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.
2019 Grand National Form Guide:
Tiger Roll - 4/1 - 9 - Gordon Elliott
Imperious when winning the Grand National in 2018, Tiger Roll will head to Aintree as a clear favourite for the Merseyside marathon and he will line up on the back of a fourth Cheltenham Festival victory. A runaway winner of the Cross Country Chase for the second year on the bounce, the Gordon Elliott-trained stable star will be a tough nut to crack if he can continue to blossom over obstacles. The one to beat.
Rathvinden - 11/1 - 11 - Willie Mullins
Fresh from a Cheltenham Gold Cup victory, Willie Mullins will aim to claim more Grand National glory on April 6 with Rathvinden, who will line up on the back of a superb victory on his last racecourse start. A three-and-a-half length victory over Alpha Des Obeaux in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse is top notch form and that National trial has often been used as a springboard to Aintree victory with Mullins own Hedgehunter doing the double in 2005.
Lake View Lad - 16/1 - 9 - Nick Alexander
A winner of a competitive Listed event at Newcastle in December, Nick Alexander's Lake View Lad then followed up with victory in the Grade 3 Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase to propel himself into the Grand National picture. He was last seen putting up a bold effort when finishing third in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, and with more improvement to come he has to be one of the most in-form horses lining up.
Back For Another Crack
Anibale Fly - 14/1 - 9 - Tony Martin
Tony Martin's Anibale Fly has the best form heading into the 2019 Grand National, as the Irish-trained nine-year-old was last seen finishing a gallant runner-up to Al Boum Photo in the Cheltenham Gold Cup on March 15. Adding to that sparkling run, Anibale Fly was a fine fourth in last year's Grand National and is running off a 3lb lower mark in this year's race, so is entitled to prove popular amongst punters.
One For Arthur - 33/1 - 10 - Lucinda Russell
One horse that will be having another crack at the Grand National is One For Arthur, who has already tasted victory in the world's greatest steeplechase in 2017, and is look to etch his name alongside some of the greats of National Hunt by landing two Grand National wins. An injury-chequered career since that fine win two years ago has left Lucinda Russell's star starved of racing, but with two unseats in his last two starts then he will need to bounce back to form on April 6.
Pleasant Company - 20/1 - 11 - Willie Mullins
Just beaten by Tiger Roll in the 2018 Grand National, Pleasant Company will bid to go one better when has another tilt at the Aintree showpiece event. Now 11, the Willie Mullins-trained star failed to fire over hurdles on his first run of the season, while he was unplaced in the Thyestes Handicap Chase next time out. He is 4lb higher than last year's mark, so it's going to be tough to him to claim glory this time around.
Regal Encore - 66/1 - 11 - Anthony Honeyball
Eighth in the 2017 Grand National, Regal Encore will be one of the veterans taking his chance in the 2019 running of the world's greatest steeplechase, but he will also be one of the outsiders. Anthony Honeyball's raider has only won once in two-and-a-half years, so will need to recapture his sparkle if he is to play a prominent role.
Ultragold - 66/1 - 11 - Colin Tizzard
A dual winner of the Topham Handicap Chase over Aintree's National fences, Ultragold is being lined up for a crack at the Grand National in 2019. A horse that relishes the jumping test around the unique course, he will need to show he can perform at the higher level in this year's race, but the veteran can't be ignored at huge odds.
New Kids On The Block
Ramses De Teillee - 25/1 - 7 - David Pipe
David Pipe knows what it takes to win a Grand National having saddled Comply Or Die to victory, and the Pond House handler could have an emerging staying handicapper chaser for this year's race in the shape of Ramses De Teillee. The seven-year-old was second in the Welsh National before following that up with a second placed finish in Haydock's Grand National Trial, so with stamina assured he is an eye-catching youngster.
Vintage Clouds - 12/1 - 9 - Sue Smith
Placed in both the Welsh and Scottish Nationals last season, Vintage Clouds warmed up for this year's Grand National with a gallant second placed finish in the Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, so has to be a leading challenger. He will carry a featherweight in this event, and with more progression to come has to be a lively player towards the head of the market.
Dounikos - 33/1 - 8 - Gordon Elliott
A Grade Two-winning novice chaser, Dounikos was last seen winning a valuable Grand National trial at Punchestown, and he will be another leading contender shot from Gordon Elliott's gun at the 2019 National. Tiger Roll may spearhead the Elliott clan, but eight-year-old Dounikos is open to improvement and can be an eye-catching Irish runner in this year's event.