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2013 Grand National Preview

List of Runners





1 1U1P/2 Imperial Commander 12 11-10 Nigel Twiston-Davies Sam Twiston-Davies
2 33F7-8 What A Friend 10 11-9 Paul Nicholls Sam Thomas
3 PF-4PP Weird Al 10 11-8 Donald McCain Timmy Murphy
4 113-04 Quel Esprit 9 11-7 W P Mullins Paul Townend
5 7/U312 Big Fella Thanks 11 11-6 Tom George Denis O'Regan
6 113-23 Seabass 10 11-6 T M Walsh Ms K Walsh
7 1U355 Roberto Goldback 11 11-6 Nicky Henderson Barry Geraghty
8 912-5P Sunnyhillboy 10 11-4 Jonjo O就eill Richie McLernon
9 46-P73 Ballabriggs 12 11-4 Donald McCain Jason Maguire
10 1-8620 Teaforthree 9 11-3 Rebecca Curtis Nick Scholfield
11 11271 Across The Bay 9 11-2 Donald McCain Henry Brooke
12 P3-72P Join Together 8 11-2 Paul Nicholls Daryl Jacob
13 3-5211 Colbert Station 9 11-1 T M Walsh A.P.McCoy
14 2P1536 Forpadydeplasterer 11 11-0 Thomas Cooper Andrew J McNamara
15 B1F-1 On His Own 9 11-0 W P Mullins R.Walsh
16 35233 Joncol 10 10-13 Paul Nolan Robbir Power
17 0O1-12 Balthazar King 9 10-12 Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson
18 334-22 Cappa Bleu 11 10-11 Evan Williams Paul Moloney
19 4-4U60 Oscar Time 12 10-11 M M Lynch Mr.Sam Waley-Cohen
20 091-78 Always Waining 12 10-10 Peter Bowen Tom O'Brian
N/R P/PP-4 Quinz 9 10-10 Philip Hobbs N/R
21 5U-676 Tatenen 9 10-10 Richard Rowe Andrew Thornton
22 23F-71 Treacle 12 10-9 T J Taaffe Noel Feily
23 011611 Lost Glory 8 10-8 Jonjo O就eill Mark Walsh
24 P1440 Swing Bill 12 10-8 David Pipe Connor O'Farrell
25 1-F430 Saint Are 7 10-8 Tim Vaughan Dougie Costello
26 0F631 Chicago Grey 10 10-7 Gordon Elliott P.Carrberry
27 0F-685 Quiscover Fontaine 9 10-7 W P Mullins D.J.Casey
28 B8-643 Rare Bob 11 10-6 D T Hughes Bryan Cooper
29 311P4 The Rainbow Hunter 9 10-6 Kim Bailey Aiden Coleman
30 63PP45 Becauseicouldntsee 10 10-6 N F Glynn Martin Ferris
31 2P-P90 Harry The Viking 8 10-6 Paul Nicholls Ryan Mahon
32 360264 Mr Moonshine 9 10-5 Sue Smith Peter Buchanan
33 1133FP Mumbles Head 12 10-4 Peter Bowen Jamie Moore
N/R 2PP-44 Pearlysteps 10 10-4 Henry Daly N/R
34 3F6042 Ninetieth Minute 10 10-3 T J Taaffe Niall P Madden
35 0P45F5 Auroras Encore 11 10-3 Sue Smith Ryan Mania
36 P11420 Tarquinius 10 10-2 Gordon Elliott Wilson Renwick
37 614U49 Any Currency 10 10-0 Martin Keighley Ian Popham
N/R 6U1/57 Poker De Sivola 10 9-13 Ferdy Murphy N/R
38 P-265P 8 Major Malarkey 10 9-13 Nigel Twiston-Davies Tom Scudamore
39 1B-891 7 Soll 8 9-12 Jo Hughes Mark Grant
N/R 111-1P 6 Backstage 11 9-12 Gordon Elliott N/R
40 023P25 5 Viking Blond 8 9-11 Nigel Twiston-Davies Adam Wdge
N/R 161-37 4 Cloudy Lane 13 9-10 Donald McCain
N/R 770165 3 Pentiffic 10 9-8 Venetia Williams
N/R 44-069 2 Gullible Gordon 10 9-6 Peter Bowen
N/R 22157 1 Mortimers Cross 12 9-6 John Needham
N/R 19273F Romanesco 8 0-4 Gordon Elliott

Runner Preview

Imperial Commander

Winner of the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup, Imperial Commander is likely to take his chance in this race off top weight. He was pulled up in the 2011 renewal of the Gold Cup and was then often the course until January this year where he had a fine comeback run when second to Cape Tribulation in the Agento chase. This horse is consistent and jumps well in high class races. He has won over 3 miles and three furlongs (the longest distance he has run at) and in his runs he looks like he should get further. He had a slight setback which ruled him out of the Cheltenham Gold Cup this season, and that must be a worry however his stable has had horses running well despite having a virus in the yard shortly before the festival. At 12 years old his connections will not run the horse unless he is 100% and therefore his participation can be seen as a measure of his well-being. Would be a very popular winner from a stable who have won the race before on two occasions.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and three furlongs.

What a Friend

A horse whose trainer and jockey combination were victorious in this race last year. What a Friend is perhaps not as famous as his joint owner the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson. A horse with plenty of ability who was tried in this race two seasons ago but was pulled up four from home. He is another who has been running in good quality races and has twice been tried in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, he was fourth in 2011 but fell early in the race at last season's renewal. Missed Cheltenham this year presumably with this race in mind. Has course winning form but not over these fences. He is another will has some good runs if you look through his form and was second in the Hennessy Gold cup at Newbury in 2009 behind one of his own stable stars Denman. He has plenty of weight today and that could be his downfall, even given That the Weights of Winners Have Been Raising in the Last Few Years.
Wins Have Come on Ground Ranging from Good to Firm through to Soft and up to a Distance of 3 Miles and Two Furlongs.

