King10-02143
MINELLA DADDY (IRE)8Roddy Owen & Paul FullagarPeter Bowen9-10137
MINELLA ROCCO (IRE)8J P McManusJonjo O’Neill11-07162
MISSED APPROACH (IRE)8Alan & Andrew TurnerWarren Greatrex9-11138
MORNING ASSEMBLY (IRE)11Clipper Logistics Group LtdPat Fahy IRE10-02143
MYSTEREE (IRE)10Lynne MaclennanMichael Scudamore9-11138
NOBLE ENDEAVOR (IRE)9Chris JonesGordon Elliott IRE10-13154
O O SEVEN (IRE)8Christopher HanburyNicky Henderson10-11152
OUT SAM9D CharlesworthGordon Elliott IRE9-03130
OUTLANDER (IRE)10Gigginstown House StudGordon Elliott IRE11-08163
PAIROFBROWNEYES (IRE)9Fibbage SyndicateWillie Mullins IRE9-10137
PENDRA (IRE)10J P McManusCharlie Longsdon10-04145
PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE)11ISL RecruitmentFergal O’Brien10-13154
PHIL’S MAGIC (IRE)8Lyreen SyndicateTony Martin IRE9-06133
PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE)10Malcolm C DenmarkWillie Mullins IRE10-07148
POLIDAM (FR)9Simon Munir/Isaac SouedeWillie Mullins IRE10-05146
POORMANS HILL (IRE)7V Caldwell/Mrs K CaldwellGordon Elliott IRE10-05146
RATHVINDEN (IRE)9Ronnie BartlettWillie Mullins IRE10-09150
RAZ DE MAREE (FR)13James J SwanGavin Cromwell IRE10-05146
REGAL ENCORE (IRE)10J P McManusAnthony Honeyball10-09150
RELENTLESS DREAMER (IRE)9Nigel MorrisRebecca Curtis9-10137
ROAD TO RICHES (IRE)11Gigginstown House StudNoel Meade IRE10-01142
ROCK THE KASBAH (IRE)8Diana WhateleyPhilip Hobbs10-08149
ROGUE ANGEL (IRE)10Gigginstown House StudMouse Morris IRE9-05132
SAINT ARE (FR)12David FoxTom George10-06147
SAMETEGAL (FR)9John & Barbara CottonPaul Nicholls10-00141
SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT10Mrs A M ThomsonSandy Thomson10-08149
SHANTOU FLYER (IRE)8Carl HinchyRichard Hobson10-12153
SILSOL (GER)9Michelle And Dan MacdonaldPaul Nicholls10-03144
SIR MANGAN (IRE)10Frank McAleavyDan Skelton9-11138
SIZING CODELCO (IRE)9Ann & Alan Potts LimitedColin Tizzard10-13154
SPLASH OF GINGE10Jim NeildNigel Twiston-Davies9-11138
SUB LIEUTENANT (IRE)9Gigginstown House StudHenry de Bromhead IRE11-05160
TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR)11Boultbee Brooks LtdVenetia Williams10-11152
THE DUTCHMAN (IRE)8SprayClad UKColin Tizzard10-07148
THE LAST SAMURI (IRE)10Paul & Clare RooneyKim Bailey11-04159
THE YOUNG MASTER9Mike Burbidge & The Old MastersNeil Mulholland9-08135
THEBARROWMAN (IRE)8D KeysAdrian Keatley IRE9-04131
THIRD INTENTION (IRE)11Robert and Sarah TizzardColin Tizzard10-03144
THREE FACES WEST (IRE)10Paul & Clare RooneyPhilip Hobbs10-03144
THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE)10Gigginstown House StudMouse Morris IRE10-01142
TIGER ROLL (IRE)8Gigginstown House StudGordon Elliott IRE10-09150
TOTAL RECALL (IRE)9Slaneyville SyndicateWillie Mullins IRE11-01156
TRAFFIC FLUIDE (FR)8Galloping On The South Downs PartnershipGary Moore10-10151
UCELLO CONTI (FR)10Simon Munir/Isaac SouedeGordon Elliott IRE10-06147
VALSEUR LIDO (FR)9Gigginstown House StudHenry de Bromhead IRE11-03158
VIC DE TOUZAINE (FR)9A Brooks & G MooreVenetia Williams9-12139
VICENTE (FR)9Trevor HemmingsPaul Nicholls10-10151
VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR)9Prof Caroline Tisdall & John GentDavid Pipe10-09150
VIEUX MORVAN (FR)9M L BloodstockJoseph O’Brien IRE9-12139
VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE)8Trevor HemmingsSue Smith10-00141
VIRGILIO (FR)9C J Edwards, D Futter, A H RushworthDan Skelton10-04145
VYTA DU ROC (FR)9Simon Munir & Isaac SouedeNicky Henderson10-06147
WALK IN THE MILL (FR)8Baroness HardingRobert Walford10-00141
WARRIORS TALE9Michelle And Dan MacdonaldPaul Nicholls10-08149
WILD WEST WIND (IRE)9Simon W ClarkeTom George10-03144
WOUNDED WARRIOR (IRE)9Gigginstown House StudNoel Meade IRE9-12139

