List of possible runners for the 2017 Aintree Grand National

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Updated: April 4, 2017
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There are 70 horses going forward for Saturday’s £1-million Randox Health Grand National at Aintree, with a maximum of 40 runners able to line up at 5.15pm before a sold-out 70,000 racegoers on the course, a live British television audience of over 10 million with ITV the broadcaster for the first time and more than 600 million watching worldwide.

Nine horses came out of the most famous chase this morning at the confirmation stage – top-weight Carlingford Lough, Alelchi Inois, Foxrock, Maggio, Vic’s Canvas, Ziga Boy, The Romford Pele, Straidnahanna and Sizing Coal.
The weights rise 1lb, with the new top-weight being the 2016 runner-up, The Last Samuri, trained by Kim Bailey and owned by Paul & Clare Rooney, on 11st 10lb. Bailey won the 1990 Grand National with Mr Frisk.
The Last Samuri is one the market leaders at 14/1 with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival. Definitly Red (10st 12lb), trained by Brian Ellison in North Yorkshire and owned by Phil Martin, is the 9/1 favourite, with Cause Of Causes (Gordon Elliott IRE, 10st 13lb), More Of That(Jonjo O’Neill, 11st 6lb) and Vieux Lion Rouge (David Pipe, 10st 12lb) all priced at 11/1.
The 40th horse is either La Vaticane (100/1) or Doctor Harper (66/1), both trained by David Pipe and both on 10st 6lb. The highest-rated of the two tomorrow, decided on the latest handicap ratings released then, becomes the 40th horse.
The final declaration stage is at 10am on Thursday, April 6, when 40 declared runners and four reserves go forward. The reserves can be brought in for any non-runners by 1pm on Friday, April 7.
The three-day Randox Health Grand National Festival gets under way on Thursday, April 6, 2017, Grand Opening Day.
Meade keen on his two
Noel Meade, who trains near Navan in Co Meath, Ireland, is set to have two Randox Health Grand National runners - Wounded Warrior (11st 2lb, 50/1) andMeasureofmydreams (10st 9lb, 40/1). Both horses are owned by Michael O’Leary’s Gigginstown House Stud, successful 12 months ago with Rule The World.
Meade said today: “Both horses are in good form and will definitely travel over. Sean [Flanagan] rides one of them, although I am not sure which, and I am not 100 per cent sure who rides the other one yet.
“They both went to the Curragh last week for a school over the Grand National fences and it could not have gone better. Both jumped brilliantly.
“Wounded Warrior has always struck me as an ideal horse for Aintree. He stays really well, is a big horse and jumps a bit big too. Unfortunately, he is coming off a very bad run at Fairyhouse and why he ran so badly I don’t know. It was a miserable run. I think he is in a lot better nick now – at least I hope so because I was very happy with his last bit of work on Saturday. We will leave the blinkers off this time.
“Measureofmydreams was probably going to finish sixth or seventh at Cheltenham until he got stopped in his tracks at the second last (when 13th in the Ultima Handicap Chase). It was a reasonable enough run. Stamina is his forte and he just got outpaced coming down the hill before staying on again. The further he goes, the better.
“We are just keeping our fingers crossed that both of them get that little bit of luck you need on Saturday.”
Going change
Drying conditions have seen the going descriptions change this afternoon at Aintree.
Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch has described the Grand National Course asSoft, Good to Soft in places (from Soft), while the Mildmay Course is Good to Soft, Good in places, (from Good to Soft) and the Hurdle Course is Good to Soft (from Good to Soft, Soft in places on the stands’ side).
Tulloch said: “We have just walked the courses again and they have dried. Yesterday and today have been nice sunny days. It is not that warm but the courses are just quietly drying.
“We will see if we have to water the Mildmay and Hurdle Courses tomorrow or on Wednesday. There could be a few millimetres of rain tonight and then it is forecast to be dry.”
Latest Randox Health Grand National betting from Betway – official betting partner of the 2017 Randox Health Grand National Festival
9/1 Definitly Red
11/1 Cause of Causes, More Of That, Vieux Lion Rouge
14/1 Blaklion, One For Arthur, The Last Samuri
16/1 Pleasant Company
18/1 The Young Master, Ucello Conti
20/1 Saphir Du Rheu
25/1 Highland Lodge, Vicente
28/1 Tenor Nivernais
33/1 Le Mercurey, O’Faolains Boy, Rogue Angel, Thunder And Roses
40/1 Alvarado, Double Shuffle, Houblon des Obeaux, Just A Par, Measureofmydreams, Perfect Candidate, Raz De Maree, Saint Are, Wonderful Charm
50/1 Bishops Road, Goodtoknow, Lord Windermere, Pendra, Polidam, Regal Encore, Roi Des Francs, Royale Knight, Shantou Flyer, Stellar Notion, The Crafty Butcher, Wounded Warrior
66/1 Ballynagour, Bless The Wings, Dare To Endeavour, Doctor Harper, Drop Out Joe, Gas Line Boy, Knock House, Milansbar, Milborough, Potters Cross, Sambremont, Streets Of Promise, Viva Steve, Vyta du Roc
80/1 Cocktails At Dawn, Lessons In Milan, Silver Man,
100/1 Alfie Spinner, Beeves, Benbens, Cloudy Too, Emperor’s Choice, Father Edward, Federici, Gone Too Far, Katenko, La Vaticane, Lamb Or Cod, Racing Pulse, Waldorf Salad,
125/1 Samingarry
ALL QUOTED, NRNB, Enhanced Place Terms – 1/4 odds, first FIVE places
The Randox Health Grand National
Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 8, 2017. 4m 2f 74yds over the Grand National fences. For seven-year-olds and upwards who, up to and including March 20 have been placed first, second, third or fourth in a steeple chase with an official distance description of’ two miles seven and a half furlongs’ 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 12. 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 including February 12would 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 12. At the Handicapper’s discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating. The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final. Entries closes January 31, entries revealed February 1 (110 entries, Otago Trial (IRE) subsequently scratched), weights revealed February 14, first scratchings deadline February 28 (95 remained), second scratchings deadline March 21 (79 remained), five-day confirmations April 3 (70 confirmations), final declarations 10am April 6. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.
 
