Which horses are running in the 2019 Grand National?

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Below you’ll find a list of Grand National Runners leading up to Aintree 2019. Many horses will be entered for the 2019 Aintree Grand National and as we draw ever nearer to the race, which is run on April 6th 2019, the field will whittle down to a maximum of 40 Grand National runners (plus 4 reserves).

In 2018 we saw Gordon Elliott’s powerful Irish yard win the Grand National for the second time after their Tiger Roll held on in a gruelling finish. There is every chance Tiger Roll will be targeted at the race again in 2019 too as he will look to become the first back-to-back Grand National winner since the mighty Red Rum won the race in 1973 and 1974.

Randox Health Grand National – Grand National Runners 2019

  • Grade 3, £1,000,000 Total Prize Fund
  • Four miles, three and a half furlongs
  • Weights revealed February 2019, first scratchings deadline February 2019, second scratchings deadline March 2019, five-day confirmations April 1st 2019, final declarations 10am April 4th.
  • Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.

2018 Grand National Winner and Top Finishers:

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

If you’re new to Grand National betting, find our helpful betting guides and Grand National ante post favourites before you start.

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

Grand National 2019 Runners

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TIGER ROLL flag

Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: G. Elliott
The winner of the 2018 Grand National and will be looking to become the first back-to-back winner since Red Rum (1973 & 74). Won with 10st 13lbs in weight in 2018 but the handicapper is expected to lump more on this time. Does have age on his side though but after a few tough seasons it remains to be seen just how much last year’s win has taken out of the horse. A leading contender that is proven over these tricky fences but will have to defy the history books.
TIGER ROLL TO WIN 20/1*
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BELLSHILL flag

Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. P. Mullins
Has a fair Aintree record but has never raced in the Grand National. Been runner-up in the Champion Bumper (2015) and Sefton Novices’ Hurdle (2016) at this meeting in the past. Fifth in the 2017 Irish Grand National would give him a chance but is a horse that seems to run best on soft ground.
BELLSHILL TO WIN 25/1*
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PLEASANT COMPANY flag

Weight: ? / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. P. Mullins
Went close in the 2018 Grand National after running a head second to Tiger Roll. Will be an 11 year-old in 2019 but we’ve seen three horses that age win the race since 2012 so might still have a bit of time to play with. Was also 9th in the 2017 running so we know he’s got the ability to handle the fences and the track – we can expect the handicapper to rate him higher than 148 in 2019 though after his decent performance twelve months ago.
PLEASANT COMPANY TO WIN 25/1*
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ONE FOR ARTHUR flag

Weight: ? / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: L. Russell
The winner of the 2017 Aintree Grand National. Didn’t have the chance to defend his crown in 2018 as was ruled out for much of the season with injury. Will be looking to become the first horse since Red Rum (1977) to regain his title but we know he handles the track and the fences. He won with 10st 11lbs in weight in 2017 but being a past winner there’s every chance he’ll have to lump more weight around in 2019.
ONE FOR ARTHUR TO WIN 25/1*
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STEP BACK flag

Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: M. Bradstock
The Bradstock team have never won the Aintree Grand National but they could have a live contender in 2019. This horse landed the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in decent fashion in April 2018 and with that race over 3m5f then there’s every chance he’ll stay the National trip. A lot will depend on if he can kick-on again during the early part of the 2019 season but he’s a lightly-raced chaser that should have more to come.
STEP BACK TO WIN 33/1*
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BALLYOPTIC flag

Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: N. Twiston-Davies
The Nigel Twiston-Davies yard have a good record in the Aintree Grand National – having won it in 1998 and 2002. They could have another leading chance here with a horse that was a nose second in the 2018 Scottish National. He was also a fine fourth in the RSA Chase at the Cheltenham Festival behind the classy Presenting Percy, plus has form at the meeting after running fifth in the Stayers’ Hurdle here in 2017. He’s a lightly-raced chaser that should have more to give but would be running in the race for the first time.
BALLYOPTIC TO WIN 33/1*
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GENERAL PRINCIPLE flag

Weight: ? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: G. Elliott
Another leading chance from the Gordon Elliott yard and also represents the Gigginstown House Stud, who have won this race twice in the last three years. He landed the Irish Grand National in 2018 at Fairyhouse so is certainly a National type that has good form in these gruelling staying races. It would, however, be his first run in the Aintree National and also his first run at the track. He seems to run best on soft ground.
GENERAL PRINCIPLE TO WIN 33/1*
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ANIBALE FLY flag

Weight: ? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: T. Martin
Popular owner JP McManus won the Grand National for the only time in 2010 but looks to have a leading chance in 2019 with this 9 year-old. He was a fine third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2017 too so adds a bit of class to the race, while he was also fourth in the 2018 renewal of the Grand National. He was rated 159 in 2018 and carried 11st 8lbs in weight so we’ll have to see how the handicapper rates him this year. He was just over 11 lengths off the winner in 2018 but with another year on his back and proven experience of the fences would certainly be a strong contender.
ANIBALE FLY TO WIN 25/1*
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RATHVINDEN flag

Weight: ? / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. P. Mullins
The winner of the 4m race at the Cheltenham Festival so staying is not a concern. He will be looking to become Willie Mullins’ second winner in the Grand National and will also be hoping to become the fourth 11 year-old to win the race since 2012.
RATHVINDEN TO WIN 40/1*
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BLAKLION flag

Weight: ? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: N. Twiston-Davies
A regular in the Grand National in recent years. Was fourth in the 2017 running but got no further than the first fence in 2018 after being brought down. Is also a winner of the Becher Chase over these fences so the track is not an issue and is another handled by the Twiston-Davies yard, who have won this race twice in the past. Still only 10 years-old so would have time on his side.
BLAKLION TO WIN 33/1*
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PAIROF BROWNEYES flag

