THE 2019 GRAND NATIONAL RUNNERS & ODDS
Winner of the 2018 Grand National, Tiger Roll gave trainer Gordon Elliott his second win in the Aintree showpiece and jockey Davy Russell his first. Gordon Elliott has stated that Tiger Roll will be back at Aintree to defend his title in 2019. No horse has won back-to-back Nationals since the mighty Red Rum in 1974.
NO: 8 | FORM: P511-4 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 11-01 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: G. Elliott
With nine wins or places from 12 chase starts Rathvinden is certainly a contender. However, he has only had one race this season, though he did win it. Clearly not worried, trainer Willie Mullins has also entered him into the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
NO: 23 | FORM: BU14-1 | AGE: 11 | WEIGHT: 10-10 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: W. Mullins
A runner that has pretty short odds considering he hasn’t won a race in nearly three years. It has more to do with his potential and the fact that he has been given a decent weight.
NO: 16 | FORM: P4F-59 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 10-11 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: J. O’Neill
Stormed to victory in the Coral Welsh National at Chepstow in December. After that performance, the Colin Tizzard trained horse was installed as the ante-post favourite for the Grand National 2019 by the bookmakers. Backers might be wise to wait and see if Elegant Escape runs at Cheltenham in March before lumping on.
NO: 4 | FORM: 3-1212 | AGE: 7 | WEIGHT: 11-04 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: C. Tizzard
Came fourth in the 2018 Grand National despite carrying a hefty 11-08. I wouldn’t be surprised to see this classy Tony Martin trained horse in the frame this time around. Although, likely to carry a big weight once again. If the price is right, crafty each-way punters could be flying high.
NO: 2 | FORM: F34-62 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 11-06 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: AJ Martin
A solid runner who has yet to capture that elusive first win over the large fences. Nevertheless, he’s won twice over hurdles, including a big one at Cheltenham back in 2016. If Mall Dini can build on his performance in the 2018 Kim Muir (2nd) he could be an interesting outsider.
NO: 43 | FORM: 52P-36 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 10-04 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: P. Kelly
ROCK THE KASBAH
Rock The Kasbah jumped into the Grand National frame following his win at Cheltenham in November. Could he be the horse that finally gives Philip Hobbs and Richard Johnson that much coveted National win?
NO: 29 | FORM: 1P2-616 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 10-09 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: P. Hobbs
Winner of the Leinster National on March 10th and jumped straight into the 2019 Grand National frame. However, it was only his 4th time running at 3m or more and he really didn’t do well in the first three attempts so stamina is questionable!
NO: 49 | FORM: 1F-001 | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 10-02 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: W. Mullins
A great chaser and one who has brought connections plenty of success. However, his rating is currently quite low and even his win last time out may not bump it up enough to see him qualify for one of the 40 Grand National 2019 spots.
NO: 55 | FORM: 13/0-1 | AGE: 11 | WEIGHT: 10-01 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: Dr. R Newland
Did not end last season well and was pulled-up three times in a row. Has had a terrible start to this season but redeemed himself with a win last time out in the Grand National Trial at Punchestown.
NO: 22 | FORM: PP-07F1 | AGE: 8 | WEIGHT: 10-10 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: G. Elliott
A decent record of winning or placing in half of his chase starts. Last year he scored a big win at Fairyhouse in the Irish Grand National. His trainer is no stranger in the winners’ enclosure either. Gordon Elliott has already won the Grand National twice, last year with Tiger Roll and back in 2007 with Silver Birch. In principle, you’d have to fancy this horses chances given the team behind him.
NO: 60 | FORM: 1-0953 | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 10-00 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: G. Elliott
Lost out by the smallest margin in 2018. A photo finish was needed to separate eventual winner Tiger Roll from Pleasant Company (2nd). Showed great spirit with his bold jumping and extraordinary late charge for the finishing post. No doubt he’ll have lots of company in the betting ring at Aintree.
NO: 19 | FORM: 0P2-00 | AGE: 11 | WEIGHT: 10-11 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: W. Mullins
ONE FOR ARTHUR
The winner of the 2017 Grand National was injured and missed out the 2018 renewal. Thankfully, Lucinda Russell’s nine-year-old is on the mend and should be back in 2019. We’ll know for sure in February – when the official Grand National entrants are announced. One to keep an eye on during the early season.
NO: 25 | FORM: 511/UU | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 10-10 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: L. Russell
UP FOR REVIEW
Despite his age, Up For Review is quite inexperienced compared to other entries this year. He has clearly had problems and has been sidelined for long periods of time throughout his career. A mixed bag of results last season and was third last time out in January 2019.
