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Grand National Aintree 2022

MINELLA TIMES

Last year’s winner and hoping to follow in the hoof-prints of Tiger Roll as the last horse to defend his title. Is, however, rated a massive 20lbs higher than in 2021, and is set to burden 11-9, whereas last year he carried only 10-3 to victory. Hard to rule out a proven winner as we know the track and fences suit, especially as Rachael Blackmore rides again, but will be a different task with the bigger weight.

Official Rating: 161 / Form: 221-FP / Weight: 11-10 / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: H De Bromhead

DELTA WORK

Broke the hearts of Tiger Roll fans at the Cheltenham Festival when chinning the two-time Grand National winner in the Cross Country race. Shot to the head of the betting for this race since, and represents the powerful Elliott/Gigginstown combo that won the National twice with Tiger Roll in recent years. A class act, so will have his fair share of weight, but acted well over the Cross Country fences last time so this first try over the Aintree obstacles looks sure to suit. One of the leading players.

Official Rating: 160 / Form: 3-4661 / Weight: 11-9 / Age: 9 / Jockey: Jack Kennedy / Trainer: G Elliott

EASYSLAND

Won the 2020 Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival but has rather lost his way since with no wins. Last seen pulling up in the Cross Country race at the Festival last month so plenty to prove at the moment. On a positive note, Easysland is still only 8 years-old so has time on his side, but another with a big weight of 11-7 which is not ideal for a horse coming here out of form. This would be his first run in the Aintree Grand National.

Official Rating: 159 / Form: 42-PPP / Weight: 11-8 / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill

ANY SECOND NOW

Third in the National last season so has pedigree in this race. Was only beaten by 8¼ lengths that day and, despite being another year older, is back for more. Rated nearly a stone higher than in 2021. However, we do know the fences and track suit, and Any Second Now heads here in winning form after winning the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse in February. Big weight might catch him out, but with proven form in the race can’t be ruled out.

Official Rating: 159 / Form: 13-961 / Weight: 11-8 / Age: 10 / Jockey: M P Walsh / Trainer: T Walsh

RUN WILD FRED

Another from the powerful Elliott and Gigginstown camp and looks the sort to go well. Last seen running second in the NH Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, beaten 8 lengths. Should be better for that run though as it came off a 2½ month break and prior to that has run second in a Grade One at Leopardstown. Run Wild Fred was also runner-up in the 2021 Irish National which has been another good guide for winners of this race over the years.

Official Rating: 158 / Form: 2-2122 / Weight: 11-7 / Age: 8 / Jockey: D N Russell / Trainer: G Elliott

LOSTINTRANSLATION

Lostintranslation hasn’t quite hit the heights as many thought he would, after winning the 2019 Betfair Chase, and finishing third in the 2020 Gold Cup. Was a good winner at Ascot back in November, and ran a promising 8th in the Ultima Chase at Cheltenham last time out. Is trying the National for the first time, and will be hoping to give trainer Colin Tizzard a first win in the race. Classy on his day, but not getting any younger at 10 and the trip is an unknown.

Official Rating: 157 / Form: P-15P8 / Weight: 11-6 / Age: 10 / Jockey: H Cobden / Trainer: C Tizzard

BRAHMA BULL

Last seen unseating in the Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival, and was unlikely to have troubled the first two that day. Previous to that this season was third in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury in November, and was 13th in the Irish National in 2021. No spring chicken at 11 and having his first run here in the race so would be a big ask for Brahma Bull, with 11-5 to carry too.

Official Rating: 157 / Form: 2333PU / Weight: 11-6 / Age: 11 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W Mullins

BURROWS SAINT

Winner of the 2019 Irish National, so Burrows Saint has pedigree in the Nationals, and was also fourth in this race last year. Beaten 27 lengths that day and returns on the same mark. The worry would be that he’s not won a race since 2019, and was a well beaten favourite last time out in the Bobbyjo Chase that Any Second Now won. Can’t ignore, having finished in the top four in this race before, but win record of late is not inspiring.

Official Rating: 156 / Form: 24-323 / Weight: 11-5 / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W Mullins

MOUNT IDA

Will be looking to become the fourteenth winning mare in the race. The last was in 1951 though, and she will need to bounce back from a poor run in the Mares’ Chase at Cheltenham last time out. Mount Ida is a classy mare on her day though, and was a good winner of the Kim Muir at the Festival in 2021. The longer trip here will suit, and jumps well, so despite this being her first run in the race, looks the sort to go well if you can forgive that last effort.

Official Rating: 156 / Form: 13-117 / Weight: 11-5 / Age: 8 / Jockey: D F O'Regan / Trainer: G Elliott

LONGHOUSE POET

Won the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park in January, but failed to build on that last time as a beaten favourite over hurdles. The return to fences is a plus, and Longhouse Poet is a classy sort on his day. The worry would be that he’s only had 6 career runs over fences, so that lack of experience is a concern. Also first run in the race and first try over a trip longer than 3m1f.

Official Rating: 155 / Form: 31-717 / Weight: 11-4 / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: M Brassil

FIDDLERONTHEROOF

One from the Colin Tizzard yard, and a useful chaser on his day. Hasn’t quite fulfilled the heights many thought him capable of, but from 10 runs over fences is yet to finish out of the first three. Does have a habit of finishing second though (7 times), and that’s been the case the last two times too. Ran well to be second in the Ladbrokes Gold Trophy this season, is a sound jumper and will be a first run in the race for this 8 year-old. Comes here with a leading chance if taking to the fences.