Weird Al

A horse running from one of the most successful stables in recent Grand National history, that of the McCains. Tried in this race last year but fell 4 from home, he was in behind that day and at the time of falling looked like he was not going to take part in the finish. Another horse with plenty of ability when things go right. A very good novice and looked to be shaping up to be a good horse when winning the 2011 Charlie Hall Chase. Since that day things perhaps have not gone his way and his figures since that race are three, PU, F, 4, PU and PU, Poor recent form is a worry but not with out a chance if he comes back to his best and has a really good jockey, Timmy Murphy on board today.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

Quel Esprit

Highest rated Irish runner from the most powerful National Hunt yard currently in Ireland, that of Willie Mullins. Winner of the 2012 Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown he returned to the race this year but was outclassed by two very smart horses Sir Des Champs and Fleminstar. That was his only competitive race this season so far with his other run being a hurdle race in France. A young horse who should still be improving. Not without a chance but is another with plenty of weight and is one who will run better from plenty of cut in the ground. Being an Irish runner sustained support in the betting market should not be ignored.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

Big Fella Thanks

A very smart long-distance chaser who has perhaps in the past has not quite got this trip. Sixth in the 2009 Grand National, fourth in the 2010 Grand National and seventh in the 2011 Grand National. This shows that this horse knows the course can handle the quirks of the course and will put up a good run for your money. He ran in the Becher Chase over these fences at the shorter distance of 3 miles and two furlongs in December and was in third place that day giving over a stone in weight to the winner Hello Bud. He then went on to win a 2 mile five furlong chase at Wincanton before running a fine second in the Greatwood Gold cup over 2 miles and 4 furlongs. These runs all the shorter distance would seem to consolidate the fact that he did not quite get home in previous runnings of this race however he did win the Skybet handicap Chase over 3 miles back in 2009 and was 11 lengths clear of the field. Given his good recent form, and that he is completed three times it would suggest that his very big odds could mean that he is overpriced and looks one of the better outsiders running today.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong (hurdle race).

Roberto Goldback

Winner of a grade 3 handicap Chase lastt November and that looks to be the peak of his form so far. He has been running up to his handicap mark in most of his races and finishing midfield in most of them. That may be the problem for this horse in that he may well be still too high in the handicap to win off his current mark, however the Grand National's extended distance can sometimes make fools out of handicapers. He comes from one of the best National Hunt yards in the country that of Nicky Henderson and could be his only runner in a race that has not been very successful for him in the past. Looks to have plenty to do and will have to improve on his previous form to win this race.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

Seabass

A really good horse who ran a tremendous race last season when finishing third just five lengths behind the winner. Has gone up five pounds in the handicap since that race and will carry eight pounds more than he did last year. He comes from the Irish stable of Ted Walsh who is a past Grand National winner when his horse Papillion carrying his son Ruby Walsh won this race in 2000. Looked to be going really well last year with his daughter Katie on board who looks likely to take the ride again this year. No female jockey has ever won this race, and Katie last year looked for a time as if she may be the first. This year she could go one better as both of them now have last years experience behind them. Seabass has had two runs so far this year the first being a hurdle race in preparation for his season and the most recent run in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse in February where he stayed on well taking third place just 3 1/ 2 lengths behind the winner. Was very popular in the betting market last year and started joint favourite, some of that money must have been because of the female jockey. This year currently second favourite on merit alone and looks to have a live chance in this the world's greatest steeplechase. History could once again be made today.
Wins have come on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

Ballabriggs

The 2011 winner, this horse finished a gallant 6th in last season's race. He did not look like getting to the leaders but did still stay on well in the closing stages of the race. A good tough, consistent long-distance chaser he obviously has the right profile for this race. Dual winners of this race are rare in recent years with the last being Red Rum (three times winner) who won in 1973, 1974 and 1977. Interestingly this horse comes from the same stable, although now the trainer Donald is the son of the great Ginger McCain who was in charge back then. Recent winners of the Grand National do not seem to win any other races after their great day in the world's greatest steeplechase and this horse is not yet bucked the trend. His trainer has been very bullish about this horses form just recently and thinks he has him in top form for this race. The horse is 12 years old and not many 12-year-olds win the race strangely enough the last was also sent out by this stable in 2004 when Amberley House won the race so that should not be seen as too much of a disadvantage in this instant. Here's another who would be an extreamly popular winner.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 4 miles four furlongs.

Sunnyhillboy

Ran a fantastic race last season and did everything right and finished the shortest distance ever behind the winner just managing to be beaten by a nose. Ran extremely well throughout the race jumping well and staying on at the end. That was his second extremely good run of the season as he also ran really well in the amateur riders Chase at the Cheltenham Festival winning by a good margin going away. He has gone up 10 pounds in his rating this year and may have to put in a career's best to win the race. He will carry almost a stone more weight this year but looks the sort of horse that could do it given his liking for the course. He has been laid out for the race just running twice in two hurdle races to get him fit to take his chance today. Could it be ridden by the champion jockey as he is the stable jockey and retained jockey for this stable and owners. A really bold performance would not be unexpected and looks one who could run really well again this year especially as some horses just seem to love this race and run well year after year. The drying ground will also help him.
Wins come on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and two furlongs.

