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Grand National 2018 Runners

List of the major runners and riders for the 2018 Grand National

With 40 runners due to line up at Aintree for the Grand National on Saturday 14th April, picking the winner isn't going to be easy. See below for the Timeform runner-by-runner guide to 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.

Timeform Star Guide
Leading Contender
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Silk colours for TOTAL RECALL (IRE), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Slaneyville Syndicate
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Weight: 11-5
Age: 9

Showed much-improved form on his stable debut when winning the Munster National at Limerick in October, before defying a huge hike in the weights to follow up in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury the following month. Capitalised on a lower hurdles to mark to complete the hat-trick at Leopardstown in February and was in the process of running well when falling in the Gold Cup last time. Has proven form in big-field races and looks sure to progress further, still unexposed at staying trips, after all.

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Showed much-improved form on his stable debut when winning the Munster National at Limerick in October, before defying a huge hike in the weights to follow up in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury the following month. Capitalised on a lower hurdles to mark to complete the hat-trick at Leopardstown in February and was in the process of running well when falling in the Gold Cup last time. Has proven form in big-field races and looks sure to progress further, still unexposed at staying trips, after all.

Silk colours for ANIBALE FLY (FR), trained by A. J. Martin, Ireland and owned by Mr John P. McManus
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Weight: 11-8
Age: 8

Won the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown (by 7 lengths from Ucello Conti) in December and shaped well when third to Native River in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last time, suited by a thorough test of stamina. Looks the type to come into his own over extreme distances and commands plenty of respect as a result.

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Won the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown (by 7 lengths from Ucello Conti) in December and shaped well when third to Native River in the Gold Cup at Cheltenham last time, suited by a thorough test of stamina. Looks the type to come into his own over extreme distances and commands plenty of respect as a result.

Silk colours for SEEYOUATMIDNIGHT, trained by Sandy Thomson and owned by Mrs D. Thompson
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Weight: 10-12
Age: 10

Won three of his first five starts over fences in 2015/16, before running a cracker to finish third in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr on his final start that season. Limited to just three starts last term but ran ok on comeback over inadequate trip at Newbury. Stands out at the weights if returning anywhere near his best, though, and has been well backed in his bid to become the second consecutive Scottish-trained winner of the race.

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Won three of his first five starts over fences in 2015/16, before running a cracker to finish third in the Scottish Grand National at Ayr on his final start that season. Limited to just three starts last term but ran ok on comeback over inadequate trip at Newbury. Stands out at the weights if returning anywhere near his best, though, and has been well backed in his bid to become the second consecutive Scottish-trained winner of the race.

Silk colours for SHANTOU FLYER (IRE), trained by Richard Hobson and owned by Mr Carl Hinchy
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Weight: 11-2
Age: 8

Very smart chaser who has stacked up the seconds this season, unfair that he hasn't a win to show for it, producing a lifetime best in a first-time visor when runner-up to Coo Star Sivola in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last time. Has stamina to prove but shapes as though worth a try at this sort of trip.

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Very smart chaser who has stacked up the seconds this season, unfair that he hasn't a win to show for it, producing a lifetime best in a first-time visor when runner-up to Coo Star Sivola in the Ultima Handicap Chase at Cheltenham last time. Has stamina to prove but shapes as though worth a try at this sort of trip.

Silk colours for UCELLO CONTI (FR), trained by Gordon Elliott, Ireland and owned by Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede
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Weight: 10-10
Age: 10

Yet to win since joining this yard (won three times over fences in France), but was still going well when unseating at second Becher's Brook here 12 months ago. Finished a good second to Anibale Fly in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown on his return in December and turned in a rare below-par effort in the Thyestes Handicap Chase won by Monbeg Notorious at Gowran last time. Type to bounce back and is capable from this mark.

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Yet to win since joining this yard (won three times over fences in France), but was still going well when unseating at second Becher's Brook here 12 months ago. Finished a good second to Anibale Fly in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown on his return in December and turned in a rare below-par effort in the Thyestes Handicap Chase won by Monbeg Notorious at Gowran last time. Type to bounce back and is capable from this mark.

