Grand National Form

In general, the most important thing with selecting the winner of any horse race is to go by the recent form of the Horse against the form of all the other horse in the same race.

What makes Grand National Betting so interesting is that the recent form of the horse does not play as big a part in selecting a winner as is the case in any other race. Therefore reading the form is not so important in this case. To some extent this is why the race has such appeal to the mass audience. One of the difficulties with Horse racing in general is that there is some much jargon that it is difficult for the person who is experiencing Horse racing for the first time.

Nevertheless we have put together a brief overview of each of the horses for your consideration and you may also like to check out our 2018 Grand National Tips.


17:15 Aintree - Grand National 2018
Order By Odds
# Runner
1. Thunder And Roses
J J Slevin M F Morris Form: 4-P84PFF Age: 10 / Weight: 10-5
Replaces Minella Rocco in the line-up
2. Blaklion
Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies Form: 5324-212 Age: 9 / Weight: 11-10
4th in last year’s race and a winner of five graded races including the Becher chase at Aintrtee in December.
3. Anibale Fly
B J Geraghty A J Martin Form: -591F3 Age: 8 / Weight: 11-8
3rd in this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup behind Native River. A winner of 3 chases, 2 hurdle races and 2 National Hunt Flat races.
4. The Last Samuri
D Bass K C Bailey Form: 0-2243 Age: 10 / Weight: 11-8
Twice contested the Grand National finishing 2nd in 2016 and 16th in last year’s race. Placed in the Cross Country at Cheltenham last month.
5. Valseur Lido
K M Donoghue H de Bromhead Form: 4-5553 Age: 9 / Weight: 11-7
Struggled after spending twelve months off the track in 2017. 3 times a Grade 1 winner but the last was back in 2016.
6. Total Recall
P Townend W P Mullins Form: U105-11 Age: 9 / Weight: 11-5
Previously trained by Ms Sandra Hughes before switching to WP Mullins. Faller in this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup. Hennessey winner back in December at Newbury.
7. Alpha Des Obeaux
Rachael Blackmore M F Morris Form: 2414646 Age: 8 / Weight: 11-4
Twice a winner in Graded company but has raced twice at Aintree falling in the Sefton Novices G1 and 4/4 in the Many Clouds Chase last December.
8. Perfect Candidate
A P Cawley F O'Brien Form: P1P-0105 Age: 11 / Weight: 11-3
Pulled up 4 fences from home in last year’s race. An impressive winner of the Grade 3 handicap chase at Cheltenham in November, however has been disappointing on his last two starts.
9. Shantou Flyer
Mr J C Bowen Richard Hobson Form: P-5PP2222 Age: 8 / Weight: 11-2
Has finished 2nd on all four of his most recent outings. Pulled up in last year’s Grand National, has since switched yards to Richard Hobson.
10. Tenor Nivernais
T O'brien Miss V Williams Form: 43120-P6 Age: 11 / Weight: 11-1
Struggled this season finishing last and being pulled up on his only two runs. Finished 17th in last year’s race, never in contention.
11. Carlingford Lough
M P Walsh J E Kiely Form: 4-7U5P Age: 11 / Weight: 11-1
First time around Aintree. Disappointing this season with form reading 7U5P. Winner of the Punchestown Gold Cup back in 2016.
12. Delusionofgrandeur
Henry Brooke Mrs S J Smith Form: 8-331353 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-5
Replaced Vicente in the line up
13. Tiger Roll
D N Russell G Elliott Form: 31P-2P51 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-13
Three times a winner at the Cheltenham Festival, most recently last month when winning the Cross Country. Never raced around Aintree.
14. Regal Encore
R P McLernon A J Honeyball Form: 1P8-03P1 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-13
15. Vieux Lion Rouge
T Scudamore D Pipe Form: 7/116-474 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-13
6th in last year’s race after being sent off at 12/1. Struggled in the Becher Chase at Aintree in December finishing 7th.
16. Chase The Spud
P J Brennan F O'Brien Form: 2751-1PP Age: 10 / Weight: 10-12
Pulled up on his last two starts in the Elder Chase and the Welsh Grand National. Winner of the Midlands Grand National in 2017.
17. Warriors Tale
Sean Bowen P F Nicholls Form: 3115-U22 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-12
Owned by Trevor Hemmings who has won The National three times. 2nd on his last run in the Skybet Chase over 3m at Doncaster in January.
18. Seeyouatmidnight
B Hughes A M Thomson Form: 73/1P2-3 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-12
Spent a year off the track before returning at Newbury last month after having a wind operation. Has won or placed on all 9 of his starts in Chases.
19. Gas Line Boy
R T Dunne Ian Williams Form: 1445-F13 Age: 12 / Weight: 10-11
Has plenty of experience over the Aintree Fences, including winning the Grand Sefton here in December. Finsihed 5th in last year’s race and needs to considered.
