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2012 Grand National Weights

One of the biggest milestones on the way to Aintree is the day that the BHA Handicapper reveals the weights for the 2012 Grand National Entries and today was as exciting as anticipated. Phil Smith, BHA Handicapper, wasted no time, in front of a packed house in London, announcing the weights for all 82 potential runners.

In order, from the highest to the lowest weighted are:

SYNCHRONISED 9-11st-10lb; BALLABRIGGS 11-11-09; MIDNIGHT CHASE 10-11-08; WEIRD AL 9-11-08; BURTON PORT 8-11-07; QUEL ESPRIT 8-11-07; CALGARY BAY 9-11-06; NEPTUNE COLLONGES 11-11-06; ALFA BEAT 8-11-05; PLANET OF SOUND 10-11-05.

BLAZING TEMPO 8-11-04; ROBERTO GOLDBACK 10-11-04; BLACK APALACHI 13-11-03; DEEP PURPLE 11-11-03; JUNIOR 9-11-02; QUANTITATIVEEASING 7-11-02; SCOTSIRISH 11-11-02; TARTAK 9-11-02; APT APPROACH 9-11-01; LITTLE JOSH 10-11-01; PSYCHO (IRE) 11-11-00.

CHICAGO GREY 9-10-13; TATENEN 8-10-13; ACCORDING TO PETE 11-10-12; SEABASS 9-10-12; SHAKALAKABOOMBOOM 8-10-12; WEST END ROCKER 10-10-12; HECTOR’S CHOICE 8-10-11; MASSINI’S MAGUIRE 11-10-11; ON HIS OWN 8-10-11; ALWAYS RIGHT 10-10-10; CAPPA BLEU 10-10-10; CRESCENT ISLAND 9-10-09; RARE BOB 10-10-09; MON MOME 12-10-08; ORGANISEDCONFUSION 7-10-08; THE MIDNIGHT CLUB 11-10-08; TREACLE 11-10-08; ARBOR SUPREME 10-10-07; COOLDINE 10-10-07; HOLD ON JULIO 9-10-07; PEARLYSTEPS 9-10-06; PRINCE DE BEAUCHENE 9-10-06.

NICHE MARKET 11-10-05; ROULEZ COOL 9-10-05; STEWARTS HOUSE 10-10-05; SUNNYHILLBOY 9-10-05; UNCLE JUNIOR 11-10-05; FAIR ALONG 10-10-04; KILLYGLEN 10-10-04; QUISCOVER FONTAINE 8-10-04; THARAWAAT 7-10-04; ALWAYS WAINING 11-10-03; BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE 9-10-03; LE BEAU BAI 9-10-03; STATE OF PLAY 12-10-03; SWING BILL 11-10-03; POSTMASTER 10-10-02; SHAKERVILZ 9-10-02; THE PACKAGE 9-10-02; WYMOTT 8-10-02; BACKSTAGE 10-10-01; GILES CROSS 10-10-01.

HELLO BUD 14-10-00; IN COMPLIANCE 12-10-00; MIDNIGHT HAZE 10-10-00; NORTHERN ALLIANCE 11-10-00; VIC VENTURI 12-10-00; VIKING BLOND 7-10-00; QHILIMAR 8-9-13; SOME TARGET 8-9-10; NEPTUNE EQUESTER 9-9-09; ANY CURRENCY 9-9-08; OUR ISLAND 7-9-07; SCHINDLER’S GOLD (IRE) 10-9-07.

ABBEYBRANEY 11-9-05; SADDLERS STORM 10-9-05: SMOKING ACES 8-9-05; KING FONTAINE 9-9-04; ANOTHER PALM 7-9-03; BALLYVESEY 7-9-02; MINELLA THEATRE 9-9-00.

The John Smith’s Grand National is the only race in the calendar where Smith can use his discretion to determine the weights, rather than purely rely on ratings. Smith, who first framed the weights for the Aintree spectacular in 1999, believes the 2012 renewal will be a race full of quality.

Updated: February 17, 2012