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.
Highlighted are some of the leading contenders for the 2014 Grand National as the big race nears in April.
Triolo D'Alene - 20/1 - 7 - Nicky Henderson
The Nicky Henderson trained seven year old was the surprise winner of the Hennessy Gold Cup in November which has been a good form guide in the past. He's shot up the ratings due to that victory and also has form over the National fences having won the Grade 3 Topham Chase here at the 2013 Grand National Meeting. 10th in the Gold Cup where the jockey reported the horse had breathing problems. One of the market leaders and an obvious contender if connections decide to run in the National.
Monbeg Dude - 25/1 - 9 - Michael Scudamore
A quirky sort owned by the Oydunow syndicate which includes the likes of Gloucester rugby player Mike Tindall. Winner of the 2012 Welsh Grand National given a patient ride by Paul Carberry, he looks every inch a National horse who is usually held up at the rear before being produced on the bridle at the close of his races. This was demonstrated earlier in the season when winning the Grade 3 Majordomo Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in March. The nine year old was 5th in the Grimthorpe Chase last time with the trainer said to be very happy with the run.
Mountainous - 33/1 - 9 - Richard Lee
The 2013 Welsh Grand National winner will need a few things to go his way if he's to take his chance in the Grand National in April. The Richard Lee trained nine year old stays all day and performed a career best when landing the Chepstow marathon in fine style from Hawkes Point and Tidal Bay at Christmas. Time will tell whether he is entered in the Aintree showpience and you have to think he'll need plenty of cut in the ground to take his place on April 5th.
Teaforthree - 10/1 - 10 - Rebecca Curtis
Well fancied twelve months ago, the Rebecca Curtis trained ten year old finished third when just failing to see out the trip. That result came off the back of a hard campaign finishing second in the Welsh National beaten half a length by Monbeg Dude, then finishing well beaten in the Haydock Grand National trial on heavy ground. 9th in the Welsh National this year, he jumped to the hed of the betting following an excellent run in a Listed handicap at Ascot in February finishing second and since ran with credit finishing 8th in the Gold Cup.
Balthazar King - 33/1 - 10 - Philip Hobbs
The ten year old trained by Philip Hobbs loves good ground and was 15th in last year's race. There's a chance he won't run as he won the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March for the second time and the National could come around a bit too quickly for him.
Colbert Station - 25/1 - 10 - Ted Walsh
There was plenty suggest that the ten year old Colbert Station had plenty in the tank during last year's race when caught out by the Chair and unseating rider A P McCoy. Ted Walsh knows what it takes to saddle a Grand National winner and the ante post price on this J P McManus trained gelding suggests he'll be a major player come April, although he was a faller in a Grade B handicap at Leopardstown last time out.
Tidal Bay - 25/1 - 13 - Paul Nicholls
Now thirteen years of age, Tidal Bay is showing no signs of slowing up. The 2008 Arkle Chase winner enjoyed his best season as a chaser last year, with the Grade 1 Lexus Chase at Leopardstown a highlight win. Injury meant he missed out on a second crack at the Grand National last year, he'd previously unseated jocky Brian Hughes in 2011 in his only other attempt. The National is on the radar however this season and his performance when carrying top weight to finish third in the Welsh National showed there's still life in the old dog yet, as did the second place finish in the Irish Hennessy Gold Cup last time out.
Rocky Creek - 25/1 - 8 - Paul Nicholls
The Paul Nicholls trained stayer was second behind Triolo D'Alene in the Hennessy Gold Cup this season, his best run to date. He lacks a bit of pace which will probably see him miss out on Grade 1 races and turn attention instead to races such as the Grand National where he is amongst the market leaders. This season may come too quickly for the eight year old however, although he missed the Gold Cup presumably to run in the National instead.
Godsmejudge - 33/1 - 8 - Alan King
The eight year old trained by Alan King was third behind Back In Focus at last year's Cheltenham Festival in the four mile National Hunt Challenge Cup. He followed that up with a four length victory at Ayr in the Scottish Grand National on good ground and is likely to be Alan King's big chance for this year's National in April. However, having pulled up in his last two starts, time will tell if he even takes his place in the race.
Long Run - 25/1 - 9 - Nicky Henderson
The 2011 Gold Cup winner is prominent in the betting for this year's Grand National. He appears to have lost his spark this season and doesn't have the speed to compete over three miles in Grade 1 company. With that in mind, connections may give him a run in this year's Grand National, where he's sure to be the top rated horse in the race. Unseated Sam Waley-Cohen at the last fence when beaten in the King George VI Chase on Boxing Day but recorded a win at Kelso on his last start.
Sunnyhillboy - 33/1 - 11 - Jonjo O'Neill
Beaten a nostril in this race in 2012, he only raced twice last season before taking his chance in the National 10lbs higher in the handicap. He was beaten a circuit out before unseating rider Richie McLernon. He's likely to be campaigned over hurdles again this season and picked up a good win at Cheltenham last time out in December.
Battle Group - 40/1 - 9 - Johnny Farrelly
The nine year old won twice at the same meeting here at Aintree in 2013, following up a win in the Grade 3 Silver Cross Handicap Hurdle with a 16 length victory in the John Smith's Handicap Chase, a race which has yielded a Grand National winner in the shape of Don't Push It. He shot up the ratings as a result but has pulled up twice so far this season and refused to run in his other appearance. Will prefer the spring ground Aintree should yield but could be a big price should the National be his preferred route.