Horse
Age
Wgt
Owner
Trainer
1)
THE LAST SAMURI (IRE)
9
11-10
Paul & Clare Rooney
Kim Bailey
2)
MORE OF THAT (IRE)
9
11-06
J P McManus
Jonjo O’Neill
3)
SHANTOU FLYER (IRE)
7
11-05
Carl Hinchy
Rebecca Curtis
4)
PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE)
10
11-05
ISL Recruitment
Fergal O’Brien
5)
SAPHIR DU RHEU (FR)
8
11-05
The Stewart Family
Paul Nicholls
6)
ROI DES FRANCS (FR)
8
11-03
Gigginstown House Stud
Gordon Elliott IRE
7)
WOUNDED WARRIOR (IRE)
8
11-02
Gigginstown House Stud
Noel Meade IRE
8)
WONDERFUL CHARM (FR)
9
11-02
Robin Geffen & Sir John Ritblat
Paul Nicholls
9)
TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR)
10
11-01
Boultbee Brooks Ltd
Venetia Williams
10)
BLAKLION
8
11-01
Simon Such & Gino Paletta
Nigel Twiston-Davies
 
 
11)
DROP OUT JOE
9
11-01
The Jesters
Charlie Longsdon
12)
LE MERCUREY (FR)
7
11-00
Patricia Thompson
Paul Nicholls
13)
THE YOUNG MASTER
8
10-13
Dajam & The Old Masters
Neil Mulholland
14)
CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA)
9
10-13
J P McManus
Gordon Elliott IRE
15)
REGAL ENCORE (IRE)
9
10-13
J P McManus
Anthony Honeyball
16)
VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR)
8
10-12
Professor Caroline Tisdall & John Gent
David Pipe
17)
DEFINITLY RED (IRE)
8
10-12
Phil Martin
Brian Ellison
18)
UCELLO CONTI (FR)
9
10-12
Simon Munir/Isaac Souede
Gordon Elliott IRE
19)
DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE)
7
10-12
Crossed Fingers Partnership
Tom George
20)
HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR)
10
10-12
Jennifer Blackwell
Venetia Williams
 
 
21)
PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE)
9
10-12
Malcolm Denmark
Willie Mullins IRE
22)
ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE)
8
10-11
Two Golf Widows
Lucinda Russell
23)
BALLYNAGOUR (IRE)
11
10-11
Allan Stennett
David Pipe
24)
O’FAOLAINS BOY (IRE)
10
10-11
Trembath, Hyde, Outhart & Hill
Rebecca Curtis
25)
HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE)
11
10-11
Patricia Thompson
James Moffatt
26)
BISHOPS ROAD (IRE)
9
10-10
Alan Halsall
Kerry Lee
27)
LORD WINDERMERE (IRE)
11
10-10
Dr Ronan Lambe
Jim Culloty IRE
28)
SAINT ARE (FR)
11
10-10
David Fox
Tom George
29)
VICENTE (FR)
8
10-10
Trevor Hemmings
Paul Nicholls
30)
JUST A PAR (IRE)
10
10-09
Paul Barber & the late Graham Roach
Paul Nicholls
 
