Tidal Bay tops National weights

  • Last Updated: February 11 2014, 13:23 GMT

Tidal Bay has been allotted top weight of 11st 10lb for the Crabbie's Grand National at Aintree on April 5.

Tidal Bay: Tops National weights
Tidal Bay: Tops National weights

The Paul Nicholls-trained 13-year-old was given the same weight for the race last year only for injury to bring a premature end to his season and force him to miss the marathon event.

Tidal Bay, who was last seen finishing second in the Irish Hennessy at Leopardstown over the weekend, is followed by Nicky Henderson's Long Run, who has been given 11st 9lb at Aintree.

Fellow Henderson inmate Hunt Ball, a previous Cheltenham Festival winner, is on 11st 7lb, while Gordon Elliott's Roi Du Mee has been given 11st 6lb.

Another Henderson contender, the Hennessy winner Triolo D'Alene, who claimed the Topham Chase over the National fences last year, is on the same weight.

The Seven Barrows team is completed by Shakalakaboomboom on 10st 3lb.

Rocky Creek, runner up in both the Hennessy and the Argento Chase, is another leading fancy for Nicholls on 11st 5lb, with Venetia Williams' Katenko on 11st 4lb, the same weight as he was given at this stage last year.

Nicholls also has Kauto Stone (11st 1lb), Sire Collonges (10st 8lb), Hawkes Point (10st 6lb), Mon Parrain (10st 7lb) and There's No Panic (9st 11lb).

The Michael Scudamore-trained Monbeg Dude is towards the head of the market with most firms for the four-mile-three-and-a-half-furlong race and he has been given 10st 9lb, while last year's third Teaforthree, trained by Rebecca Curtis, has 10st 12lb.

Curtis said: ''I think that's a lovely weight for Teaforthree. I'm very happy.

''He's got 5lb less than he carried in the race last year, so you'd have to be very hopeful.

''I do want to get two runs into him before Aintree, so he'll probably run at Ascot on Saturday and then in something at Cheltenham.''

Ted Walsh has two contenders in Colbert Station (11st) and Seabass, who has been allotted 11st 2lb - the same weight as in the initial handicap last year.

Willie Mullins has eight possibles, headed by Boston Bob and On His Own, who have both been given 11st 3lb.

Prince De Beauchene (10st 10lb), Vesper Bell (10st 5lb), Away We Go (10st 4lb), Quel Esprit (10st), Up The Beat (10st) and Rockyaboya (9st 11lb) comprise his team at this stage.

Last year's Scottish National hero Godsmejudge has an initial mark of 10st 11lb, while Mossey Joe, now trained by Enda Bolger following his sale to owner Barry Connell, has 11st 1lb.

Bolger said: ''I think he looks highly rated for a hunter chaser, but all his best form seems to be in the latter half of the season.

''We intend to give him a run in a point-to-point on Sunday week. He's settled in fine.''

The Irish handler also has Quantitativeeasing (10st 9lb) and Quiscover Fontaine (9st 10lb) engaged at this stage.

Bolger said: ''I don't think he (Quantitativeeasing) is qualified to run in the race yet, so we are running out of time as the ground has been so heavy.

''That's a nice weight for Quiscover Fontaine. He'll probably go for the cross-country race at Cheltenham first.''

Bog Warrior is an interesting entry on 11st 2lb with the 10-year-old having been off the track since suffering an injury when finishing fifth in the World Hurdle last year.

Nicholls has taken Tidal Bay out of the Cheltenham Gold Cup to concentrate solely on his Aintree mission.

Speaking at the National weights lunch held at the world-famous Abbey Road Studios, Nicholls said: "I had a long chat with Graham (Wylie, owner) and decided if he's going to run in the Gold Cup you've got to train him for the Gold Cup, so we took him out to focus on Aintree."

