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Grand National 2019: Runners And Riders Quick Guide


Grand National 2019: Runners And Riders Quick Guide

Anibale Fly

Second in this season’s Gold Cup and fourth in this race last year. Sets a high standard.

Alpha Des Obeaux

Runner-up in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse in February and is an interesting outsider.

The Storyteller

Has gone off the boil since winning the Growise Champion Novice Chase at Punchestown last April.

Valtor

Surprise winner of the Garrard Silver Cup before Christmas and has been pulled up since.

Tiger Roll

Winner last year and clearly in good heart after another Cheltenham Festival win. Will have to break a 45 year record though to follow up.

Outlander

Game veteran whose last win came in the JNwine.com Champion Chase in 2017.

Don Poli

Well beaten third behind Jury Duty last time out and is now without a win since 2015.

Sub Lieutenant

Set off this season with some promise but was never at the races in the Ryanair.

Go Conquer

Nice winner of the Sky Bet Chase but will his stamina last out here?

Mala Beach

Second to Jury Duty at Down Royal and is seen to his best on soft/heavy ground.

Yala Enki

Won Haydock’s Grand National Trial in 2018 and clearly relishes extreme distances.

Blaklion

Now trained by Philip Kirby but the suspicion is that he doesn’t stay this trip.

Minella Rocco

Ran a stinker at Cheltenham but Jonjo has always fancied him to do well in the National.

Lake View Lad

This grey a real chance of giving owner Trevor Hemmings yet another victory in the race. He is a horse in peak form.

Pleasant Company

Ran the race of his life when runner-up last year but has done very little since.

Ballyoptic

Finished sixth in this year’s Welsh Grand National but has run inconsistently since.

Dounikos

Bounced back to form in the BoyleSports Grand National Trial Handicap Chase and a reproduction of that would put him bang in contention.

Rathvinden

Winner of the Bobbyjo Chase last time which has proved to be a useful barometer to this race in the past.

One For Arthur

Winner of this race in 2017 but has unseated his rider in just two outings since.

Shattered Love

Eight-year-old mare who finished ninth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Rock The Kasbah

Can Richard Johnson finally break his hoodoo in the race? The horse will have to prove he can stay first.

Regal Encore

Finished 8th in the 2017 renewal and runs in the famous J.P McManus green and gold colours.

Magic Of Light

Trained by top trainer Jessica Harrington but would be a surprise winner in this.

A Toi Phil

Ran fifth in the Pertemps Hurdle Final at Cheltenham but this is a massive switch up.

Jury Duty

This is Gordon Elliott’s best chance of a non-Gigginstown winner.  All the signs look positive.

Noble Endeavour

Has contested many of the distance handicaps in both GB an Ireland and warmed up nicely for this at Cheltenham.

Sandymount Duke

Chances are Jessica Harrington has left no stone unturned with this ten-year-old.

Monbeg Notorious

Winner of the Goffs Thyestes Handicap Chase in 2018 but has failed to go onto bigger things.

Ramses De Teillee

Second in the Welsh Grand National and has showed an aptitude for long distances.

Tea For Two

Won the Bowl here in 2017 but has failed to hit those dizzy heights again.

Mall Dini

Has yet to win a chase despite knocking on the door several times, notably in the 2018 Kim Muir.

Step Back

Won the season ending Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown last year but has struggled to run up to that level since.

Ms Parfois

Bidding to become the first mare to win the big race in nearly 70 years and she looks well equipped to do so based on her recent Midlands National run.

Pairofbrowneyes

Two time winner of the Leinster National but this is a considerably longer race.

Blow By Blow

Has run five uninspiring races since finishing a close second to Some Neck in the Florida Pearl Chase.

Up For Review

Finished third in the Thyestes before coming 8th in the Ultima. This distance may stretch him.

Singlefarmpayment

Nine-year-old gelding who just finds winning a very elusive project.

Vieux Lion Rouge

Has plenty of experience over the National fences but simply does not stay out this trip.

Valseur Lido

Has shown nothing of any consequence since landing the JNwine.com Champion Chase in 2016.

Abolitionist

Hails from the same stable as Pineau De Re and has to be worth a second look after being plotted the same way.

Vintage Clouds

Another grey with a live chance for Trevor Hemmings. Ran a cracker in the Ultima and looks sure to be on the premises.

General Principle

Winner of the Irish Grand National last April but has gone off the boil somewhat. It would come as no surprise if he bounces back to his best in this.

Livelovelaugh

Heavy ground winner at Cork in January 2018 but has been pretty mediocre since.

Walk In The Mill

Winner of the Becher Chase at Aintree in December and has been campaigned over hurdles since. Gets into the race on a very favourable weight.

Folsom Blue

Stays longer than the mother-in-law and would probably prefer five or six miles. It would come as no surprise to see him plodding on late in the day.

Bless The Wings

Races off the same mark as last year when he finished third and he has bounced back from poor runs in the past, but it’s a big ask for the 14-year-old to do so again.

Captain Redbeard

Was running with some promise when unseating at the 7th fence in this race last year.  Boasts a 25% win strike rate which is not be sniffed at either.

Polidam

Lightly raced ten-year-old who has won just one race since arriving on Irish shores from France.

Joe Farrell

Winner of last year’s Scottish Grand National, the form of which usually has quite a major impact on this race too. Ran with promise at The Festival and could be a dark horse in this.

Steve Mullington's Top Five: (Any Order)

Lake View Lad

Vintage Clouds

Yala Enki

Jury Duty

Anibale Fly

 *Odds subject to change - correct at time of writing*

 

 

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