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Grand National Runners 2014

Every year there are hundreds of Grand National runners entered into the Grand National and only the very best rated horses actually get to take part on the day as the Grand National runners field is limited to forty and as such hundreds are balloted out of the race.

The Grand National is a handicap and what this means is that based on previous form of the horses they are meant to all finish in a dead heat. This never happens especially over this gruelling four and a half mile course and having to jump some of the thirty biggest fences you will ever see.

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1Tidal Bay

Tidal Bay    Form: 1-1532    (T: Paul Nicholls / J: Sam Twiston-Davies)    Age: 13    Weight: 11st 10lbs

He may be 13 years of age but he's still a major player here. Carries top weight off a mark of 161, but is seven pounds ahead of the handicapper. 3rd in this season's Welsh National off mammoth weight and second in Irish Hennessy last time.  -  Bet Now

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2Long Run

Long Run    Form: 2-54U1    (T: Nicky Henderson / J: Mr S Waley-Cohen)    Age: 9    Weight: 11st 9lbs

There's no doubting the class of this former Gold Cup and two times winner of the King George but the question is how much quality does he retain with some questionable performances in the past year. A reliable jumper on the whole and cannot be ruled out if on song and getting the trip despite his big weight.  -  Bet Now

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3Hunt Ball

Hunt Ball    Form: 686934    (T: Nicky Henderson / J: Andrew Tinkler)    Age: 9    Weight: 11st 7lbs

Has struggled to recapture the heights of two seasons ago when winning seven and has yet to win since switching to the Nicky Henderson yard last year. Respectable efforts in two Grade One events this year show he's still got some ability but his weight and the fact he's never won beyond 2m4f are huge negatives and others are preferred.  -  Bet Now

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4Triolo D'Alene

Triolo D'Alene    Form: 1-1310    (T: Nicky Henderson / J: Barry Geraghty)    Age: 7    Weight: 11st 6lbs

2013 Hennessy Gold Cup winner but up ten pounds in the handicap for that effort. Well beat in the Gold Cup last time but that was very much a prep race for Aintree, where he has course form Having won the Topham last season. Looks to have very decent claims.  -  Bet Now

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5Rocky Creek

Rocky Creek    Form: 113-22    (T: Paul Nicholls / J: Noel Fehily)    Age: 8    Weight: 11st 5lbs

Second season chaser who has been earmarked as a National horse from early in his career. Second in this season's Hennessy Gold Cup, he's an out and out stayer and looks well handicapped on best form.  -  Bet Now

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6Quito De La Roque

Quito De La Roque    Form: F475P    (T: C A Murphy / J: Brian O'Connell)    Age: 10    Weight: 11st 1lbs

Very good novice who seems to have lost his way since, particularly this season where he's failed to trouble the judge for over a year. Won a Grade 2 Novice Chase at Aintree in 2011, but pulled up on last start and falling down the weights.  -  Bet Now

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7Colbert Station

Colbert Station    Form: 03U0F    (T: T M Walsh / J: Mark Walsh)    Age: 10    Weight: 11st

Unseated rider in last year's Grand National and back for a second attempt at the race, carrying 1lb less than 12 months ago. Hasn't shown much since and jumping is questionable. Can't totally dismiss for a trainer who has won the Grand National but others are preferred.  -  Bet Now

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Walkon    Form: P52-U4    (T: Alan King / J: Wayne Hutchinson)    Age: 9    Weight: 11st

Likeable grey who was second in the 2009 Triumph Hurdle. Has hit the post in big handicaps in the past, including a second in last season's Topham Chase at Aintree. Horrible fall here in the Old Roan Chase earlier in the season and a disappointing effort last time at Newbury. Could be a popular bet amongst Liverpool fans.  -  Bet Now

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9Balthazar King

Balthazar King    Form: P-1111    (T: Philip Hobbs / J: Richard Johnson)    Age: 10    Weight: 10st 13lbs

Heads to Aintree in great form having won the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham and on the back of four consecutive wins for the season and looks well treated on that form. Has the profile of a Grand National winner and has to be feared providing Cheltenham hasn't took too much out of him.  -  Bet Now