 
31)
MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE)
9
10-09
Gigginstown House Stud
Noel Meade IRE
32)
RAZ DE MAREE (FR)
12
10-09
James Swan
Gavin Cromwell IRE
33)
STELLAR NOTION (IRE)
9
10-09
Roger Brookhouse
Henry de Bromhead IRE
34)
PENDRA (IRE)
9
10-08
J P McManus
Charlie Longsdon
35)
ROGUE ANGEL (IRE)
9
10-08
Gigginstown House Stud
Mouse Morris IRE
36)
COCKTAILS AT DAWN
9
10-08
Robin Geffen & Sir John Ritblat
Nicky Henderson
37)
THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE)
9
10-07
Gigginstown House Stud
Mouse Morris IRE
38)
GAS LINE BOY (IRE)
11
10-07
The Three Graces
Ian Williams
39)
GOODTOKNOW
9
10-07
Burling Daresbury MacEchern Nolan Potter
Kerry Lee
40)
LA VATICANE (FR)
8
10-06
Ms Maria Bukhtoyarova
David Pipe
 
 
41)
DOCTOR HARPER (IRE)
9
10-06
The Johnson Family
David Pipe
42)
BLESS THE WINGS (IRE)
12
10-05
Adrian Butler/S P O’Connor
Gordon Elliott IRE
43)
KNOCK HOUSE (IRE)
8
10-04
Tim Leslie
Donald McCain
44)
SAMBREMONT (FR)
7
10-02
Shanakiel Racing Syndicate
Willie Mullins IRE
45)
VIVA STEVE (IRE)
9
10-02
Paul & Clare Rooney
Fergal O’Brien
46)
POTTERS CROSS
10
10-02
Conyers, O’Reilly, Roddis, Zeffman
Rebecca Curtis
47)
BENBENS (IRE)
12
10-02
Sarah Such & Gino Paletta
Nigel Twiston-Davies
48)
POLIDAM (FR)
8
10-01
Simon Munir/Isaac Souede
Willie Mullins IRE
49)
MILANSBAR (IRE)
10
10-01
Robert Bothway
Neil King
50)
LAMB OR COD (IRE)
10
10-01
Terry Warner
Philip Hobbs
 
 
51)
CLOUDY TOO (IRE)
11
10-01
Formulated Polymer Products Ltd
Sue Smith
52)
VYTA DU ROC (FR)
8
10-00
Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
Nicky Henderson
53)
STREETS OF PROMISE (IRE)
8
10-00
Gempro
Michael Scudamore
54)
BEEVES (IRE)
10
9-13
Paul & Clare Rooney
Jennie Candlish
55)
ROYALE KNIGHT
11
9-13
Chris Stedman & Robert Corsan
Dr Richard Newland
56)
LESSONS IN MILAN (IRE)
9
9-12
Trevor Hemmings
Nicky Henderson
57)
ALFIE SPINNER (IRE)
12
9-12
Alan Beard & Brian Beard
Kerry Lee
58)
EMPEROR’S CHOICE (IRE)
10
9-12
The Bellamy Partnership
Venetia Williams
59)
DARE TO ENDEAVOUR
10
9-11
Aidan J Ryan
Eric McNamara IRE
60)
SILVER MAN
10
9-11
John Wardle
Jo Hughes
 
 
61)
FATHER EDWARD (IRE)
8
9-11
Fergus Wilson
David Pipe
62)
SAMINGARRY (FR)
10
9-11
Nigel Hawke Racing Club & Partner
Nigel Hawke
63)
ALVARADO (IRE)
12
9-10
William & Angela Rucker
Fergal O’Brien
64)
MILBOROUGH (IRE)
11
9-10
Helen Cross
Ian Duncan
65)
THE CRAFTY BUTCHER (IRE)
10
9-09
P Byrne/P W Mullins/D Ryan/I Madigan
Willie Mullins IRE
66)
WALDORF SALAD
9
9-09
Alan Parker
Venetia Williams
67)
KATENKO (FR)
11
9-08
Andrew Brooks
Venetia Williams
68)
FEDERICI
8
9-07
Jon Glews
Donald McCain
69)
GONE TOO FAR
9
9-06
Fergus Wilson
David Pipe
70)
RACING PULSE (IRE)
8
9-06
Carl Hinchy
Rebecca Curtis
70 five-day confirmations, 16 Irish-trained
 
THE FOLLOWING NINE HORSES WERE NOT CONFIRMED:
CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE), ALELCHI INOIS (FR), FOXROCK (IRE), MAGGIO (IRE), VICS CANVAS (IRE), ZIGA BOY (FR), THE ROMFORD PELE, STRAIDNAHANNA (IRE) & SIZING COAL (IRE) 

One Comment

  1. Gerry Grehan

    03/02/2017 at 4:45 pm

    looking forward

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