THE 2015 RUNNERS


T he official 40 runners for the 2015 race are still unknown but the horses listed below are all entered and in with a chance of lining up on April 11th.

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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THE HORSES & FORM GUIDE

SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR

8/1 

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No. 9 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

10/1 

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No. 5 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.

UNKNOWN 

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

12/1 

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No. 7 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 

THE DRUIDS NEPHEW

12/1 

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No. 21 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.

UNKNOWN 

10-09 
12751
NEIL MULHOLLAND 
STONEHENGE DRUIDS 
CAUSE OF CAUSES 

16/1 

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No. 22 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.

UNKNOWN 

10-09 
20-751
GORDON ELLIOTT 
JP McMANUS 
GODSMEJUDGE 

20/1 

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No. 23 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.

UNKNOWN 

10-08 
23-P50 
ALAN KING 
FAVOURITES RACING 
PINEAU DE RE 

20/1 

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No. 12 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.

UNKNOWN 
12
11-00 
1-0P80 
DR R. NEWLAND 
Mr J A PROVAN
SOLL 

20/1 

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No. 49 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.

UNKNOWN 
10 
10-02 
50-P11
DAVID PIPE 
DERRICK MOSSOP 
SPRING HEELED 

20/1 

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No. 14 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 
015-44 
JIM CULLOTY 
DR. R. LAMBE 
UNIONISTE 

20/1 

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No. 4 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!

UNKNOWN 

11-06 
38-613 
PAUL NICHOLLS 
JOHN HALES 
ACROSS THE BAY 

25/1 

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No. 31 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.

UNKNOWN 
11 
10-06 
0-800B
DONALD McCAIN 
SCOTCH PIPER SYNDICATE 
AL CO 

25/1 

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No. 25 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.

UNKNOWN 
10 
10-08 
1-0P33 
PETER BOWEN 
F LLOYD 
ALVARADO 

25/1 

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No. 40 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 
51P4-5
FERGAL O’BRIEN 
WILLIAM RUCKER 
BALLYCASEY 

25/1 

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No. 13 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.

UNKNOWN 

10-13 
2173P 
WILLIE MULLINS 
MRS S. RICCI 
FIRST LIEUTENANT 

25/1 

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No. 6 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.

UNKNOWN 
10 
11-03 
24683 
MOUSE MORRIS 
GIGGINSTOWN HOUSE STUD 
GOONYELLA 

25/1 

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No. 56 Seventh in the Irish National last season but unseated when he tried his hand in the Becher Chase in December. Won the Midlands Grand National on March 15th so can go the distance. Getting a place will come down to the wire.

UNKNOWN 

9-13 
2U731 
JIM DREAPER 
POTTS PARTNERSHIP 
MERRY KING 

25/1 

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No. 33 Fourth in the 2014 Scottish Grand National and has had three runs this season getting placed at Ascot and in the Hennessy Gold Cup but pulled up last time out at Newbury in February.

UNKNOWN 

10-05 
P4-33P 
JONJO O’NEILL 
F GILLESPIE 
NIGHT IN MILAN 

25/1 

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No. 19 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.

UNKNOWN 

10-09
40233 
KEITH REVELEY 
R COLLINS 
OSCAR TIME 

25/1 

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No. 34 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 
 111U14 
R WALEY-COHEN 
R WALEY-COHEN 
REBEL REBELLION 

25/1 

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No. 15 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.

UNKNOWN 
10 
10-12 
454121 
P NICHOLLS 
WOODHOUSE, SUTTON & DOBSON 
ROYALE KNIGHT 

25/1 

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No. 47 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.

UNKNOWN 

10-02 
3-4132
DR. R NEWLAND
CE STEDMAN & RJ CORSAN
SAINT ARE 

25/1 

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No. 30 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.

UNKNOWN 

10-06 
F-3331 
TOM GEORGE 
D W FOX 
SAM WINNER 

25/1 

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No. 3 Sam Winner has already notched up one Aintree win this season, can he add another? With 11 chase starts, he’s bagged three wins and three places but failed to shine in the Gold Cup and was pulled-up.