Teaforthree

A young consistent long-distance chaser, who ran really well for a long way in the Welsh Grand National back in January of this year. Was second that day to a very well handicapped horse, Monbeg Dude where he had to give the horse a stone and 2 pounds in weight concession and was only half the length behind him over 3 miles and 5 furlongs in very heavy ground. Ran a fine 6th in the Hennessy at Newbury this season back in early December, a race won by the subsequent Gold Cup winner Bob's Worth. As you would expect that race had some of the finest chasers in the country running in it. His latest running on 16 February was in the Grand National trial at Haydock however although running well for most of the race he did seem to weaken in the closing stages. Perhaps his four runs in four months in top-class races has been a little too much for him. However a return to the form that he showed in last season's amateur riders novices Chase over 4 miles at the Cheltenham Festival would put him in a good position here today. As long as he is not over the top, the distance should not be a problem for him as he is one of the few horses that have won over 4 miles, nor will the ground will be a problem as he seems to act in good ground through to heavy ground. He is certainly one that has more ticks in the for column than the against column.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 4 miles.

Colbert Station

Strongly fancied Irish runner from the Ted Walsh stable, a horse who's starting price is falling everyday. This horses profile has been getting better throughout his career, and this season he looks to be getting to the top of his form. His first race of the season over and in adequate trip can be ignored. He then ran well in a hurdle race as so many of these horses do. His first serious race of the year was in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown on 27 December where he won in fine style keeping on well over 3 miles and a half furlong. In his latest race he was again returned to hurdles where he won easily and cleverly over 3 miles in heavy ground. This horse likes cut in the ground but should be able to handle good ground. Could well start favourite, and could have either the champion jockey A P McCoy or Ruby Walsh riding him today. Looks the right type and should give you a good run for your money.
Wins of come on ground ranging from yielding to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

Fropaddydeplasterer

Another of the Irish raiders, this one often seen at the Cheltenham Festival is a really good chaser although he does seem better at shorter distances. Five of his six wins have been at distances of 2 miles or less however he has had one win over 3 miles this season and in that race he did stay on really well suggesting that this extended race may not be out of the question. This horse has come to this meeting on two occasions has been tried in the Grade 1 Melling Chase finishing fourth last season and second in 2010. Something of an unknown quantity in this race and has plenty to prove however he could just be another one of the Irish dark horses today.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

On His Own

Current favourite for this year's race and has been for some time. A horse from the very powerful Willie Mullins Yard in Ireland. He ran in this race last year and fell at Bechers on the second circuit. He has kept the same handicap mark as last year as he has only run once this season over 2 miles and five furlongs in a hurdle race which he won. This horse could be the mount of Ruby Walsh and will I'm sure that will attract some attention in the betting market.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

Joncol

A really fine chaser and past winner of the Hennessy Gold cup at Leopardstown (2010). He always runs well but has not won of many races in the last few seasons due to his good runs keeping him quite high in the handicap. He runs in good races and often runs well, this was illistrated in his fine run in this season's Hennessy Gold cup where he was only beaten by the two of the finest chasers over that distance in Ireland this year. He is another horse that is available at a very large price possibly simply because he does not have a string of ones in front of his name but he does come here today with a good racing weight and perhaps is another of the Irish dark horses. Perhaps his only negative is that he seems better at distances slightly shorter of 3 miles.
Wins have come on ground ranging from soft through to heavy heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

Balthazar King

Has been running with merit in the cross country races at the Cheltenham Festival winning last year and coming a fine second in the November renewal this season. Seems to be the sort of horse that will like long distances and could well take extremely well to the quirkiness of this course. He was a very good novice chaser but he does tend to hit the odd fence these days. With a clear round he would have a fantastic chance in this race however he does seem sure to hit at least one, if he gets away with that he then tends to jump better for the rest of the race and could be one fighting out at the end of the race.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to firm through to good to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and seven furlongs.

Cappa Bleu

Ran an extremely good race last year staying on at the end of the race and was only 12 lengths behind the winner. Set currently only to carry one pound more than last year and in good form it is no surprise that he is at the head of the betting market currently third favourite. Third in the 2011 Welsh Grand National and his fine performance last year shows that this lightly raced 11 year old bay gelding loves long-distance races. It would be a big surprise if he did not run well again in this race this season and has only had two races in preparation for today. In both races he ran well finishing second on both occasions.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and three furlongs.

Oscar Time

A fine long distance chaser who runs almost all of his races in his native Ireland, however came to this country to run in this race in 2011 and put up a stunning performance when finishing second to Ballabriggs only beaten 2 lengths . Perhaps something of a forgotten horse in this country since that day but he seems to have lost all of his form since that race. At 12 years old it would seem now that we may have seen the best of this horse however a return to the form of that day off this racing weight could see him running a big race, but he has not won since 2009 and that is a big worry.
Wins have come on ground ranging from yielding to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

Always Waining

Something of a course specialist at Aintree this horse has won four times here. He has won the last three runnings of the Topham Chase that is run at this meeting. That race although over these fences is Run at 2 miles and 5 furlongs and therefore he will need to extend that winning distance by 2 miles today. Can he do that? Well he has winning form over 3 miles and one furlong in a hurdle race here and also has form in one of the 3 miles chases. He was tried once in 2011 over the 3 miles 2 furlongs Becher Chase over these fences however that day he seemed to be out of form making uncharacteristic mistakes and finished very tired. At 12 years old this will be his last chance to try and win this great race and he is another who would be a very popular winner for the Welsh and his south Wales trainer Peter Bowen.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to firm seal to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

Quinz*N/R*

Trying this race for the second time today as he did run in the 2011 running of the race when he ran really well for some of the first circuit before breaking a blood vessel and falling behind quickly. He was then pulled up. Two runs the following season saw him pulled up twice the last being in December. He was not seen again until February this year where he ran in the racing plus Chase at Kempton where he finished fourth but was weakening at the finish. A previous winner of the racing Post Chase at Kempton a valuable grade 3 handicap in 2011 shows that this horse, when everything goes right has some class however there just seems to be too much to take on trust to give the horse any chance today.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good though to good to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

Tatenan

Unseated his rider in this race last year at the eighth fence. A nice young horse who could in truth be anything but on all known form looks unlikely to put in a career-best run to make the frame today.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and six furlongs.

