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Grand National 2018 runner-by-runner guide

Last updated: April 12, 2018 by Leon Marshal

Aintree festival is upon us and the highlight is undoubtedly Saturday’s Grand National. Here’s our guide to all the runners in the race.

Lots of horses racing to the finish in the Grand National

Minella Rocco – Odds 18-1 Rating 7

Second in last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup but has lost his way. Returning from a wind operation and may struggle under his big weight.

Blaklion – Odds 12-1 Rating 9

A good fourth last year but 9lbs higher this time after an easy win in the Becher Chase.

Anibale Fly – Odds 12-1 Rating 8

Odds shortened dramatically after finishing third in the Gold Cup but unproven at the trip or over the Aintree fences.

The Last Samuri – Odds 18-1 Rating 8

Runner-up in 2016 but well beaten last year when raised 12lbs. Only 2lbs lower on Saturday.

Valseur Lido – Odds 66-1 Rating 7

Has some high class form in the book, notably when unshipping Ruby Walsh when set to win the Irish Gold Cup in 2016. Recent form disappointing.

Total Recall – Odds 12-1 Rating 8

Landed a big gamble in the Ladbrokes Trophy in November but now rated 9lbs higher. A faller at Cheltenham on his most recent start.

Alpha Des Obeaux – Odds 40-1 Rating 6

Very smart hurdler but has not quite lived up to expectations over fences. A first Grand National ride for Rachael Blackmore.

Perfect Candidate – Odds 66-1 Rating 6

Ran well for a long way last year but was eventually pulled up. Not much encouragement from his recent efforts.

Shantou Flyer – Odds 40-1 Rating 7

Pulled up last year and has since changed stables. Runner-up in his last four races.

Tenor Nivernais – Odds 150-1 Rating 5

Got round in his own time last year and has been pulled up and tailed off in his races so far in 2018.

Carlingford Lough – Odds 66-1 Rating 6

His recent form suggests that he is past his prime but a past winner of the Irish Gold Cup.

Vicente – Odds 33-1 Rating 7

Winner of the Scottish National for the past two seasons. Got no further than the first fence at Aintree last year and would not want the ground too soft.

Tiger Roll – Odds 12-1 Rating 9

Three times a winner at the Cheltenham Festival including last month’s Cross Country Chase. His first sight of the Aintree fences.

Regal Encore – Odds 33-1 Rating 9

Not always the most reliable of horses but gained valuable Aintree experience when finishing eighth last year. Arrives in better form this time after winning at Ascot in February.

Vieux Lion Rouge – Odds 33-1 Rating 8

Seventh in 2016 and sixth last year as well as being a previous course winner. Trained for the race all year and has each-way chance.

Chase The Spud – Odds 66-1 Rating 5

Game winner of the Midlands National last March but pulled up in both starts this year.

Warriors Tale – Odds 50-1 Rating 7

Yet to face the National fences but did little wrong when second in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster.

Seeyouatmidnight – Odds 16-1 Rating 7

Bidding to give Scotland a second consecutive Grand National victory. Bought by the owners of Party Politics (1992 winner) and reported in great shape by Trainer Sandy Thomson.

Gas Line Boy – Odds 33-1 Rating 7

Gained a well-deserved win here in the Grand Sefton Chase after falling on the Mildmay course in October. Fifth last year and a fair third last time out.

The Dutchman – Odds 33-1 Rating 6

An easy winner at Haydock in January but pulled up off a 13lbs higher mark next time.

Pleasant Company – Odds 33-1 Rating 7

Faded to finish ninth last year after stumbling at Valentines on the second circuit. Has not shown any form since.

Ucello Conti – Odds 20-1 Rating 8

Finished sixth in 2016 and was still in with a chance when unseating his rider last year. Has each-way chance if you overlook his last outing in heavy ground.

Saint Are – Odds 66-1 Rating 7

Second to Many Clouds in 2015 and third to One For Arthur last year. Pulled up at Cheltenham and would prefer faster ground.

Beeves – Odds 100-1 Rating 5

Has shown his best form on a sound surface and was beaten a very long way at Cheltenham.

Raz De Maree – Odds 40-1 Rating 7

Veteran chaser who rolled back the years to win the Welsh National in January. Got no further than Becher’s on the first circuit last year when hampered and unseating his rider.

I Just Know – Odds 25-1 Rating 6

An easy winner at Catterick in January but this is a massive step up in class.

Virgilio – Odds 100-1 Rating 5

A winner on the Mildmay course in May last year on better ground. Has had wind surgery since being pulled up in December.

Horses jumping a hurdle at the Grand National

Baie Des Iles – Odds 16-1 Rating 7

The mount of Katie Walsh and a fair third last time out at Punchestown. Finished a remote fifth in last year’s Welsh National.

Maggio – Odds 100-1 Rating 5

Very difficult to make a case for this one, a shock 50-1 winner on the Mildmay course back in 2016.

Pendra – Odds 80-1 Rating 6

A good handicapper at or around 3 miles but not proven at this distance. Eased down to finish a remote thirteenth last year.

Buywise – Odds 50-1 Rating 6

Gained his first win at three miles in a veterans’ chase at Sandown in January. Big stamina doubt in soft ground.

Childrens List – Odds 80-1 Rating 6

Has only raced four times over fences, winning a beginners’ chase at Punchestown in 2016.

Lord Windermere – Odds 66-1 Rating 7

Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2014, seventh in this race a year ago and a faller in the Grand National Trial in December.

Captain Redbeard – Odds 33-1 Rating 7

Well beaten by The Dutchman in January before winning over a shorter trip at Ayr.

Houblon Des Obeaux – Odds 66-1 Rating 6

Tenth last year and has not been in great form recently. Ran a little better in blinkers last time.

Bless The Wings – Odds 66-1 Rating 6

Known to favour better ground and does not do a lot in front. Unlucky not to win the Irish National in 2016 but failed to complete in both recent outings.

Milansbar – Odds 33-1 Rating 7

Ridden by Bryony Frost, successful on the gelding in the valuable Warwick Chase in January. Likes testing ground but has had four tough races in succession.

Final Nudge – Odds 66-1 Rating 6

A fair third in the Welsh National but well beaten twice since.

Double Ross – Odds 100-1 Rating 6

Raced prominently here in 2016 before his saddle slipped and he was pulled up. Hinted at a return to form last time at Cheltenham but not certain to stay.

Road To Riches – Odds 66-1 Rating 5

Third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2015 but has been in steady decline ever since.

Thunder And Roses – Odds 66-1 Rating 6

Won the Irish National in 2015 when beating Rule The World. Has failed to complete in two visits to the Aintree Grand National, although he was badly hampered last year.

Delusionofgrandeur – Odds 80-1 Rating 5

Winner of minor races in the north and well beaten in his last two races.

Walk In The Mill – Odds 100-1 Rating 5

A winner at Ascot in November but pulled up behind The Dutchman at Haydock.

Vintage Clouds – Odds 50-1 Rating 6

Only one win from twelve races over fences but stayed on well at Cheltenham last time.

Grand National Betting Tips

1. Regal Encore @33-1 BlackType

2. Tiger Roll @12-1

3. Blaklion @12-1

4. Uccello Conti @20-1

Each-way 1/5 odds, 1,2,3,4,5, 6

The 2018 Grand National is due off at 5.15pm on Saturday 14th April and will be televised live on ITV.