Silk colours for BAIE DES ILES (FR), trained by Ross O'Sullivan, Ireland and owned by Mrs Z. Wentworth
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Weight: 10-8
Age: 7

Smart handicap chaser who won at Punchestown (by four and three quarter lengths from Sambremont) in 2016/17 and creditable third of 19 to Folsom Blue in latest running of same race last time. Stays well but doesn't look to have the class of some of these.

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Smart handicap chaser who won at Punchestown (by four and three quarter lengths from Sambremont) in 2016/17 and creditable third of 19 to Folsom Blue in latest running of same race last time. Stays well but doesn't look to have the class of some of these.

Silk colours for BLAKLION, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and owned by S Such & CG Paletta
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Weight: 11-10
Age: 9

Last year’s fourth who proved better than ever when chasing home Bristol de Mai on his return in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in November, and was most impressive when going one better in the Becher Chase back here in December, beating a pair of fellow course-specialists, The Last Samuri and Highland Lodge, by nine lengths. Not in the same form at Haydock last time, but looks sure to mount another bold bid despite 9 lb higher mark.

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Last year’s fourth who proved better than ever when chasing home Bristol de Mai on his return in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby in November, and was most impressive when going one better in the Becher Chase back here in December, beating a pair of fellow course-specialists, The Last Samuri and Highland Lodge, by nine lengths. Not in the same form at Haydock last time, but looks sure to mount another bold bid despite 9 lb higher mark.

Silk colours for CAPTAIN REDBEARD (IRE), trained by Stuart Coltherd and owned by Mr S. Coltherd
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Weight: 10-7
Age: 9

Most consistent sort who’s better than ever this season, winning at Haydock and (back over hurdles last time) Ayr. Good second in between to The Dutchman in Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock on first try beyond 3m. Needs to do lot better than on first try over these fences in Grand Sefton in December, however.

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Most consistent sort who’s better than ever this season, winning at Haydock and (back over hurdles last time) Ayr. Good second in between to The Dutchman in Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock on first try beyond 3m. Needs to do lot better than on first try over these fences in Grand Sefton in December, however.

Silk colours for FINAL NUDGE (IRE), trained by David Dennis and owned by Corbett Stud & Andrew George
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Weight: 10-6
Age: 9

Shaped better than the distance beaten suggests when ninth of 20 to Missed Approach in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham last time, unable to sustain effort following mistakes (lost shoe). Strong stayer who is worth a crack at this.

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Shaped better than the distance beaten suggests when ninth of 20 to Missed Approach in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham last time, unable to sustain effort following mistakes (lost shoe). Strong stayer who is worth a crack at this.

Silk colours for GAS LINE BOY (IRE), trained by Ian Williams and owned by The Three Graces
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Weight: 10-11
Age: 12

Won the Grand Sefton Chase over these fences (by 4½ lengths from Ultragold) in December and was a respectable 5 lengths third to Buywise in a Veterans' Handicap Chase Final at Sandown last time. Prominent racer who often travels strongly and should give backers a good run for their money.

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Won the Grand Sefton Chase over these fences (by 4½ lengths from Ultragold) in December and was a respectable 5 lengths third to Buywise in a Veterans' Handicap Chase Final at Sandown last time. Prominent racer who often travels strongly and should give backers a good run for their money.

Silk colours for I JUST KNOW (IRE), trained by Sue Smith and owned by M. B. Scholey & The Late R. H. Scholey
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Weight: 10-8
Age: 8

Useful novice chaser in 2016/17 and ran a career best when winning a handicap chase (30f) at Catterick in January. He had the run of the race that day, but he has since run well over hurdles, and looks one suited by an extreme test of stamina. This will demand a clear career-best performance, though.

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Useful novice chaser in 2016/17 and ran a career best when winning a handicap chase (30f) at Catterick in January. He had the run of the race that day, but he has since run well over hurdles, and looks one suited by an extreme test of stamina. This will demand a clear career-best performance, though.