NO: 53 | FORM: 148-13 | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 10-02 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: W. Mullins
RAMSES DE TEILLEE
Jumped in to the betting frame following his second place finish in the Grand National Trial at Haydock. Quite young, at just seven years old, but was second in the Coral Welsh National behind Elegant Escape so a definite contender.
NO: 41 | FORM: 9-5122 | AGE: 7 | WEIGHT: 10-05 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: D. Pipe
GIVE ME A COPPER
What do Jeremy Kyle and Sir Alex Ferguson have in common? They co-own Give Me A Copper! He must be the lightest raced runner to have ever been entered into the Grand National with only three chases under his belt. Two of which were in 2017. He unseated in the first and won the second. I should point out that it was literally a two horse race!
NO: 56 | FORM: 1/U1-4 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 10-01 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: P. Nicholls
Another solid entry from trainer Colin Tizzard, Royal Vacation is having a very good season with decent runs at Cheltenham, Taunton and a fourth place finish in the Grand National Trial at Haydock.
NO: 32 | FORM: 0P-2614 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 10-08 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: C. Tizzard
Trained by Sue Smith and owned by Trevor Hemmings, Vintage Clouds was entered last in 2018 but didn’t make the cut. He went to the Scottish National instead and finished in third place.
NO: 61 | FORM: 233-1P | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 10-00 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: S. Smith
Winner of the Irish Gold Cup last season, Edwulf is a runner with plenty of potential. However, this season has been very hit and miss, in fact it has been largely disappointing. He is going to need a lot of luck for the Grand National.
NO: 7 | FORM: 87-583 | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 11-01 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: J.P. O’Brien
One for all the Carol’s out there! Is having a bit of a mixed bag this season. Has won two, placed or nearly placed in two and pulled up in two. None of which really matters as Caroles Destrier is so far down the lost of entries it’s highly unlikely to make the cut for 2019.
NO: 84 | FORM: P14P1 | AGE: 11 | WEIGHT: 9-08 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: N. Mulholland
Played a blinder last season with three wins and four places from seven starts. So much so that the mare’s rating jumped from 127 to 146! Can definitely go the distance and jumps beautifully. Will we see her run in the National?
NO: 47 | FORM: 1222-6 | AGE: 8 | WEIGHT: 10-02 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: A. Honeyball
If memory serves Total Recall went off as the 7/1 favourite in 2018. However, he was pulled-up at fence 29. It’s fair to say that he made numerous errors over the big fences and a lesser jockey than Paul Townend would have been unseated well before then. Unlikely to go off as the favourite in 2019 .
NO: 28 | FORM: FPP-23 | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 10-10 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: W. Mullins
He may lack experience but he makes up for it by winning or placing in all four of chase starts including winning the Bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown in April. If his good form continues this season he’ll have plenty of backers for the 2019 Grand National.
NO: 45 | FORM: 311-76 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 10-03 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: M. Bradstock
This chaser is on a roll. He finished last season with back-to-back wins, took his Summer break and was back this season with a 2nd place at Chepstow before going on to win at Ascot in November. However he hardly ever runs at more than 3m so the distance may be an issue.
NO: 24 | FORM: 011-21 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 10-10 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: G. Moore
Winner of the Scottish National in 2018, beating Ballyoptic by a nose. Also part owned by his trainer, Rebecca Curtis. Very far down the list of entries this year and unlikely to make the cut.
NO: 71 | FORM: 24311- | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 9-12 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: R. Curtis
Only really started chasing last season, in January 2018. Was previously run mostly over hurdles. Has done very well and has taken to the longer distances with three back-to-back second place finishes. Unfortunately he is so far down the list that he may not make the cut this year.
NO: 72 | FORM: 222-PP | AGE: 12 | WEIGHT: 9-12 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: W. Mullins
Connections will have been devastated to see Blaklion brought down at the first fence last year. In light of last year’s misfortune, no one could begrudge him another crack at the race. A smart chaser who could go well. Let’s hope he gets a slice of luck.
NO: 15 | FORM: BP-085 | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 10-12 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: P Kirby
The downside is that he has only run in 6 chases. The upside is that he has won or placed in four of them. He won last time out at 3m 5f which demonstrates plenty of stamina but at number 88 on the list, he is almost certain to miss the cut.
NO: 82 | FORM: 234-21 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 9-09 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: N. Mulholland
Previously trained by both Donald McCain and Jonjo O’Neill, Go Conquer is now with Nigel Twiston-Davies. He has had three runs under his new trainer, all at 3m and won the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster last time out.
