Grand National Trainers 2024 – Who to follow

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Analysing the form and results of the big-name Grand National trainers will help improve the chances of your 2024 Aintree Grand National bet returning some winnings. We’ve taken a look at some of the leading Grand National trainers whose runners head up the betting for the iconic Aintree race.

Grand National – Who to bet on?

Many newer punters ask which is the best horse to bet for the Grand National, and looking at the racing trainers is one of the best ways you can decide who to bet on at the 2024 Grand National.

Having a trainer who has already won the Grand National can be a big plus for a runner, 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 is a real skill, and it’s essential to time their 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!

With three victories so far, Gordon Elliott is one of the biggest favourites on the Grand National betting scene. The first time he won was in 2007 with a horse named Silver Birch at odds of 33/1. Elliott won again in 2018 and 2019, as Tiger Roll became the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win the prestigious race in successive years.

Nigel Twiston-Davies is another popular option given he has two wins and a lot of experience under his belt, while Willie Mullins is also worth consideration when deciding who to bet on in the Grand National. Another name worth mentioning is five times British jump racing champion trainer Nicky Henderson, although a Grand National victory has proven elusive so far.

Whoever you choose, you should bear the following points in mind:

  • Make sure to 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, the trainers aren’t the only important factor. Don’t forget to check out which are best horses to bet in Grand National 2024, too!
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Gordon Elliott

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

The Gordon Elliott yard is a powerhouse stable that has a fine record in the Grand National. Their first win in the race came in 2007 with a horse called Silver Birch. This 10-year-old landed the race with 10st 6lbs and had jockey Robbie Power doing the steering.

The yard had to wait 11 years for their next winner – but that came in 2018 with Tiger Roll. Owned by the powerful Gigginstown House Stud, this 8-year-old held on by just a head at the line to reward his backers and also gave jockey – Davy Russell – his first win in the race. Tiger Roll then also followed-up in 2019 to become the first horse since Red Rum in 1974 to win back to back Grand Nationals. In the process, he gave Gordon Elliott his third success in the race.

Elliott is a veteran of Grand National Trainers, also trained the third in the race in 2018 – Bless The Wings – plus Ucello Conti, who was a close-up seventh until unseating it’s rider four fences from home. In 2022, the Gordon Elliott yard had 7 of the 40 Grand National runners in the race, with Delta Work performing best in 3rd place.

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

HorseAgeWeightCurrent Odds
Delta Work1111-020/1
Galvin1010-240/1
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, in 2005, provided Willie Mullins with his first Grand National winner, and he had to wait until 2024 for his second! Paul Townend stormed home on I Am Maximus to win the 2024 Grand National. His Pleasant Company finished runner-up in 2018, and Mullins did have the third in 2018, as Ruby Walsh teamed up with his old pal to guide home Rathvinden.

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

HorseAgeWeightCurrent Odds
I Am Maximus811-27/1
Meetingof thewaters710-48/1
Mr Incredible810-712/1
Capodanno811-440/1
Adamantly Chosen710-550/1
Stattler911-150/1
Glengouly810-366/1
Janidil1010-5100/1

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 won his first Grade One race as a trainer in 2008, and was added to the list of winning Grand National trainers in 2021, when Rachael Blackmore rode Minella Times to a famous victory. Henry de Bromhead enjoyed an impressive Cheltenham Festival in 2022, taking his tally there to 18 winners.

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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