Silk colours for MILANSBAR (IRE), trained by Neil King and owned by Mr Robert Bothway
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Weight: 10-6
Age: 11

Won Classic Chase at Warwick (by 11 lengths from Cogry) in January and finished a creditable 10 lengths second to Regal Flow in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter last time. Won’t lack for stamina, but hasn't always looked the most straightforward, and may prove vulnerable from a win perspective.

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Won Classic Chase at Warwick (by 11 lengths from Cogry) in January and finished a creditable 10 lengths second to Regal Flow in the Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter last time. Won’t lack for stamina, but hasn't always looked the most straightforward, and may prove vulnerable from a win perspective.

Silk colours for PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Mr Malcolm C. Denmark
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Weight: 10-11
Age: 10

Won the Pat Taaffe Handicap Chase at Punchestown and Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse (by half a length from Thunder And Roses) in 2016/17, but has made little impact in both starts this season, pulled up in Thyestes Handicap Chase won by Monbeg Notorious at Gowran last time.

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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, but has made little impact in both starts this season, pulled up in Thyestes Handicap Chase won by Monbeg Notorious at Gowran last time.

Silk colours for SAINT ARE (FR), trained by Tom George and owned by Mr D. W. Fox
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Weight: 10-10
Age: 12

Proved at least as good as ever in 2016/17, placed in this race for the second time when beaten eight and a quarter lengths by One For Arthur. Lightly raced this season, run best excused when pulled up in cross-country last time, and this race likely been the plan all along.

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Proved at least as good as ever in 2016/17, placed in this race for the second time when beaten eight and a quarter lengths by One For Arthur. Lightly raced this season, run best excused when pulled up in cross-country last time, and this race likely been the plan all along.

Silk colours for THE DUTCHMAN (IRE), trained by Colin Tizzard and owned by Sprayclad UK
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Weight: 10-11
Age: 8

Made winning return to fences in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock in January. Broke a blood vessel when pulled up in the Grand National Trial (Handicap) won by Yala Enki at same track last time. Remains unexposed as a staying chaser, but needs to take another step forward.

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Made winning return to fences in the Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock in January. Broke a blood vessel when pulled up in the Grand National Trial (Handicap) won by Yala Enki at same track last time. Remains unexposed as a staying chaser, but needs to take another step forward.

Silk colours for THE LAST SAMURI (IRE), trained by Kim Bailey and owned by Paul & Clare Rooney
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Weight: 11-8
Age: 10

2016 runner-up who has finished placed in three of his four starts over the National fences, overall, the latest of which came when chasing Blakion home in December. Stuck to his task well when fourth behind Definitly Red at Cheltenham the following month, and ran well when third to Tiger Roll in the Cross Country at Cheltenham last time. 2 lb better off than when well held under top weight in this race 12 months ago and should give another good account for trainer who won the National with Mr Frisk in 1990.

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2016 runner-up who has finished placed in three of his four starts over the National fences, overall, the latest of which came when chasing Blakion home in December. Stuck to his task well when fourth behind Definitly Red at Cheltenham the following month, and ran well when third to Tiger Roll in the Cross Country at Cheltenham last time. 2 lb better off than when well held under top weight in this race 12 months ago and should give another good account for trainer who won the National with Mr Frisk in 1990.

Silk colours for THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE), trained by M. F. Morris, Ireland and owned by Gigginstown House Stud
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Weight: 10-5
Age: 10

2015 Irish Grand National winner who produced best recent effort when fourth to Monbeg Notorious in Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran in January. Has fallen on last two starts, including in latest renewal of Irish Grand National on Easter Monday.

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2015 Irish Grand National winner who produced best recent effort when fourth to Monbeg Notorious in Thyestes Handicap Chase at Gowran in January. Has fallen on last two starts, including in latest renewal of Irish Grand National on Easter Monday.

Silk colours for TIGER ROLL (IRE), trained by Gordon Elliott, Ireland and owned by Gigginstown House Stud
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Weight: 10-13
Age: 8

Won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2016/17 and returned to form at the Festival this year when landing the Cross Country Chase by two lengths from Urgent de Gregaine. Stays well and acts on any ground, but not the biggest and slight worry that this test may put too much strain on his jumping.

