Grand National Form Guide

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.

Nevertheless we have put together a brief overview of each of the horses for your consideration.

Grand National
Order By Odds
# Runner

1
Anibale Fly
B J Geraghty A J Martin Form: 34-622 Age: 9 / Weight: 11-10
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Finished 4th in the 2018 race under a big weight and looked in great form when flying home for 2nd in the Gold Cup. Stamina assured.

2
Valtor
D A Jacob N J Henderson Form: 2-671P Age: 10 / Weight: 11-6
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Recent French recruit who won off 148 in good style at Ascot on British debut for respected owners. Hard to fancy on recent Cheltenham run.

3
Tiger Roll
D Russell G Elliott Form: 11-411 Age: 9 / Weight: 11-5
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Brilliant winner in 2018 and has looked better than ever since for Gordon Elliott. Tougher ask this year but might just be able to make history.

4
Outlander
K M Donoghue G Elliott Form: -23544 Age: 11 / Weight: 11-4
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A consistent performer in high class races but rarely gets his head in front these days and looks to have too much on his plate to feature.

5
Don Poli
Mr P W Mullins G Elliott Form: 23/PP3 Age: 10 / Weight: 11-3
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Would be a huge story if he could find his best form again but injuries have hindered a once class act and recent runs offer no hope.

6
Go Conquer
Sam Twiston-Davies N A Twiston-Davies Form: 58-321 Age: 10 / Weight: 11-3
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A consistent old stayer who won the Sky Bet Chase last time out on good ground but handicapper has probably got hold of him now.

7
Mala Beach
Mr J J Codd G Elliott Form: 21P12-8 Age: 11 / Weight: 11-2
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Another consistent sort for Gordon Elliott who looks to have too much on his plate at the weights to win such a big race. Solid but exposed.

8
Minella Rocco
R P McLernon Jonjo O'Neill Form: 4F-59P Age: 9 / Weight: 11-1
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Would have a massive chance on his best form but shown very little signs of life in recent years. Needs good ground and a return to form.

9
Lake View Lad
Henry Brooke N W Alexander Form: 23-113 Age: 9 / Weight: 11-1
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Improver who won a Grade 3 in December and was placed at Cheltenham last time. Famous colours carried by Hedgehunter and Ballabriggs.

10
Pleasant Company
P Townend W P Mullins Form: 0P2-00 Age: 11 / Weight: 11-1
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No form this season but went withing in a whisker of National glory last year and has to be an each-way player. Will need more off higher mark.

11
Ballyoptic
Thomas Bellamy N A Twiston-Davies Form: 4142-F6 Age: 9 / Weight: 11-1
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A classy novice who was 2nd in the Scottish Grand National last season and cannot be ruled out on that form. Poor run last time a worry.

12
Dounikos
J W Kennedy G Elliott Form: P-07F1 Age: 8 / Weight: 11-0
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A decent novice who won the Grand National trial in good style last time out at Punchestown over 3m4f. Inconsistent but likes decent ground.

14
One For Arthur
D R Fox Miss Lucinda V Russell Form: 1511/UU Age: 10 / Weight: 11-0
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2017 winner so demands respect but injury problems since and well beaten on two recent starts off this mark.

15
Rathvinden
R P Walsh W P Mullins Form: BU14-1 Age: 11 / Weight: 10-13
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Won the 4 miler at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival so stamina is proven. Laid out for Aintree this season by top trainer, big chance.

15
Rock The Kasbah
R Johnson P J Hobbs Form: P2-616 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-13
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Capable of running a big race on his day but has been a Chepstow specialist and will need a clear career best to win.

16
Warriors Tale
Harry Cobden P F Nicholls Form: P-41P0 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-13
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Won the Grand Sefton over the National fences in December but pulled up in the race last year when fading badly and doubts remain.

17
Regal Encore
M P Walsh A J Honeyball Form: P1P-63 Age: 11
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Ran ok when 8th in 2017 and is likely to be given a patient ride with the hope of getting round again but looks exposed.

18
Magic Of Light
P D Kennedy Mrs J Harrington Form: 3112U7 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-11
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Started favourite for the Bobbyjo Chase before unseating so clearly highly thought of by connections. Ran ok at Cheltenham last time.

19
A Toi Phil
D F O'Regan G Elliott Form: 37P545 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-11
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Allergic to winning but has been a solid graded horse for Gordon Elliott and Gigginstown in recent years. Unlikely to feature.

