17:15 Aintree

Saturday 8 April 2017

All13:4514:2515:0015:4016:2017:1518:15

    Randox Health Grand National (Grade 3 Handicap Chase)

  • 7YO plus  |   Class 1  |   4m 2f 74y  |   Good to Soft (Good in places)  |   40 Runners  |   Turf
  • Weighed In
  • Off time: 17:22  |   Winning time: 9m 2.8s
1st
Horse silk
22
14/1
T: Miss Lucinda V RussellJ: D R Fox
Held up behind, headway after 22nd (2nd bechers), tracked leaders going well before 2 out, led narrowly before last, ridden and stayed on strongly approaching elbow
2nd
Horse silk
4 ½
14
16/1
T: G ElliottJ: Mr J J Codd
Mid-division, hampered 6th (bechers), headway 24th (2nd canal turn), effort when bumped 2 out, pressed winner last, soon ridden and every chance, one pace and held approaching elbow
3rd
Horse silk
3 ¾
28
1110-10
25/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: D N Russell
Tracked leaders, driven and outpaced after 3 out, 5th approaching last, ridden and stayed on to take 3rd towards finish, no impression with front pair
4th
Horse silk
½
10
8/1f
T: N A Twiston-DaviesJ: N D Fehily
Tracked leaders, went 2nd after 24th (2nd canal turn), led after 4 out, driven and headed before last, soon ridden, no impression with front pair flat, lost 3rd towards finish op 10/1 tchd 8/1 and 12/1 in places
5th
Horse silk
8
37
50/1
T: Ian WilliamsJ: R T Dunne
Mid-division, in touch 21st, hit 24th (2nd canal turn), effort when bumped 2 out, every chance last, soon ridden and one pace, no extra approaching elbow
6th
Horse silk
10
16
12/1
T: D PipeJ: T Scudamore
Mid-division, tracked leaders 11th, driven and outpaced before 2 out, no impression after tchd 14/1
7th
Horse silk
1
27
33/1
T: J H CullotyJ: L P Aspell
Mistakes early, held up behind, headway 19th, chased leaders 4 out, switched outside before 2 out, ridden and kept on same pace from last, no impression
8th
Horse silk
nk
15
33/1
T: A J HoneyballJ: R M Power
Towards rear, headway after 3 out, ridden after next, kept on same pace, no impression op 40/1 tchd 33/1
9th
Horse silk
hd
21
11/1
T: W P MullinsJ: Ruby Walsh
Mid-division, tracked leaders 11th, blundered 25th (2nd valentines), driven and one pace after 2 out, no impression after op 14/1 tchd 11/1
10th
Horse silk
14
20
50/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Charlie Deutsch
Towards rear, ridden after 2 out, never near leaders op 40/1 tchd 50/1
11th
Horse silk
2 ¾
23
66/1
T: D PipeJ: David Noonan
Towards rear, some headway before 2 out, never nearer
12th
Horse silk
1 ¼
12
50/1
T: P F NichollsJ: S Bowen
Mid-division, ridden after 2 out, never a threat
13th
Horse silk
3 ½
38
66/1
T: Kerry LeeJ: Jake Greenall
Tracked leaders, mistake 24th (2nd canal turn), outpaced 3 out, weakened next
14th
Horse silk
3 ½
30
33/1
T: P F NichollsJ: H Cobden
Always behind
15th
Horse silk
6
39
80/1
T: D PipeJ: R P McLernon
Mid-division, outpaced before 2 out, never near leaders, ridden and weakened after last
16th
Horse silk
7
1
16/1
T: K C BaileyJ: David Bass
Tracked leaders, lost place 22nd (2nd bechers), weakened afetr 3 out
17th
Horse silk
6
9
40/1
T: Miss V WilliamsJ: Aidan Coleman
Mid-division, weakened after 3 out
18th
Horse silk
7
6
50/1
T: G ElliottJ: J W Kennedy
Prominent, led 5th to 7th, with leader, led again narrowly after 12th, headed when carried wide by loose horse after 16th (water), remained prominent, lost place after 4 out, weakened 2 out
19th
Horse silk
11
8
28/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Ms K Walsh
Always behind op 25/1 tchd 28/1