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Won the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham in 2016/17 and returned to form at the Festival this year when landing the Cross Country Chase by two lengths from Urgent de Gregaine. Stays well and acts on any ground, but not the biggest and slight worry that this test may put too much strain on his jumping.

Silk colours for VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR), trained by David Pipe and owned by Prof Caroline Tisdall & Mr John Gent
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Weight: 10-13
Age: 9

Won the Becher Chase here and Grand National Trial at Haydock in 2016/17, both off lower marks, and looked back to form with the blinkers replacing cheekpieces in a listed event at Ascot last time won by Regal Encore. Has twice failed for stamina in the Grand National, though, including last year.

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Won the Becher Chase here and Grand National Trial at Haydock in 2016/17, both off lower marks, and looked back to form with the blinkers replacing cheekpieces in a listed event at Ascot last time won by Regal Encore. Has twice failed for stamina in the Grand National, though, including last year.

Silk colours for VIRGILIO (FR), trained by Dan Skelton and owned by C J Edwards, D Futter, A H Rushworth
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Weight: 10-8
Age: 9

Kept good company as a novice chaser and gained third course win when successful over regular fences at Aintree last May. Couple of poor efforts since following a six-month break, but reportedly undergone wind operation since last start in December.

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Kept good company as a novice chaser and gained third course win when successful over regular fences at Aintree last May. Couple of poor efforts since following a six-month break, but reportedly undergone wind operation since last start in December.

Silk colours for WARRIORS TALE, trained by Paul Nicholls and owned by Mr Trevor Hemmings
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Weight: 10-12
Age: 9

Finished runner-up last two starts, shaping like the best horse at the weights for a long way when second to Wakanda in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster last time, just collared near finish. Has sometimes found less than looks likely, but interesting that he's been bought by Trevor Hemmings and no surprise to see a big run at rewarding odds.

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Finished runner-up last two starts, shaping like the best horse at the weights for a long way when second to Wakanda in the Sky Bet Chase at Doncaster last time, just collared near finish. Has sometimes found less than looks likely, but interesting that he's been bought by Trevor Hemmings and no surprise to see a big run at rewarding odds.

Silk colours for ALPHA DES OBEAUX (FR), trained by M. F. Morris, Ireland and owned by Gigginstown House Stud
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Weight: 11-4
Age: 8

Very smart chaser who won Clonmel Oil Chase (by five and a half lengths from A Toi Phil) in November. Well below form in 10-runner Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last time, off the bridle a long way out. Has reportedly bled twice over fences.

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Very smart chaser who won Clonmel Oil Chase (by five and a half lengths from A Toi Phil) in November. Well below form in 10-runner Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown last time, off the bridle a long way out. Has reportedly bled twice over fences.

Silk colours for BLESS THE WINGS (IRE), trained by Gordon Elliott, Ireland and owned by Adrian Butler/S P O'Connor
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Weight: 10-6
Age: 13

Won a cross-country event at Cheltenham (by two and a half lengths from Cantlow) in December, but fell in Glenfarclas Chase (Cross Country) won by Tiger Roll and pulled up in grueling Irish Grand National last time. Finished ninth in the Topham Chase round here in 2015, not taking to the stiffer fences too well, but more experienced now.

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Won a cross-country event at Cheltenham (by two and a half lengths from Cantlow) in December, but fell in Glenfarclas Chase (Cross Country) won by Tiger Roll and pulled up in grueling Irish Grand National last time. Finished ninth in the Topham Chase round here in 2015, not taking to the stiffer fences too well, but more experienced now.

Silk colours for BUYWISE (IRE), trained by Evan Williams and owned by Mr T. Hywel Jones
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Weight: 10-8
Age: 11

Ended a long-losing run in a Veterans' Handicap Chase Final at Sandown (by two lengths from Pete The Feat) in January and wasn’t disgraced returned to hurdles at the same course last time, unsuited by the way the race developed. Finished twelfth in this race in 2016.