Grand National Weights:

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer

1) 121-1532 TIDAL BAY (IRE) 13-11-10 Andrea & Graham Wylie Paul Nicholls
2) 132-54U LONG RUN (FR) 9-11-09 Robert Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
3) 13-6060 HUNT BALL (IRE) 9-11-07 Atlantic Equine Nicky Henderson
4) 1-F21P20 ROI DU MEE (FR) 9-11-06 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
5) 301-131 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-F443 KATENKO (FR) 8-11-04 Andrew Brooks Venetia Williams
8) 11FF-16 BOSTON BOB (IRE) 9-11-03 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
9) 5-10661 ON HIS OWN (IRE) 10-11-03 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
10) 3/F1115- BOG WARRIOR (IRE) 10-11-02 Gigginstown House Stud Tony Martin IRE
11) 13/230-6 SEABASS (IRE) 11-11-02 Gunners Syndicate Ted Walsh IRE
12) P0P-553 KAUTO STONE (FR) 8-11-01 Robin Geffen Paul Nicholls
13) 2U11-11 MOSSEY JOE (IRE) 11-11-01 Barry Connell Enda Bolger IRE
14) 145-F405 QUITO DE LA ROQUE (FR) 10-11-01 Gigginstown House Stud Colm Murphy IRE
15) 110-012 CANTLOW (IRE) 9-11-00 J P McManus Paul Webber
16) 1U-03U0 COLBERT STATION (IRE) 10-11-00 J P McManus Ted Walsh IRE
17) 30-3626 RUBI LIGHT (FR) 9-11-00 Bill Hennessy Robbie Hennessy IRE
18) 1112212 TONER D'OUDAIRIES (FR) 7-11-00 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
19) 22P52-U4 WALKON (FR) 9-11-00 McNeill Family Alan King
20) 20P-111 BALTHAZAR KING (IRE) 10-10-13 The Brushmakers Philip Hobbs
21) P-21221U CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE) 8-10-13 J P McManus John Kiely IRE
22) P06-52P WAYWARD PRINCE 10-10-13 John & Mrs Hilary Parrott Hilary Parrott
23) 155-P03 CAPE TRIBULATION 10-10-12 David Abell Malcolm Jefferson
24) -450311 MR MOONSHINE (IRE) 10-10-12 Douglas Pryde, Jim Beaumont & David van der Hoeven Sue Smith
25) 06203-0 TEAFORTHREE (IRE) 10-10-12 Conyers, O'Reilly, Roddis, Zeffman Rebecca Curtis
26) 010-501 ACROSS THE BAY (IRE) 10-10-11 Scotch Piper Syndicate Donald McCain
27) F11111 DOUBLE SEVEN (IRE) 8-10-11 J P McManus Martin Brassil IRE
28) 2131-5P GODSMEJUDGE (IRE) 8-10-11 Favourites Racing Alan King
29) 0/530P-1 PLANET OF SOUND 12-10-11 Charles Lloyd-Baker Philip Hobbs
30) 11-1PRP BATTLE GROUP 9-10-10 Jolly Boys Outing Johnny Farrelly
31) 65-0510 BUCKERS BRIDGE (IRE) 8-10-10 Ann & Alan Potts Partnership Henry de Bromhead IRE
32) 11/PP-501 LION NA BEARNAI (IRE) 12-10-10 The Lock Syndicate Tom Gibney IRE
33) 12-3004 PRINCE DE BEAUCHENE (FR) 11-10-10 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
34) 5/3/1/P1/ MASSINI'S MAGUIRE (IRE) 13-10-09 Alan Peterson Tim Vaughan
35) 13P-341 MONBEG DUDE (IRE) 9-10-09 Oydunow Michael Scudamore
36) 00PU-20 QUANTITATIVEEASING (IRE) 9-10-09 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
37) 2/5PU-01 SUNNYHILLBOY (IRE) 11-10-09 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