UNKNOWN 

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

25/1 

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No. 29 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 
BENVOLIO

33/1 

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No. 24 Second in the Coral Welsh National in 2014, Benvolio unfortunately puled up last time out at Haydock but was carrying 11-12 which is a huge amount more than he will do at Aintree having been given 10-08 by the Handicapper.

UNKNOWN 

10-08 
32-42P
PAUL NICHOLLS 
MRS D THOMPSON 
DOLATULO 

33/1 

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No. 16 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.

UNKNOWN 

10-11 
028180 
WARREN GREATREX 
CHASEMORE FARM 
GALLANT OSCAR 

33/1 

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No. 57 Has had five starts this season, three over hurdles and finished 4th in the Goffs Thyestes in January but lightly chased, unseated in last year’s Irish National but did well at the 2015 Cheltenham Festival.

UNKNOWN 

9-13 
12243 
AJ MARTIN 
G KELLY 
HOME FARM 

33/1 

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No. 8 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. His first trip outside of Ireland was the 2015 Cheltenham Gold Cup where he was pulled up.

UNKNOWN 

11-02 
P-1F7P 
HENRY DE BROMHEAD 
C JONES 

LORD WINDERMERE

33/1 

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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.

UNKNOWN 

11-10 
1-373P 
JIM CULLOTY 
DR R LAMBE 
MANY CLOUDS 

33/1 

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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 when running in this year’s Gold Cup at Cheltenham.

UNKNOWN 

11-09 
4-1116
OLIVER SHERWOOD 
TREVOR HEMMINGS
MONBEG DUDE 

33/1 

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No. 26 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.

UNKNOWN 
10 
10-07 
24430 
M SCUDAMORE 
OYDUNOW 
THE PACKAGE 

33/1 

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No. 52 Ran in 2010 but unseated his jockey but was back again in 2014 where he completed the course in 12th spot. Pulled up in the Becher Chase but redeemed himself with a great win in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

UNKNOWN 
12
10-00
30-6P1
DAVID PIPE 
JOHNSON FAMILY 

BROADWAY BUFFALO

40/1 

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No. 53 Young at only seven years of age but proved his worth when finishing second in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Has previously run and won at Aintree but likes the going soft, so rain may be needed.

UNKNOWN 

10-00
515F2 
DAVID PIPE 
JO TRACEY 
CHANCE DU ROY 

40/1 

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No. 39 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.

UNKNOWN 
11 
10-04 
P46-55 
PHILIP HOBBS 
MISS I DU PRE 

COURT BY SURPRISE

40/1 

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No. 44 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.

UNKNOWN 
10 
10-03 
265-11 
EMMA LAVELLE 
N MUSTOE 

HADRIANS APPROACH

40/1 

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No. 11 Won the Bet365 Gold Cup at the end of last season and has had two runs this season but pulled up last time out at Sandown. Has won at 3m5f but has never been tested over the Aintree fences, or even run there.

UNKNOWN 

11-00 
101-6P 
N HENDERSON 
R KELVIN-HUGHES 
MON PARRAIN 

40/1 

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No. 17 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.

UNKNOWN 

10-11
11-P015
P NICHOLLS 
J D COTTON 
RAZ DE MAREE 

40/1 

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No. 51 A credit to the late, great Dessie Hughes and now being trained by his daughter Sandra, Raz De Maree ran last year and finished 8th so knows how to get around the National fences. Has run three times this season, twice at Punchestown and second in the Midlands Grand National.

UNKNOWN 
10 
10-01 
38-842
S HUGHES 
J SWAN 
WYCK HILL

40/1 

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No. 37 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

UNKNOWN 
11
10-04
P16-2F 
D BRIDGWATER 
JP McMANUS
ANY CURRENCY 

50/1 

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No. 66 Ran in the 2013 National and got around in 17th place and despite a very good season so far, is unlikely to make the cut as a solid performance at Cheltenham came too late for the handicapper to consider.

UNKNOWN 
12
9-09 
2-5412 
M. KEIGHLEY 
CASH IS KING 

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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A list of Grand National Trainers, past and present, who have attempted to win the great race

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