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Ended a long-losing run in a Veterans' Handicap Chase Final at Sandown (by two lengths from Pete The Feat) in January and wasn’t disgraced returned to hurdles at the same course last time, unsuited by the way the race developed. Finished twelfth in this race in 2016.

Silk colours for CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE), trained by John E. Kiely, Ireland and owned by Mr John P. McManus
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Weight: 11-1
Age: 12

Won the Punchestown Gold Cup (by four and a half lengths from Djakadam) at beginning of 2016/17, but yet to hit form this season, pulled up in the Christmas Chase at Leopardstown last time. A mark of 154 isn’t beyond him based on the pick of his form, and needs respecting for shrewd connections.

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Won the Punchestown Gold Cup (by four and a half lengths from Djakadam) at beginning of 2016/17, but yet to hit form this season, pulled up in the Christmas Chase at Leopardstown last time. A mark of 154 isn’t beyond him based on the pick of his form, and needs respecting for shrewd connections.

Silk colours for CHASE THE SPUD, trained by Fergal O'Brien and owned by Mrs C. Banks
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Weight: 10-12
Age: 10

Strong stayer who won the Midlands National at Uttoxeter in 2016/17 and made winning return in heavy-ground handicap at Haydock in November. Has been pulled up in the Welsh National and Eider Chase at Newcastle both starts since, though, and has a career-high mark here.

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Strong stayer who won the Midlands National at Uttoxeter in 2016/17 and made winning return in heavy-ground handicap at Haydock in November. Has been pulled up in the Welsh National and Eider Chase at Newcastle both starts since, though, and has a career-high mark here.

Silk colours for CHILDRENS LIST (IRE), trained by W. P. Mullins, Ireland and owned by Mrs S. Ricci
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Weight: 10-8
Age: 8

Won maiden chase at Punchestown (by half a length from Edwulf) in 2016/17 and best effort yet when half-length second of four to Attribution in minor event at Limerick on return. Shaped like a non-stayer when pulled up in a Grand National trial at Punchestown last time, but better ground here may suit.

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Won maiden chase at Punchestown (by half a length from Edwulf) in 2016/17 and best effort yet when half-length second of four to Attribution in minor event at Limerick on return. Shaped like a non-stayer when pulled up in a Grand National trial at Punchestown last time, but better ground here may suit.

Silk colours for DELUSIONOFGRANDEUR (IRE), trained by Sue Smith and owned by McGoldrick Racing 3
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Weight: 10-5
Age: 8

Good effort when neck third to Get On The Yager in Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby in December. Shaped as if still in form when fifth to Full Jack in handicap at Musselburgh, and ran well when third at Haydock in the mud last time. Likely better ground in his favour, but plenty on his plate here.

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Good effort when neck third to Get On The Yager in Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby in December. Shaped as if still in form when fifth to Full Jack in handicap at Musselburgh, and ran well when third at Haydock in the mud last time. Likely better ground in his favour, but plenty on his plate here.

Silk colours for HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR), trained by Venetia Williams and owned by Exors of the Late Mrs J. Blackwell
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Weight: 10-7
Age: 11

Goes well in the mud and took advantage of a reduced mark when winning veterans’ race at Sandown in November. Creditable third in similar event at Ascot last time, though barely enough of a test. Needs it softer than when completing for tenth in last year’s National.

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Goes well in the mud and took advantage of a reduced mark when winning veterans’ race at Sandown in November. Creditable third in similar event at Ascot last time, though barely enough of a test. Needs it softer than when completing for tenth in last year’s National.

Silk colours for LORD WINDERMERE (IRE), trained by J. Culloty, Ireland and owned by Dr R. Lambe
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Weight: 10-7
Age: 12

Won Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2013/14 and pulled up in this race the following season. Took to the course better when finishing seventh in this race last year from a 1 lb lower mark, though fell in the Becher Chase on his return in December. Others look more persuasive.

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Won Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2013/14 and pulled up in this race the following season. Took to the course better when finishing seventh in this race last year from a 1 lb lower mark, though fell in the Becher Chase on his return in December. Others look more persuasive.

