THE 2015 RUNNERS


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No. 7 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.

AP McCOY 

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

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No. 4 Rocky Creek was fifth in the 2014 National and looks set to go even better in 2015. With 9 wins and places from 11 chase starts, he looks a worthy each-way bet.

SAM TWISTON-DAVIES 

11-03 
25-2P1
PAUL NICHOLLS 
JOHNSON & STEWART 
 BALTHAZAR KING

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No. 6 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.

RICHARD JOHNSON 
11
11-02 
112-F11 
PHILIP HOBBS 
THE BRUSHMAKERS 
SOLL 

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No. 38 Moved from Jo Hughes to trainer David Pipe in October and has had two starts, both in February, resulting in two wins. Ran in the 2013 National and finished so knows how to get over those Aintree fences.

TOM SCUDAMORE 
10 
10-02 
50-P11
DAVID PIPE 
DERRICK MOSSOP 

THE DRUIDS NEPHEW

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No. 17 Has never run at Aintree but has stamina in bucket loads, placing at 3m3f and fresh off the back of a big Cheltenham Festival win in the Handicap Chase under jockey Barry Geraghty.

AIDAN COLEMAN 

10-09 
12751
NEIL MULHOLLAND 
STONEHENGE DRUIDS 
CAUSE OF CAUSES 

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No. 18 Runner in the Irish Grand National in 2014, he finished 12th in that race and has had a slight dip in form this season compared to others but renewed Grand National hope with a win at Cheltenham in the National Hunt Chase.

PAUL CARBERRY 

10-09 
20-751
GORDON ELLIOTT 
JP McMANUS 
FIRST LIEUTENANT 

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No. 5 Has placed in all the major races including RSA Chase, Ryanair Chase, Lexus Chase and despite being a superior horse, hasn’t won a race for nearly two years but if the going at Aintree is good, then he could be as well so worthy of an each-way bet.

NINA CARBERRY 
10 
11-03 
24683 
MOUSE MORRIS 
GIGGINSTOWN HOUSE STUD 
ALVARADO 

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No. 37 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.

PAUL MOLONEY 
10 
10-03 
51P4-5
FERGAL O’BRIEN 
WILLIAM RUCKER 
GODSMEJUDGE 

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No. 19 Godsmejudge a previous Scottish National winner, has had three runs this season, pulled up at Doncaster but redeemed himself with a fifth place finish in the Betbright Chase in February before finishing last at Bangor.

WAYNE HUTCHINSON 

10-08 
23-P50 
ALAN KING 
FAVOURITES RACING 
AL CO 

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No. 20 Pulled up in the Becher Chase over the Grand National fences in December and failed to sparkle at Haydock prior to that but has since bagged two third place finishes and did win the Scottish Grand National in April 2014 so has potential.

DENIS O’REGAN 
10 
10-08 
1-0P33 
PETER BOWEN 
F LLOYD 
NIGHT IN MILAN 

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No. 15 A real contender this year with the right age, great form, ideal weight and with 13 wins or places from 18 chase starts, he is really ticking all the right boxes for the Grand National.

JAMES REVELEY 

10-09
40233 
KEITH REVELEY 
R COLLINS 
PINEAU DE RE 

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No. 8 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 has bumped his weight up by 8lbs this time round and he is now 12 years old.

DARYL JACOB 
12
11-00 
1-0P80 
DR R. NEWLAND 
Mr J A PROVAN
ROYALE KNIGHT 

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No. 40 Royale Knight is following the same path as Pineau De Re, is well chased, returned a win or a place 13 times from 17 chase starts, never unseated or fallen and last pulled up back in 2012.

BRENDAN POWELL 

10-02 
3-4132
DR. R NEWLAND
CE STEDMAN & RJ CORSAN
SPRING HEELED 

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No. 10 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.

NICK SCHOLFIELD 

10-12 
015-44 
JIM CULLOTY 
DR. R. LAMBE 
MANY CLOUDS 

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No. 2 Oliver Sherwood’s stable star and with three back-to-back winners this season including the Hennessy Gold Cup and the BetBright Cup Chase. Finished sixth in this year’s Gold Cup at Cheltenham but statistically too young and too heavy for the National.

LEIGHTON ASPELL 

11-09 
4-1116
OLIVER SHERWOOD 
TREVOR HEMMINGS
OSCAR TIME 

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No. 27 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.