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10Wayward Prince

Wayward Prince    Form: 6-52P7    (T: Hilary Parrott / J: Jack Doyle)    Age: 10    Weight: 10st 13lbs

The ten year old is a bit hit and miss but could be well in on best form. Twice a course winner at Aintree including a Grade 1 novices' hurdle in 2010. Capable of running a big race at a price but last two efforts this season have been disappointing.  -  Bet Now

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11Mr Moonshine

Mr Moonshine    Form: 573112    (T: Sue Smith / J: Ryan Mania)    Age: 10    Weight: 10st 12lbs

Making second appearance in the race for last year's winning trainer. Pulled up twelve months ago but some good runs this season has seen him go up eight pounds in the handicap for this year's renewal.  -  Bet Now

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Teaforthree    Form: 03-928    (T: Rebecca Curtis / J: Nick Scholfield)    Age: 10    Weight: 10st 12lbs

Market leader who was third in last year's race off 2lbs more than he'll carry in 2014. Ran to a mark of 153 when finishing second in a Listed contest at Ascot in February, 8th in the Gold Cup on last start but run with this race in mind. Good jumper and a big player here.  -  Bet Now

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13Across The Bay

Across The Bay    Form: 0-581U    (T: Donald McCain / J: Henry Brooke)    Age: 10    Weight: 10st 11lbs

A seasoned handicapper who has to be respected on the grounds that he represents the McCain family. Victory at Haydock in December proves he still posses some ability but a lot more is needed to improve on the 14th he finished in last year's race but he is 5lb lighter this time around and cannot be ruled out from running in to a place.  -  Bet Now

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14Double Seven

Double Seven    Form: 111116    (T: Martin Brassil / J: A P McCoy)    Age: 8    Weight: 10st

A five run winning streak came to an end at Leopardstown in March but this eight-year-old still remains progressive and represents a big chance for Ireland and is owned by former winning Grand National owner, JP McManus. Question marks to answer about stamina but ticks a lot of other boxes and is respected.  -  Bet Now

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15Battle Group

Battle Group    Form: 1-1PRP    (T: Johnny Farrelly / J: Brendan Powell)    Age: 9    Weight: 10st 10lbs

Pulled up twice and refused to race isn't the best prep for a Grand National but when completing his races, this nine-year-old boasts respectable form, including two impressive wins in two days at Aintree last April. Could be anything and cannot be ruled out but equally not one to put a lot of confidence in.  -  Bet Now

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16Buckers Bridge

Buckers Bridge    Form: 05103    (T: Henry De Bromhead / J: Andrew Lynch)    Age: 8    Weight: 10st 10lbs

Irish Raider who boasts some useful form back home but it is difficult to know how that will translate on his first run overseas. Also doubts surrounding stamina having only won once over 3m in a Point-to-Point and his best efforts have all come in smaller field contests.  -  Bet Now

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17Lion Na Bearnai

Lion Na Bearnai    Form: P-5714    (T: Thomas Gibney / J: Davy Russell)    Age: 12    Weight: 10st 10lbs

Won the Irish Grand National in 2012 and that form alone merits respect. Has only won once in six starts since then however, so improvement would be required if he is to feature at Aintree but cannot be ruled out completely.  -  Bet Now

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18Prince De Beauchene

Prince De Beauchene    Form: 2-3094    (T: W P Mullins / J: Paul Townend)    Age: 11    Weight: 10st 10lbs

A bit of an enigma, having twice been well fancied in the ante post betting for the National before being withdrawn. Hasn't been at his best this season though, although won on his only visit to Aintree back in 2011.  -  Bet Now

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19Monbeg Dude

Monbeg Dude    Form: P-3415    (T: Michael Scudamore / J: P Carberry)    Age: 9    Weight: 10st 9lbs

A seasoned handicapper who ticks a lot of boxes. Solid jumper with plenty of big field and chasing experience and stamina shouldn't be a problem. Looks reasonably well treated at the weights and has been trained with a tilt in the Grand National in mind. Leading contender.  -  Bet Now

