Grand National Racing Form
The Grand National form is something that a lot of people like to consider before placing their bet on the big race. Grand National form is a very difficult thing to assess as the Grand National is only run once a year and no other horse race is like it.
There are few Grand National tips for you to consider when studying the Grand National form. It is very important to look back at the last couple of runnings of the Grand National as you will find that horses with course experience generally come back and run well most years.
2017 Leading Grand National Contenders
We look at the form of some of the horses that will be taking their chance in the 2017 Grand National and touch on the form horses, whilst trying to find a few that could well have slipped under the radar, as we prepare for this marathon spectacle at Aintree on April 8.
2017 Grand National Form Guide
Vieux Lion Rouge - 11/1 - 8 - David Pipe
Impressive when winning both the Becher Chase at Aintree over the National fences in December, and when outstaying his rivals in the Grand National Trial at Haydock Park in February, Vieux Lion Rouge is the form horse going into the 2017 Grand National, and with his trainer, David Pipe, having won this race before, then you have to feel he is a leading player in this year's Mersyeside showpiece on April
Definitly Red - 11/1 - 8 - Brian Ellison
Definitly Red has already racked up three wins this season, and he will head to Aintree in fine form having been last seen storming to victory in the Grimthorpe Handicap Chase at Haydock Park last month. An impressive winner of the Rowland Meyrick on Boxing Day, this Brian Ellison-trained eight-year-old is an improving performer over the larger obstacles, and with stamina no issue then he has to be a major contender.
Pleasant Company - 16/1 - 9 - Willie Mullins
Willie Mullins's Pleasant Company will be one of the leading Irish hopes in the 2017 Grand National, and the potentially progressive nine-year-old was last seen bounding to victory in the Bobbyjo Chase, which has often been a leading trial for the Aintree feature, and with more improvement potentially to come this season, then he is one of the eye-catching form horses heading to Merseyside.
Back For Another Crack
The Last Samuri - 16/1 - 9 - Kim Bailey
A gallant runner-up in last season's Grand National, The Last Samuri will face a much stiffer task in this year's renewal, as he will have the burden of top weight. However, he put up a bold effort when third behind Vieux Lion Rouge in the Becher Chase, and followed that up with a gutsy run behind Definitly Red in the Grimthorpe Handicap Chase at Haydock Park, so comes here in good form.
Cause Of Causes - 14/1 - 9 - Gordon Elliott
Eighth in the 2015 Grand National, Cause Of Causes is back for another crack at the world's greatest steeplechase, and he will head to Aintree on April 8 on the back of his third Cheltenham Festival success, as he eased to glory in the Cross Country Chase at Prestbury Park last month, and is another fancied contender that will be flying the flag for the Irish.
Ucello Conti - 20/1 - 9 - Gordon Elliott
Ucello Conti ran a fine race when sixth in the Grand National in 2016, and the Gordon Elliott-trained nine-year-old will return to Liverpool to try and improve on that performance, and has to be hugely respected. Unable to get his head in front this season, he was second in the Thyestes Chase, and followed that up with a fourth-placed finish in the Leinster National, so is an intriguing runner from the Emerald Isle.
Raz De Maree - 40/1 - 12 - Gavin Cromwell
Eighth in the 2014 Grand National, Raz De Maree will return for his second run in the world's greatest steeplechase, and having run a huge race when a gallant runner-up in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow over the festive period, he is one horse that can't be completely discounted, but at the age of twelve may struggle to improve on his finishing place three years ago.
New Kids On The Block
Double Shuffle - 40/1 - 7 - Tom George
A vast improver this season, Double Shuffle is an eye-catching seven-year-old lining up in the 2017 Grand National, and having won at Kempton Park two starts ago in a competitive handicap chase, he followed that up with a fine second in the BetBright Handicap Chase at the same venue, and he appears to be one that has relished the step up in distance, so has to be lively outsider at Aintree on April 8.
Le Mercurey - 50/1 - 7 - Paul Nicholls
Le Mercurey has failed to get his head in front this season, but the Paul Nicholls-trained seven-year-old has put up some bold efforts in defeat, and his second to Altior in the Denman Chase is top class form, so if his stamina stretches to the Grand National's extreme distance then he could be an intriguing youngster lining up.
More Of That - 16/1 - 9 - Jonjo O'Neill
A former World Hurdle winner, More Of That is arguably the classiest horse in the 2017 Grand National, and if he can produce his best display at Aintree then is surely tough to beat. Sixth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last month, the nine-year-old has often struggled to show his best this season, but is likely to be well supported in the lead-up to the race
Blaklion - 14/1 - 8 - Nigel Twiston-Davies
Another former Cheltenham Festival winner, Blaklion is another class angle in the Grand National, as the 2016 RSA Chase hero showed when winning that Grade 1 that he can produce the goods on the biggest stage, and having finished second at the Grand National Trial at Haydock Park in February, he has to be respected for Nigel Twiston-Davies, who is aiming for more glory in this race.
One For Arthur - 14/1 - 8 - Lucinda Russell
One For Arthur is an eight-year-old on a steady incline, and the Lucinda Russell-trained raider was last seen impressing en route to victory in the Classic Chase at Warwick, and with an attractive weight in the 2017 Grand National, he could be the potentially well-handicapped runner in this year's renewal.