Weight: ? / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. Mullins
Only had a handful of runs for the powerful Willie Mullins camp but has done well since joining them. Won on debut for the yard at Gowran Park back in March 2018 and as a result was sent off favourite for the 2018 Irish Grand National. However, fell in that race when still in with every chance. Might need to brush up his jumping over these tricky fences and this would be his first run in the race. All wins have come on soft of heavy ground.
PAIROFBROWNEYES TO WIN 40/1*
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MALL DINI flag

Weight: ? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: P. Kelly
Was a close second in the Kim Muir at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival but failed to build on that when pulled-up in the Irish National at Fairyhouse in April 2018. At the time of writing (Aug 18) he’s a horse that is still to win over fences so even though he’s got solid form in some good races he’s a horse that often doesn’t find much off the bridle. With that in mind, seeing out the trip will be the biggest factor against this 9 year-old.
MALL DINI TO WIN 33/1*
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ULTRAGOLD flag

Weight: ? / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: C. Tizzard
Another of the slightly older brigade but does love these National-style fences. He won the Topham Chase for the last two seasons at this meeting and deserves to take his chance in the main event. Age suggests he’s got one final year to give it a crack while with the Topham coming over a trip of 2m5f then he’ll need to prove he can stay this far. However, loves the track and these fences and that counts for a lot.
ULTRAGOLD TO WIN 40/1*
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TOTAL RECALL flag

Weight: ? / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. Mullins
Went off as the 7/1 favourite for the Aintree Grand National in 2018 but was eventually pulled up. Didn’t jump the best that day and was also hampered in the race 12 months ago. However, he was beaten at the time. He was in the process of running a big race in the 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup too until falling three fences out. He’s a decent sort though that also landed the Ladbrokes Gold Cup (Hennessy) at Newbury last year but as a result has risen up the handicap ratings. At 10 years old he can’t be overlooked but could have races like the Cheltenham Gold Cup as targets again in 2019.
TOTAL RECALL TO WIN 33/1*
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BAIE DES ILES flag

Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: R. O'Sullivan
Well supported in the 2018 Grand National but could only manage 12th in the end – beaten around 89 lengths. Is still a young horse though and returned to form in France last June when winning the Prix des Drags. Acts in soft ground and with the experience of the National fences under her belt then she can be expected to go better in 2019. She is a grey horse so will be looking to become only the fourth grey winner of the race, with the last one being Neptune Collonges (2012).
BAIE DES ILES TO WIN 50/1*
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MISSED APPROACH flag

Weight: ? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W. Greatrex
Won the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival in 2018 but couldn’t follow-up that win in the Bet365 Gold Cup next time at Sandown. He’ll be 9 years-old by the time the 2019 Grand National comes around so certainly fits the key age trends. All wins have been with cut in the ground and this would be his first run in the race. Staying the trip will be fine though as he’s got form over 4m1f so if taking to the fences could easily figure.
MISSED APPROACH TO WIN 33/1*
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VINTAGE CLOUDS flag

Weight: ? / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: S. Smith
Owned by Trevor Hemmings, who has won the Grand National three times in the past. This horse won at Aintree in October 2017 (non-National fences) so he’s at least experienced the track before. He was also an expected runner in the 2018 renewal but just missed the cut of the final 40 runners. He’s since run third in the Scottish National in 2018 so with a higher handicap mark and owned by a man who loves to win this race then he can’t be ruled out. Oh, the Sue Smith yard are also no strangers to winning the Grand National after landing the race in 2013.
VINTAGE CLOUDS TO WIN 50/1*
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MONBEG NOTORIOUS flag

Weight: ? / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: G. Elliott
Another from the powerful Gordon Elliott yard and is also owned by Gigginstown House Stud. Was a well-beaten eighth in the Irish National in 2018 but bounced back to form when a close second at Punchestown last April. At just 8 year-olds looks an improving chaser but is yet to race outside of Ireland, let alone at Aintree. Does seem to act on any ground though with wins on underfoot conditions that range from good to heavy.
MONBEG NOTORIOUS TO WIN 50/1*
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UCELLO CONTI flag

Weight: ? / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: G. Elliott
Unseated in the 2018 Grand National – was still in with a shout that day when losing his rider at the fourth last fence so based on that can’t be ruled out. However, also unseated in the 2017 Grand National so jumping and his ability to get around the course would be a concern for some. Having said that, he was fourth in the 2016 running of the Becher Chase so has completed over these fences in the past. At 11 years-old he’s another with probably one more year to give the National a crack.
UCELLO CONTI TO WIN 40/1*
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MILANSBAR flag

Weight: ? / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: N. King
Ran fifth place in the 2018 Grand National. Won the Classic Chase at Warwick in January 2018, but failed to follow-up off a 9lb higher mark next time in the Eider Chase. Not the most consistent horse, but has been second over 4m1f in the Midlands National so getting the trip is fine. Might want soft ground though.
MILANSBAR TO WIN 50/1*

*Odds subject to change.
Run on Saturday 6th April 2019, the build-up to the Merseyside marathon always starts months before the big day. However, not all 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 6th 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 entries to the 40 Grand National Runners.

Now in its 172nd running, the weights for the Grand National will be released in February 2019 by the British Horseracing Authority’s head of handicapping.

Once each horse has been allocated a weight to carry this will give us a better idea which entries will be the actual Grand National Runners for 2019 – in the world’s richest and greatest steeplechase. Plus, the 2019 Grand National betting market normally has a shake-up after these weights are announced.

Bet on the Grand National Ante-Post Betting Market here

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

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