Treacle

Fell in this race last year at the 10th fence. He was in the rear at that time but was also hampered at the 5th fence. Runs mainly in Ireland and runs well enough and comes here today after what could be a career best win in the daily Mirror Chase at Down Royal on 16th March over 3 miles 2 furlongs where he was drawing away impressively from his field. Certainly not without a chance and would have to put up another career-best run to win this and a strong move in the betting market should not be ignored.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and two furlongs.

Lost Glory

A young horse who comes here after winning some low grade races. Something again of an unknown quantity and would have to put in a career-best on all known form so far in his career.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to firm through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and two furlongs.

Saint Are

A nice seven-year old horse who has run well twice at Aintree although not over the National fences. Has to overcome a huge statistic with regard to his age as no7-year-old has won this race since 1940. Given that statistic it must be taken that it would be a truly exceptional horse to win this race at this age and so far this horse would not seem to be that.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to good to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

Swing Bill

A nice 12-year-old horse who finished 10th in this race last year after he was hampered at the chair and then lost his place from then on. Could run well and improve on last year's run but at 12 would need to put in a career-best to be in the frame and that looks unlikely.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to firm through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

Chicago Grey

Run in the rear last year and was brought down at the fifth fence. Therefore his previous form in this race holds nothing of his chance. He is a consistent sort and has form over 4 miles when winning the amateur Riders novice Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2011. With a lot of his running in Ireland it is difficult to fully assess his form however is last run over 2 1/2 miles at Navan showed that he has good pace in a race and he was staying on extremely well as you would expect at the end. Any shortening of his already skinny starting price should be seen as significant and he has been coming down in price for some time now. Looks the right sort of horse if he doesn't get left to far behind in the early stages of the race.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 4 miles.

Quiscover Fontaine

Going well in this race last season when he fell albeit in rear at the 17th fence. That was one of only two races where he has been run at a greater distance than 2 miles and 5 furlongs and looks a much better horse at around 2 miles or possibly 2 1/2 miles. There is a theory with the Grand National that horses that run over 2 1/2 miles get the 4 and a half miles of the Grand National as they are able to get a breather in around halfway. This has never stood the test of time and there really is nothing to suggest that this horse will perform well over this extended distance. Almost all horses that win the national these days have won over a distance of at least 3 miles prior to winning the race.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and four furlongs.

Becauseicouldntsee

Trying this race for the third time. Fell at the second fence in 2011 and then fell at the 8th fence last year although he was hampered at that fence. He has some reasonable form at around 3 miles finishing second in the Paddy Power Chase in 2010 and was second in the amateur riders Chase at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival. He tried that race again this season and finished 5th. That was over 3 miles and 1 1/2 furlongs and he seemed to be weakening at the end of the race. Should not make the frame unless putting in a clear round and a career-best.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 2 miles and six furlongs (3 miles on flat).

Harry the Viking

A young chaser who put up 2 good novice chase runs in December 2011. He followed that up with a really fine second in the amateur Riders novice chase behind Teaforthree at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival. He went on then to try the Scottish National, probably as one of his owners the Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson is Scottish. He was pulled up after the 18th fence and was never really going that day. Ran well enough in the Hennessy back in December but made jumping mistakes and subsequently could only finish 9th. Last run this season was again in the amateur riders Chase at Cheltenham where he ran poorly and weakend at the end of the race. A lack of good recent form makes it difficult to recommend this horse.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to good to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and two furlongs.

Rare Bob

A nice 11 year old horse who is trying this race for the second time this year. He was brought down at the fifth fence last year and therefore his liking for the course or fences cannot be obtained from the running. Has had this race as his target all season and has run with credit in some good races so far this season. His starting price has collapsed in recent weeks from 66 /1 down to 20/1 suggesting That all is well with this horse and that connections are expecting a really good run. It is difficult to fully assess his chances and he has only won once in January 2011 since April 2009 however he is an interesting runner.
Wins of come on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles in one furlong.

The Rainbow Hunter

A nice nine-year-old horse who has gradually been going up the ratings over the last few seasons. He comes from the Kim Bailey training establishment who won this race in 1990 with Mr Frisk. Although running in races below this class the horse has been putting in some good runs, is a good jumper and looks as if the extended trip might suit.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to do heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

Mr Moonshine

Another horse who has been running well and up to his form without actually getting his head in front for some time. A good jumper and a horse who travels well in his races however he would have to put up a career-best to win this race.
Winds of come on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and two furlongs.

Mumbles Head

Another horse from the Peter Bowen Yard and another taking a significant increase in class today. A good jumper in the main but can blunder the odd fence. That said he travels well throughout his races but more of a worry is his poor recent form with two runs in December where he fell in the Becher Chase over these fences and was pulled up in a three-mile race on unsuitable heavy ground at Haydock. 12 years old and is another who would have to put in a career-best to take part in the finish here today.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to firm through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and three furlongs.

Pearly Steps*N/R*

Another horse taking a large rise in class today. Although he does not win many races he has been staying on at the end of 3 mile chases suggesting that he may like the extended trip here today. Will have to improve considerably to take any part in the finish of the race today.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and two furlongs.

