THE 2015 RUNNERS
T he official runners for the 2015 race are still unknown and the horses listed below are those which bookmaker Betfair are currently quoting odds on. Any bet struck with Betfair 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 If you bet Ante-Post you will lose your stake should your horse be withdrawn from the Grand National.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.
THE HORSES & FORM GUIDE
DR. R. LAMBE
PINEAU DE RE
DR R. NEWLAND
Mr J A PROVAN
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.
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.”
THE RUNNERS IN DETAIL
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