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20Big Shu

Big Shu    Form: 211-23    (T: Peter Maher / J: Peter Buchanan)    Age: 9    Weight: 10st 8lbs

Irish Raider who is best seen in big field chases. Finished third in the Cross Country at Cheltenham last time out and his weight based on that form means he must enter calculations at Aintree and providing that latest effort didn't take too much out of him, he could run a big race.  -  Bet Now

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21Burton Port

Burton Port    Form: 509P82    (T: Jonjo OŽNeill / J: Brian Harding)    Age: 10    Weight: 10st 8lbs

Has struggled to recapture the form he showed as a youngster having returned from an 18 month lay-off earlier this season. However, showed a glimmer of hope last time out when second at Newbury and cannot be ruled out completely given he represents Jonjo O'Neil and is owned by Trevor Hemmings who are no strangers to Grand National success.  -  Bet Now

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22Our Father

Our Father    Form: 24-759    (T: David Pipe / J: Denis O'Regan)    Age: 8    Weight: 10st 8lbs

Useful novice staying chaser, but lost his way a bit this season, ninth in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham in his last start. Three pounds worst off at the ratings based on his most recent effort and his jumping also needs to improve.  -  Bet Now

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Mountainous    Form: 1-3315    (T: Richard Lee / J: Jamie Moore)    Age: 9    Weight: 10st 7lbs

Winner of the 2013 Welsh Grand National at Chepstow at Christmas. Off a career high mark of 144 as a result and struggled to pick up under top weight last time out. May not run if the ground comes up too quick.  -  Bet Now

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24The Rainbow Hunter

The Rainbow Hunter    Form: UP-261    (T: Kim Bailey / J: Aidan Coleman)    Age: 10    Weight: 10st

Back for a second crack at the race having unseated Aidan Coleman twelve months ago. He's four pounds worst off at the weights in 2014 due to a good win in the Sky Bet Chase last time out at Doncaster.  -  Bet Now

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25Vintage Star

Vintage Star    Form: 1262F    (T: Sue Smith / J: Brian Hughes)    Age: 8    Weight: 10st

A faller last time in the Festival Handicap Chase at Cheltenham, but has enjoyed a good season in general, including 3m1f Graduation Chase win at Carlisle and 6th in the Welsh National. Can go on any ground and saddled by last year's winning trainer.  -  Bet Now

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26Chance Du Roy

Chance Du Roy    Form: 98-1P4    (T: Philip Hobbs / J: Tom O'Brien)    Age: 10    Weight: 10st 6lbs

Winner of the Beecher Chase over the National fences in December and as such, has to be respected. Likes to run prominently, has never fallen. Not the classiest horse in the field but a solid handicapper and makes each-way appeal.  -  Bet Now

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27Hawkes Point

Hawkes Point    Form: 2P-426    (T: Paul Nicholls / J: Ryan Mahon)    Age: 9    Weight: 10st 6lbs

Second season chaser who hasn't won since losing his novice tag last year and looks to be still be learning. Some useful pieces of form, including second in Welsh National in December, and has to be respected being from the Nicholls yard but could fine one or two too good.  -  Bet Now

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Kruzhlinin    Form: 441173    (T: Donald McCain / J: Wilson Renwick)    Age: 7    Weight: 10st 6lbs

The McCain stable isn't awash with quality in this year's National and it would seem this runner is entered more in hope than expectation. Some of his form is credible but has yet to win any really valuable races and history is against seven-year-olds in the race.  -  Bet Now

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29Pineau De Re

Pineau De Re    Form: 5F2713    (T: Dr Richard Newland / J: Leighton Aspell)    Age: 11    Weight: 10st 6lbs

Still improving at the age of 11 and a third place at the Cheltenham Festival last time in the Pertemps Final. Useful chase win at Exeter earlier in the season over three miles, but feel over the National fences in the Becher Chase back in December.  -  Bet Now

