The Randox Health Grand National
Grade 3 Handicap,
Aintree 17:15
£1,000,000 total prize fund,
7yo plus, 4m 3f 110y, Class 1   
Saturday 8th April 2017

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The 2017 Randox Health Grand National moves a step closer with the news today that 79 horses go forward for the world's most famous race which is worth £1 million when staged at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 8 at Aintree.

Vieux Lion Rouge
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Vieux Lion Rouge

The David Pipe-trained Vieux Lion Rouge, one of the market leaders ever since the weights were unveiled on February 14, is the 10/1 favourite with Betway, the official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival. He finished seventh in the 2016 Grand National.

Vieux Lion Rouge has enjoyed splendid G3 victories this season in the Betfred Becher Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree on December 3 and in the Betfred Grand National Trial Handicap Chase at Haydock Park on February 18.

Pipe, successful in the 2008 Grand National with Comply Or Die, has five others going forward for the Randox Health Grand National, with Ballynagour, who unseated his rider at the 19th in 2016, the only one of them certain to get a run among the maximum of 40 runners. The trainer's other remaining entries are La Vaticane, Doctor Harper, Father Edward and Gone Too Far.

Definitly Red
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Definitly Red

Definitly Red (Brian Ellison) gained an impressive victory in the Grimthorpe Handicap Chase at Doncaster on March 4, when he finished 14 lengths ahead of last year's Aintree runner-up The Last Samuri (Kim Bailey), who is second in the Randox Health Grand National weights on 11st 9lb.

Top-weight Carlingford Lough (John Kiely IRE, 11st 10lb) is one of a strong hand of five for leading owner J P McManus, who also has Cause Of Causes (Gordon Elliott IRE) who managed a third successive Cheltenham Festival success last week in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase and keeps on improving.

Blaklion
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Blaklion
Blaklion (Nigel Twiston-Davies) finished second, beaten three and a quarter lengths, in Haydock's Betfred Grand National Trial, while Scotland's great hope is One For Arthur (Lucinda Russell), impressive winner of the Classic Chase at Warwick in January.

Ucello Conti (Gordon Elliott IRE) shaped well when sixth in 2016 and was a good fourth in the Betfred Becher Chase.

Champion Jump trainer Paul Nicholls hopes to saddle five runners, headed by last week's G1 Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup fifth Saphir Du Rheu, owned by the Stewart Family.

Nicholls, triumphant in the 2012 Grand National with Neptune Collonges, also intends running Vicente, Le Mercurey, Wonderful Charm and Just A Par, who will be up for sale at the Goffs UK Aintree Sale after racing on the first day of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Thursday, April 6.

Victory in the Randox Health Grand National would probably ensure Nicholls retains his trainers' championship, though nearest rival Nicky Henderson is hoping for success with Cocktails at Dawn.

Jonjo O'Neill intends to have a runner for J P McManus in the Randox Health Grand National, with staying-on Cheltenham Gold Cup sixth More Of That.

James Moffat, who trains in the Lake District, relies on Highland Lodge, who just failed to make the Grand National field last year. The close second in the 2016 Becher Handicap Chase and winner of the same race in 2015 has been prepared specially for the race this year.

The Randox Health Grand National, which has 22 Irish entries going forward, is run over four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards and 30 fences.

Randox Health Grand National
Grade 3, £1,000,000 Total Prize Fund. Four miles, three and a half furlongs.
79 remaining entries
Five-day confirmations April 3, final declarations 10am April 8. Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.  

  Horse Age Weight Trainer
1) CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE) 11 11-10 John Kiely IRE
2) THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) 9 11-09 Kim Bailey 
3) ALELCHI INOIS (FR) 9 11-07 Willie Mullins IRE
4) MORE OF THAT (IRE) 9 11-05 Jonjo O'Neill 
5) SHANTOU FLYER (IRE) 7 11-04 Rebecca Curtis 
6) PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE) 10 11-04 Fergal O'Brien 
7) SAPHIR DU RHEU (FR) 8 11-04 Paul Nicholls 
8) ROI DES FRANCS (FR) 8 11-02 Gordon Elliott IRE
9) FOXROCK (IRE) 9 11-02 Ted Walsh IRE
10) WOUNDED WARRIOR (IRE) 8 11-01 Noel Meade IRE
         
11) WONDERFUL CHARM (FR) 9 11-01 Paul Nicholls 
12) TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR) 10 11-00 Venetia Williams 
13) BLAKLION 8 11-00 Nigel Twiston-Davies 
14) DROP OUT JOE 9 11-00 Charlie Longsdon 
15) LE MERCUREY (FR) 7 10-13 Paul Nicholls 
16) MAGGIO (FR) 12 10-12 Patrick Griffin IRE
17) THE YOUNG MASTER 8 10-12 Neil Mulholland 
18) CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) 9 10-12 Gordon Elliott IRE
19) REGAL ENCORE (IRE) 9 10-12 Anthony Honeyball 
20) VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) 8 10-11 David Pipe 
         