NO: 12 | FORM: U58-321 | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 10-13 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: N. Twiston-Davies
ALPHA DES OBEAUX
Ran in the Grand National last year but fell at the 15th fence. Was moved to Gordon Elliott’s yard in October and has run five times since. Finished second in the Goffs Thyestes last time out but Aintree may still be a struggle.
NO: 3 | FORM: 521422 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 11-04 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: G. Elliott
BRISTOL DE MAI
Handed top weight for the 2019 Grand National and with an entry into the Gold Cup it wouldn’t be a surprise if he swerved Aintree. If he does run, he could do well and other than a fall last time out, is a class horse.
NO: 1 | FORM: 1632-1F | AGE: 8 | WEIGHT: 11-10| JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: N. Twiston-Davies
If he makes the cut, everybody with even a cat named Sam will be on this 2019 Grand National runner. Winner of the Cork Grand National in November, he definitely has stamina and heart but rarely wins. Could place though.
NO: 76 | FORM: 3-1574 | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 9-10| JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: G. Elliott
One of the most experienced horses entered in 2019, Valtor has run 52 times under race rules, 33 of them in chases. All but two of them were in France until he changed yards in November. Two races under Nicky Henderson and won his first at Ascot. Pulled-up in the second.
NO: 6 | FORM: 2-671P | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 11-02| JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: N. Henderson
WALK IN THE MILL
Was looking good until his last race. Third at Exter over just 2m7f and he really did not run well. Three out and he faded fast. That said, he did win the Becher Chase at Aintree in December so it could go either way.
NO: 62 | FORM: P-3133 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 10-00| JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: R. Walford
LAKE VIEW LAD
He ticks a lot of boxes and has won or placed in 10 of his 11 chase starts. He has won both his races this season and never pulls-up or unseats. However, he has only run twice at 3m or more which leaves a big question mark over his head in terms of the stamina needed for the Grand National.
NO: 17 | FORM: 2123-11 | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 10-11| JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: N. Alexander
9th in the Becher Chase in December, that was also the last time we saw him run. It was also his only run since April 2017. Was entered last year but was ruled out due to injury. A good show at Cheltenham could improve his form.
NO: 38 | FORM: 4136/9 | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 10-06| JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: G. Elliott
Was unlucky in 2018 when unseating his jockey at the Foinavon fence on the first circuit of the Grand National. Captain Redbeard is a real family affair, the horse is owned and trained by Stuart Coltherd and ridden by son Sam.
NO: 63 | FORM: -33961 | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 9-13 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: S. Coltherd
Could Ultragold be the ace up Colin Tizzard’s sleeve? A two-time winner of the Topham Chase at Aintree, has run there four times in total, including a third place in the Becher Chase in December. Will carry a very handy weight for the National!
NO: 46 | FORM: 01-435 | AGE: 11 | WEIGHT: 10-03| JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: C. Tizzard
BAIE DES ILES
History was not made by Baie Des Iles and Katie Walsh in the 2018 National but she still managed to get the Ross O’Sullivan trained 7-year-old home in 12th place. The grey filly will have her supporters but it will be a nervous wait to see if she makes the cut.
NO: 69 | FORM: 0-17P2 | AGE: 8 | WEIGHT: 9-12 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: R. O’Sullivan
A solid chaser who won the Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Punchestown in February. Clearly loves the longer distances but will be 12 years old by the time the 2019 Grand National rolls around.
NO: 58 | FORM: 40-484 | AGE: 12 | WEIGHT: 10-00 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: G. Elliott
Clearly has a great partner in Bryony Frost who navigated Milansbar to fifth place in the 2018 National on her debut in the race. And if you can believe it, has no chance of making the cut for the 2019 Grand National. Started at no.92!
NO: 83 | FORM: 525-58 | AGE: 12 | WEIGHT: 9-08 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: N. King
Was on superb form last season and rounded it off with a fourth place finish at the Cheltenham Festival before finishing second in the Scottish Grand National.
NO: 20 | FORM: 42-F6P | AGE: 9 | WEIGHT: 10-11 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: N. Twiston-Davies
There will be a lot of talk about Sandymount Duke mostly because he is owned by Ronnie Wood from The Rolling Stones. Unfortunately he hasn’t had a win since July 2017 and even then that was only at 1m7f! He fairs much better over shorter distances, will absolutely need the going to be ‘Good’ and he fell last time out.
NO: 39 | FORM: 0-023F | AGE: 10 | WEIGHT: 10-06 | JOCKEY: Unknown | TRAINER: J. Harrington