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.
2018 Leading Grand National Contenders
We look at the form of some of the horses that will be taking their chance in the 2018 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 14.
2018 Grand National Form Guide
Tiger Roll - 12/1 - 8 - Gordon Elliott
A fine winner of the Cross Country Chase at last month's Cheltenham Festival, Tiger Roll will be hoping to sparkle on his first attempt at winning the Grand National at Aintree on April 14, and he will be one of the premier Irish-trained contenders for Gordon Elliott, who won the race in 2007 with Silver Birch. A proven stayer, this eight-year-old will head to Merseyside looking to land the prize for Gigginstown House Stud.
Regal Encore - 33/1 - 10 - Anthony Honeyball
Regal Encore finished eighth in the Grand National last season, and Anthony Honeyball's charge will head into the 2018 renewal on the back of a fine Listed win at Ascot last time out, and while he can struggle to string wins together, he was impressive that day at the Berkshire venue, and will be bidding to hand owner JP McManus another win in the world's greatest steeplechase.
Blaklion - 12/1 - 9 - Nigel Twiston-Davies
A fine winner of the Becher Chase over the National fences at Aintree earlier in the season, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Blaklion then followed that up with a fine second in the Grand National Trial at Haydock Park, and this former RSA Chase winner, who was fourth in last year's National, will aim to continue his fine form, and is one of the favourites for this year's race.
Back For Another Crack
The Last Samuri - 18/1 - 10 - Kim Bailey
Kim Bailey's The Last Samuri will be back for a third crack at the Grand National, and having finished second in the 2016 renewal he has shown that he can sparkle in this unique National Hunt event. He failed to land any sort of blow in last year's race, finishing 16th, but with stamina no issue he will be one of those relishing the chance to head to the marathon start.
Vieux Lion Rouge - 33/1 - 9 - David Pipe
Seventh in the 2016 Grand National, Vieux Lion Rouge then returned 12 months later and finished one place better in sixth behind One For Arthur, and David Pipe's nine-year-old will aim to finally land the coveted Aintree prize at the third attempt, and while he will need to produce a career best, he has shown that he sparkles over the obstacles, and can't be discounted..
Ucello Conti - 20/1 - 10 - Gordon Elliott
Another contender having a third crack at the race, but having finished sixth in 2016, Ucello Conti then unseated his rider in last year's race, so will be hoping that he can produce a clear round of jumping in the 2018 renewal. A classy performer on his day, he can often find himself finding one or two too good, but for master trainer Gordon Elliott he is one you can't completely write off.
Raz De Maree - 33/1 - 13 - Gavin Cromwell
A shock winner of the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow earlier in the season, this teenager will be aiming to land more marathon success at Aintree on April 14. He will be having his third crack at the Grand National, and is yet to finish better than eighth, which he achieved in 2014, so going to be tough in the twlight of his career.
Maggio - 100/1 - 13 - Patrick Griffin
A surprise 50/1 winner of the big handicap chase on Grand National day in 2016, Maggio seems to come to life when he lines up at Aintree, but he will lack the quality to deal with some of his classiest rivals, and while he could run well for a long time, it's hard to see him being in the shake-up.
Bless The Wings - 66/1 - 13 - Gordon Elliott
Bless The Wings is the third teenager lining up in the 2018 Grand National, and he will be eager to bounce back from a fall in the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month. However, he lacks the ability to deal with those higher up in the handicap, and it could be a tough afternoon for him.
New Kids On The Block
Baie Des Iles - 16/1 - 7 - Ross O'Sullivan
A grey mare aged seven is not a Grand National contender that will appeal to trends followers, but she has been well backed in the lead-up to the race, and will be looking to make Katie Walsh the first lady rider to win the Aintree showpiece, and the Irish contender is one of the most intriguing runners in the field.
Total Recall - 11/1 - 9 - Willie Mullins
A fine winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury earlier in the season, Total Recall then warmed up for his crack at the Cheltenham Gold Cup with a win over hurdles, but the Willie Mullins-trained raider was a faller in the Gold Cup, and will be looking to bounce back to form in Liverpool, and is one of the class acts in the race.
Anibale Fly - 12/1 - 8 - Tony Martin
A horse that did produce the goods in the Cheltenham Gold Cup was the Tony Martin-trained Anibale Fly, who chased home Native River and Might Bite in the blue riband event, and if he can build on that career best then he has to set the standard form-wise, but it was a tough race that day, so he will need to perform to a similar level here off a big weight.
Seeyouatmidnight - 16/1 - 10 - Sandy Thomson
Third in the 2016 Scottish Grand National, Seeyouatmidnight has been seen very few times on the track in recent times, but he has taken some notable scalps down the years, and if the Scottish challenger turns up in his best form then has to be a major player for Sandy Thomson on April 14.