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Grand National - Racing: The Runners

The Grand National at Aintree is the most talked-about race in the UK jumps calendar and it is now just days away.

After a behind-closed-doors renewal last time around, the famous Merseyside venue will be jam-packed with spectators when the field is let go on Saturday 9th April at 17:15 UK time for the most recognisable race in the world.

You can catch it on our Sports Live Streaming platform and here we take a look at some of the main contenders set to bid for Aintree glory in the Grand National this year.

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Delta Work

Trainer: Gordon Elliott

Odds: 9/1

Comedy villain from the Cheltenham Festival recently, Delta Work will forever now be known as the 'horse that spoiled Tiger Roll's farewell party'. However, that's sport and it showed this nine-year-old to be on good terms with himself as he thwarted the two-time Grand National winner in the Cross Country race in the Cotswolds.

If he bids to emulate Tiger Roll here, he'll have plenty of weight to carry off 11st 8lb but he's very classy at his best and is due the utmost respect in the Gigginstown silks following that gutsy dream-stealing success last time.

Any Second Now

Trainer: Ted Walsh

Odds: 10/1

Very much the 'what might have been' horse from this race a year ago as Mark Walsh's partner met some interference at a crucial time, while eventual winner Minella Times got a dream run. He did, though, finish third and he comes back to Merseyside on the back of a Bobbjo Chase win at Fairyhouse in February.

Owned by JP McManus and trained by the great Ted Walsh, his connections know what it takes to win this race and he's got that crucial Grand National experience in the bank.

Escaria Ten

Trainer: Gordon Elliott

Odds: 11/1

Another Elliott runner, Escaria Ten was second behind Any Second Now at Fairyhouse in February and has a lovely racing weight of 11st here. He was third behind Galvin at the 2021 Cheltenham Festival in the stamina-sapping National Hunt Chase, so this rock-solid jumper should have the strength for this challenge.

Snow Leopardess

Trainer: Charlie Longsdon

Odds: 14/1

Snow Leopardess would be a hugely popular winner and could become the 'public's horse' this year with Tiger Roll retired.

The grey mare is already a mother but has been in fine form this season, winning her last three including the Becher Chase in December over the famous National Fences at Aintree.

A mare hasn't won the National for 71 years, while only three greys have done it. There is lots to like in this ten-year-old, set to carry 10st 8lb, and she will be popular with punters.

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Enjoy D'allen

Trainer: Ciaran Murphy

Odds: 14/1

Recently snapped up by leading owner JP McManus, Enjoy D'allen was third in last year's Irish National at Fairyhouse behind Freewheelin Dylan and, while without a win this season, the eight-year-old has been coming to the boil nicely in the background.

He is proving very consistent over fences and, if taking to this unique contest, he could have a major say.

Fiddlerontheroof

Trainer: Colin Tizzard

Odds: 16/1

Colin Tizzard is soon to pass on the baton to son Joe at their Dorset yard and how he'd love a Grand National winner to sign off. Fiddlerontheroof is a model of consistency over fences and has a touch of class about him on his day, although perhaps his win-rate is a shade low.

The eight-year-old was second in the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury this season and has his claims here.

Burrows Saint

Trainer: Willie Mullins

Odds: 20/1

Winner of the 2019 Irish Grand National, a good guide for winners of this race over the years, Burrows Saint finished a well-held fourth in this contest 12 months and will take his chance from the same mark now.

He has that Aintree form to lean on, albeit he's been soundly beaten by Any Second Now in his most recent start. He is, though, trained by Willie Mullins so it would be risky to rule him out.

Run Wild Fred

Trainer: Gordon Elliott

Odds: 25/1

Run Wild Fred was runner-up in the 2021 Irish National and arrives at Aintree in good form after chasing home Stattler in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in mid-March.

He is another credible player for Elliott/Gigginstown and that effort in the Cotswolds should leave him cherry-ripe for this mission where his stamina could be crucial.

Minella Times

Trainer: Henry De Bromhead

Odds: 25/1

The winner last year when Rachael Blackmore made history by becoming the first female jockey to taste ultimate glory in this great race. He's shot up in the ratings for this second crack at Aintree immortality and will have a burden of 11st 9lb on his back.

He has failed to complete in either run this season and faces a major challenge if hoping to emulate Tiger Roll by going back-to-back on Merseyside.

Longhouse Poet

Trainer: Martin Brassil

Odds: 25/1

Winner of the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in January when repelling Franco Du Port late on, Longhouse Poet is 2-2 at trips beyond three-miles over fences, although he's not yet had his stamina examined to the extent that will be demanded here.

He's also 'only' had six starts over fences, which a bit of a worry as he prepares for a first attempt at the Aintree obstacles.

Those are 10 of the leading contenders for Grand National glory at Aintree on 9th April – the rest of the field (which features a maximum of 40 runners) could include the horses below.

Possible Grand National runners (and their trainers):

Chris's Dream - Henry de Bromhead
Easysland - Jonjo O'Neill
Lostintranslation - Colin Tizzard
Brahma Bull - Willie Mullins
Battleoverdoyen - Gordon Elliott
Mount Ida - Gordon Elliott
Two For Gold - Kim Bailey
Santini - Polly Gundry
Samcro - Gordon Elliott
Chatham Street Lad - Michael Winters
Farclas - Gordon Elliott
Good Boy Bobby - Nigel Twiston-Davies
Lord du Mesnil - Richard Hobson
Coko Beach - Gordon Elliott
De Rasher Counter - Emma Lavelle
Caribean Boy - Nicky Henderson
Court Maid - Tom Mullins
Kildisart - Ben Pauling
Discorama - Paul Nolan
Highland Hunter - Paul Nicholls
Top Ville Ben - Philip Kirby
Anibale Fly - Tony Martin
Dingo Dollar - Sandy Thomson
Freewheelin Dylan - Dermot McLoughlin
Class Conti - Willie Mullins
Noble Yeats - Emmet Mullins
Mighty Thunder - Lucinda Russell
Cloth Cap - Jonjo O'Neill
Agusta Gold - Willie Mullins
Phoenix Way - Harry Fry
Poker Party - Henry de Bromhead
Deise Aba - Philip Hobbs
Blaklion - Dan Skelton
Death Duty - Gordon Elliott
Go Another One - John McConnell
Domaine de L'Isle - Sean Curran
Eclair Surf - Emma Lavelle
Fortescue - Henry Daly
Romain de Senam - David Pipe
Commodore - Venetia Williams
School Boy Hours - Noel Meade
Scoir Mear – Tom Mullins
Full Back - Gary Moore
Roi Mage - Patrick Griffin
Smoking Gun - Gordon Elliott
Mac Tottie - Peter Bowen
Kauto Riko - Tom Gretton
Hill Sixteen - Sandy Thomson
Discordantly - Jessica Harrington
Plan of Attack - Henry de Bromhead
Potters Corner - Christian Williams
Robin des Foret - John McConnell
Mortal - Gordon Elliott
Secret Reprieve - Evan Williams
Defi Bleu - Gordon Elliott
Definite Plan - Gordon Elliott
Mister Whitaker - Donald McCain
Achille - Venetia Williams
Larry - Gary Moore
Pink Eyed Pedro - David Brace
The Two Amigos - Nicky Martin
The Hollow Ginge - Nigel Twiston-Davies
Jerrysback - Ben Haslam
Alpha des Obeaux - Gordon Elliott
Stones And Roses - Willie Mullins
Gwencily Berbas - David Pipe
Didero Vallis - Venetia Williams
Via Dolorosa - David Pipe

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