Aurors Encore

Runner up in last season's Scottish Grand National staying on well and only lost by a head. This form suggests he could do well here today. Seems to be a real long-distance chaser but travels well enough in his races to keep up with the pace and can win over two and a half miles. He has not been quite right this year as he does not seem to be finishing his races as he did in previous years and that is a worry.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

Nineteenth Minute

An Irish raider who fell last year at the 15th fence when tried in the Irish National. Looks a better horse at around two and a half miles and has not won at a distance greater than 2 miles 6 furlongs. This is a big disadvantage in this race. To back that up he ran well over 3 miles 2 furlongs at down Royal last month that did not stay on at the end of the race and was under pressure.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 2 miles and six furlongs.

Tarquinius

Another Irish runner from the shrewd Gordon Elliott stable. He has spent his career running in much lower classes of race than this and this looks a huge step up for him. His best ever run was probably back in January when finishing a short head second over 3 miles 1 furlong in Ireland. All of his known form suggests That He Is Not Good Enough to Finish in the Frame Here Today.
Winds of Come on Ground Ranging from Good to Soft through to Heavy and up to a Distance of 3 Miles in Four Furlongs.

Any Currency

A nice 10-year-old Horse Who Ran Well for a Long Time in the Cross-Country Race at the Cheltenham Festival. Has Been Tried over an Extended Distance in the 2012 Scottish Grand National Where He Finished 8th but Was Not Fluent in His Jumping Which Is a Worry. Back in December He Tried These Fences for the First Time in the Becher Chase and He and unseated His Rider at the 15th after Blundering Badly. He is another That Would Have To Put in a Career-Best to Win Here Today but He Is at the Bottom of the Handicap and Will Only Have To Carry 10 Stone.
Wins Have Come on Ground Ranging from Good through to Soft and up to a Distance of 3 Miles and Four Furlongs.

Poker De Sivola*N/R*

A classic Long Distance Chasing Type of Horse Who Runs Really Well over Extended Trips. Has Not Had any luck in the past two Scottish nationals being pulled up and unseated in 2010 and 2011. However this time last year he was a really good winner of the bet 365 Gold Cup Chase at Sandown over 3 miles 5 furlongs on good to firm ground. Although he has won on soft ground the better the ground the better this horses chance will be. He is a previous winner of the 4 mile amateur riders Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and is one of the more lively outsiders from a stable would really love to win this race. Sure to give you a good run for your money.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to firm through to soft and up to a distance of 4 miles.

Major Malarkey

A really nice 10-year-old long-distance chaser from the stable of Nigel Twiston-Davies who has won this race on two occasions previously. This horse spends all of his time running at extended distances and runs well even if not winning. Indeed he has not won a race over 3 miles and 1 furlong despite 10 of his last 11 races being over 3 1/2 miles. A good jumper and a horse that travels well in his race it would not be a surprise to see this horse running well throughout the race and staying on when lots of other horses have had enough. Another of the lively outsiders with a very light weight but the only worry would be that he has not won since December 2010.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

Backstage *N/R*

A really good point to point horse who wins more than he loses in that type of race. However does not live up to expectations when tried under rules with the exception of some fine runs in this race. He ran in the 2010 race and unseated his Rider when going well at the 20th fence. Tried again the following year and finished 10th, a good result. He has had a number of point-to-point runs this season winning more seven of them but was pulled up and never really going in the Foxhunters at the Festival in his only run under rules this season. Could run well today and improve his placing and who knows this is a strange race.
Wins of come on ground ranging from good to firm to good and up to a distance of 3 miles to furlongs (has won 13 of 15 point-to-point runs (3 miles) on ground ranging from good to firm through to heavy).

Soll

Lightly raced 8 year old who has been upped considerably in class this season. Was 8th in the Hennessy Gold cup at Newbury but was weakening at the end of the race. Ran really well in the Welsh National for a long time before again weakening at the end of the race. He then went to Sandown and won the handicap race over 3 miles and a half furlong in heavy ground. Needs very soft or heavy ground to show his best.
Wins have come on ground ranging from soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

Romanesco *N/R*

Another Gordon Elliott Runner and another taking a significant increase in class. Ran well in the amateur riders Chase at the festival over 3 miles 1 1/2 furlongs and finished third. Only eight years old and will have improvement to come but would be a surprise winner. Will be running from three pounds out of the handicap unless there is a rise in the weights.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and one furlong.

Viking Blond

A nice enough young chaser trying this race for the second time after falling at the first fence last year. Has run well this season without winning and has obviously has had this race as his main target. He was pulled up in the Welsh National for the second time this season on heavy ground.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles.

Cloudy Lane *N/R*

A 13-year-old horse running from the Donald McCain stable, he first ran in this race in 2008 where he finished 6th. In 2009 he unseated his Rider. In 2010 he ran really well and finished eighth. He then did not run for 18 months and subsequently came back running really well in foxhunter chases coming sixth at the Festival and winning the Foxhunters at this meeting last year. Unlikely to make the frame in this race but may be transferred to the Foxhunters.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good through to heavy and up to a distance of 3 miles and to furlongs.

Pentiffic*N/R*

Coming from the Venetia Williams stable the connections must be hoping that the great form of the stable this year will rub off on this horse. A southern hemisphere horse that has been running in Australia until December 2011 when brought to this country. Has run well in lesser events at around 3 miles. Ran sixth in the North Yorkshire Grand National on January 10 over 3 miles and six furlongs but did not seem to stay on and was beaten favourite that day. A New Zealand bred horse and in the past they have done well in this race.
Wins have come on soft ground and up to a distance of 3 miles (in this country).

