Which horses are running in the 2018 Grand National?

Last Updated 19 Apr 2018 | Commercial content | 18+

105 horses were entered with a chance to run in the 2018 Aintree Grand National. The final 40 Grand National Runners (+ 4 reserves) have been named for the 2018 Grand National. Here is a full list of Grand National Runners for this year:

2018 Grand National Winners:

  1. Tiger Roll
  2. Pleasant Company
  3. Bless The Wings
  4. Anibale Fly
  5. Milansbar
  6. Road To Riches

Randox Health Grand National – Grand National Runners 2018

  • 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.

Grand National 2018 Runners - Results

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TIGER ROLL flag

Weight: 10-13 / Age: 8 / Jockey: D. Russell / Trainer: G. Elliott
Pulled-up in the Irish National last season, but the winner of the 4m race at the Cheltenham Festival in 2017. Will stay the trip and having finished in the top three in 10 of his 15 chase starts often runs well. Only 8 so there could be more to come.
TIGER ROLL TO WIN 10/1*
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PLEASANT COMPANY flag

Weight: 10-11 / Age: 10 / Jockey: D. Mullins / Trainer: W. Mullins
9th in the Grand National in 2017 and off a pound lower mark would have a chance of improving on that run. Debatable whether he got home though 12 months ago.
PLEASANT COMPANY TO WIN 28/1*
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BLESS THE WINGS flag

Weight: 10-6 / Age: 13 / Jockey: J. Kennedy / Trainer: G. Elliott
Likes these sort of fences – often goes well in the Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival, but at 13 years-old looks too old.
BLESS THE WINGS TO WIN 40/1*
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ANIBALE FLY flag

Weight: 11-8 / Age: 8 / Jockey: B. Geraghty / Trainer: AJ Martin
Never raced at Aintree and done most of his racing in Ireland. From a shrewd stable and his Paddy Power Chase win over Christmas brings a top-level of form to the race.
ANIBALE FLY TO WIN 10/1*
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MILANSBAR flag

Weight: 10-6 / Age: 11 / Jockey: B. Frost / Trainer: N. King
Won the Classic Chase at Warwick in January, but failed to follow-up off a 9lb higher mark next time in the Eider Chase. Not the most consistent, but has been second over 4m1f in the Midlands National so getting the trip is fine. Might want soft ground though.
MILANSBAR TO WIN 25/1*
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ROAD TO RICHES flag

Weight: 10-5 / Age: 11 / Jockey: S. Flanagan / Trainer: N. Meade
Talented chaser on his day, but at 11 years-old is not getting any younger. Not been firing of late either – so is age finally catching up with him?
ROAD TO RICHES TO WIN 33/1*
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GAS LINE BOY flag

Weight: 10-11 / Age: 12 / Jockey: R. Dunne / Trainer: I. Williams
Has winning form over the Grand National fences when winning the Grand Sefton here in December. Light weight, but not getting any younger at 12 – since 1996 we’ve seen just one winner aged 12.
GAS LINE BOY TO WIN 20/1*
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VALSEUR LIDO flag

Weight: 11-7 / Age: 9 / Jockey: K. Donoghue / Trainer: H. de Bromhead
Classy on his day, but a horse that has had his issues over the years. Would be dangerous to rule out if finding his old form, but hasn’t really shown signs he will based on recent runs.
VALSEUR LIDO TO WIN 100/1*
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VIEUX LION ROUGE flag

Weight: 10-13 / Age: 9 / Jockey: T. Scudamore / Trainer: D. Pipe
Was sent off a well-fancied 12/1 for the race in 2017. Was a fair 6th that day, but beaten 27 lengths. Only rated a pound higher and has winning form over these fences (2016 Becher Chase). Stronger horse now and could be dangerous if bouncing back to form.
VIEUX LION ROUGE TO WIN 33/1*
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RAZ DE MAREE flag