Also Ran

PU
Horse silk
2
16/1
T: Jonjo O'NeillJ: B J Geraghty
Held up mid-division, weakened after 3 out, pulled up before last op 14/1 tchd 16/1
PU
Horse silk
3
50/1
T: Miss R CurtisJ: Jonathan Moore
Mid-division, hampered by loose horse 17th, weakened and pulled up before 4 out
PU
Horse silk
4
33/1
T: F O'BrienJ: P J Brennan
In touch on outside, lost place when mistake 26th, pulled up before 4 out
UR
Horse silk
5
16/1
T: P F NichollsJ: Sam Twiston-Davies
Mid-division on outside when blundered badly and unseated rider 11th tchd 20/1
PU
Horse silk
7
33/1
T: N MeadeJ: S W Flanagan
Towards rear, headway into mid-division 22nd (2nd bechers), weakened 4 out, behind when pulled up before last op 40/1 tchd 33/1
PU
Horse silk
11
33/1
T: C E LongsdonJ: T J O'Brien
Always behind, weakened 2 out, pulled up before last
F
Horse silk
13
20/1
T: N P MulhollandJ: Mr Sam Waley-Cohen
Close up when fell 6th (bechers)
PU
Horse silk
17
10/1
T: B EllisonJ: Danny Cook
Tracked leaders, badly hampered and rider lost irons 6th (bechers), soon not recover, pulled up before 9th (valentines)
UR
Horse silk
18
20/1
T: G ElliottJ: D A Jacob
In touch on inside, blundered and unseated rider 22nd (2nd bechers) tchd 18/1
PU
Horse silk
19
33/1
T: T R GeorgeJ: Adrian Heskin
Close up on outer, lost place 4 out, soon behind, pulled up before 2 out
PU
Horse silk
24
50/1
T: Miss R CurtisJ: P Townend
Mid-division, outpaced before 2 out, well held when blundered last, soon pulled up op 66/1 tchd 50/1
PU
Horse silk
25
25/1
T: James MoffattJ: Henry Brooke
Led to 5th, in touch, lost place 22nd (2nd bechers) weakened before 2 out, pulled up before last tchd 30/1 in place
PU
Horse silk
26
66/1
T: Kerry LeeJ: J E Moore
Always behind, weakened 2 out, weakened 2 out, pulled up before last
F
Horse silk
29
810-10
16/1
T: P F NichollsJ: B S Hughes
Mid-division, fell 1st
UR
Horse silk
31
40/1
T: N MeadeJ: D Meyler
Mid-division, mistake 6th (bechers), blundered and unseated rider 15th (chair)
UR
Horse silk
32
33/1
T: G P CromwellJ: G N Fox
Towards rear, hampered and unseated rider 6th (bechers)
PU
Horse silk
33
50/1
T: H De BromheadJ: D J Mullins
Prominent on outer, lost place 9th, (valentines), soon behind, pulled up before 13th op 40/1 tchd 50/1
PU
Horse silk
34
20/1
T: M F MorrisJ: B J Cooper
With leader, led 7th to 12th, close up, led again after 16th (water), made most after, headed after 4 out, weakened 2 out, pulled up after last
F
Horse silk
35
33/1
T: N J HendersonJ: N de Boinville
Fell 1st op 40/1 tchd 33/1
UR
Horse silk
36
25/1
T: M F MorrisJ: M A Enright
Prominent, when hampered by loose horse and unseated rider 9th (valentines)
PU
Horse silk
40
50/1
T: D PipeJ: C O'Farrell
Always behind, blundered 14th, weakened 3 out, pulled up before next

Watch Race Replay

Unlimited race replays of all UK & Irish racing

Access to exclusive features all for FREE - No monthly subscription fee

Log in with your existing Sporting Life, Sky Bet, or Sky Games account. If you don't have any of those, it's completely FREE to register!

Betting Breakdown

Tote Win:£14.70Pl:£3.60, £4.70, £8.40, £3.50EX:£330.50Trifecta:£5,802.20Tricast:£5,602.59SF:£187.25Swingers:£61.50, £29.80, £124.40

Forecasts

Blaklion (8/1), Definitly Red (10/1), Pleasant Company (11/1), Vieux Lion Rouge (12/1), One For Arthur (14/1), Cause Of Causes (16/1), The Last Samuri (16/1), Vicente (16/1), Saphir Du Rheu (16/1), More Of That (16/1), The Young Master (20/1), Ucello Conti (20/1), Rogue Angel (20/1), Saint Are (25/1), Highland Lodge (25/1), Thunder And Roses (25/1), Wonderful Charm (28/1), Lord Windermere (33/1), Regal Encore (33/1), Just A Par (33/1), Perfect Candidate (33/1), Cocktails At Dawn (33/1), Double Shuffle (33/1), Wounded Warrior (33/1), Drop Out Joe (33/1), Raz De Maree (33/1), Tenor Nivernais (40/1), Measureofmydreams (40/1), Gas Line Boy (50/1), Houblon Des Obeaux (50/1), Le Mercurey (50/1), Roi Des Francs (50/1), Stellar Notion (50/1), O'Faolains Boy (50/1), Shantou Flyer (50/1), Doctor Harper (50/1), Ballynagour (66/1), Goodtoknow (66/1), Bishops Road (66/1), La Vaticane (80/1)

Verdict

No horse has won the Aintree Grand National off top-weight since Red Rum in 1974, but if any horse can, it's THE LAST SAMURI. He went very close to winning last year and rarely does a horse take to these fences as well as he has. The better ground will help negate the rise in the weights and he may be able to make history. Saphir Du Rheu gave a career best performance in the Gold Cup last time and his jumping has come on no-end in his last couple of starts. Vieux Lion Rouge and Definitly Red both look well-handicapped but they're likely to be near the head of the market and they're not guaranteed to enjoy this test with the former fading in last year's renewal and the latter the sort to take risks at his fences. Last year's Scottish Grand National winner Vicente is preferred for the places. Nicholls holds a strong hand in this year's race with the aforementioned Saphir Du Rheu, and Vicente looks like a versatile sort who may be able to grab a place for his trainer looking for his second win in the race.
  1. The Last Samuri
  2. Saphir Du Rheu
  3. Vicente

Prize Money

1st: £561,300.002nd: £211,100.003rd: £105,500.004th: £52,700.005th: £26,500.006th: £13,200.007th: £6,800.008th: £3,600.009th: £2,000.0010th: £1,000.00

MOST READ RACING

Sporting Life
Race Replays
Unlimited race replays of all UK & Irish racing.
Access to exclusive features all for FREE - No monthly subscription fee
Click HERE for more information

RACING TIPS

Next Off