Gullible Gordon*N/R*

Loves good ground and ran well in the Becher Chase back in December finishing 6th. Has run twice in Cheltenham cross-country races running well on both occasions suggesting that the quirkiness of this course may suit but is running from six pounds out of the handicap and would have to put in a career-best to win.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft and up to a distance of 3 miles and four furlongs.

Mortimer's cross*N/R*

A nice consistent horse always used to running over long distances and has winning form over 4 miles. All of his running has been in races in much lower class than he will face today. It would not be a surprise to see him run well and get around but he is unlikely to win this at 12 years old.
Wins have come on ground ranging from good to soft through to soft and up to a distance of 4 miles.












** Update ** 19/03/13 ** 57 runners stand their ground

at latest Forfeit stage

No. Form Name Age Weight Trainer  
* 1U1P/2 Imperial Commander 12 11-10 Nigel Twiston-Davies
* 33F7-8 What A Friend 10 11-9 Paul Nicholls
* PF-4PP Weird Al 10 11-8 Donald McCain
* 51-12 Prince De Beauchene 10 11-7 W P Mullins
* 113-04 Quel Esprit 9 11-7 W P Mullins
* 7/U312 Big Fella Thanks 11 11-6 Tom George
* 1U355 Roberto Goldback 11 11-6 Nicky Henderson
* 113-23 Seabass 10 11-6 T M Walsh
* 46-P73 Ballabriggs 12 11-4 Donald McCain
* 912-5P Sunnyhillboy 10 11-4 Jonjo O就eill
* 1-8620 Teaforthree 9 11-3 Rebecca Curtis
* 11271 Across The Bay 9 11-2 Donald McCain
* P3-72P Join Together 8 11-2 Paul Nicholls
* 137654 Bob Lingo 11 11-1 Thomas Mullins
* 3-5211 Colbert Station 9 11-1 T M Walsh
* 214122 Tofino Bay 10 11-1 D T Hughes
* 2P1536 Forpadydeplasterer 11 11-0 Thomas Cooper
* B1F-1 On His Own 9 11-0 W P Mullins
* 35233 Joncol 10 10-13 Paul Nolan
* 8511-P Lion Na Bearnai 11 10-13 Thomas Gibney
* 0O1-12 Balthazar King 9 10-12 Philip Hobbs
* 6F2264 Bostons Angel 9 10-11 Mrs John Harrington
* 334-22 Cappa Bleu 11 10-11 Evan Williams
* 4-4U60 Oscar Time 12 10-11 M M Lynch
* 091-78 Always Waining 12 10-10 Peter Bowen
* P/PP-4 Quinz 9 10-10 Philip Hobbs
* 5U-676 Tatenen 9 10-10 Richard Rowe
* 121/5- Beshabar 11 10-9 Tim Vaughan
* 23F-71 Treacle 12 10-9 T J Taaffe
* 011611 Lost Glory 8 10-8 Jonjo O就eill
* 1-F430 Saint Are 7 10-8 Tim Vaughan
* P1440 Swing Bill 12 10-8 David Pipe
* F2-110 Wyck Hill 9 10-8 David Bridgwater
* 0F631 Chicago Grey 10 10-7 Gordon Elliott
* 52202 Magnanimity 9 10-7 D T Hughes
* 0F-685 Quiscover Fontaine 9 10-7 W P Mullins
* 63PP45 Becauseicouldntsee 10 10-6 N F Glynn
* 2P-P90 Harry The Viking 8 10-6 Paul Nicholls
* B8-643 Rare Bob 11 10-6 D T Hughes
* 311P4 The Rainbow Hunter 9 10-6 Kim Bailey
* 236026 Mr Moonshine 9 10-5 Sue Smith
* 1133FP Mumbles Head 12 10-4 Peter Bowen
* 2PP-44 Pearlysteps 10 10-4 Henry Daly
* 0P45F5 Auroras Encore 11 10-3 Sue Smith
* 3F6042 Ninetieth Minute 10 10-3 T J Taaffe
* P11420 Tarquinius 10 10-2 Gordon Elliott
* 614U49 Any Currency 10 10-0 Martin Keighley
* P-265P Major Malarkey 10 9-13 Nigel Twiston-Davies
* 6U1/57 Poker De Sivola 10 9-13 Ferdy Murphy
* 111-1P Backstage 11 9-12 Gordon Elliott
* 1B-891 Soll 8 9-12 Jo Hughes
* F19273 Romanesco 8 9-11 Gordon Elliott
* 023P25 Viking Blond 8 9-11 Nigel Twiston-Davies
* 161-37 Cloudy Lane 13 9-10 Donald McCain
* 770165 Pentiffic 10 9-8 Venetia Williams
* 44-069 Gullible Gordon 10 9-6 Peter Bowen
* 22157 Mortimers Cross 12 9-6 John Needham




