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Grand National Trials

There are any number of chases that could be described as Grand National trial races that are run throughout the National Hunt season. Each will have a major bearing on the Grand National odds. We highlight several of them here and include horses that have run well in them and gone on to Grand National success.

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List of Grand National Trial Races

DATE RACECOURSE RACE NAME WINNER
17/04/2017 Fairyhouse Irish Grand National Our Duke 9/2 Fav
04/11/2017 Wetherby Charlie Hall Chase Bristol De Mai 6/1
02/12/2017 Newbury Ladbrokes Trophy Total Recall 9/2 Fav
09/12/2017 Aintree Becher Chase Blaklion 7/4 Fav
06/01/2018 Chepstow Welsh Grand National Raz De Maree 16/1
27/01/2018 Doncaster Sky Bet Chase Wakanda 8/1
17/02/2018 Haydock Grand National Trial Yala Enki 8/1
24/02/2018 Fairyhouse Bobbyjo Chase Bellshill 8/13 Fav
24/02/2018 Newcastle Eider Chase Baywing 8/1
24/02/2018 Kempton Betdaq Handicap Chase Master Dee 8/1
04/03/2018 Doncaster Grimthorpe Chase No Race
04/03/2018 Kelso Totepool Premier Chase No Race
13/03/2018 Cheltenham Festival Handicap Chase Coo Star Sivola 5/1 Fav
15/03/2018 Cheltenham Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase Missed Approach 8/1
16/03/2018 Cheltenham Cheltenham Gold Cup Native River 5/1

The Irish Grand National

The Irish National raced at Fairyhouse and over a distance of 3 miles 5 furlongs, is a race that has produced dual winners of both the Irish and Aintree national, but neither of the last four winners have won in the same season, mainly due to the two races being run so close together. Bobbyjo won the Irish National in 1998 and followed that up with victory at Aintree a year later. Numbersixvalverde did exactly the same, winning at Fairyhouse in 2005 and at Aintree in 2006.

The race was won in 2017 by Jessica Harrington's Our Duke.

17th April 2017 - Fairyhouse - Ladbrokes Irish Grand National - Grade A - 3m5f

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
1st Our Duke 9/2 7 R Power J Harrington
2nd Bless The Wings 12/1 12 J Kennedy G Elliott
3rd Abolitionist 14/1 8 R Blackmore E Holden

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Charlie Hall Chase

This race had been won in 2008 and 2009 by the Welsh based trained Evan Williams with State Of Play, who went on to finish 4th in the 2009 Grand National and in 2010 with Deep Purple. Last year the spoils went to Bristol De Mai.

4th November 2017 - Wetherby - bet365 Charlie Hall Chase - Grade 2 - 3m1f

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
1st Bristol De Mai 6/1 7 D Jacob N Twiston-Davies
2nd Blaklion 5/1 9 G Sheehan N Twiston-Davies
3rd Definitly Red 8/1 9 D Cook B Ellison

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Ladbrokes Trophy

Although it is unusual for Ladbrokes Trophy winners to go and win the Grand National, there's plenty of runners who will race in both races during a season. Bindaree, Red Marauder, Earth Summit and Rough Quest have all run in the Hennessy and then gone on to win the Grand National in the same season.

2nd Dec 2017 - Newbury - Ladbrokes Trophy (Handicap) Grade 3 - 3m2f 110yds

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
1st Total Recall 9/2 9 P Townend W Mullins
2nd Whisper 8/1 10 D Russell N Henderson
3rd Regal Encore 66/1 10 R McLernon A Honeyball
4th Braqueur D'or 33/1 7 H Cobden P Nicholls

Becher Chase

Despite being run in early season, this Chase is always a good guide for the Grand National and has produced a couple of recent winners. Silver Birch won this in 2004 and went on to win the 2007 Grand National and Amberleigh House trained by Ginger McCain won the Becher Chase in 2001 and the 2004 Grand National.

9th Dec 2017 - Aintree - Becher Handicap Chase - Listed - 3m2f

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
1st Blaklion 7/4 Fav 9 G Sheehan N Twiston-Davies
2nd The Last Samuri 7/1 10 D Bass K Bailey
3rd Highland Lodge 12/1 12 H Brooke J Moffatt

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The Welsh National

Raced at the Chepstow racecourse and over a distance of 3 miles and 5 furlongs at the end of December, this is an excellent Trial for Aintree. It is a top class race that usually attracts a top class field which has produced three winners of both the Welsh National and the Grand National in recent times, Silver Birch who won the Welsh version in 2004 and the 2007 Grand National. Bindaree actually won the 2002 Grand National before winning the Welsh National in 2003. Before them the great Earth Summit had won the Welsh National in 1997 and four months later triumphed at Aintree.

6th Jan 2018 - Chepstow - Coral Welsh National - Grade 3 - 3m5f 110yds

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
1st Raz De Maree 16/1 13 J Bowen G Cromwell
2nd Alfie Spinner 33/1 13 R Patrick K Lee
3rd Final Nudge 14/1 9 A Coleman D Dennis

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Sky Bet Chase

Formally known as the Great Yorkshire Chase, despite the Listed contest only being run over three miles, it's often on attritional ground run in January and it attracts horses looking to up their handicap mark to gain entry to the Grand National.