20. The Dutchman
Harry Cobden C L Tizzard Form: 227-261P Age: 8 / Weight: 10-11
Winner of the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock in January after changing trainers from Sandy Thomson to Colin Tizzard at the start of the season.
21. Pleasant Company
D J Mullins W P Mullins Form: P/1419-0P Age: 10 / Weight: 10-11
9th in last year’s renewal for Willie Mullins. Disappointing on both runs this season including being pulled up last time out in the Thyestes Chase
22. Ucello Conti
D A Jacob G Elliott Form: 4724U-2P Age: 10 / Weight: 10-10
Unseated jockey Daryl Jacob in last year’s Grand National after being sent off at 20/1. 2 runs this season with a 2nd placed effort in the Paddy Power Chase before being pulled up in the Thyestes at Gowran.
23. Saint Are
C Gethings T R George Form: 53F23-PP Age: 12 / Weight: 10-10
3rd in last year’s race off a weight of 10-10. Pulled up on both starts this season on trials day at Cheltenham and again when contending the Cross Country at this year’s Festival.
24. Walk In The Mill
Mr S Waley-Cohen R Walford Form: 197-513 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-4
25. Raz De Maree
R M Power G P Cromwell Form: UP0-F221 Age: 13 / Weight: 10-9
Owned by the one and only Judy Dench. Unseated rider in the Becher chase here at Aintree back in December. Won the same race at Kelso that One For Arthur won in his preparation for last year’s race. Doubtful to run with current injury.
26. I Just Know
Danny Cook Mrs S J Smith Form: 1P3-3412 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-8
Some excellent form over fences with 10 runs 4 wins and 4 places. Winner of the North Yorkshire Grand National Handicap at Catterick in January.
27. Virgilio
Harry Skelton D Skelton Form: 223-18P Age: 9 / Weight: 10-8
Has raced 6 times around Aintree with two placed efforts in there. Disappointing on both starts this season but has recently had a wind operation. Improvement needed.
28. Baie Des Lles
Ms K Walsh Ross O'Sullivan Form: 0513-663 Age: 7 / Weight: 10-8
7-year-old Mare who is usually rode by Katie Walsh. Last seen at Punchestown in the Grand National Trial when 3rd of 19. No 7-year-old has won the National since 1940.
29. Maggio
Brendan Powell P Griffin Form: 4504-443 Age: 13 / Weight: 10-8
Plenty of experience around Aintree including a win in the 2016 Betfred Chase. However, that was his most recent victory and is now at the grand old age of 13.
30. Pendra
Aidan Coleman C E Longsdon Form: 45150/2-0 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-8
Only raced 3 times since 2015, although one of those was the 2016 Grand National where he came 13th with Rule The World claiming first place.
31. Buywise
Adam Wedge Evan Williams Form: P04-8610 Age: 11 / Weight: 10-8
Latest win came in a Verterans Chase at Sandown in January beating Pete The Feat by 2 lengths, prior to that his last win was all the way back in February 2015.
32. Childrens List
J J Burke W P Mullins Form: 00/951-2P Age: 8 / Weight: 10-8
Willie Mullins gelding who was pulled up last time out in the Grand National Trial at Punchestown. Has only ran in 4 chases and may lack experience.
33. Lord Windermere
A E Lynch J H Culloty Form: PP/2957-F Age: 11 / Weight: 10-7
2014 Cheltenham Gold Cup Winner, Pulled up in the Grand National in 2015, finished 7th last year.
34. Captain Redbeard
Sam Coltherd W Coltherd Form: P2-3612 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-7
Winner of 3 chases, 4 hurdle races, last seen 2nd in the Peter Marsh Chase in January behind The Dutchman
35. Houblon Des Obeaux
Charlie Deutsch Miss V Williams Form: 0-1663P3 Age: 11 / Weight: 10-7
10th in last year's race, never troubled the leaders. Raced six times this season including being pulled up in the Eider Chase at Newcastle
36. Bless The Wings
J W Kennedy G Elliott Form: 26-PP1FP Age: 13 / Weight: 10-6
Has only managed to see out three of his last four races. 9th in the 2015 Grand National
37. Milansbar
Miss B Frost N B King Form: P-63U152 Age: 11 / Weight: 10-6
Some excellent form over 4miles including 2nd in this year's Midlands Grand National. Accompanied by jockey Bryony Frost who's enjoyed a brilliant year, this would be the icing on the cake.
38. Final Nudge
G Sheehan David Dennis Form: 1F6-2359 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-6
Third in this year's Welsh Grand National. Only raced at Aintree once back in 2015 which was over hurdles.
39. Double Ross
Jamie Bargary N A Twiston-Davies Form: 53-4UP84 Age: 12 / Weight: 10-6
Pulled Up in 2016 renewal of the Grand National. 4th at the Cheltenham festival in the Kim Muir last month at 40/1!
40. Road To Riches
S W Flanagan N Meade Form: 285-090P Age: 11 / Weight: 10-5
Winner of six chases, two hurdle races and a National Hunt Flat race. A very talented horse who has had a disappointing season
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