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 2016 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.
Many Clouds - 8/1 - 9 - Oliver Sherwood
Many Clouds was a fine winner of the 2015 Grand National, and the Oliver Sherwood-trained nine-year-old will now look to emulate the legendary Red Rum by winning back-to-back renewals of the Aintree showpiece on April 9. He will have to carry the burden of top weight, but he oozes class and warmed up for this race with a facile win in Kelso's Premier Chase, and he is the one to beat in a field jam-packed with quality horses.
The Last Samuri - 10/1 - 8 - Kim Bailey
Kim Bailey's The Last Samuri launched into the Grand National picture when landing a competitive handicap chase at Kempton Park in December, and the progressive stayer followed that up with a more impressive victory in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster, and he is now one of the leading fancies to land a hat-trick of wins in what is shaping up in a thrilling Aintree feature.
Silviniaco Conti - 12/1 - 10 - Paul Nicholls
A multiple Grade 1 winner, Silviniaco Conti is one of the classiest horses to ever run in the Grand National, and the dual King George VI Chase winner will head to Aintree in fine fettle having stormed to victory in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase in February, and if he takes this unique jumping test then is the class angle for Paul Nicholls, who has tasted National glory earlier in his career with Neptune Collonges.
Back For Another Crack
The Druids Nephew - 16/1 - 9 - Neil Mulholland
The Druids Nephew was travelling supremely well when falling six fences from the finish in last year's Grand National, but Neil Mulholland's former Cheltenham Festival winner will be aiming to make amends for that tumble in the 2016 renewal, and while he hasn't tasted victory this term the nine-year-old will enjoy a return to the Aintree fences and has to be on the shortlist.
Saint Are - 16/1 - 10 - Tom George
A gallant runner-up in the 2015 Grand National, Saint Are will be attempting to reverse last year's form with Many Clouds, and off a 3lb higher mark he has to come into consideration for the 2016 renewal. Tom George's raider relished the National test last season and having warmed up with a win last time out then could be thereabouts once again, and is a prominent figure in the betting.
Shutthefrontdoor - 20/1 - 9 - Jonjo O'Neill
Shutthefrontdoor was unable to hand AP McCoy a win in his final Grand National in 2015, but the JP McManus-owned raider put up a bold bid to finish fifth, as he just tired in the closing stages. However, he will have another crack at the world's greatest steeplechase and off a slightly lower mark this time around he has to be respected and could prove popular amongst punters in the 2016 renewal.
On His Own - 50/1 - 12 - Willie Mullins
On His Own will have his third crack at the Grand National, but the Willie Mullins-trained 12-year-old will be hoping for more fortune in the 2016 renewal, as he aims to complete the race for the first time in his career. A faller in the 2012 and 2013 races, this former Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up was well beaten in that Cheltenham Festival race last month, and it's hard to see him landing a significant blow on April 9.
New Kids On The Block
Onenightinvienna - 40/1 - 7 - Philip Hobbs
Onenightinvienna will line up in the 2016 Grand National as a novice, as having had only four chase races under Rules the Philip Hobbs-trained raider will aim to land one of the biggest sporting prizes of them all, but while he has some decent form behind RSA Chase winner Blakion, this will be a stiff test for a horse that will lack the experience of some of his other rivals.
Ucello Conti - 33/1 - 8 - Gordon Elliott
Ucello Conti is a former French-trained runner who has made three starts for Gold Cup-winning trainer Gordon Elliott, but a second placed finish in the Paddy Power Chase, and a third placed effort in the Thyestes Chase has launched him to Grand National reckoning, and he could outrun his odds and is an eye-catching eight-year-old lining up at Aintree.
Holywell - 16/1 - 9 - Jonjo O'Neill
Jonjo O'Neill's Holywell is already a dual Cheltenham Festival winner, and having lost his way at the highest level he bounced back to form with a positive performance in a handicap at Cheltenham last month, and if that can galvanise the nine-year-old's best form then he is dangerously handicapped off his current mark of 153.
Gallant Oscar - 25/1 - 10 - Tony Martin
Gallant Oscar has gained support in the ante-post betting over the last few days, and the Tony Martin-trained ten-year-old will be aiming to recapture the form that saw him win the Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase at Punchestown last season. Fifth in the Leinster National last time out, the Irish raider will need to improve on that, but is an eye-catching runner lining up in his first Grand National.
Morning Assembly - 25/1 - 9 - Pat Fahy
Ony out of the first three in two of his 14 career starts, Morning Assembly is another intriguing Irish runner, who was last seen finishing fourth in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. He is tackling the Grand National for the first time, but with underfoot conditions likely to be no issue, and having the benefit of big-race jockey Davy Russell on his back, he could be one of the surprise packages in the 2016 race.