Silk colours for MAGGIO (FR), trained by Patrick Griffin, Ireland and owned by D G Pryde/James Beaumont
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Weight: 10-8
Age: 13

Not won since causing 50/1 shock over regular fences at 2016 Grand National meeting. Failed to beat a rival most starts since and at the veteran stage now.

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Not won since causing 50/1 shock over regular fences at 2016 Grand National meeting. Failed to beat a rival most starts since and at the veteran stage now.

Silk colours for PENDRA (IRE), trained by Charlie Longsdon and owned by Mr John P. McManus
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Weight: 10-8
Age: 10

Good second in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham on sole start last season, but finished down the field in the same race on his first start since last time. Shaped much better than the distance he was beaten suggests, but has risks attached.

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Good second in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Chase at Cheltenham on sole start last season, but finished down the field in the same race on his first start since last time. Shaped much better than the distance he was beaten suggests, but has risks attached.

Silk colours for PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE), trained by Fergal O'Brien and owned by ISL Recruitment
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Weight: 11-3
Age: 11

Smart handicap chaser who won a Grade 3 at Cheltenham (by neck from Vicente) in November, but well below form last two starts, latest when a well-beaten fifth in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham last time. His mark looks high enough.

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Smart handicap chaser who won a Grade 3 at Cheltenham (by neck from Vicente) in November, but well below form last two starts, latest when a well-beaten fifth in the Cotswold Chase at Cheltenham last time. His mark looks high enough.

Silk colours for RAZ DE MAREE (FR), trained by Gavin Patrick Cromwell, Ireland and owned by James J. Swan
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Weight: 10-9
Age: 13

Proved as good as ever when winning the 20-runner Welsh Grand National at Chepstow last time by six lengths from Alfie Spinner, making headway from the rear to lead two out and in control when making a mistake at the last. He’s a grand old stayer who should continue to give a good account.

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Proved as good as ever when winning the 20-runner Welsh Grand National at Chepstow last time by six lengths from Alfie Spinner, making headway from the rear to lead two out and in control when making a mistake at the last. He’s a grand old stayer who should continue to give a good account.

Silk colours for ROAD TO RICHES (IRE), trained by Noel Meade, Ireland and owned by Gigginstown House Stud
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Weight: 10-5
Age: 11

One-time top-class chaser, but has been on the downgrade last two seasons, always behind in a trial for this race at Punchestown last time. Well treated on pick of form, but leap of faith required if supporting him.

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One-time top-class chaser, but has been on the downgrade last two seasons, always behind in a trial for this race at Punchestown last time. Well treated on pick of form, but leap of faith required if supporting him.

Silk colours for TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR), trained by Venetia Williams and owned by Boultbee Brooks Ltd
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Weight: 11-1
Age: 11

Won listed race at Ascot in 2016/17, but below form since, including when well beaten in 2017 Grand National. Not one to trust.

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Won listed race at Ascot in 2016/17, but below form since, including when well beaten in 2017 Grand National. Not one to trust.

Silk colours for VALSEUR LIDO (FR), trained by Henry de Bromhead, Ireland and owned by Gigginstown House Stud
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Weight: 11-7
Age: 9

One-time top-class chaser whose last victory came in jnwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in November 2016. Shaped as if retaining ability after year’s absence at Leopardstown at Christmas but hasn't fared too well in two runs over shorter since.

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One-time top-class chaser whose last victory came in jnwine.com Champion Chase at Down Royal in November 2016. Shaped as if retaining ability after year’s absence at Leopardstown at Christmas but hasn't fared too well in two runs over shorter since.

Silk colours for DOUBLE ROSS (IRE), trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and owned by Options O Syndicate
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Weight: 10-6
Age: 12

Not the force of old, but finished third to Native River in 2016 Hennessy Gold Cup and best effort for a while when fourth in Kim Muir at Cheltenham on latest start. Pulled up in 2016 Grand National.

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Not the force of old, but finished third to Native River in 2016 Hennessy Gold Cup and best effort for a while when fourth in Kim Muir at Cheltenham on latest start. Pulled up in 2016 Grand National.

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