21) DEFINITLY RED (IRE) 8 10-11 Brian Ellison 
22) UCELLO CONTI (FR) 9 10-11 Gordon Elliott IRE
23) DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) 7 10-11 Tom George 
24) HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) 10 10-11 Venetia Williams 
25) PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) 9 10-11 Willie Mullins IRE
26) ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE) 8 10-10 Lucinda Russell 
27) BALLYNAGOUR (IRE) 11 10-10 David Pipe 
28) O'FAOLAINS BOY (IRE) 10 10-10 Rebecca Curtis 
29) HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) 11 10-10 James Moffatt 
30) BISHOPS ROAD (IRE) 9 10-09 Kerry Lee 
         
31) VICS CANVAS (IRE) 14 10-09 Dermot McLoughlin IRE
32) LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) 11 10-09 Jim Culloty IRE
33) ZIGA BOY (FR) 8 10-09 Alan King 
34) SAINT ARE (FR) 11 10-09 Tom George 
35) VICENTE (FR) 8 10-09 Paul Nicholls 
36) JUST A PAR (IRE) 10 10-08 Paul Nicholls 
37) MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE) 9 10-08 Noel Meade IRE
38) RAZ DE MAREE (FR) 12 10-08 Gavin Cromwell IRE
39) STELLAR NOTION (IRE) 9 10-08 Henry de Bromhead IRE
40) ROGUE ANGEL (IRE) 9 10-07 Mouse Morris IRE 
         
41) PENDRA (IRE) 9 10-07 Charlie Longsdon 
42) COCKTAILS AT DAWN 9 10-07 Nicky Henderson 
43) THE ROMFORD PELE (IRE) 10 10-06 Rebecca Curtis 
44) THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE) 9 10-06 Mouse Morris IRE 
45) GAS LINE BOY (IRE) 11 10-06 Ian Williams 
46) GOODTOKNOW 9 10-06 Kerry Lee 
47) LA VATICANE (FR) 8 10-05 David Pipe 
48) DOCTOR HARPER (IRE) 9 10-05 David Pipe 
49) BLESS THE WINGS (IRE) 12 10-04 Gordon Elliott IRE
50) KNOCK HOUSE (IRE) 8 10-03 Donald McCain 
         
51) SAMBREMONT (FR) 7 10-01 Willie Mullins IRE
52) POTTERS CROSS 10 10-01 Rebecca Curtis 
53) BENBENS (IRE) 12 10-01 Nigel Twiston-Davies 
54) STRAIDNAHANNA (IRE) 8 10-01 Sue Smith 
55) VIVA STEVE (IRE) 9 10-01 Fergal O'Brien 
56) POLIDAM (FR) 8 10-00 Willie Mullins IRE
57) LAMB OR COD (IRE) 10 10-00 Philip Hobbs 
58) MILANSBAR (IRE) 10 10-00 Neil King 
59) CLOUDY TOO (IRE) 11 10-00 Sue Smith 
60) VYTA DU ROC (FR) 8 9-13 Nicky Henderson 
         
61) STREETS OF PROMISE (IRE) 8 9-13 Michael Scudamore 
62) BEEVES (IRE) 10 9-12 Jennie Candlish 
63) ROYALE KNIGHT 11 9-12 Dr Richard Newland 
64) SIZING COAL (IRE) 9 9-11 Jim Dreaper IRE
65) LESSONS IN MILAN (IRE) 9 9-11 Nicky Henderson 
66) ALFIE SPINNER (IRE) 12 9-11 Kerry Lee 
67) EMPEROR'S CHOICE (IRE) 10 9-11 Venetia Williams 
68) DARE TO ENDEAVOUR 10 9-10 Eric McNamara IRE
69) SILVER MAN 10 9-10 Jo Hughes 
70) FATHER EDWARD (IRE) 8 9-10 David Pipe 
         
71) SAMINGARRY (FR) 10 9-10 Nigel Hawke 
72) ALVARADO (IRE) 12 9-09 Fergal O'Brien 
73) MILBOROUGH (IRE) 11 9-09 Ian Duncan 
74) THE CRAFTY BUTCHER (IRE) 10 9-08 Willie Mullins IRE
75) WALDORF SALAD 9 9-08 Venetia Williams 
76) KATENKO (FR) 11 9-07 Venetia Williams 
77) FEDERICI 8 9-06 Donald McCain 
78) GONE TOO FAR 9 9-05 David Pipe 
79) RACING PULSE (IRE) 8 9-05 Rebecca Curtis 

THE FOLLOWING 16 HORSES WERE SCRATCHED:

ALARY (FR), MINELLA ROCCO (IRE), LORD SCOUNDREL (IRE), ROAD TO RICHES (IRE), SAUSALITO SUNRISE (IRE), CAROLE'S DESTRIER, JUNCTION FOURTEEN (IRE), VIVALDI COLLONGES (FR), SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR (IRE), AS DE MEE (FR), SEVENTH SKY (GER), HADRIAN'S APPROACH (IRE), OUT SAM, GOULANES (IRE), MOUNTAIN KING, KILLER CROW (IRE)