20
Jury Duty
R M Power G Elliott Form: -37211 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-11
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A strong stayer who has won his last two, including at Down Royal when defying 10lb penalty over 3m2f. Best form on soft ground.

21
Noble Endeavor
M A Enright G Elliott Form: 136/90 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-10
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A solid handicapper who hasn't won since the end of 2016 for Gordon Elliott, recent form suggests the handicapper has hold.

22
Monbeg Notorious
Sean Bowen G Elliott Form: 82-006 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-10
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Another Gigginstown/Elliott horse that has shown some class in the past over fences but not kicked on and form this season is average at best.

23
Ramses De Teillee
David Noonan D Pipe Form: 9-5122 Age: 7 / Weight: 10-9
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An improving chaser who was 2nd in the Welsh National at Chepstow in December. Yard not flying but ran very well in Cheltenham prep.

24
Tea For Two
Lizzie Kelly N Williams Form: -P36PU Age: 10 / Weight: 10-9
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Would be thrown in at the weights if he can find anywhere near his Grade 1 winning best form but struggled recently and this is a big ask.

25
Just A Par
James Moffatt Form: 24P100/ Age: 12 / Weight: 10-2
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Completed the National twice without ever getting close and at 12 it is hard to see him featuring this time. New connections this season.

26
Step Back
Nico de Boinville M Bradstock Form: 311-76 Age: 9 / Weight: 26
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Bet365 Gold cup winner last season at Sandown for Gold Cup winning trainer and deserves respect. Needs a big career best.

27
Ultragold
T O'brien C L Tizzard Form: 1-435P Age: 11 / Weight: 10-7
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Twice winner of the Topham over the National fences and a respectable 3rd in the Becher Chase. Loves the fences but big stamina concerns.

28
Blow By Blow
A Ring G Elliott Form: 1273P6 Age: 8 / Weight: 10-6
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A classy horse who won a Cheltenham Festival hurdle race off 144. Disappointing over fences but 146 is a workable mark in theory.

29
Up For Review
W P Mullins Form: 48-138 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-6
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Faded badly when well fancied off the same mark at Cheltenham last time out. Talented but has plenty to prove now.

30
Singlefarmpayment
P J Brennan T R George Form: 52-420 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-6
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A regular in the top handicaps but rarely wins and doesn't seem to have the stomach for a fight. Has he got the minerals?

31
Vieux Lion Rouge
T Scudamore D Pipe Form: 49-2PP Age: 10 / Weight: 10-6
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Faded in three Grand Nationals but a former Becher Chase winner who loves the National fences. May get round but doesn't fully stay.

32
Valseur Lido
Rachael Blackmore H de Bromhead Form: 026093 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-6
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A Grade 1 winner who was once rated 169 but no wins in 13 races since and has plummeted in the handicap. 8th last year was decent.

33
Vintage Clouds
Danny Cook Mrs S J Smith Form: 33-1P2 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-4
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Placed in a Scottish National and ran well when 2nd in a tough handicap at Cheltenham last time. Grand National winning connections a positive.

34
General Principle
J J Slevin G Elliott Form: -0953P Age: 10 / Weight: 10-4
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Irish Grand National winner last year so has the right profile for a Grand National winning trainer and owner. No form since is a worry.

35
Livelovelaugh
D J Mullins W P Mullins Form: 313F-P2 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-4
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A decent horse who ran ok at Cheltenham last time out but not a serial winner and would need to improve vastly to feature. No thanks.

36
Walk In The Mill
James Best R Walford Form: P-3133 Age: 9 / Weight: 10-4
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Impressive Becher Chase winner over the National fences and has remained competitive since off higher mark. Each-way shortlist.

37
Folsom Blue
L P Dempsey G Elliott Form: 0-4846 Age: 12 / Weight: 10-4
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A strong old stayer who may be plodding on at the finish at the one pace but needs rain to feature and no spring chicken at 12.

38
Captain Redbeard
Sam Coltherd W Coltherd Form: U-33961 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-3
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Unseated last year when 20/1 and has been a consistent animal ever since in six starts this season. Could plod round and pick up some money.

39
Bless The Wings
R T Dunne G Elliott Form: P34-566 Age: 14 / Weight: 10-3
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Ran a stormer to finish 3rd last year and has been an excellent old horse. Almost old enough to smoke though and shown zero this term.

40
Joe Farrell
Adam Wedge Miss R Curtis Form: 311-62 Age: 10 / Weight: 10-2
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Scottish Grand National winner who needs more again to feature despite having stamina on his side. Could be plugging on at the end.
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