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2005 Grand National

Run on Saturday 14th April 2018, the build-up to the Merseyside marathon always starts months before the big day. However, not all 105 horses can run so from now until just a few days before the race we’ll see many horses drop out. For safety reasons the Grand National is always capped at 40 horses so between now and April 14th we are going to see 65 horses fall by the wayside. There are various declaration stages during February, March and April which also help whittle done the 105 entries to the 40 Grand National Runners.

Now in its 171st running, the weights for the Grand National will be released on Tuesday February 13th by the BHA’s head of handicapping – Phil Smith.

Once each horse has been allocated a weight to carry this will give us a better idea which of the 105 current entries will be the actual Grand National Runners for 2018 – in the world’s richest and greatest steeplechase. Plus, the 2018 Grand National betting market normally has a shake-up after these weights are announced.

Blaklion currently heads the 105 entries for the 2018 Grand National and at this stage can be backed around 10/1* to win the race. This Nigel-Twiston-Davies-trained 9 year-old was fourth in the 2017 Grand National and has returned this season better than ever. We last saw him winning the Becher Chase – a race that is also run over the National fences at Aintree – in December. He carried 11-1 to be fourth 12 months ago off a mark of 152, so we can expect the handicapper to have his rating to a similar level this time. The horse’s next target is in the Haydock Grand National Trial (Feb 17th) before heading to the National as the favourite of the Grand National Runners – here’s what his trainer – Nigel Twiston-Davies – said after his Becher Chase victory:

“You want 7-4 to get round, don’t you? It’s a relief. It’s what we hoped for and what we expected. Blaklion didn’t quite get home in the National but we could see in the National that his fencing was superb. He’s got this Red Rum-type of way of getting over the fences, he’s small but very agile and accurate. I’m sorry to use his name but he reminds me of Red Rum, though he’s got a lot do to be anything like him! He was only beaten eight lengths last year (in the National) and he has another year under his belt. Other things will pop out of the woodwork I’m sure but he must have a very good chance if we ride him with more restraint like we did today. We have only got eight lengths to find. He will probably wait until the Grand National Trial at Haydock, then the National” – Nigel Twiston-Davies, trainer. (Racing Post)

Twiston-Davies, who don’t forget has won the Grand National twice before, also has Bristol De Mai, Splash Of Ginge and Flying Angel amongst the 105 entries. Blaklion beat another Grand National stalwart in recent years – The Last Samuri – by 9 lengths in this season’s Becher Chase and is another that has the Merseyside marathon as his target. This Kim Bailey-trained runner was 16th in the 2017 National, but also runner-up in 2016 behind Rule The World. He continued his preparation for the Grand National with a fine fourth in the Cotswold Chase behind Definitly Red at Cheltenham on January 27th and at 20/1 in the betting he’s sure to be popular again on the day.

“That confirmed The Last Samuri not a Gold Cup horse and that’s why we came here. He was flat out but has still run a very good race. He’ll more than likely go straight to the Grand National now” – Kim Bailey, trainer (Racing Post)

Definitly Red is another big player ahead of the 2018 Grand National. He was well-fancied in the 2017 renewal, but was pulled before the 9th fence after being badly hampered in the race. This 9 year-old has certainly improved this season and was very impressive in winning the Grade Two Cotswold Chase in January. With around 4 weeks between the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the National this year he should have plenty of time to take in both races. He’s around 20/1* in the Grand National betting market, while his trainer – Brian Ellison feels he’s the best he’s ever trained.

