The Randox Health Grand National
|Grade 3 Handicap,
£1,000,000 total prize fund,
7yo plus, 4m 3f 110y, Class 1
|Saturday 8th April 2017|
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.
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 (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.
Ucello Conti (Gordon Elliott IRE) shaped well when sixth in 2016 and was a good fourth in the Betfred Becher Chase.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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)