There is just over a fortnight to go until the £1-million Crabbie’s Grand National and the sense of anticipation rises today with the unveiling of the latest list of possible runners for the Aintree spectacular on Saturday, April 5.
A total of 73 horses go forward for the world’s greatest chase, which takes place over 30 fences and four miles, three and a half furlongs. There were 57 horses left in at this stage last year.
The current 10/1 favourite with Betfred, official betting partner of the Crabbie’s Grand National Festival, is Teaforthree (Rebecca Curtis), who finished an excellent third in the 2013 renewal of the Crabbie’s Grand National and warmed up in good style when eighth in last week’s Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Another horse to have run in the Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup is Triolo D’Alene (20/1), bidding to give reigning champion trainer Nicky Henderson a first Crabbie’s Grand National success. The seven-year-old was 10th at Cheltenham and is already a winner at Aintree, having taken the 2013 Topham Chase over the Grand National fences. Henderson still has the 2011 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup and dual King George VI Chase winner Long Run (20/1) engaged as well as Hunt Ball (66/1) andShakalakaboomboom (33/1).
The Cheltenham Gold Cup form could also be represented by Katenko (33/1), who came home 11th at Prestbury Park. He is trained by Venetia Williams, who famously sent out the 100/1 shot Mon Mome to victory in 2009.
A winner from the Cheltenham Festival who could attempt to double up in the Crabbie’s Grand National is Cross Country Chase scorer Balthazar King (33/1,Philip Hobbs)
Tidal Bay (16/1 Paul Nicholls) bypassed Cheltenham and continues to head the weights on 11st 10lb. Last seen out when runner-up in the Grade One Hennessy Gold Cup at Leopardstown, Ireland, on February 9, he will be attempting to become the first 13-year-old to succeed since Sergeant Murphy in 1923. Other possible starters for Nicholls, victorious in 2012 with Neptune Collonges, are Rocky Creek (25/1), Hawkes Point(33/1) and There’s No Panic (40/1).
Jonjo O’Neill, successful in 2010 with Don’t Push It, also has six remaining contenders to choose from including the 2012 runner-up Sunnyhillboy (33/1) as well as Burton Port(33/1), Twirling Magnet (50/1), Lost Glory (66/1), Alfie Sherrin (33/1) and Storm Survivor (66/1).
There are five representatives going forward from the Pond House stable of David Pipe, who sent out Comply Or Die to victory in 2008. They include The Package (50/1), a good third in a competitive handicap chase at Cheltenham last week and recent Midlands Grand National victor Goulanes (40/1). Pipe could also run Swing Bill (66/1), sixth last year and owned by race sponsor Halewood International, as well as Our Father (40/1) and Standing Ovation (40/1).
A total of 17 Irish-trained contenders go forward including Prince De Beauchene(33/1) and Vesper Bell (50/1) from the stable of Ireland’s champion trainer Willie Mullins, successful in 2005 with Hedgehunter. Ted Walsh, handler of 2000 scorer Papillon, has left in Colbert Station (25/1), while the progressive Double Seven (33/1) hails from the stable of Martin Brassil, triumphant in 2006 with Numbersixvalverde.
It is 55 years since Michael Scudamore captured the Crabbie’s Grand National aboard Oxo and his trainer grandson, also Michael, has a live contender in Monbeg Dude(20/1), the 2012 Welsh National hero.
The surname McCain is synonymous with the Crabbie’s Grand National and Donald McCain has two entries left in - Across The Bay (40/1) and Kruzhlinin (50/1).
Godsmejudge (25/1 Alan King) won last year’s Scottish Grand National, while TheRainbow Hunter (33/1) won the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster in January and represents the Kim Bailey yard, victorious in 1990 with Mr Frisk.
The next scratchings stage for the Crabbie’s Grand National at the six-day stage onMonday, March 31. The maximum field size is 40, plus four reserves.
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There are 73 horses going forward for the Crabbie’s Grand National, run at Aintree Racecourse on Saturday, April 5, 2014, after today’s scratching opportunity, as against 57 left at this stage last year.
The Crabbie’s Grand National, worth £1 million for the first time, has a maximum field of 40.
The Crabbie’s Grand National
Class 1, Grade 3, £1,000,000 Total Prize Fund. 4.15pm, Aintree, Saturday, April 5, 2014. Four miles, three and a half furlongs. For seven-year-olds and upwards which, up to and including March 17, have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase of three miles or more and which are allotted a rating of 120 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 9. Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered. Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse’s racecourse performances up to and includingFebruary 9 would merit a minimum rating of 120. To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 9. At the Handicapper’s discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. No penalties after publication of the weights. Entries closed January 28, entries revealed January 29 (115 entries). Weights revealed Tuesday, February 11 (114 remain). First scratchings’ deadline February 25 (100 remained). Second scratchings’ deadline March 18 (73 remain). Five-day confirmation stage March 31. Final declaration stage 10.00am, April 3. Form figures supplied by Weatherbys and are correct up to and including the racing of Monday, March 17.
Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer
1) 121-1532 TIDAL BAY (IRE) 13-11-10 Andrea & Graham Wylie Paul Nicholls
2) 132-54U1 LONG RUN (FR) 9-11-09 Robert Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
3) 13-606034 HUNT BALL (IRE) 9-11-07 Atlantic Equine Nicky Henderson
4) -F21P20P ROI DU MEE (FR) 9-11-06 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
5) 301-1310 TRIOLO D’ALENE (FR) 7-11-06 Sandy & Caroline Orr Nicky Henderson
6) 1113-22 ROCKY CREEK (IRE) 8-11-05 The Johnson & Stewart Families Paul Nicholls
7) 211-F4430 KATENKO (FR) 8-11-04 Andrew Brooks Venetia Williams
8) /F1115-U BOG WARRIOR (IRE) 10-11-02 Gigginstown House Stud Tony Martin IRE
9) 2U11-11 MOSSEY JOE (IRE) 11-11-01 Barry Connell Enda Bolger IRE
10) 45-F405P QUITO DE LA ROQUE (FR) 10-11-01 Gigginstown House Stud Colm Murphy IRE
11) 1U-03U0F COLBERT STATION (IRE) 10-11-00 J P McManus Ted Walsh IRE
12) 22P52-U4 WALKON (FR) 9-11-00 McNeill Family Alan King
13) 20P-1111 BALTHAZAR KING (IRE) 10-10-13 The Brushmakers Philip Hobbs
14) P06-52P0 WAYWARD PRINCE 10-10-13 John & Mrs Hilary Parrott Hilary Parrott
15) -4503112 MR MOONSHINE (IRE) 10-10-12 Douglas Pryde, Jim Beaumont & David van der Hoeven Sue Smith
16) 6203-020 TEAFORTHREE (IRE) 10-10-12 Conyers, O’Reilly, Roddis, Zeffman Rebecca Curtis
17) 10-501U ACROSS THE BAY (IRE) 10-10-11 Scotch Piper Syndicate Donald McCain
18) F111116 DOUBLE SEVEN (IRE) 8-10-11 J P McManus Martin Brassil IRE
19) 2131-5PP GODSMEJUDGE (IRE) 8-10-11 Favourites Racing Alan King
20) 11-1PRP BATTLE GROUP 9-10-10 Jolly Boys Outing Johnny Farrelly
21) 5-05103 BUCKERS BRIDGE (IRE) 8-10-10 Ann & Alan Potts Partnership Henry de Bromhead IRE
22) 1/PP-5014 LION NA BEARNAI (IRE) 12-10-10 The Lock Syndicate Tom Gibney IRE
23) 12-3004 PRINCE DE BEAUCHENE (FR) 11-10-10 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
24) 13P-3415 MONBEG DUDE (IRE) 9-10-09 Oydunow Michael Scudamore
25) 2/5PU-01 SUNNYHILLBOY (IRE) 11-10-09 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
26) 1/F0211-23 BIG SHU (IRE) 9-10-08 H Duffy/R J Robinson/Miss C M Woods Peter Maher IRE
27) 2/-500P02 BURTON PORT (IRE) 10-10-08 Trevor Hemmings Jonjo O’Neill
28) 0P/124-050 OUR FATHER (IRE) 8-10-08 The Ives & Johnson Families David Pipe
29) 241-3315 MOUNTAINOUS (IRE) 9-10-07 Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Potter Richard Lee
30) 4UP-261 THE RAINBOW HUNTER 10-10-07 May We Never Be Found Out Partnership Kim Bailey
31) 2P-1262F VINTAGE STAR (IRE) 8-10-07 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
32) 0400-1P4 CHANCE DU ROY (FR) 10-10-06 Miss I D Du Pre Philip Hobbs
33) 12P-426 HAWKES POINT 9-10-06 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
34) 2-441103 KRUZHLININ (GER) 7-10-06 Paul & Clare Rooney Donald McCain
35) 35F2013 PINEAU DE RE (FR) 11-10-06 J A Provan Dr Richard Newland
36) 1R03/3-U1 GOLAN WAY 10-10-05 W R B Racing 58 Tim Vaughan
37) 125010U TWIRLING MAGNET (IRE) 8-10-05 Gay Smith Jonjo O’Neill
38) 302-FU0 VESPER BELL (IRE) 8-10-05 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
39) 612-00P5 SAME DIFFERENCE (IRE) 8-10-04 Mrs R Vaughan Nigel Twiston-Davies