Weight: 10-9 / Age: 13 / Jockey: R. Power / Trainer: G. Cromwell
8th in the 2014 running and unseated in the 2017 Grand National. At 13 years-old he’s likely to find some younger legs improve past him. However, staying will be fine and he did turn back the clock to win the Welsh National this season at Chepstow.
RAZ DE MAREE TO WIN 20/1*
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SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT flag

Weight: 10-12 / Age: 10 / Jockey: B. Hughes / Trainer: S. Thompson
Was third in the 2016 Scottish National so staying the trip is not an issue. Lightly-raced for a 10 year and could be dangerous with just 10-8 to carry.
SEEYOUAT MIDNIGHT TO WIN 12/1*
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BAIE DES ILES flag

Weight: 10-8 / Age: 7 / Jockey: K. Walsh / Trainer: R. O'Sullivan
Been running well in Ireland and improved a lot for the step up in trip to 3m4f last time. But only a 7 year-old so might be one for the future – the last 7 year-old to win the Grand National was in the 1940’s!
BAIE DES ILES TO WIN 16/1*
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CHILDREN'S LIST flag

Weight: 10-8 / Age: 8 / Jockey: J. Burke / Trainer: W. Mullins
Only had a handful of runs over fences so that would be a worry. Fair bits of form, but pulled-up in the Grand National Trial at Punchestown in February.
CHILDREN'S LIST TO WIN 66/1*
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CARLINGFORD LOUGH flag

Weight: 11-1 / Age: 12 / Jockey: M. Walsh / Trainer: J. Kiely
Former winner of the Grade One Punchestown Gold Cup and has run well in some top races during his career. Another of the old brigade though at 12, so likely to find some younger legs get the better of him.
CARLINGFORD LOUGH TO WIN 33/1*
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TOTAL RECALL flag

Weight: 11-5 / Age: 9 / Jockey: P. Townend / Trainer: W. Mullins
A fast-improving chaser from a top Irish yard that won the Grand National in 2005. An easy winner over hurdles at Leopardstown to protect his handicap mark, plus too the Ladbrokes Gold Trophy Handicap back in December – runs in the race for the first time, but a big player.
TOTAL RECALL TO WIN: 8/1*
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WARRIORS TALE flag

Weight: 10-12 / Age: 9 / Jockey: S. Bowen / Trainer: P. Nicholls
Would need to prove he gets the trip, but could be interesting. Bought by leading Grand National owner – Trever Hemmings – recently and hails from the Paul Nicholls yard that won this in 2012. Nice weight with 10-8 and could go well if taking to the fences.
WARRIORS TALE TO WIN 33/1*
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PENDRA flag

Weight: 10-8 / Age: 10 / Jockey: A. Coleman / Trainer: C. Longsdon
Looks to have a nice weight and ran a blinder to be 2nd in the 2017 Kim Muir at Cheltenham. 13th in the 2016 Grand National too – but beaten over 100 lengths that day and only a pound lower. Acts on most ground.
PENDRA TO WIN 100/1*
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DOUBLE ROSS flag

Weight: 10-6 / Age: 12 / Jockey: J Bargary / Trainer: N. Twiston-Davies
Likes to race up with the pace, but at 12 years-old is not getting any younger. Pulled-up in the 2016 race but is rated 7lbs lower this time. Hard to get too excited but does hail from a yard that have done well in the race – winning it twice before.
DOUBLE ROSS TO WIN 66/1*
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UCELLO CONTI flag

Weight: 10-10 / Age: 10 / Jockey: D. Jacob / Trainer: G. Elliott
Had his supporters in the race 12 months ago, but unseated at the 22nd fence when in mid division. Rated 2lbs lower this year so every chance of going well. Was also fourth in the 2016 Becher Chase over these fences.
UCELLO CONTI TO WIN 16/1*
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THUNDER AND ROSES flag

Weight: 10-5 / Age: 10 / Jockey: JJ Slevin / Trainer: M. Morris
From the Mouse Morris yard that won this in 2016. Unseated at the 9th in the 2017 Grand National when badly hampered by a loose horse. 2lbs lower this year and off 10-1 gets in with a light weight.
THUNDER AND ROSES TO WIN 50/1*
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THE LAST SAMURI flag

