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.
2016 Leading Grand National Contenders
We look at the form of some of the horses that will be taking their chance in the 2015 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 9.
Shutthefrontdoor - 7/1 - 8 - Jonjo O'Neill
Jonjo O'Neill's Shutthefrontdoor was a fine winner of the Irish Grand National last April and the Jackdaws Castle inmate will now aim to follow up in the Aintree showpiece and is set to be AP McCoy's last ride in the world's greatest steeple chase, as the retiring champion jockey aims to win this race for the second time in his illustrious career. He has only been seen once this season, but was an impressive winner at Carlisle and the eight-year-old has shaped as if there's a lot more to come over fences and he is certainly one of the form horses lining up on Merseyside.
The Druids Nephew - 14/1 - 8 - Neil Mulholland
The Druids Nephew handed Neil Mulholland his first career Cheltenham Festival winner as a trainer when storming to victory in the Ultima Business Soultions Handicap Chase and the eight-year-old will be aiming to build on that mightily-impressive victory at Prestbury Park in March by performing with aplomb at Aintree. He has produced a host of consistent efforts this term and with potential improvement still to come he could well be a leading player in this year's Grand National.
Rocky Creek - 10/1 - 9 - Paul Nicholls
Rocky Creek was a gallant fifth in last season's Grand National, as he was just unable to live with the top class performance from Pineau De Re, but the Paul Nicholls-trained nine-year-old will head to Aintree on the back of a stunning victory in the BetBright Chase at Kempton Park and looks to be a major player in this year's renewal. Travelling sweetly throughout that contest he duly eased six lengths clear of a decent field and with more experience behind him now he could feature prominently again on his second attempt at lifting the coveted crown.
Soll - 20/1 - 10 - David Pipe
Soll has blossomed since moving to David Pipe's yard and the Pond House inmate will be aiming to record his third win on the spin when lining up in the Grand National and around a 25/1 mark the 10-year-old will prove to be a popular selection for those aiming to find a horse heading to Aintree in form. He was seventh in the 2013 National, so has course form, and having landed a brace of veterans' races at Exeter and Newbury he will line up in this contest as an intriguing runner for what is a wide open betting heat.
Back For Another Crack
Pineau De Re - 25/1 - 12 - Dr Richard Newland
Pineau Du Re was a superb winner of the Grand National and the Dr Richard Newland-trained 12-year-old will try to emulate the mighty Red Rum on April 11 by winning back-to-back renewals of the Aintree showpiece and if he can reproduce his imperious performance of 12 months ago then he is certainly worth another crack at the crown. He has failed to get his head in front since the race last season, but like last season he wwarmed up with a spin over hurdles in the Pertemps Final at the Cheltenham Festival, where he finished in the mid-division.
Balthazar King - 10/1 - 11 - Philip Hobbs
Balthazar King is set to make his third appearance in the Grand National and having finished in 15th in the 2013 renewal the Philip Hobbs-trained veteran was a gallant runner-up in last year's race and he is now aiming to turn the tables on Pineau De Re and finally bag victory in the Aintree showpiece. He has been primed for a crack at this year's race and has only been seen once all season and that came when he landed a Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham in November, and with connections opting to bypass this season's Cheltenham Festival then he has to be on punter's shortlist.
Alvarado - 20/1 - 10 - Fergal O'Brien
Fergal O'Brien's Alvarado put in a fine display when fourth in last season's Grand National and the 10-year-old is being primed for another crack at the Aintree marathon and with experience under his belt he could be a potential player in what is a contest oozing quality throughout. Fifth on his solitary start this season in veterans' company, Alvarado will hope to build on that performance and from a similar mark to last year is an intriguing runner.
Oscar Time - 50/1 - 14 - Robert Waley-Cohen
Oscar Time maybe heading into the twilight of his career, but the 14-year-old produced a fine performance to land the Becher Chase in December and having finished second and fourth on his previous two attempts at the Grand National, the Robert Waley-Cohen-trained raider has to be given the utmost respect, despite being the oldest in the line-up. He was unable to follow up that win when fourth at Doncaster, but he seems to light up when visiting Aintree and could be a lively each-way player.
New Kids On The Block
Cause Of Causes - 16/1 - 7 - Gordon Elliott
Gordon Elliott's Cause Of Causes propelled into the Grand National picture after storming to victory in the Toby Balding National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, and the seven-year-old will be aiming to use that Prestbury Park success as a catalyst for more glory when taking his chance in the Aintree showpiece. With proven stamina, the Irish raider is open to significant improvement over fences and if he can emulate that impressive Cheltenham win then will certainly be in the shake-up at the end of this contest.
Spring Heeled - 20/1 - 8 - Jim Culloty
Spring Heeled has been aimed at the Grand National ever since he landed the 2014 Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival and the Jim Culloty-trained raider looks to be an interesting young gun in this year's entry list and will certainly be another leading figure for the Irish. Fourth in the Galway Plate, he then finished in the same position in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse, which is often one of the leading trial races for the National, so he has to be considered a player if taking to the unique test that Aintree has to offer.
Unioniste - 25/1 - 7 - Paul Nicholls
Unioniste is one of the prominent figures towards the head of the handicap and the seven-year-old continues to impress over fences and carrying the same colours of John Hales, who had National success with Neptune Collonges a few seasons ago, this Paul Nicholls-trained raider is an eye-catching contender. Sixth in the Hennessy Gold Cup, the grey then eased to victory in soft conditions at Sandown Park, before finishing third behind subsequent Gold Cup hero Coneygree in the Grade 2 Denman Chase at Newbury, which is top notch form.
Royale Knight - 25/1 - 9 - Dr Richard Newland
A former winner of the Borders National, Royale Knight showed that he relishes a real test of stamina and he will be aiming to hand Dr Richard Newland his second consecutive win in the race and if he can continue on an upward curve off a low racing weight then he has to be a major each way player. He was a winner of the Durham National at Sedgefield earlier in the season and looks to have the makings of a real Aintree type for the Merseyside marathon on April 11.
Saint Are - 33/1 - 9 - Tom George
Saint Are could only finish ninth in the 2013 Grand National, but Tom George's raider put up a decent show when third to Oscar Time in the Becher Chase in December and he has been a real model of consistency this term and is an intriguing runner if continuing on an upward curve. He was third at Cheltenham on New Year's Day in a decent contest and then finally got his head in front at Catterick and seems to be on the upgrade and is worth of a second look.
Night In Milan - 33/1 - 9 - Keith Reveley
A winner of the Grimthorpe Chase last season at Doncaster, Night In Milan has been in ultra-consistent form of late as having finished third in the competitive Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster, he then returned to Town Moor to finish third in the Grimthorpe Chase, as he tried to retain his crown. A classy stayer, the nine-year-old will have his first taste of the Grand National, but has the makings of a real contender if taking to the task and Keith Reveley's charge could be a potential springer in the field.