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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
Leading Contender
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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.

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.

Silk colours for BELLSHILL (IRE), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Andrea & Graham Wylie
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Won the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse and Punchestown Gold Cup (by ¾ length from Djakadam) in 2017/18, and ran well when a close-up fourth of 30 to General Principle in the Irish Grand National Chase at Fairyhouse in between, travelling strongly and looking in command before losing focus at the last (demoted for causing interference). Interesting contender.

Won the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse and Punchestown Gold Cup (by ¾ length from Djakadam) in 2017/18, and ran well when a close-up fourth of 30 to General Principle in the Irish Grand National Chase at Fairyhouse in between, travelling strongly and looking in command before losing focus at the last (demoted for causing interference). Interesting contender.

Silk colours for BLAKLION, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and owned by S Such & CG Paletta
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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 2018 Becher Chase.

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 2018 Becher Chase.

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. Shaped as if needing the run on reappearanec at Navan and an interesting contender if 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. Shaped as if needing the run on reappearanec at Navan and an interesting contender if aimed at this race

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 last time. Often races towards rear.

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 last time. Often races towards rear.

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 last time. This test looks ideal.

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 last time. This test looks ideal.

Silk colours for ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE), trained by Lucinda Russell and owned by Two Golf Widows

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). Missed the following season due to a leg injury and didn't get far on return from 20 months off, close up when unseating his rider at the third in the Many Clouds Chase won by Definitly Red at Aintree last time.

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). Missed the following season due to a leg injury and didn't get far on return from 20 months off, close up when unseating his rider at the third in the Many Clouds Chase won by Definitly Red at Aintree last time.

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 time, jumping superbly in main and rallying well after being headed. Major player.

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 time, jumping superbly in main and rallying well after being headed. Major player.

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 (tied up and advantage reduced close home). Solid return in November, but comes to life in the spring and should make a bold bid to defend his crown.

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 (tied up and advantage reduced close home). Solid return in November, but comes to life in the spring and should make a bold bid to defend his crown.

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 last time by ½ length from Takingrisks. Third in last season's Scottish Grand National and 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 last time by ½ length from Takingrisks. Third in last season's Scottish Grand National and stays 4m well.

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 last time 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.

Well-backed and improved upon reappearance effort when winning 18-runner Becher Chase at Aintree last time 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.

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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