38) 1/F0211-2 BIG SHU (IRE) 9-10-08 H Duffy/R J Robinson/Miss C M Woods Peter Maher IRE
39) 42/-500P BURTON PORT (IRE) 10-10-08 Trevor Hemmings Jonjo O'Neill
40) P-25P434 JUNIOR 11-10-08 Middleham Park Racing LI David Pipe
41) 0P/124-0 OUR FATHER (IRE) 8-10-08 The Ives & Johnson Families David Pipe
42) 203-061 SIRE COLLONGES (FR) 8-10-08 Angela & Bill Tincknell Paul Nicholls
43) 12/034/-P MON PARRAIN (FR) 8-10-07 John & Barbara Cotton Paul Nicholls
44) 241-3315 MOUNTAINOUS (IRE) 9-10-07 Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Potter Richard Lee
45) 4UP-261 THE RAINBOW HUNTER 10-10-07 May We Never Be Found Out Partnership Kim Bailey
46) 2P-1262 VINTAGE STAR (IRE) 8-10-07 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
47) 0400-1P CHANCE DU ROY (FR) 10-10-06 Miss I D Du Pre Philip Hobbs
48) 212P-42 HAWKES POINT 9-10-06 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
49) P513-35 HOME FARM (IRE) 7-10-06 Chris Jones Arthur Moore IRE
50) 2-44110 KRUZHLININ (GER) 7-10-06 Paul & Clare Rooney Donald McCain
51) 35F201 PINEAU DE RE (FR) 11-10-06 J A Provan Dr Richard Newland
52) 3-20116 WHITE STAR LINE (IRE) 10-10-06 Exors of the late Patsy Byrne Dessie Hughes IRE
53) 01R03/3- GOLAN WAY 10-10-05 W R B Racing 58 Tim Vaughan
54) 421-0102 MIDNIGHT APPEAL 9-10-05 David Sewell Alan King
55) P0-FP13P PETE THE FEAT (IRE) 10-10-05 G J Larby & P J Smith Charlie Longsdon
56) 125010 TWIRLING MAGNET (IRE) 8-10-05 Gay Smith Jonjo O'Neill
57) 302-FU0 VESPER BELL (IRE) 8-10-05 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
58) 400123- AWAY WE GO (IRE) 11-10-04 O'Gorman Partnership Willie Mullins IRE
59) 01631P MART LANE (IRE) 9-10-04 Jim Stewart Dr Richard Newland
60) 001140 RENARD (FR) 9-10-04 ROA Arkle Partnership Venetia Williams
61) 612-00P SAME DIFFERENCE (IRE) 8-10-04 Mrs R Vaughan Nigel Twiston-Davies
62) 5/4/14PP-0 THE PACKAGE 11-10-04 The Johnson Family David Pipe
63) 11P-03P WELL REFRESHED 10-10-04 Patrick Wilmott Gary Moore
64) 15211-P0 RAZ DE MAREE (FR) 9-10-03 Dessie Hughes Dessie Hughes IRE
65)114P-01 ROSE OF THE MOON (IRE) 9-10-03 Middleham Park Racing XXXIII & Partners David O'Meara
66) 0/11220/- SHAKALAKABOOMBOOM (IRE) 10-10-03 Liam Breslin Nicky Henderson
67) 606F0-12 TATENEN (FR) 10-10-03 The Stewart Family Richard Rowe
68) 6R3-51P ALVARADO (IRE) 9-10-02 William & Angela Rucker Fergal O'Brien
69) 356-24P HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) 8-10-02 The Unusual Suspects Emma Lavelle
70) 51433-0 LAST TIME D'ALBAIN (FR) 10-10-02 Fontstown Syndicate Liam Cusack IRE
71) 1P-130P LOST GLORY (NZ) 9-10-02 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
72) 20-2553 MERRY KING (IRE) 7-10-02 F Gillespie Jonjo O'Neill
73) 23-F3P4 ONE IN A MILAN (IRE) 9-10-02 Paul Langford Evan Williams
74) 1/P10//02-6 PANDORAMA (IRE) 11-10-02 B Mellon/P McBride/Michael D Muldoon Noel Meade IRE
75) 3P1-250 GOONYELLA (IRE) 7-10-01 Ann & Alan Potts Partnership Jim Dreaper IRE