Weight: 11-8 / Age: 10 / Jockey: D. Bass / Trainer: K. Bailey
Was second in the 2016 Grand National, but well back in 16th 12 months ago. Rated 2lbs lower this year, but is still 10lbs higher than this second in 2016. Loves the track and fences, but could be more likely to be placed than win.
THE LAST SAMURI TO WIN 22/1*
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TENOR NIVERNAIS flag

Weight: 11-1 / Age: 11 / Jockey: T. O'Brien / Trainer: V. Williams
17th in the race 12 months ago and gets in off the same mark – therefore, hard to get too excited about, but softer ground might help his cause.
TENOR NIVERNAIS TO WIN 100/1*
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SHANTOU FLYER flag

Weight: 11-2 / Age: 8 / Jockey: J. Bowen / Trainer: R. Hobson
Often finishes second! Has run some solid races this season but has won just 1 of his last 16 races. Only 8 years-old so has time on his side, however, pulled-up in the 2017 race too when hampered. 3lbs lower this year.
SHANTOU FLYER TO WIN 20/1*
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THE DUTCHMAN flag

Weight: 10-11 / Age: 8 / Jockey: H. Cobden / Trainer: C. Tizzard
Won the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock in January, but pulled-up in the Grand National Trial since. Only had 8 chase runs and been placed in the top 3 in 6 of those. Acts on most ground and does have the form to run with credit.
THE DUTCHMAN TO WIN 20/1*
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MAGGIO flag

Weight: 10-8 / Age: 13 / Jockey: B. Powell / Trainer: P. Griffin
13 years-old now and it’s rare horses this old win the National. Stamina to prove too with most runs around 3m or shorter.
MAGGIO TO WIN 80/1*
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DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR flag

Weight: 10-5 / Age: 8 / Jockey: H. Brooke / Trainer: S. Smith
The yard won the 2013 Grand National. Another that likes to race up with the pace and with just 10-1 will feel like he’s got a feather weight. Got tired over 4m1f last time, but did have 11-12 that day. Could surprise at fair odds.
DELUSIONOF GRANDEUR TO WIN 50/1*
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CHASE THE SPUD flag

Weight: 11-12 / Age: 10 / Jockey: P. Brennan / Trainer: F. O’Brien
Pulled-up in both the Welsh National and the Eider Chase this season. A very light weight (10-8) would make him dangerous to rule out and these owners have often done well in the race.
CHASE THE SPUD TO WIN 20/1*
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ALPHA DES OBEAUX flag

Weight: 11-4 / Age: 8 / Jockey: R. Blackmore / Trainer: M. Morris
Ran second in the 2016 Stayers’ Hurdle at Cheltenham and has since been 8th in the 2017 Irish National. Another classy Irish runner that is often seen in Graded races, while his yard took this race in 2016 for the same connections.
ALPHA DES OBEAUX TO WIN 33/1*
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SAINT ARE flag

Weight: 10-10 / Age: 12 / Jockey: C. Gethings / Trainer: T. George
Ran another blinder in the race last year (3rd) and was second in 2015. 12 years-old now, but loves this race and these fences so although he’s likely to find a few too good again, does look a good e/w option – races off the same rating as last year (3rd).
SAINT ARE TO WIN 50/1*
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LORD WINDERMERE flag

Weight: 11-12 / Age: 10 / Jockey: A. Lynch / Trainer: F. O’Brien
Won the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup and was 7th in this race 12 months ago. 12 years-old now, but rated 3lbs lower than last year and off just 10-3 could be dangerous. A high-class chaser in the past and if retaining any of that ability looks one of the more interesting of the longer-priced runners.
LORD WINDERMERE TO WIN 50/1*
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BUYWISE flag

Weight: 10-8 / Age: 11 / Jockey: A. Wedge / Trainer: E. Williams
The yard has never won the race, but had many placed in it. Not getting any younger at 11, but with 10-4 gets in with a very light weight. Well-handicapped on old form - was 12th in the 2016 running of this race off 6lbs higher.
BUYWISE TO WIN 66/1*
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FINAL NUDGE flag

