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Grand National 2019 Runners

List of the major runners and riders for the 2019 Grand National

With 40 runners due to line up at Aintree for the Grand National on Saturday 6th April, picking the winner isn't going to be easy. Choosing the right type of Grand National horse to bet on is important, as the race offers a unique test of stamina and jumping.

Timeform Star Guide
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Silk colours for TIGER ROLL (IRE), trained by Gordon Elliott, Ireland and owned by Gigginstown House Stud
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Won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2016/17 and returned to form at the Festival when landing the Cross Country Chase by two lengths from Urgent de Gregaine last season. Followed up in 38-runner Grand National at Aintree by a head from Pleasant Company, looking in full control at The Elbow. Sprang a surprise over hurdles before emphatically winning latest Cross Country Chase. Should make a bold bid to defend his crown despite higher mark this year.

Won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2016/17 and returned to form at the Festival when landing the Cross Country Chase by two lengths from Urgent de Gregaine last season. Followed up in 38-runner Grand National at Aintree by a head from Pleasant Company, looking in full control at The Elbow. Sprang a surprise over hurdles before emphatically winning latest Cross Country Chase. Should make a bold bid to defend his crown despite higher mark this year.

Silk colours for ANIBALE FLY (FR), trained by A. J. Martin, Ireland and owned by Mr John P. McManus
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Won the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown (by 7 lengths from Ucello Conti) in December 2017 and shaped well when third to Native River in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham. Ran a blinder when fourth to Tiger Roll in 2018 Grand National and looks a major player for the 2019 renewal as a result. Trip far too short on reappearance, but much more encouraging when second at Gowran on his next start, and ran another cracking race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup to finish second to Al Boum Photo last time.

Won the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown (by 7 lengths from Ucello Conti) in December 2017 and shaped well when third to Native River in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham. Ran a blinder when fourth to Tiger Roll in 2018 Grand National and looks a major player for the 2019 renewal as a result. Trip far too short on reappearance, but much more encouraging when second at Gowran on his next start, and ran another cracking race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup to finish second to Al Boum Photo last time.

Silk colours for VINTAGE CLOUDS (IRE), trained by Sue Smith and owned by Mr Trevor Hemmings
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Won at Aintree (novice event, by 18 lengths from Lovely Job) on 2017/18 return and made similar winning reappearance when winning six-runner event at Haydock . Turned in a rare poor effort in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow in December, but back to form with excellent second at Cheltenham following a wind op. Stays 4m well.

Won at Aintree (novice event, by 18 lengths from Lovely Job) on 2017/18 return and made similar winning reappearance when winning six-runner event at Haydock . Turned in a rare poor effort in the Welsh Grand National at Chepstow in December, but back to form with excellent second at Cheltenham following a wind op. Stays 4m well.

Silk colours for MALL DINI (IRE), trained by Patrick G. Kelly, Ireland and owned by Philip J. Reynolds
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Won the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham in 2016 and was excellent second to Missed Approach in Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase back there a year later. Probably needed the run when third over inadequate trip at Punchestown on his reappearance, and more signs of life in the Thyestes Chase in January. Unsurprisingly not suited by drop to 2m in a maiden chase at Limerick last time but much better expected over this sort of trip.

Won the Pertemps Final at Cheltenham in 2016 and was excellent second to Missed Approach in Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase back there a year later. Probably needed the run when third over inadequate trip at Punchestown on his reappearance, and more signs of life in the Thyestes Chase in January. Unsurprisingly not suited by drop to 2m in a maiden chase at Limerick last time but much better expected over this sort of trip.

Silk colours for MS PARFOIS (IRE), trained by Anthony Honeyball and owned by Mr M. R. Chapman
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Strong-staying mare who won a handicap at Cheltenham, listed mares novice at Newbury and listed novice at Warwick in 2017/18, also second in the four-miler at the Cheltenham Festival. Shaped as if needing the run when well-beaten sixth of 12 to Sizing Tennessee in Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury in December, and stepped up considerably on that when runner-up to Potters Corner in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter last time. Should have more to offer over marathon trips.

Strong-staying mare who won a handicap at Cheltenham, listed mares novice at Newbury and listed novice at Warwick in 2017/18, also second in the four-miler at the Cheltenham Festival. Shaped as if needing the run when well-beaten sixth of 12 to Sizing Tennessee in Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury in December, and stepped up considerably on that when runner-up to Potters Corner in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter last time. Should have more to offer over marathon trips.

