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Grand National Runners 2014

Tidal Bay

A top class steeplechaser but at 13 years he is older than any winner since 1923. And not having won over the fences since 2012 and with more weight to carry than any National winner in 40 years it is hard to fancy his chances.

Long Run

Winner of the Gold Cup beating both Denman and Kauto Star, but that was three years ago. This horse has good Stamina but his jumping could let him down and he has a lot of weight to carry.

Hunt Ball

Another horse with a lot of weight to carry and lacks stamina, and thrives on fast ground which he certainly won’t find here.

Triolo D’Alene

Won the Hennessy in November but no horse that won the Hennessy has ever won the National. Raced hard three weeks ago when he was beaten in the Gold Cup so could be missing on stamina.

Rocky Creek

Came second in the Hennessy, but lacks experience with only seven runs over fences, may run well but would do better with less weight.

Quito De Le Roque

Good quality horse, and three years ago was a star novice chaser, Aintree might be the place to spark  that something he has somewhere inside him, but it’s been buried for quite some time.

Colbert Station

Fancied for last year’s National, but his inexperience let him down, and he has not gained much experience since then. He fell last time out so jumping could be an issue, but he has talent so if things go his way he could be a contender.

Walkoon

Took well to the fences last April and has a touch of class but lacks stamina and seems to run out of fuel when he tries to run more than three miles.

Balthazar King

Something of a star at Cheltenham where he loves the dry, fast going often found there. For safety reasons the ground is never allowed to be that dry at Aintree which will hamper this frontrunner.

Wayward Prince

Worth a flutter on the pick of his form, but this will be the toughest race he has encountered and his stamina cannot be relied on.

Mr Moonshine

Pulled up in the National last year after tiring from the second Canal Turn, is there any reason for him to do any better this year? Probably not with an extra 10lb to carry.

Teaforthree

A little on the heavy side this horse would be perfect if he had run five miles,  has won nothing for two years but his form remains good and he could be in with a chance today.

Across the Bay

Used to win races from the front but the National is not easy to win that way, as he found out when he came 14th last year. Won at Haydock over Christmas though so he could be in the mix.

Double Seven

Had a string of successes last summer and beat the horse that won at the Cheltenham Festival in the Munster National. Has some class and some stamina so in with a good chance.

Battle Group

Great horse for winning spring festivals, has run well twice at Cheltenham and has won three different races at the Grand National meeting over the last three years. May well be in peak form to run well at his favorite time of year.

Buckers Bridge

A grade two winner over fences and won well last time when third to On His Own, the horse that nearly won the Gold Cup. Hard to say if he has the stamina an had run poorly twice in big fields.

Lion Na Bearnai

Won the Irish National at 33-1 a couple of years ago. The right sort of horse for this race but is still high in the weights, could pull it out of the bag and surprise everybody.

Prince De Beauchene

Strongly fancied for the past two Nationals until being ruled out days before hand due to stress factures to his hip. Looks like he will run this time, but does he have the same ability of two years ago?

Monbeg Dude

Won three high value races of this type on a variety of ground. This horse is tough and equipped to cope in a way few others are. Almost certain to get held up but with a bit of luck this could be the able to get into the argument.

Big Shu

This horse has never taken part in a conventional steeplechase so hard to say how he will perform. Certainly has some stamina, and has been in hunter chases and cross country races. But his form at the Cheltenham Festival suggests he belongs in this company and he has the stamina, having won over four miles on heavy at Punchestown last year.

Burton Port

Missed last season with a tendon injury and has never looked the same since. Four years since he won a race but could be one to surprise us.

Our Father

Limited signs of promise here, was a favorite in the Hennessy but his jumping let him down. This horse is really not very tempting.

Mountainous

Next to unbeatable on heavy going and he won the Welsh National in December. Good stamina, interesting prospect.

The Rainbow Hunter

Unlucky last year when his jockey is said to have been knocked off at the Canal Turn, however this horse has some stamina and if it holds out he could be in for a win.

Vintage Star

Fair sixth in the Welsh National but his two wins over fences have been modest. Stamina is open to question and his jumping let him down when he fell at Cheltenham.

Chance Du Roy

Run well twice in shorter races over these fences and that has to be good. Won the Becher Chase in December and there is a chance he will have the same stamina again. One to watch.

Hawkes Point

Beaten by a head in the Welsh National by Mountainous, this horse has stamina, but how well will he do if the ground is not saturated as it was in Wales?

Kruzhlinin

Four wins out of twelve is a fair strike rate over fences but his wins have been in smaller fields such as Kelso and Carlisle. He has run Cheltenham but failed to impress.

Pineau De Re

Lost his stable in Ireland last year when he was sold to an English trainer with a good reputation for reviving horses and on his two most recent starts he has done a great job, easy to see a big race coming out of this horse, one to watch.

Golan Way

After a year off the track showing some of his old spark under a new trainer, but has never really looked good enough for his  and his stamina is questionable.

Twirling Magnet

Won the novice chase in Cheltenham in October but has been left with egg on his face in a couple of good handicaps since then. Would do well on a faster surface but could pull it out of the bag.

Vesper bell

Only success over fences was a beginners chase when he beat three finishers. His  jumping has let him down in the past three starts, one of those over fences.

The Packages

Not won many races but has lots of ability and is the right kind of horse for this race. Has stamina but will need luck on his side if he is not to be held up.

RazDe Maree

Won the Munster National  and the Cork National in autumn 2012, missed a year due to minor injury and his form has not really been the same since.

Roses of the Moon

Only had two runs over fences since leaving novice company, won a small race last time and struggled in the Becher in December. Jumping could be a problem and his stamina is debatable.

Shakalakaboomboom

Ran a great race two years ago but ran out of puff. He is 9lb lower this time but missed twenty one months with a leg injury.

Alvarado

Won a long distance handicap at Cheltenham in November and is in with half a chance, but he often makes mistakes and could be the kind of horse that peaks in Autumn. Has the right kind of trainer and jockey but still not madly tempting.

Last Time D’Albain

More than two years since his only win over fences and that was a short races. If he has the stamina for this race he could be a runner but it’s doubtful he will hold up.

One In A Milan

This will be his seventh start over fences and his only win was in a novice race last year. But he has been third in a Midlands National and fourth in the Welsh National so he has the stamina for this kind of race.

Swing Bal

This thirteen year old has had a few stabs in his time but likely to be very slow and a very surprising winner

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