40) 5/4/14PP-3 THE PACKAGE 11-10-04 The Johnson Family David Pipe
41) 15211-P0P3 RAZ DE MAREE (FR) 9-10-03 Dessie Hughes Dessie Hughes IRE
42)114P-01 ROSE OF THE MOON (IRE) 9-10-03 Middleham Park Racing XXXIII & Partners David O’Meara
43) /11220/-6P0 SHAKALAKABOOMBOOM (IRE) 10-10-03 Liam Breslin Nicky Henderson
44) 6R3-51P ALVARADO (IRE) 9-10-02 William & Angela Rucker Fergal O’Brien
45) 51433-00 LAST TIME D’ALBAIN (FR) 10-10-02 Fontstown Syndicate Liam Cusack IRE
46) 1P-130PP LOST GLORY (NZ) 9-10-02 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
47) 23-F3P465 ONE IN A MILAN (IRE) 9-10-02 Paul Langford Evan Williams
48) P1-2502 GOONYELLA (IRE) 7-10-01 Ann & Alan Potts Partnership Jim Dreaper IRE
49) 1162-0P1 GOULANES (IRE) 8-10-01 Roger Brookhouse David Pipe
50) 14406-50 SWING BILL (FR) 13-10-01 Halewood International Ltd David Pipe
51) B/0010-5405 SOLL 9-10-00 Derrick Mossop Jo Hughes
52) 121114 MINELLA FOR VALUE (IRE) 8-9-13 Maxilead Limited John Butler
53) 1-2301P1 NIGHT IN MILAN (IRE) 8-9-13 Richard Collins Keith Reveley
54) 3000-04P SAINT ARE (FR) 8-9-13 David Fox Tim Vaughan
55) 22/0-P50P OUT NOW (IRE) 10-9-12 Dermot Cox/Nelius Hayes Edward O’Grady IRE
56) 2-50231P TRANQUIL SEA (IRE) 12-9-12 No Dramas Partnership 1 Warren Greatrex
57) 13/304-40 ALFIE SHERRIN 11-9-11 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
58) 1P0-3326 COURT BY SURPRISE (IRE) 9-9-11 Nick Mustoe Emma Lavelle
59) 2B6-P51P THERE’S NO PANIC (IRE) 9-9-11 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
60) 6050F-030 QUISCOVER FONTAINE (FR) 10-9-10 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
61) F1111006 STANDING OVATION (IRE) 7-9-10 The Bravo Partnership David Pipe
62) 03-00P16 WYCK HILL (IRE) 10-9-10 J P McManus David Bridgwater
63) -3341201 BAILE ANRAI (IRE) 10-9-09 Massive Dan Skelton
64) 2110F0 GULLIBLE GORDON (IRE) 11-9-09 Karen Bowen Peter Bowen
65) PP/4-P050 QUINZ (FR) 10-9-09 Andrew Cohen Philip Hobbs
66) 0-P53252 ANY CURRENCY (IRE) 11-9-06 Cash Is King Martin Keighley
67) 6-5U024P SIR DU BEARN (FR) 8-9-06 Mickey Bowen Peter Bowen
68) F-0465430 SOLIX (FR) 8-9-06 Paul Vogt Ian Williams
69) 3313F652 STORM SURVIVOR (IRE) 8-9-06 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
70) 013444 VICTRIX GALE (IRE) 8-9-06 Badgers Syndicate Tony Martin IRE
71) 004-26P35 TOUR DES CHAMPS (FR) 7-9-04 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
72) 4-22112F MERLIN’S WISH 9-9-02 Miss R Toppin Martin Keighley
73) 1213003 SERGEANT PINK (IRE) 8-8-11 Andrew Sayer Dianne Sayer
73 entries remain after March 18 scratching deadline
THE FOLLOWING 27 HORSES HAVE BEEN SCRATCHED: ON HIS OWN (IRE), BOSTON BOB (IRE), SEABASS (IRE), KAUTO STONE (FR), CANTLOW (IRE), TONER D’OUDAIRIES (FR), CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE), CAPE TRIBULATION, MASSINI’S MAGUIRE (IRE), QUANTITATIVEEASING (IRE), JUNIOR, SIRE COLLONGES (FR), MON PARRAIN (FR), HOME FARM (IRE), PETE THE FEAT (IRE), MART LANE (IRE), WELL REFRESHED, TATENEN (FR), PANDORAMA (IRE), ROMANESCO (FR), UNDERTHEBOARDWALK (IRE), WRONG TURN (IRE), REAL MILAN (IRE), BOB FORD (IRE), LIVING NEXT DOOR (IRE), WHODOYOUTHINK (IRE) & TARQUINIUS (FR)