27th Jan 2018 - Doncaster - Sky Bet Chase - Listed - 3m

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
1st Wakanda 8/1 9 H Brooke S Smith
2nd Warriors Tale 12/1 9 S Bowen P Nicholls
3rd L'Ami Serge 13/8 Fav 8 D Russell N Henderson

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Haydock Grand National Trial

As the name would suggest the Grand National Trial at Haydock is seen as an important trial race for the Aintree Grand National a few months later. Cool Ground won this race in 1992 before going on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup, while 1992 Grand National winner Party Politics went on to win this trial in 1993, before finishing second in the 1995 National.

17th Feb 2018 - Haydock - Grand National Trial - Grade 3 - 3m4f

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
1st Yala Enki 8/1 8 C Deutsch V Williams
2nd Blaklion 9/4 Fav 9 S Twiston-Davies N Twiston-Davies
3rd Mysteree 9/1 10 R Dunne M Scudamore

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Bobbyjo Chase

Raced over 3 miles, 1 furlong at Fairyhouse in February, this race is becoming an increasingly important Grand National trial. It is named after 1999 Grand National winner Bobbyjo and it was won in 2012 by Prince De Beauchene, who was quickly installed as a leading fancy for the Grand National.

24th Feb 2018 - Fairyhouse - BobbyjoChase (Grade 2) - 3m1f

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
1st Bellshill 8/13 Fav 8 D Mullins W Mullins
2nd A Genie In Abottle 11/4 7 S Flanagan N Meade
3rd Val De Ferbet 14/1 9 R Power A McNamara

The Eider Chase

Raced over four miles at Newcastle in February, this race is becoming an increasingly important Grand National trial. It was won in 2008 by Comply Or Die who of course went on to win the 2008 Grand National just two months later.

24th Feb 2018 - Newcastle - Eider Chase (Handicap) - 4m1f

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
1st Baywing 8/1 9 R Day N Richards
2nd West Of The Edge 11/1 10 J Kennedy Dr R Newland
3rd Portrait King 33/1 13 A Short P Griffin

Betdaq Handicap Chase

Formerly the Racing Post Chase, it is raced over 3 miles and 18 fences. This Grade 3 Chase was first run in 1988 and was won by the David Elsworth trained, Rhyme And Reason, who went on a few weeks later to win the Aintree Grand National. Although not a prolific producer of National winners, it did produce a second in 1996, when Rough Qest won the race. Its most famous winner however was of course the great Desert Orchid who won in 1988 then went on to win the Cheltenham Gold Cup a year later and the Irish Grand National in 1990.

24th Feb 2018 - Kempton - Betdaq Handicap Chase - Grade 3 - 3m

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
1st Master Dee 8/1 9 B Geraghty F O'Brien
2nd Ballykan 14/1 8 D Jacob N Twiston-Davies
3rd Theatre Territory 10/1 8 S Waley-Cohen W Greatrex

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Grimthorpe Chase

Raced over three miles, two furlongs at Doncaster, this race can be an important pointer for the National. Little Polveir finished third here in 1987 before going on to win the 1989 Grand National, while the first three from that 1987 race each went on to win the Scottish Grand National. Grand National winners have been scarce since but contenders are worth looking out for.

4th Mar 2018 - Doncaster - Grimthorpe Chase (Handicap) - 4m1f

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
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Festival Handicap Chase

There are generally a number of Grand National entries trying their luck in the Festival Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. The race name was changed in 2012, with a number of staying chasers also entered in the Grand National.

13th Mar 2018 - Cheltenham - Festival Handicap Chase - Grade 3 - 3m110yds

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
1st Coo Star Sivola 5/1 Fav 6 L Kelly N Williams
2nd Shantou Flyer 14/1 8 J Bowen R Hobson
3rd Vintage Clouds 7/1 8 D Cook S Smith
4th Beware The Bear 14/1 8 J McGrath N Henderson

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Kim Muir Challenge Cup Chase

Run at the Cheltenham Festival, this Class 2 Handicap Chase is for amateur riders but has produced several top quality Grand National horses in the past, particularly over recent years. 2009 Grand National winner, Mon Mome was second in this race in this in 2006, while Character Building was amongst the favourites for the Grand National after winning this race in 2010. Other top Grand National horses to have run well in this include, Cloudy Lane and Parsons Legacy. 2010 winner was the Donald McCain Jr trained Ballabriggs, who went on to win the 2011 Grand National.

15th Mar 2018 - Cheltenham - Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase - 3m1f 110yds

Result Horse/Sp Age Jockey Trainer
1st Missed Approach 8/1 8 N McParlan W Greatrex
2nd Mall Dini 4/1 Fav 8 P Mullins P Kelly
3rd Squouateur 5/1 7 J Codd G Elliott
4th Double Ross 40/1 12 Z Baker N Twiston-Davies

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Cheltenham Gold Cup

The Cheltenham Gold Cup has recently become a trial for the top Grand National fancies. Although none of those horses entered in the Grand National are given any hope of winning the Gold Cup, there is a current trend for trainers to give their Aintree hopefuls a last run out in this most competitive of races.

16th Mar 2018 - Cheltenham - Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase - Grade 1 - 3m2f 110yds

Result Horse/SP Age Jockey Trainer
1st Native River 5/1 8 R Johnson C Tizzard
2nd Might Bite 4/1 Fav 9 N de Boinville N Henderson
3rd Anibale Fly 33/1 8 B Geraghty T Martin

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Winners Poll /
Who will win the 2018 Grand National?
Blaklion
14%
The Last Samuri
25%
Total Recall
16%
Seeyouatmidnight
16%
Minella Rocco
8%
Gold Present
6%
Anibale Fly
10%
Vicente
5%
Other
0%
Total Votes: 269
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