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 If you bet Ante-Post you will lose your stake should your horse be withdrawn from the Grand National.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.


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THE HORSES & FORM GUIDE

SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR

8/1 

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

UNKNOWN 

11-02 
2461-1
JONJO O’NEILL 
JP McMANUS 
ROCKY CREEK

12/1 

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Rocky Creek was fifth in the 2014 National and looks set to go even better in 2015. With 8 wins and places from 10 chase starts, he looks a worthy each-way bet.

UNKNOWN 

11-03 
225-2P 
PAUL NICHOLLS 
JOHNSON & STEWART 
 BALTHAZAR KING

20/1 

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Desperately unlucky not to have been able to win the Grand National in 2014 for Hobbs and Johnson, Balthazar King is a specialist when it comes to these types of races and has continued his winning ways this season with back-to-back wins.

UNKNOWN 
11
11-02 
112-F11 
PHILIP HOBBS 
THE BRUSHMAKERS 
SPRING HEELED 

20/1 

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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 

10-12 
8015-4 
JIM CULLOTY 
DR. R. LAMBE 
UNIONISTE 

20/1 

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With 13 chase starts resulting in six wins, Unioniste could be making his Grand National debut in 2015.  A terrific win in January at Sandown saw him go straight to the top of the ante-post odds especially as he’s already won twice at Aintree.

UNKNOWN 

11-06 
38-613 
PAUL NICHOLLS 
JOHN HALES 
GODSMEJUDGE 

25/1 

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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 

10-08 
PP23-P 
ALAN KING 
FAVOURITES RACING 
OSCAR TIME 

25/1 

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A legendary horse who now at 14 years of age is the oldest horse entered into the Grand National 2015 but fresh off the back of a win in the Becher Chase he could cause a big upset and will definitely have his supporters.

UNKNOWN 
14
10-05 
 111U1 
R WALEY-COHEN 
R WALEY-COHEN 
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 and he is now 12 years old.

UNKNOWN 
12
11-00 
31-0P8 
DR R. NEWLAND 
Mr J A PROVAN
SAM WINNER 

25/1 

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Sam Winner has already notched up one Aintree win this season, can he add another? With 10 chase starts, he’s bagged three wins and three places and has been given and entry in the 2015 Gold Cup.

UNKNOWN 

11-08 
5P-113 
PAUL NICHOLLS 
ANGELA YEOMAN 
TEAFORTHREE 

25/1 

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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 
11
10-07 
28U-14 
REBECCA CURTIS 
CONYERS 
AL CO 

33/1 

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Pulled up in the Becher Chase over the Grand National fences in December and failed to sparkle at Haydock prior to that but he did win the Scottish Grand National in April 2014 so has potential.

UNKNOWN 
10 
10-08 
201-0P 
PETER BOWEN 
F LLOYD 
ALVARADO 

33/1 

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Finished in 4th place in 2014 and looks set to take on the Aintree fences again in 2015. He certainly can go the distance and has stamina in bucket loads.

UNKNOWN 
10 
10-03 
51P4- 
FERGAL O’BRIEN 
WILLIAM RUCKER 
HOME FARM 

33/1 

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Third in the Irish Grand National in 2013, Home Farm has developed into a fine chaser and certainly has the ability to make his mark at Aintree if given the chance. The trip will be interesting considering he has never raced outside of Ireland.

UNKNOWN 

11-02 
7P-1F7 
HENRY DE BROMHEAD 
C JONES 
MONBEG DUDE 

33/1 

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A real favourite last year, Monbeg Dude did get around the course but had to contend with 7th place. Going great already this season and finished 4th in the Welsh National at Chepstow.

UNKNOWN 
10 
10-07 
7-2443 
M SCUDAMORE 
OYDUNOW 

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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