SAM WALEY-COHEN 
14
10-05 
 111U14 
R WALEY-COHEN 
R WALEY-COHEN 
SAINT ARE 

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No. 24 Ticks a lot of boxes for the National. Right age, weight, good form this season including a third place finish in the Becher Chase as well as a win last time out. Also ran in the National in 2013 and finished in 9th place.

PADDY BRENNAN 

10-06 
F-3331 
TOM GEORGE 
D W FOX 
UNIONISTE 

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No. 3 With 14 chase starts resulting in six wins, Unioniste could be making his Grand National debut in 2015.  A terrific runner but 7 year olds don’t have much Grand National success and the weight is on the high side!

NOEL FEHILY 

11-06 
38-613 
PAUL NICHOLLS 
JOHN HALES 
BALLYCASEY 

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No. 9 Looks like Willie Mullins only runner this year and with rumours that Ruby Walsh would partner him his odds slashed from 100/1 to 25/1. A win and a place this season but pulled-up at Cheltenham and more comfortable as a two miler.

RUBY WALSH 

10-13 
2173P 
WILLIE MULLINS 
MRS S. RICCI 

COURT BY SURPRISE

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No. 36 Has been given the lowest weight of his career for the Grand National 2015 and has won both of his races this season. Has placed at 3m5f and the going at Aintree should suit him perfectly.

RICHIE McLERNON 
10 
10-03 
265-11 
EMMA LAVELLE 
N MUSTOE 
REBEL REBELLION 

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No. 11 Has never fallen, unseated his rider and pulled up only once in his career, back in April 2013, he has already run seven times this season doing relatively well in all of them including 5th place in the Grand Sefton at Aintree and wins at Ascot and Newbury but has never really been tested over 3m.

RYAN MAHON 
10 
10-12 
454121 
P NICHOLLS 
WOODHOUSE, SUTTON & DOBSON 
ACROSS THE BAY 

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No. 25 Will he have more luck on his third attempt at the National? Very unlucky to have been hampered by a loose horse when leading last year and not on good form this season so far, managing only 13th spot in the Becher Chase amongst others.

HENRY BROOKE 
11 
10-06 
0-800B
DONALD McCAIN 
SCOTCH PIPER SYNDICATE 
CHANCE DU ROY 

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No. 32 Winner of the 2013 Becher Chase, 5th in the same race in 2014 and ran in last year’s Grand National finishing in 6th place, he loves the Aintree fences, has stamina in bucket loads and has a great trainer at the helm.

TOM O’BRIEN 
11 
10-04 
P46-55 
PHILIP HOBBS 
MISS I DU PRE 

LORD WINDERMERE

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No. 1 Won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2014 but couldn’t repeat the success in 2015 and was pulled-up. He will carry top weight if he does venture to Aintree on April 11th. A sterling horse but no decision as to whether he will even run in the Grand National 2015.

ROBBIE McNAMARA 

11-10 
1-373P 
JIM CULLOTY 
DR R LAMBE 
MON PARRAIN 

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No. 13 Ended last season with a win at Cheltenham but pulled up there on his return in October. Finished 11th in the Becher Chase before winning, once again, at Cheltenham. A solid horse with some big wins and the going will suit him.

SEAN BOWEN 

10-11
11-P015
P NICHOLLS 
J D COTTON 
MONBEG DUDE 

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No. 21 A real favourite last year, Monbeg Dude did get around the course but had to contend with 7th place. Was going great this season finishing 4th in the Welsh National at Chepstow but ran poorly at Cheltenham. Subsequent tests have cleared him for Aintree.

LIAM TREADWELL 
10 
10-07 
24430 
M SCUDAMORE 
OYDUNOW 
OWEGA STAR 

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No. 34 A great horse with seven wins or places from ten chase starts but clearly more comfortable at 2m4f or less and on soft ground so the distance and going at Aintree may cause him problems.

ROBBIE POWER 

10-03 
3-8256 
P. FAHEY 
A & S CALLAN 
PORTRAIT KING 

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No. 33 Plenty of stamina with Portrait King who has won or placed in seven of his starts at 3 miles or more including the Grand National Trial at Punchestown in February. Fell off the radar a little last year but back with six runs this season.

DAVY CONDON 
10 
10-03 
8P1292 
M. PHELAN 
MARIE DAVIS 

THE RAINBOW HUNTER

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No. 23 This will the third consecutive run for The Rainbow Hunter but has only had one run since unseating jockey Aidan Coleman in last years event. He didn’t fare any better in 2013 either, unseating Coleman in that one as well. His one run this season was at Kempton on February 21st where he was pulled up in the BetBright Chase.

