Grand National 2015

Lord Windermere – 33/1

Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup last season but not shown much since and has too much weight..

Many Clouds – 20/1

Won the Hennessy Gold Cup and finished 6th in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.  He had had a hard season and this might be one race too many.Won Hennessy Gold Cup in style but below par in Gold Cup last time; jumps well and stays; give in ground would suit

Unioniste – 22/1
Consistent and sound jumper; has good record at the track although tackles these fences for first time. No 7 year old has won since 1940. Stats are against him.

Rocky Creek – 9/1
Great effort when fifth last year.  A former runner up in the Hennessy. Won a valuable handicap at Kempton after the weights had been published for the national so he is well handicapped. Really good chance.

First Lieutenant – 16/1
Formerly very smart but has not won since 2013.  Not sure of his stamina over this trip. Classy type though.

Balthazar King – 10/1
Runner-up a year ago and 15th in 2013; jumps well and stays well. I fancy him to finish near the front.

Shutthefrontdoor – 7/1
Winner of Irish National and has been trained all year for this race. Won at Carlisle on his only start this season.  The mount of AP McCoy.  Should go well but he is a very short price.

Pineau De Re – 20/1
Won by five lengths a year ago but no horse has managed back to back wins since Red Rum.  Wouldn’t be a big surprise if he got round but a win seems unlikely.

Ballycasey – 25/1
Doubts about his stamina.

Spring Heeled – 20/1
Consistent and a really capable jumper who has never fallen. Should run well. Won the Kim Muir at Cheltenham last March.

Rebel Rebellion – 40/1
Has handled the fences before in a shorter race. His stamina could be a problem.

Dolatulo – 50/1
Won a decent race at Wetherby on Boxing Day.  Not without a chance but there are others with stronger claims.

Mon Parrain – 33/1
Very inconsistent.  Certainly good on his day but not one to rely upon.

Night In Milan – 25/1

Has been 3rd at Doncaster twice this season in the Grimthorp (he won the race last season) and the Great Yorkshire. Consistent and has run well at Doncaster which is a similar track to Aintree. Each way chance.

Rubi Light – 50/1
Good jumper but this trip look too far.

The Druids Nephew – 14/1
Won easily in a competitive handicap at Cheltenham and is very well handicapped.  Perhaps slight doubts about his jumping.

Cause Of Causes – 16/1
Won the 4 miler at Cheltenham and was runner up in the Kim Muir last season.  Stable in great form. Jumps well but 7 year olds have a dreadful record in the race;

Godsmejudge – 16/1
Won Scottish National in 2013 and was runner-up last year. Has also run well in the Whitbread Gold Cup. Stamina not an issue and runs well in the Spring. Could be thereabouts.

Al Co – 25/1
Won 2014 Scottish Grand National and ran well over hurdles since.  Was disappointing over the National fences in the Becher Chase. One for the short list.

Monbeg Dude – 40/1
Finished a creditable seventh last year and is a previous winner of the Welsh National. May run well but hard to see why he should improve on last seasons effort.

Corrin Wood – 66/1
Lacks a bit of experience.

The Rainbow Hunter – 50/1
Former winner of the Great Yorkshire Chase.  Has been a bit unlucky in the last 2 nationals when hampered by loose horses.  50/1 looks about right.

Saint Are – 33/1
Seems to like these fences, having got around on both occasions he has tackled them; looks well treated.Each way chance.

Across The Bay – 50/1
Jumps these fences well but not quick enough to be involved in the finish.

Tranquil Sea – 100/1
Decent in his day but getting on a bit and lacks the necessary stamina.

Oscar Time – 33/1
Has been 2nd and 4th in previous races and won the Becher Chase this season. He is 14 though and there has not been a National winner of that age since 1857.

BoBob Ford – 100/1

Has never fallen and won the West Wales National at Ffos Las. Needs the mud and is not quick enough..

Super Duty – 66/1
Has bits of form including a 2nd in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham but overall hard to fancy.

Wyck Hill – 50/1
Has tons of stamina and is a former winner of the 4 mile Eider Chase at Newcastle.

Gas Line Boy – 100/1
Stout stayer and sound jumper; but lacks a bit of pace and that might find him out.

Chance Du Roy – 40/1
Has a great record over these fences completing the course on five of the six occasions he has attempted them, including when 6th in the 2014 race.  Really good chance of getting round but will struggle to get in the first 5.

Portrait King – 50/1

Won the 2012 Eider Chase and is a past winner over 3.5 miles at Punchestown. He was 9th in the Eider this year despite being hampered in running and was a good second over hurdles at Down Royal on his most recent start.  Might not be quite good enough but certainly not a no hoper.

Owega Star – 50/1

Put in a good run when second at Navan over 3 miles but generally races over shorter trips.

River Choice – 100/1
Not good enough’

Court By Surprise – 40/1
Progressive stayer who will like the ground.  Won the Badger Ales  Chase at Wincanton.  Clouts the odd fences but not a forlorn hope if things go his way.

Alvarado – 20/1
A fine fourth last year and has been trained with the race in mind; looks sure to run well again.  Ridden by Paul Maloney who has a great record in the race.

Soll – 20/1
Won his last 2 races, has completed the course before and has an each way chance.

Ely Brown – 100/1
Lacks experience and looks an unlikely winner.

Royale Knight – 20/1

has an interesting CV. He won the Durham National at Sedgefield in October over 3.75 miles and he won the 4 mile Borders National at Kelso last season. He was 3rd in the Highlands National over 3m 7f at Perth last April and last season he was 3rd over 3 miles 5 f at Warwick and 9th in the Eider Chase.

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