Its estimated that a quarter of the UK adult population will bet on the Crabbie’s sponsored Grand National in 2016. Most people will have a small each-way bet on a horse they fancy for no other reason then they like the name. Of course there’s nothing wrong with picking a horse for that reason, as pre-race favourites have a dire record in the race.
The Grand National is famed for its unpredictable nature and rightly so, in the past century five 100/1 shots have triumphed over the famous fences. However, the Grand National is far less of a lottery than many people believe. Trends and statistics have emerged over the last 20 years which can help you identify those runners who have the potential to run a big race. Whether you decide to follow the trends and stats or choose your horse based on its name, silk colour or jockey riding we can tell you everything you need to know about this year’s hopefuls.
A TV audience in excess of 10 million will tune in to watch the drama of the 2016 Grand National unfold on the 9th of April at 4:15pm. Along with those watching at home a 70,000 strong crowd will be at Aintree racecourse to cheer on the horses from the first fence to the final furlong.
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Grand National 2016 Runners
Below are the current top 10 horses in the ante-post betting…
THE DRUIDS NEPHEW
Gained momentum in the betting as the 2015 Grand National drew closer and went as short as 10/1 heading into the race. Despite jockey Aidan Coleman’s best efforts, The Druids Nephew fell at fence 26. Another crack at Aintree in 2016 could be on the cards but the Cheltenham Festival could lure him away.
NO. | JOCKEY: | FORM: 12751F | WEIGHT: | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: N MULHOLLAND
Winner of the 2015 Grand National for trainer Oliver Sherwood, giving jockey Leighton Aspell back-to-back wins in the event and a third National win for owner Trevor Hemmings. A terrific horse who had also won the Hennessy Gold Cup and the BetBright Cup Chase earlier in the season, he defied the statisticians and trends in the 2015 race when he won carrying the heaviest weight since Red Rum in 1974.
NO. | JOCKEY: | FORM: 11161- | WEIGHT: | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: O SHERWOOD
Went off as the race favourite for the Grand National in 2015 with AP McCoy on board but the fairytale ending did not materialise and instead he had to settle for fifth place. Nevertheless, that still returned a profit for each-way backers who supported AP on his last ride in the National.
NO. | JOCKEY: | FORM: 461/15 | WEIGHT: | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: J. O’NEILL
Despite three attempts at the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Silviniaco Conti has never won it but has plenty of notable wins under his career belt, including two Betfred Bowl Chases at Aintree in 2015 and 2014, two King George VI Chases and the Betfair Chase, in total earning close to a million pounds in earnings for connections.
NO. | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1/51171 | WEIGHT: | AGE: 9 | TRAINER: P NICHOLLS
A terrific runner from Paul Nicholls who’s potential perhaps was never fully realised despite his obvious ability. His last win was back in November 2014 and before that in 2013, two of his five chase wins from 14 starts but he also added six place finishes to his tally, taking his earnings to just over £385K.
NO. | JOCKEY: | FORM: 5/1352- | WEIGHT: | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: P NICHOLLS
Another terrific run from jockey Paul Moloney, who has an enviable completion record around the Grand National course, he finished fourth on Alvarado in 2015, repeating his efforts of 2014 when he also finished in fourth place.
NO. | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1P4/54- | WEIGHT: | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: F O’BRIEN
CAUSE OF CAUSES
He may have been only seven years old running in the Grand National 2015 but Cause Of Causes successfully got around the course in 8th place with jockey Paul Carberry on board. Another year of experience and maturity and he could be a serious contender for 2016.
NO. | JOCKEY: | FORM: 0/7518- | WEIGHT: | AGE: 7 | TRAINER: G ELLIOTT
A young horse and will only be seven years old when the Grand National 2016 rolls around, it’s unlikely that Willie Mullins will send Don Poli to the Aintree particularly as he has had only four career chase starts, albeit with three wins including the RSA Chase at Cheltenham in 2015.
NO. | JOCKEY: | FORM: 1/2111-5 | WEIGHT: | AGE: 6 | TRAINER: W MULLINS
Bypassed the Grand National in 2015 in favour of going to the Scottish event a week later where he finished in second place which followed on from his Midlands Grand National win in March 2015. Clearly a long distance chaser who has run in the Irish, Welsh, Scottish and Midlands Grand Nationals.
NO. | JOCKEY: | FORM: 2U7312- | WEIGHT: | AGE: 8 | TRAINER: J DREAPER
A terrific run from Monbeg Dude and jockey Liam Treadwell in the 2015 Grand National saw him finish in 3rd spot, four places better than in 2014 when he finished in seventh spot. This earned him and connections a hefty £105K for their trouble. He clearly likes the course and if he stays consistent this season we could see him back again in 2016.
NO. | JOCKEY: | FORM: 244303- | WEIGHT: | AGE: 10 | TRAINER: M SCUDAMORE
All The Horses
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We give each horse a rating based on how closely it matches the past trends and statistics of previous winners.
Unlikely to mount a serious challenge.