Grand National Trainers 2024 – Who to follow

Analysing the big-name Grand National trainers’ short-term and long-term form and results will increase the chances of your Aintree Grand National bets coming in. We’ve taken a look at some of the leading Grand National trainers whose runners will likely be heading up the betting for the iconic Aintree race.

Grand National – Who to bet on?

Newer punters often ask which is the best horse to bet for the Grand National, and more experienced racing fans will suggest that examining the form of the trainers is one of the best ways to make your selection. Having a trainer who has already won the Grand National is a big plus for a horse, as they know what it takes to get a horse ready to run in the world’s greatest steeplechase. Getting a horse to peak at the right time for Aintree is a real skill, and it’s essential that a trainer times their runners appearances correctly in the run-up to the Grand National.

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Trainers – Who to bet for Grand National 2024?

Who to bet on in the Grand National? That’s the big question! Below, we’ve detailed the trainers to watch in the run-up to the Grand National Festival. Based on their Aintree experience and wider trainer results, these are the trainers we believe have the best chance of producing the next Grand National winner.

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Gordon Elliott

  • Grand National Wins: 3 – 2007, 2018 & 2019

Gordon Elliott is a powerhouse Irish trainer with an exemplary record in the Grand National. His first win in the race came in 2007 with a horse called Silver Birch. Elliott had to wait 11 years for his next winner, but it was well worth it. His runner, Tiger Roll, won the Aintree Grand National in 2018 and 2019, becoming an icon in the process. Elliott is a training veteran and has had multiple runner places at Aintree over the years. Jack Kennedy rode Delta Work to second in 2024, maintaining an impressive run of results for Elliott in the Grand National.

The table below details the Gordon Elliott horses that ran the 2024 Grand National.

HorseAgeWeightCurrent Odds
Delta Work1111-020/1
Coko Beach911-440/1
Chemical Energy810-540/1
The Goffer710-466/1
Farouk D’alene910-1180/1
Minella Crooner810-680/1
Run Wild Fred1010-6100/1

Odds shown last updated at 4pm on 11th March

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Willie Mullins

  • Grand National Wins: 2 – 2005, 2024

Hedgehunter, provided Willie Mullins with his first Grand National winner in 2005, and he had to wait until 2024 for his second! Paul Townend stormed home on I Am Maximus to win the 2024 Grand National.

The table below features the details of the 8 Mullins horses that ran in the 2024 Grand National, including the magnificent winner I Am Maximus!

HorseAgeWeightCurrent Odds
I Am Maximus811-27/1
Meetingof thewaters710-48/1
Mr Incredible810-712/1
Adamantly Chosen710-550/1

Odds shown last updated at 4pm on 11th March

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Henry de Bromhead

  • Grand National Wins: 1 – 2021

The De Bromhead name has been long associated with horse racing, with Henry taking over from father Harry in 2000. He added his name to the winning Grand National trainers list in 2021 when Rachael Blackmore rode Minella Times to a trailblazing victory. The partnership produced another solid result in the 2024 Grand National as Blackmore rode Minella Indo to an impressive third place.

Henry De Bromhead horses that entered in the 2024 Grand National included:

HorseAgeWeightCurrent Odds
Minella Indo1111-220/1
Ain’t That A Shame1010-966/1
Eklat De Rire1010-3100/1

Odds shown last updated at 4pm on 11th March

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Nicky Henderson

  • Grand National Wins: None

The five-time champion trainer is yet to add the Grand National to his haul of big race winners, but he’s sure to have some live chances of putting that right in 2021. His first runner in the Grand National came in 1979 with a horse called Zongalero, which ironically is still the best he’s done in the contest after the horse was runner-up by just one and a half lengths that year.

Some leading horses to run under his name in the race have been Long Run, Triolo D’Alene and Hunt Ball, who all ran in the 2014 renewal. In 2021, Henderson had Ok Corral in the race, and the three-time champion jumps trainer will love to add a Grand National win to this CV before he retires.

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Identifying the right trainer is only part of making a the best possible Grand National selection, so whoever you choose, you should also consider the following factors:

  • Check the odds online betting sites are offering before deciding who to back for the Grand National, as there can be significant variation.
  • When deciding who to bet on for Grand National 2024, don’t forget to check out our page on which are best horses to bet in Grand National 2024!
  • A Jockey is just as crucial to a horse’s chances at Aintree as a trainer. Check out our page on the top Grand National jockeys to watch for some insight!

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