76) 1162-0P GOULANES (IRE) 8-10-01 Roger Brookhouse David Pipe
77) 3400-10 IKORODU ROAD 11-10-01 W J Odell Matt Sheppard
78) 16-060P LIBERTY COUNSEL (IRE) 11-10-01 Neale/Murtagh Partnership Dot Love IRE
79) 14406-5 SWING BILL (FR) 13-10-01 Halewood International Ltd David Pipe
80) 113/04P-0 QUEL ESPRIT (FR) 10-10-00 Jackie Mullins Willie Mullins IRE
81) B/0010-54 SOLL 9-10-00 Derrick Mossop Jo Hughes
82) 66/3124/-0 UP THE BEAT 9-10-00 Mrs A M Varmen/R J D Varmen Willie Mullins IRE
83) 121114 MINELLA FOR VALUE (IRE) 8-9-13 Maxilead Limited John Butler
84) 1-2301P NIGHT IN MILAN (IRE) 8-9-13 Richard Collins Keith Reveley
85) 3000-04 SAINT ARE (FR) 8-9-13 David Fox Tim Vaughan
86) 22/0-P50P OUT NOW (IRE) 10-9-12 Dermot Cox/Nelius Hayes Edward O'Grady IRE
87) 62-5023 TRANQUIL SEA (IRE) 12-9-12 No Dramas Partnership 1 Warren Greatrex
88) 13/304-4 ALFIE SHERRIN 11-9-11 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
89) 1P0-332 COURT BY SURPRISE (IRE) 9-9-11 Nick Mustoe Emma Lavelle
90) U20441 ROCKYABOYA (IRE) 10-9-11 P W Mullins Willie Mullins IRE
91) 03F-000 ROMANESCO (FR) 9-9-11 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
92) 2B6-P51 THERE'S NO PANIC (IRE) 9-9-11 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
93) 62P-0B20 ORPHEUS VALLEY (IRE) 11-9-10 No Horse Box Syndicate Tom Gibney IRE
94) 6050F-03 QUISCOVER FONTAINE (FR) 10-9-10 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
95) F11110 STANDING OVATION (IRE) 7-9-10 The Bravo Partnership David Pipe
96) 103-00P WYCK HILL (IRE) 10-9-10 J P McManus David Bridgwater
97) 0-33412 BAILE ANRAI (IRE) 10-9-09 Massive Dan Skelton
98) 2110F0 GULLIBLE GORDON (IRE) 11-9-09 Karen Bowen Peter Bowen
99) PP/4-P05 QUINZ (FR) 10-9-09 Andrew Cohen Philip Hobbs
100) 1-24003 UNDERTHEBOARDWALK (IRE) 8-9-08 Independent Syndicate Tony Martin IRE
101) 6-1FF11 WRONG TURN (IRE) 8-9-08 John Breslin Tony Martin IRE
102) 0-P5325 ANY CURRENCY (IRE) 11-9-06 Cash Is King Martin Keighley
103) P023-42 REAL MILAN (IRE) 9-9-06 Diana Whateley Donald McCain
104) 6-5U024P SIR DU BEARN (FR) 8-9-06 Mickey Bowen Peter Bowen
105) F-04654 SOLIX (FR) 8-9-06 Paul Vogt Ian Williams
106) 3313F65 STORM SURVIVOR (IRE) 8-9-06 J P McManus Jonjo O'Neill
107) 013444 VICTRIX GALE (IRE) 8-9-06 Badgers Syndicate Tony Martin IRE
108) 000035 WHODOYOUTHINK (IRE) 9-9-06 Redgap Partnership Oliver McKiernan IRE
109) 004-26P TOUR DES CHAMPS (FR) 7-9-04 Raymond Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
110) 13-2520P BOB FORD (IRE) 7-9-03 The Bob Ford Partnership Rebecca Curtis
111) 104F0U LIVING NEXT DOOR (IRE) 8-9-03 John Breslin Tony Martin IRE
112) 4-22112 MERLIN'S WISH 9-9-02 Miss R Toppin Martin Keighley
113) 121300 SERGEANT PINK (IRE) 8-8-11 Andrew Sayer Dianne Sayer
114) 0-P000P TARQUINIUS (FR) 11-8-11 Richard Gilbert Gordon Elliott IRE

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