THE 2015 RUNNERS


T he official runners for the 2015 race are still unknown and the horses listed below are those which bookmaker Paddy Power are currently quoting odds on. Any bet struck with Paddy Power will be subject to ‘Ante-Post’ rules until the bookies go ‘non runner, no bet’, which is usually five days before the race. If you bet Ante-Post you will lose your stake should your horse be withdrawn from the Grand National.

Each runner has been given a star rating by us. The more stars a horse has the better the chance we feel it has of winning or at least finishing in the money places.

You can view more information on a runners recent form, the horse’s trainer and find out which jockey is riding by clicking on the ‘Form Guide’ tabs below. If you prefer you can view the Grand National runners in a condensed format on our odds page.


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THE HORSES & FORM GUIDE

GODSMEJUDGE 

20/1 

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Godsmejudge a previous Scottish National winner was heavily tipped to produce the goods at Aintree until he was withdrawn from the 2014 Grand National in the days leading up to the race. Two runs since then have seen him place on both occasions. Obvious ability but it remains unknown if he’s back to his best form.

UNKNOWN 

UNKNOWN 
5PP23- 
ALAN KING 
FAVOURITES RACING 
PINEAU DE RE 

25/1 

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Last year’s winner Pineau De Re will likely to return to Aintree to defend his crown in 2015. The history books suggest a back to back win will be difficult as the race handicapper will almost certainly make him carry more weight this time round.

UNKNOWN 
11 
UNKNOWN 
F27131- 
DR R. NEWLAND 
Mr J A PROVAN
BALTHAZAR KING 

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Widely tipped to do well in the 2014 Grand National Balthazar King didn’t disappoint his each-way backers when he finishing second behind Pineau De Re. Another attempt at the Aintree fences is expected and supporters of the King could well be celebrating again in 2015.

UNKNOWN 
10
UNKNOWN 
11112-F1 
PJ HOBBS 
THE BRUSHMAKERS 
MA FILLEULE 

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Statistically speaking Ma Filleule would seem too young for a serious Grand National bid in 2015 but a Topham Chase (run over the Grand National fences) win last year should be respected, could Ma Filleule become the youngest winner since Bogskar in 1940?

UNKNOWN 

UNKNOWN 
3P121- 
N HENDERSON 
SIMON MUNIR
TEAFORTHREE 

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Teaforthree came third in the 2013 Grand National and was going well in the 2014 race before unseating his jockey. Like all runners in the National he’ll need a slice of luck to get into contention but with a fair wind a place isn’t beyond his capabilities.

UNKNOWN 
10 
UNKNOWN 
928U- 
REBECCA CURTIS 
CONYERS 
DOUBLE SEVEN 

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Ran a cracker in the 2014 Grand National when finishing third, if pointed at Aintree again by owner JP McManus it will be interesting to see if champion Jockey A.P. McCoy chooses to partner Double Seven, expect the odds to crash if he does.

UNKNOWN 

UNKNOWN 
F1111163- 
MARTIN BRASSIL
JP McMANUS 
SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR 

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Last years Irish National winner could be one to watch at Aintree in 2015, the JP McManus owned horse has five chase starts to date – winning twice and placing once.

UNKNOWN 

UNKNOWN 
12461- 
JONJO O’NEILL 
JP McMANUS 
GOULANES 

33/1 

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Goulanes has been gaining support in the antepost betting market after a smart win in the 2014 Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter. A tilt at the last years’ Grand National was on the cards for Goulanes until trainer David Pipe withdraw his entry. Looks a likely sort for the 2015 race.

UNKNOWN 

UNKNOWN 
0P1- 
DAVID PIPE 
R S BROOKHOUSE 
SPRING HEELED 

33/1 

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Not a runner who immediately catches the eye but Spring Heeled has won and placed on all sorts of ground. A winner of the Kim Muir Handicap Chase in 2014, past winners of the Kim Muir who went on shine at Aintree include: Sunnyhillboy (2nd 2012), Ballabriggs (1st 2011) should provide eachway backers with plenty to cheer.

UNKNOWN 

UNKNOWN 
21328015-4 
JH CULLOTY 
DR. R. LAMBE 

HOW TO PICK A WINNER


Every year the Aintree Grand National gets bigger and bigger and the quality of entrants gets better and better, mainly due to the fact that the prize money on offer is now so huge.

Today Grand National Runners tend to be of a much higher quality than at anytime in the race’s history, as we saw last year with the entry of Gold Cup winner Long Run.

Our aim is to provide you with the very latest information on all of the runners so that you can make an informed choice about who you back. That’s why we write in-depth profiles on each horse that runs, as well as all the latest on their form. If you fancy having a closer look then go to our Horses page where you can view the profiles.

But what should you look for when trying to pick a winner?
Over the long history of the Grand National trends have emerged which give us clues about the type of horses which statistically have a better chance of winning the big one.

Finding a horse who ticks all the boxes below might be tricky. Nevertheless, a runner who ticks the majority of them will have a better chance than those who ticks fewer.

  • Between 9-11 Yrs Old.
  • Carrying No More Than 11st 3lb.
  • Previous Aintree Experience A Plus 
  • Previously Won A Race Worth £17,000+
  • 10 or More Career Chase Starts 
  • Official Rating 136+ 
  • Multiple Wins Or Places Over 3+ Miles 

Lets take a look at last year’s winner Pineau De Re and how he fitted into the above stats. At 11 years old Pineau De Re was at the top end of the age scale but still ticked that box. He carried 10st 6lb on the day of the National and ran in the Becher Chase at Aintree five months before the National – tick, tick. Interestingly Pineau De Re had not won a chase worth £17,000+ before the Grand National but he did win a Chase worth £11,500, close but no tick. Before his Grand National win he had 15 chase starts and his official handicap rating was 143 so he easily ticked those two boxes. He’d also won and placed numerous times at 3+ miles.

All in all Pineau De Re was nearly an idea candidate for a Grand National winner. However, many discounted his chances prior to the race as he had previously fallen in the Becher Chase at Aintree. This was the prime reason why he didn’t make it onto our shortlist too. Recently racing bible, Timeform, commented that Pineau De Re would not have won before what they have dubbed the ‘plastic Grand National era’, in reference to the safety modifications which have made the Aintree fences less fearsome. Timeform went on to comment “The National has become a different race, with the accent, if anything, now more on possessing thorough stamina than on measured, safe jumping which used to be a prerequisite.”


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