Grand National 2016 – Runner-by-runner guide

Free Racing Tips


A maximum field of 40 runners will go to post for the £1million Grand National at Aintree on Saturday. 87 horses were declared on Tuesday and all of those below forty must hope for non-runners in order to sneak into the final line-up. Here is our runner-by-runner guide to the top 49 entries.

Grand National – 5.15pm Saturday 9th April 2016

Many Clouds Rating 9 Odds 8-1

Won the race last year and will try to emulate Red Rum who won back-to-back Grand Nationals in 1973-74.

Silviniaco Conti Rating 9 Odds 10-1

Paul Nicholls has elected to run the two-time King George VI Chase winner here in preference to the Gold Cup. Impressive at Ascot on his most recent start.

First Lieutenant Rating 6 Odds 33-1

Only beaten half a length by Don Poli at Leopardstown in December but appeared not to stay when only sixteenth last year.

Wonderful Charm Rating 5 Odds 66-1

Difficult to fancy on recent form but was a high class novice chaser. Big question mark over his stamina.

Ballynagour Rating 5 Odds 66-1

A past Cheltenham festival winner and a Grade 2 winner over hurdles in France but well below his best so far this season.

O’Faolains Boy Rating 6 Odds 40-1

Injury kept him off the track for most of last year but ran well for a long way in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

Gilgamboa Rating 5 Odds 66-1

Yet to win beyond two and a half miles and failed to sparkle at Leopardstown or Cheltenham recently.

On His Own Rating 6 Odds 50-1

Beaten a short head in the 2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup and a faller in this race the previous season. Looks past his prime but could put in a clear round.

The Druids Nephew Rating 9 Odds 14-1

Looked desperately unlucky when falling five from home last year but is now higher in the weights. Hinted at a return to form last time at Doncaster and a live contender.

Triolo D’Alene Rating 7 Odds 33-1

One of two challengers for Nicky Henderson who is yet to win the race. A former Hennessy winner but was pulled up here on his previous visit.

Rocky Creek Rating 7 Odds 66-1

A good fifth to Pineau de Re in 2014 but ran very flat last year when among the favourites.

Sir Des Champs Rating 7 Odds 40-1

Has had his training problems since finishing second in the 2013 Gold Cup and well beaten in both of his recent races at Leopardstown.

Holywell Rating 8 Odds 16-1

A real Spring horse that caught the eye when second at Cheltenham last month. Well weighted on his best form but does not want the going too soft.

Shutthefrontdoor Rating 7 Odds 20-1

Gave Tony McCoy a good final ride in the Grand National when fifth last year. Barry Geraghty aboard this time but pulled up in his prep race at Newbury.

Soll Rating 6 Odds 50-1

One of the oldest runners in the field at the age of eleven. This will be his third Grand National and he broke a blood vessel when weakening to finish ninth last year.

Buywise Rating 7 Odds 50-1

A high class handicapper at two and a half miles but unproven at this distance.

Boston Bob Rating 7 Odds 33-1

Ruby Walsh has elected to ride Boston Bob from the Willie Mullins’ entries following his narrow victory at Fairyhouse.

Aachen Rating 5 Odds 100-1

Another horse that comes into the veteran category at the age of 12. Has a Grand National winning trainer in Venetia Williams.

Morning Assembly Rating 7 Odds 33-1

Was highly regarded as a novice but missed all of 2015 through injury. Not disgraced at Cheltenham last time and has Davy Russell in the saddle.

Double Ross Rating 6 Odds 100-1

Looks held by several of these on form and not certain to stay the trip.

Goonyella Rating 8 Odds 22-1

A winner of the Midlands National and runner-up in the Scottish National last year. One of the few with no stamina concerns and further rain would improve his prospects.

Ucello Conti Rating 5 Odds 33-1

A winner in France but has not set the world alight in Ireland.

Unioniste Rating 7 Odds 33-1

Got no further than the fifth fence last year and needs soft ground to be seen at his best.