“I thought the other horse (American) was going better, but Danny took a pull to lie a couple of lengths off him and when he gave him a kick in the belly he took off. Definitely Red just got better every year and the plan this year was to keep him fresh. Today would tell us if we went for the Gold Cup, so we’ll go now. He wants good ground, I think he’ll be better on it as he’s not short of speed. He just doesn’t like it tacky. It’s a good place to have a winner. You’ve got to have a good horse to come here and he’s the best I’ve ever trained” – Brian Ellison, trainer. (Racing Post)

The current British champion trainer – Nicky Henderson – is yet to win the Grand National but has three entries at this stage. Gold Present, who won well at Ascot in December, looks the best hope at around 25/1 in the betting. The form of that Ascot win has since been franked with the second – Frodon – winning easily at Cheltenham in January.

“Gold Present is a proper steeplechaser. He’s a very good jumper – that’s what he’s good at so you have to make sure you use it. He stays well but he’s not shy of a gear or two” – Nicky Henderson, trainer. (Racing Post)

Vyta Du Roc, who won well in the first-time cheekpieces at Cheltenham in January, and O O Seven are Henderson’s other entries.

The Irish Challenge – Grand National Runners

Of the 105 entries, Ireland’s champion trainer – Willie Mullins – is responsible for 10. In total, the Irish have 40 of the 105 entries, so Mullins-trained runners account for 25% of all the Irish horses.

Mullins has won the Grand National once before (Hedgehunter, 2005) so knows what’s required. Poldam and Rathvinden are two of his leading fancies, but the improving Total Recall looks his main player. This 9 year-old ticks a lot of boxes and it was interesting that connections ran him over hurdles last time at Leopardstown to keep his chase handicap mark down. They clearly wanted to get a run into him, but to save his chase mark running over hurdles could turn out to be a shrewd move. The horse dotted-up in that 3 mile Leopardstown race by 3 lengths and is generally second favourite in the Grand National Runners betting at 16/1*.

Don’t forget Total Recall also won the Ladbrokes Gold Trophy (Hennessy) this season at Newbury, beating the useful Whisper by a neck. He’s a big player at this stage, but he’s also entered in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, so a lot will depend on how he fares in that race.

Gordon Elliott, who won the Grand National in 2007 with Silver Birch, is the other main Irish trainer and also has 10 of the 105 entries. Mala Beach and Outlander, who ran a close second in the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown in February, look his main players – Mala Beach is around 40/1* and Outlander is 33/1*.

The 10 year-old Outlander is owned by Gigginstown House Stud, who took the Grand National in 2016 for the first time with Rule The World, and is one of 11 entries for these powerful owners.

Other leading owners to note are JP McManus, who won the race with Don’t Push It in 2010 wearing his famous green and gold colours. He’s got seven of the 105 entries, including the 2017 runner-up Cause Of Causes (25/1*), the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup second – Minella Rocco (20/1*) and Paddy Power Gold Cup hero Anibale Fly. Mouse Morris is another of the Irish yards to have had success in the race in recent times. He won the Grand National in 2016 with Rule The World and will be looking to follow-up with Rogue Angel and Thunder And Roses, who are his entries.

Back on the domestic front, trainer Paul Nicholls is another handler that’s won the race recently. He took the prize for the first time in 2012 with Neptune Collonges and has six entered. Vicente (33/1*), who already has a National to his name – the Scottish version – looks his main hope. He hopes to give owner Trevor Hemmings his fourth win in the race. His 9 year-old was well-fancied for the 2017 Grand National, but fell at the first. Hemmings also has Welsh National fourth – Vintage Clouds (50/1*) – entered.

The winner of that Welsh National – Raz De Maree (50/1*) – is another who holds an entry, but this 13 year-old will be looking to become the oldest Grand National winner since Sergeant Murphy landed the prize in 1923!

John Baker, Regional Director, The Jockey Club Racecourses North West, said: “We are delighted with the excellent quality of entries for the 2018 Randox Health Grand National, which once again offers a total prize fund of £1 million.

“It is also pleasing to break the 100-barrier for the fourth time in five years in terms of the number of entries and we continue to receive very strong support from Ireland.

“The 2018 Randox Health Grand National Festival offers record prize money of £3.21 million and preparations are well underway at Aintree for what will be an outstanding three days of racing.

“We are now eagerly anticipating the unveiling of the weights for the world’s greatest chase, with the surroundings of BAFTA in London providing a suitably prestigious backdrop.” (Jockey Club Racecourses)

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*All odds at time of publishing. All subject to change.