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30Golan Way

Golan Way    Form: 3/3-U1    (T: Tim Vaughan / J: Michael Byrne)    Age: 10    Weight: 10st 5lbs

This former flat runner showed plenty of promise as a novice chaser back in 2011 but has failed to build on that since. He ended a seven race losing drought with victory at Warwick in March but much more needed at Aintree and doesn't have any in his form to suggest he's up to the task.  -  Bet Now

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31Twirling Magnet

Twirling Magnet    Form: 25017U    (T: Jonjo OŽNeill / J: Richie McLernon)    Age: 8    Weight: 10st 5lbs

Down near the bottom of the handicap, campaigned throughout last summer and will appreciate good ground. Unseated rider in the Kim Muir on comeback run following winter lay-off on last start.  -  Bet Now

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32Vesper Bell

Vesper Bell    Form: 72-FU9    (T: W P Mullins / J: Katie Walsh)    Age: 8    Weight: 10st 5lbs

Irish Raider for 2005 winning trainer Willie Mullins. A faller here over the National fences in the Becher Chase in December, then unseated David Casey next time out in Classic Chase at Warwick. Disappointing last time he'll need to improve here.  -  Bet Now

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33The Package

The Package    Form: 14PP-3    (T: David Pipe / J: Tom Scudamore)    Age: 11    Weight: 10st 4lbs

Amazingly just one chase win for this eleven year old grey, who has placed three times at the Cheltenham Festival including last time when 3rd in the Festival Handicap Chase. Unseated Graham Lee on only other run in the race in 2010.  -  Bet Now

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34Raz De Maree

Raz De Maree    Form: 1-P0P3    (T: D T Hughes / J: Davy Condon)    Age: 9    Weight: 10st 3lbs

A winner of both a Cork and Munster National back in Ireland, just feeling his way back to form after a long lay-off, third last time at Down Royal where a blunder cost momentum, should come on for that run and could go well at a big price.  -  Bet Now

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35Rose Of The Moon

Rose Of The Moon    Form: 14P-01    (T: David OŽMeara / J: Jake Greenall)    Age: 9    Weight: 10st 3lbs

Well beat in the Becher Chase in December over the National fences, but much better last time out winning over 3m1f at Wetherby in January. Up eight pounds in the handicap as a result here.  -  Bet Now

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Shakalakaboomboom    Form: 29/6P0    (T: Nicky Henderson / J: David Bass)    Age: 10    Weight: 10st 3lbs

The grey was sent off joint favourite for the 2012 National where he finished ninth. Raced only three times since, all since the turn of the year and hasn't shown any signs of being the same horse as trainer looks for first win in the race.  -  Bet Now

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Alvarado    Form: R3-51P    (T: Fergal OŽBrien / J: Paul Moloney)    Age: 9    Weight: 10st 2lbs

This nine-year-old has some useful chase form in the book, none more so than when winning a Grade 3 event at Cheltenham in November. Looks fairly well treated at the weights but lack of a prep run and poor form in big fields is a concern.  -  Bet Now

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38Last Time D'Albain

Last Time D'Albain    Form: 433-00    (T: Liam P Cusack / J: Robbie Colgan)    Age: 10    Weight: 10st 2lbs

Irish Raider who doesn't find winning easy with just two victories over fences to his name, none of which have been beyond 2m5f, which raises stamina doubts. Nothing in the form stands out that merits consideration and it would be a big shock if this one wins.  -  Bet Now

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39One In A Milan

One In A Milan    Form: F3P465    (T: Evan Williams / J: Adam Wedge)    Age: 9    Weight: 10st 2lbs

Fourth place in this season's Welsh Grand National, but run in two hurdle races subsequently. Likely to be a big outsider if he runs.  -  Bet Now

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40Swing Bill

Swing Bill    Form: 406-50    (T: David Pipe / J: Conor O'Farrell)    Age: 13    Weight: 10st 1lbs

Likeable grey who was sixth in last year's race and fifth here in December in the Becher Chase. A good jumper but now thirteen years of age and well beaten last time out in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham.  -  Bet Now

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