** Update ** 28/02/13 ** 73 runners stand their ground

at first Forfeit stage

No. Form Name Age Weight Trainer Official Rating
* 2/123- Albertas Run 12 11-8 Jonjo O就eill 160
* 1U1P/2 Imperial Commander 12 11-6 Nigel Twiston-Davies 158
* 3-3361 Quito De La Roque 9 11-5 C A Murphy 157
* 33F7-8 What A Friend 10 11-5 Paul Nicholls 157
* F0211 Katenko 7 11-4 Venetia Williams 156
* PF-4PP Weird Al 10 11-4 Donald McCain 156
* 51-12 Prince De Beauchene 10 11-3 W P Mullins 155
* 113-04 Quel Esprit 9 11-3 W P Mullins 155
* 47/U31 Big Fella Thanks 11 11-2 Tom George 154
* 1U355 Roberto Goldback 11 11-2 Nicky Henderson 154
* 113-23 Seabass 10 11-2 T M Walsh 154
* 110-P4 Calgary Bay 10 11-1 Mick Channon 153
* 111121 Roi Du Mee 8 11-1 Gordon Elliott 153
* 46-P7 Ballabriggs 12 11-0 Donald McCain 152
* 17-3P4 Midnight Chase 11 11-0 Neil Mulholland 152
* 912-5P Sunnyhillboy 10 11-0 Jonjo O就eill 152
* 1-8620 Teaforthree 9 10-13 Rebecca Curtis 151
* 11271 Across The Bay 9 10-12 Donald McCain 150
* 1P3-72 Join Together 8 10-12 Paul Nicholls 150
* 230-53 Planet Of Sound 11 10-12 Philip Hobbs 150
* 113765 Bob Lingo 11 10-11 Thomas Mullins 149
* 3-5211 Colbert Station 9 10-11 T M Walsh 149
* 121412 Tofino Bay 10 10-11 D T Hughes 149
* 2P153 Forpadydeplasterer 11 10-10 Thomas Cooper 148
* B1F-1 On His Own 9 10-10 W P Mullins 148
* 35233 Joncol 10 10-9 Paul Nolan 147
* 8511-P Lion Na Bearnai 11 10-9 Thomas Gibney 147
* 0O1-12 Balthazar King 9 10-8 Philip Hobbs 146
* 4-14P The Package 10 10-8 David Pipe 146
* 06F226 Bostons Angel 9 10-7 Mrs John Harrington 145
* 334-22 Cappa Bleu 11 10-7 Evan Williams 145
* 4-4U6 Oscar Time 12 10-7 M M Lynch 145
* 4091-7 Always Waining 12 10-6 Peter Bowen 144
* P/PP-4 Quinz 9 10-6 Philip Hobbs 144
* 15U-67 Tatenen 9 10-6 Richard Rowe 144
* 121/5- Beshabar 11 10-5 Tim Vaughan 143
* 71122/ Jessies Dream 10 10-5 Gordon Elliott 143
* 423F-7 Treacle 12 10-5 T J Taaffe 143
* 011611 Lost Glory 8 10-4 Jonjo O就eill 142
* 11-5F6 Problema Tic 7 10-4 David Pipe 142
* 01-F43 Saint Are 7 10-4 Tim Vaughan 142
* P-P144 Swing Bill 12 10-4 David Pipe 142
* F2-110 Wyck Hill 9 10-4 David Bridgwater 142
* 0F631 Chicago Grey 10 10-3 Gordon Elliott 141
* 52202 Magnanimity 9 10-3 D T Hughes 141
* 0F-685 Quiscover Fontaine 9 10-3 W P Mullins 141
* 63PP4 Becauseicouldntsee 10 10-2 N F Glynn 140
* U-4FP5 Frisco Depot 9 10-2 Charlie Longsdon 140
* 12P-P9 Harry The Viking 8 10-2 Paul Nicholls 140
* 3B8-64 Rare Bob 11 10-2 D T Hughes 140
* 311P4 The Rainbow Hunter 9 10-2 Kim Bailey 140
* 23602 Mr Moonshine 9 10-1 Sue Smith 139
* 1133FP Mumbles Head 12 10-0 Peter Bowen 138
* 2PP-44 Pearlysteps 10 10-0 Henry Daly 138
* U0P45F Auroras Encore 11 9-13 Sue Smith 137
* 3F604 Ninetieth Minute 10 9-13 T J Taaffe 137
* 513-37 Alfie Sherrin 10 9-12 Jonjo O就eill 136
* 1P1142 Tarquinius 10 9-12 Gordon Elliott 136
* 30U-86 Matuhi 10 9-11 David Pipe 135
* 614U4 Any Currency 10 9-10 Martin Keighley 134
* 0-6447 Tartak 10 9-10 Tim Vaughan 134
* 2P-265 Major Malarkey 10 9-9 Nigel Twiston-Davies 133
* 6U1/57 Poker De Sivola 10 9-9 Ferdy Murphy 133
* 401-39 Summery Justice 9 9-9 Venetia Williams 133
* 11111- Backstage426P 11 9-8 Gordon Elliott 132
* 21B-89 Soll 8 9-8 Jo Hughes 132
* 1F1927 Romanesco 8 9-7 Gordon Elliott 131
* 023P25 Viking Blond 8 9-7 Nigel Twiston-Davies 131
* 161-37 Cloudy Lane 13 9-6 Donald McCain 130
* 770165 Pentiffic 10 9-4 Venetia Williams 128
* 33F425 Odysseas 10 9-3 Y-M Porzier 127
* 44-069 Gullible Gordon 10 9-2 Peter Bowen 126
* P-2215 Mortimers Cross 12 9-2 John Needham 126







Grand National eights now published below (old)