DAVID BASS 
11 
10-07
261U-P 
K. BAILEY 
MAY WE NEVER BE FOUND OUT PARTNERSHIP 
DOLATULO 

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No. 12 Eighth in the Grand Sefton at Aintree in December, he went on to win the Rowland Meyrick at Wetherby and has had nine wins or places from 13 chase starts.

DOUGIE COSTELLO 

10-11 
028180 
WARREN GREATREX 
CHASEMORE FARM 
GAS LINE BOY 

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No. 31 Gas Line Boy is relatively well chased, from 11 starts he has won three and placed another two times. This season has been a mixed bag for Gas Line Boy. He was pulled up before winning two on the bounce at Exeter and Haydock before getting pulled-up once again but placed fourth in the Grand National Trial.

JAMES BEST 

10-04
P11P4 
P. HOBBS 
MICK FITZGERALD RACING CLUB 
RUBI LIGHT 

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No. 16 With 26 chase starts under his belt he has returned seven wins and 10 places and earnings that top £269K. He has never refused, fallen and has only pulled up once back in 2009. He has raced 38 times under race rules and in all but eight of them has come in the top 5.

ANDREW LYNCH 
10 
10-09
545211 
R. HENNESSY 
W HENNESSY 
WYCK HILL

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No. 30 Intended to be a Grand National horse, injury prevented him for going there in 2013 and he didn’t make the cut last year either. Won the Eider Chase in 2014 but fell in the renewal in February 2015

TOM CANNON 
11
10-04
P16-2F 
D BRIDGWATER 
JP McMANUS
BOB FORD 

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No. 28 A win at Ffos Las in the West Wales National has given his OR a boost but had a go at a Handicap Chase at Chepstow back in December but was pulled up by jockey Paul Moloney and a run in the Becher Chase earlier in the same month resulted in a 10th place finish. He was also pulled up in the Midlands Grand National.

PAUL TOWNEND 

10-04
120P1P 
R. CURTIS 
THE BOB FORD PARTNERSHIP 
CORRIN WOOD 

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No. 22 From just seven chase starts has won three and placed twice more and is definitely a horse that prefers the longer distances and frequently starts at over 3m. Best results have been on soft to heavy going.

WILSON RENWICK 

10-07
10-33P 
D. McCAIN 
HANAFIN, ROSE & WHITFIELD 
ELY BROWN 

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No. 39 Was a favourite for the Handicap Chase at Cheltenham before being withdrawn after he picked up a leg injury when running at Ascot last February 2014 and had been side lined for nearly a year before making his seasonal reappearance in January 2015 at Wetherby where unfortunately he was pulled up.

BRIAN HUGHES 
10 
10-02
 0115-P 
C. LONGSDON 
COUNTRYWIDE VEHICLE RENTALS 
SUPER DUTY 

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No. 29 Super Duty has a fantastic record and from 16 starts under race rules has won five and placed in another six. He knows Aintree and has run there twice coming second and fourth in 2012 and 2013 respectively. A leg injury that required more than a year on the sidelines meant that Super Duty did not run at all in 2014.

WILL KENNEDY 

10-04
P2-67 
I. WILLIAMS 
BRANNON, DICK, HERNON & HOLDEN 
RIVER CHOICE 

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No. 35 River Choice has never raced outside of France instead opting to run at Auteuil Racecourse an incredible 30 times. He has run in 26 chases, winning six and placing in another four, and has netted over £512K for connections equally split between earnings from both Hurdles and Chases.

DAVID COTTIN 
12
10-03 
U58P14 
R. CHOTARD 
FERGUS WILSON 
TRANQUIL SEA 

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No. 26 One of the oldest horses entered into the Grand National 2015 at 13 years of age and will no doubt cap what has been an incredible career which has seen him run 47 times under race rules, 38 of them in chases which have produced nine wins and another 10 places amassing over £446K in earnings.

GAVIN SHEEHAN 
13 
10-05
31P0-5 
W. GREATREX 
JEAN & CLEMMIE SHIPP 

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T he official 39 runners for the 2015 race have now been confirmed and all of the horses listed above are guaranteed a spot to line up on April 11th. Carlito Brigante was also due to run but withdrawn after the 10am declaration stage on Friday 10th April which was too late for a reserve to be included.

Betfair are quoting Grand National Odds that are now ‘Non Runner No Bet’. This means that if you back a horse and he does not run your bet will be refunded automatically – as risk free as any bet gets!

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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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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