Le Reve Rating 6 Odds 40-1

Ground out a victory at Sandown in February but well beaten at Kempton next time.

Gallant Oscar Rating 7 Odds 25-1

Third to The Druids Nephew at Cheltenham last season and a winner at Punchestown. Has not troubled the judge this season.

Onenightinvienna Rating 5 Odds 40-1

Still a novice and in at the deep end here. Runs in the colours worn by Richard Dunwoody aboard West Tip in 1986.

The Last Samuri Rating 9 Odds 10-1

Has done everything asked of him this season and bids to provide Kim Bailey with his first major victory since 1995.

Kruzhlinin Rating 5 Odds 25-1

Richard Johnson has never won the Grand National and it is difficult to see Kruzhlinin changing that.

Rule The World Rating 6 Odds 50-1

Has not won since 2014 and has finished runner-up on seven occasions, including the Irish Grand National last year.

Just A Par Rating 5 Odds 50-1

Possibly the least fancied of the Paul Nicholls’ runners. Pulled up on his only previous run over the Grand National fences.

Katenko Rating 5 Odds 80-1

A progressive chaser in 2013 but injury denied him a run that year. Has struggled to recapture his form since.

Vics Canvas Rating 4 Odds 80-1

The oldest runner in the race at thirteen years of age. Ran well when fifth in the Becher Chase but well beaten since.

Black Thunder Rating 5 Odds 80-1

A promising novice chaser in 2014 but struggled in handicaps since.

Ballycasey Rating 6 Odds 80-1

Brought down at the eighth last year and hinted at a return to form at Cheltenham last month.

Hadrian’s Approach Rating 7 Odds 66-1

Won the Bet365 Chase at Sandown in 2014 but has only raced three times since. Nico de Boinville rides for Nicky Henderson in preference to Triolo D’Alene. Drying ground would help his cause.

Vieux Lion Rouge Rating 5 Odds 66-1

Looked menacing at Cheltenham last month before fading on the home turn. May not have seen out the four mile trip that day.

Pendra Rating 5 Odds 66-1

At his best on fast ground and won a decent handicap at Ascot in October. Slightly disappointing fifth at the same course next time.

Saint Are Rating 8 Odds 16-1

Second to Many Clouds last year and trained with this race in mind all season. Warmed up with a win at Doncaster in February and has definite each-way chance.

Home Farm Rating 5 Odds 100-1

Has not won since 2014 and yet to prove that he stays this trip.

The Romford Pele Rating 7 Odds 50-1

At his best on good ground and has been campaigned over hurdles this season. Caught the eye when running on in the Coral Cup at Cheltenham.

Bishops Road Rating 8 Odds 25-1

Currently needs one horse to come out to get a run. Represents Kerry Lee who has had a magnificent season and won the Haydock Grand National Trial in heavy ground. Further rain would make him a leading contender.

Knock House Rating 7 Odds 125-1

Mick Channon’s seven-year-old needs two to drop out and Nina Carberry has been provisionally booked for the ride.

Perfect Candidate Rating 6 Odds 66-1

Won at Cheltenham in heavy ground on New Year’s Day but well beaten at the festival.

Maggio Rating 4 Odds 150-1

Best form on a sound surface but well beaten by Many Clouds at Kelso last time.

Present View Rating 5 Odds 80-1

Unproven over this distance and needs five to drop out to get a run

Pineau de Re Rating 6 Odds 66-1

The 2014 Grand National winner looks likely to miss out this year with six horses having to be withdrawn above him to gain a place in the field

Highland Lodge Rating 6 Odds 50-1

Becher Chase winner needing seven withdrawals above him

Alvarado Rating 7 Odds 50-1

Sadly it looks as though Alvarado will not get a run this year, ending a remarkable sequence for his owners of seven successive placed horses in the Grand National

Cause Of Causes Rating 7 Odds 20-1

Eighth last year but needs a minor miracle to get a run here with nine horses needed to drop out.

By Harvey Mayson,

comments powered by Disqus