No. Form Name Age Weight Trainer Official Rating
1 41-121 Tidal Bay 12 11-10 Paul Nicholls 162
2 2/123- Albertas Run 12 11-8 Jonjo O就eill 160
3 1U1P/2 Imperial Commander 12 11-6 Nigel Twiston-Davies 158
4 3-3361 Quito De La Roque 9 11-5 C A Murphy 157
5 33F7- What A Friend 10 11-5 Paul Nicholls 157
6 F0211 Katenko 7 11-4 Venetia Williams 156
7 PF-4PP Weird Al 10 11-4 Donald McCain 156
8 1/51-1 Prince De Beauchene 10 11-3 W P Mullins 155
9 113-04 Quel Esprit 9 11-3 W P Mullins 155
10 47/U31 Big Fella Thanks 11 11-2 Tom George 154
11 7-1U35 Roberto Goldback 11 11-2 Nicky Henderson 154
12 1113-2 Seabass 10 11-2 T M Walsh 154
13 110-P4 Calgary Bay 10 11-1 Mick Channon 153
14 4-F211 Call The Police 10 11-1 W P Mullins 153
15 1P17/7 Pandorama 10 11-1 Noel Meade 153
16 511112 Roi Du Mee 8 11-1 Gordon Elliott 153
17 46-P7 Ballabriggs 12 11-0 Donald McCain 152
18 17-3P4 Midnight Chase 11 11-0 Neil Mulholland 152
19 912-5P Sunnyhillboy 10 11-0 Jonjo O就eill 152
20 11-862 Teaforthree 9 10-13 Rebecca Curtis 151
21 3-1127 Across The Bay 9 10-12 Donald McCain 150
22 1P3-72 Join Together 8 10-12 Paul Nicholls 150
23 230-53 Planet Of Sound 11 10-12 Philip Hobbs 150
24 511376 Bob Lingo 11 10-11 Thomas Mullins 149
25 3-5211 Colbert Station 9 10-11 T M Walsh 149
26 07-1FP Little Josh 11 10-11 Nigel Twiston-Davies 149
27 12141 Tofino Bay 10 10-11 D T Hughes 149
28 2P153 Forpadydeplasterer 11 10-10 Thomas Cooper 148
29 1/B1F- On His Own 9 10-10 W P Mullins 148
30 35233 Joncol 10 10-9 Paul Nolan 147
31 8511-P Lion Na Bearnai 11 10-9 Thomas Gibney 147
32 0O1-12 Balthazar King 9 10-8 Philip Hobbs 146
33 4-14P The Package 10 10-8 David Pipe 146
34 06F226 Bostons Angel 9 10-7 Mrs John Harrington 145
35 1334-2 Cappa Bleu 11 10-7 Evan Williams 145
36 2/4-4U Oscar Time 12 10-7 M M Lynch 145
37 44091- Always Waining 12 10-6 Peter Bowen 144
38 236-14 Lambro 8 10-6 W P Mullins 144
39 1P/PP- Quinz 9 10-6 Philip Hobbs 144
40 715U-6 Tatenen 9 10-6 Richard Rowe 144
41 121/5- Beshabar 11 10-5 Tim Vaughan 143
42 71122/ Jessies Dream 10 10-5 Gordon Elliott 143
43 1423F- Treacle 12 10-5 T J Taaffe 143
44 011611 Lost Glory 8 10-4 Jonjo O就eill 142
45 211-5F Problema Tic 7 10-4 David Pipe 142
46 U01-F4 Saint Are 7 10-4 Tim Vaughan 142
47 0P-P14 Swing Bill 12 10-4 David Pipe 142
48 1F2-11 Wyck Hill 9 10-4 David Bridgwater 142
49 B-0F63 Chicago Grey 10 10-3 Gordon Elliott 141
50 52202 Magnanimity 9 10-3 D T Hughes 141
51 10F-68 Quiscover Fontaine 9 10-3 W P Mullins 141
52 F-63PP Becauseicouldntsee 10 10-2 N F Glynn 140
53 1U-4FP Frisco Depot 9 10-2 Charlie Longsdon 140
54 12P-P9 Harry The Viking 8 10-2 Paul Nicholls 140
55 53B8-6 Rare Bob 11 10-2 D T Hughes 140
56 4-311P The Rainbow Hunter 9 10-2 Kim Bailey 140
57 23602 Mr Moonshine 9 10-1 Sue Smith 139
58 1133FP Mumbles Head 12 10-0 Peter Bowen 138
59 F2PP-4 Pearlysteps 10 10-0 Henry Daly 138
60 U0P45 Auroras Encore 11 9-13 Sue Smith 137
61 3F604 Ninetieth Minute 10 9-13 T J Taaffe 137
62 513-37 Alfie Sherrin 10 9-12 Jonjo O就eill 136
63 1P1142 Tarquinius 10 9-12 Gordon Elliott 136
64 30U-86 Matuhi 10 9-11 David Pipe 135
65 13116 Mister Hyde 8 9-11 Jonjo O就eill 135
66 614U4 Any Currency 10 9-10 Martin Keighley 134
67 P-4PP0 Cross Appeal 7 9-10 Noel Meade 134
68 0-6447 Tartak 10 9-10 Tim Vaughan 134
69 P2P-26 Major Malarkey 10 9-9 Nigel Twiston-Davies 133
70 6U1/57 Poker De Sivola 10 9-9 Ferdy Murphy 133
71 401-3 Summery Justice 9 9-9 Venetia Williams 133
72 11111- Backstage426P 11 9-8 Gordon Elliott 132
73 21B-89 Soll 8 9-8 Jo Hughes 132
74 1F1927 Romanesco 8 9-7 Gordon Elliott 131
75 121365 Shakervilz 10 9-7 W P Mullins 131
76 023P2 Viking Blond 8 9-7 Nigel Twiston-Davies 131
77 2161-3 Cloudy Lane 13 9-6 Donald McCain 130
78 05O316 Outlaw Pete 9 9-6 J Halley 130
79 20-25F Fabalu 11 9-5 Donald McCain 129
80 770165 Pentiffic 10 9-4 Venetia Williams 128
81 33F425 Odysseas 10 9-3 Y-M Porzier 127
82 44-069 Gullible Gordon 10 9-2 Peter Bowen 126
83 P-2215 Mortimers Cross 12 9-2 John Needham 126
84 5U-549 Organisedconfusion 8 DOUBTFUL A L T Moore 145






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