Silk colours for ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE), trained by Lucinda Russell and owned by Two Golf Widows
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Won 3 of 4 starts in 2016/17, at Kelso, Warwick (Classic Chase) and Grand National at Aintree (by 4½ lengths from Cause of Causes). Unseated his rider at the third in the Many Clouds Chase won by Definitly Red at Aintree in December, and just starting to make some headway when again losing his partner at Haydock last time. Not the smoothest preparation.

Won 3 of 4 starts in 2016/17, at Kelso, Warwick (Classic Chase) and Grand National at Aintree (by 4½ lengths from Cause of Causes). Unseated his rider at the third in the Many Clouds Chase won by Definitly Red at Aintree in December, and just starting to make some headway when again losing his partner at Haydock last time. Not the smoothest preparation.

Silk colours for PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Mr Malcolm C. Denmark
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Won the Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase at Punchestown and Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse (by half a length from Thunder And Roses) in 2016/17. Made little impact in handicaps but back to best when head second of 38 to Tiger Roll in Grand National at Aintree last season, jumping superbly in main and rallying well after being headed. Not at best so far this term but likely to peak on the day.

Won the Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase at Punchestown and Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse (by half a length from Thunder And Roses) in 2016/17. Made little impact in handicaps but back to best when head second of 38 to Tiger Roll in Grand National at Aintree last season, jumping superbly in main and rallying well after being headed. Not at best so far this term but likely to peak on the day.

Silk colours for WALK IN THE MILL (FR), trained by Robert Walford and owned by Baroness Harding
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Well-backed and improved upon reappearance effort when winning 18-runner Becher Chase at Aintree by 4½ lengths from Vieux Lion Rouge, suited by emphasis on stamina. Extra mile to negotiate in the Grand National itself, but usually a sound jumper and looks one to keep on side after two solid runs over hurdles recently.

Well-backed and improved upon reappearance effort when winning 18-runner Becher Chase at Aintree by 4½ lengths from Vieux Lion Rouge, suited by emphasis on stamina. Extra mile to negotiate in the Grand National itself, but usually a sound jumper and looks one to keep on side after two solid runs over hurdles recently.

Silk colours for GENERAL PRINCIPLE (IRE), trained by Gordon Elliott, Ireland and owned by Gigginstown House Stud
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Won twice as a novice before finishing fifth in the 2017 Irish Grand National. Hadn’t made much impact in handicaps before last-gasp win in 2018 Irish Grand National. Brought along steadily so far this season, but more encouragement at Punchestown in February and was in the process of running well before a bad error at Cheltenham last time. Has been aimed at this race.

Won twice as a novice before finishing fifth in the 2017 Irish Grand National. Hadn’t made much impact in handicaps before last-gasp win in 2018 Irish Grand National. Brought along steadily so far this season, but more encouragement at Punchestown in February and was in the process of running well before a bad error at Cheltenham last time. Has been aimed at this race.

Silk colours for BLAKLION, trained by Philip Kirby and owned by Darren & Annaley Yates
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2017 fourth who proved better than ever when chasing home Bristol de Mai in the following season's Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, and was most impressive when going one better in the 2017 Becher Chase. Unseated rider early in the 2018 Grand National. Not at his best on reappearance in latest Becher Chase, but more encouraging signs over hurdles recently. Has since left Nigel Twiston-Davies.

2017 fourth who proved better than ever when chasing home Bristol de Mai in the following season's Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, and was most impressive when going one better in the 2017 Becher Chase. Unseated rider early in the 2018 Grand National. Not at his best on reappearance in latest Becher Chase, but more encouraging signs over hurdles recently. Has since left Nigel Twiston-Davies.

Below is the full list of entries for the 2019 Randox Health Grand National. Click on the horse name or trainer name to get the latest form.

What makes a good Grand National horse? The right Grand National horse has to have the perfect blend of qualities, with Grand National winners needing to handle the occasion, with the one-off event including a Grand National parade of horses in front of the stands. It’s also important for Grand National contenders to possess the tactical speed in the traditional cavalry charge to the first fence, and to take the hustle and bustle of the race in their stride.

The Timeform runner-by-runner guide provides the top Grand National contenders, giving you all the details you need such as the horse’s age and the weight they have to carry, along with their recent form, plus we also give expert Timeform insight and Star Ratings to help you find the winner.

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