Weight: 10-6 / Age: 9 / Jockey: G. Sheehan / Trainer: D. Dennis
Could be dangerous with only 10-2 to carry. Third in the Welsh National and actually 2lbs lower here. Acts on most ground and finished in the top three in 7 of this 10 chase starts.
FINAL NUDGE TO WIN 33/1*
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CAPTAIN REDBEARD flag

Weight: 10-7 / Age: 9 / Jockey: S. Coltherd / Trainer: S. Coltherd
A real stayer that won the Tommy Whittle Chase this season at Haydock. 9lbs higher for that win but wasn’t disgraced when second in the Peter Marsh off this rating next time. Was 6th in the Grand Sefton so has handled these fences and with a light weight is another of the bigger-priced runners that could surprise.
CAPTAIN REDBEARD TO WIN 20/1*
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I JUST KNOW flag

Weight: 10-8 / Age: 8 / Jockey: D. Cook / Trainer: S. Smith
An improving 8 year-old chaser that gets in with a light weight. From a yard that’s won this race before and should get the trip, having won over 3m5f last time. Looks one of the better outsiders.
I JUST KNOW TO WIN 14/1*
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HOUBLON DES OBEAUX flag

Weight: 10-7 / Age: 11 / Jockey: C. Deutsch / Trainer: V. Williams
Another from the Venetia Williams yard that has won this race before. A decent stayer on his day and was 10th in this race in 2017. Is 5lbs lower this time and with just 10-3 would have a featherweight for a horse that is a proven stayer.
HOUBLON DES OBEAUX TO WIN 25/1*
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VIRGILIO flag

Weight: 10-8 / Age: 9 / Jockey: H. Skelton / Trainer: D. Skelton
Would get in with a light weight which is a plus. Has also run well at Aintree in the past (Mildmay course). Also best on good ground so conditions will be key on the day.
VIRGILIO TO WIN 50/1*
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BLAKLION flag

Weight: 11-10 / Age: 9 / Jockey: S. Twiston-Davies / Trainer: N. Twiston-Davies
Fourth in the 2017 Grand National. Rated 9lbs higher this year, but loves these fences and has been popular in the betting since winning the Becher Chase here in December.
BLAKLION TO WIN: 14/1*
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PERFECT CANDIDATE flag

Weight: 11-3 / Age: 11 / Jockey: A. Cawley / Trainer: F. O'Brien
Another of the older brigade at 11 years-old. Was pulled up in the 2017 race though and only 2lbs lower this time. Does, however, have 6lbs less to carry this time and was a good winner at Cheltenham in Nov over 3m3f so should be fine over the trip. Could be dangerous to rule out of the bigger-priced runners.
PERFECT CANDIDATE TO WIN 66/1*
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WALK IN THE MILL (N/R) flag

Weight: 10-4 / Age: 8 / Jockey: S. Waley-Cohen / Trainer: R. Walford
Currently the third reserve in the race so will need three to come out if he’s to get into the race. If he does then he’s likely to be a three-figure price though. On a plus, he has won on soft ground in the past but the key unknown to him would be the trip – the furthest he’s gone to date is 3m1 1/2 f! His record over fences is good though, 19 starts and been placed in the top three 11 times (4 wins). However, is also yet to tackle these fences, or even run at the track, but is still a young horse and would have Sam Waley-Cohen riding, who has a lot of experience of these fences.
WALK IN THE MILL TO WIN 66/1*
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REGAL ENCORE (N/R) flag

Weight: 10-13 / Age: 10 / Jockey: R. McLernon / Trainer: A. Honeyball
Ran a gallant 8th in the Grand National in 2017. Gets in off the same mark so every chance again, but if he couldn’t win it last year off this rating (beaten 28 lengths) he’ll need to improve.
REGAL ENCORE TO WIN 28/1*

*Odds subject to change.

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 were released on Tuesday February 13th by the British Horseracing Authority’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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