Official Rating: 155 / Form: 23-122 / Weight: 11-4 / Age: 8 / Jockey: B Powell / Trainer: C Tizzard

TWO FOR GOLD

Has improved loads over the last few seasons and has now finished in the top three in 11 of his 13 runs over fences (6 wins). Has returned this season better than ever – winning twice – and raced the useful Fakir D’oudairies close (2nd) last time in the Ascot Chase. Negatives are that he unseated over these fences in the Topham Chase here last season, while despite having won over 3 miles, this longer trip is an unknown.

Official Rating: 154 / Form: 3U-112 / Weight: 11-3 / Age: 9 / Jockey: D Bass / Trainer: K Bailey

SANTINI

Former Gold Cup runner-up (2020), but is now with the Polly Gundry yard and hasn’t won since 2020. Last seen running 8th in the Gold Cup at the Cheltenham Festival and, prior to that, as second in the Cotswold Chase at Prestbury Park. Santini certainly has ability but not the force of old, and is also having his first run in the race.

Official Rating: 153 / Form: 3P-428 / Weight: 11-2 / Age: 10 / Jockey: N Scholfield / Trainer: P Gundry

SAMCRO

Thought to be the second coming about three or four seasons ago and despite being a two-time Cheltenham Festival winner hasn’t quite progressed into that billing. Not getting any younger at 10 years-old, and has won just once from his last 10 races. Not certain to stay the longer trip either and having first run in the race, so has a lot of question marks despite being classy on his day.

Official Rating: 152 / Form: 602803 / Weight: 11-1 / Age: 10 / Jockey: S Bowen / Trainer: G Elliott

ESCARIA TEN

One of the main players for the Gordon Elliott yard, if the betting is to be believed. It’s easy to see why, as this 8 year-old has time on his side and has a decent National profile. First run in the race, but jumps well and should be fine over the trip having run Galvin to 3 lengths (3rd) in the NH Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last season. Last seen running a close second to Any Second Now in the Bobbyjo chase at the end of February, so should be spot on for this – a big chance.

Official Rating: 152 / Form: 23P-82 / Weight: 11-1 / Age: 8 / Jockey: A P Heskin / Trainer: G Elliott

GOOD BOY BOBBY

From a two-time Grand National-winning yard, which is the first plus. Winner of the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby on Boxing Day and has clearly had this as a target since, with just one more run – 7th in the Coral Trophy Chase at Kempton in February. Eight top two finishes from 12 runs over fences, but another that is going into the unknown regarding the trip – 3m1f is the furthest he’s gone. First run in the race too, but could have a live outsiders chance.

Official Rating: 150 / Form: -31217 / Weight: 10-13 / Age: 9 / Jockey: D Jacob / Trainer: N Twiston-Davies

LORD DU MESNIL

Staying this trip will certainly be fine for this former Tommy Whittle Chase winner (2019) who was also runner-up in the 2020 NH Chase at the Cheltenham Festival over 3m6f. But Lord du Mesnil will want the ground to turn soft to be seen at his best, as he found things too lively in this race 12 months ago on good-to-soft ground (pulled up). He was also pulled up in the Becher Chase here in December, so the jury is out as to whether this track and fences suit – plus, has won just one of his last 12 races.

Official Rating: 150 / Form: -UP26P / Weight: 10-13 / Age: 9 / Jockey: K K Woods / Trainer: R Hobson

COKO BEACH

Well beaten in the Bobbyjo Chase last time out, so Coko Beach has a lot of ground to make up on Any Second Now and Escaria Ten based on that running. The longer trip should suit though, after running 7th in the Irish National last season, but the big negative is that he’s only a 7 year-old and the last National winner of this age was in 1940!

Official Rating: 150 / Form: 46P644 / Weight: 10-13 / Age: 7 / Jockey: S W Flanagan / Trainer: G Elliott

DE RASHER COUNTER

Landed the 2019 Ladbrokes Trophy Chase (the old Hennessy) which was a clear career highlight, but has only raced four times since, after having several problems. Back from a 489-day break back in February when running down the field in the Denman Chase at Newbury, so should be a lot better for that outing. Lightly-raced for his age and has an outsiders chance if back to his best of 2019, but the only time he’s gone over 4 miles was when pulled up in the 2020 Midlands National.

Official Rating: 149 / Form: 4P/2-4 / Weight: 10-12 / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: E Lavelle

KILDISART

Runner-up in the 2020 Ultima Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, but a horse that’s been lightly-raced since, with just three runs. Returned last time at Newbury in the Greatwood Gold Cup to run a fair 4th and should be a lot better for that. Worth a crack over this trip, having stayed on to take 7th in the 2020 Ladbrokes Trophy over 3m2f. Only negative is that he’s 8 runs without a win, but that last success did come at this meeting, when winning the Betway Handicap Chase.

Official Rating: 148 / Form: 2/37-4 / Weight: 10-11 / Age: 10 / Jockey: J Bowen / Trainer: B Pauling

DISCORAMA

Was high up the betting in this race last year – when running 7th at 16/1 – but was still beaten 45 lengths. That experience of the fences is a plus, and is another year older and lightly-raced since. Will be spot on for this after a recent run at Fairyhouse and is back this year on only a pound higher mark than last year. Each-way chance.

Official Rating: 148 / Form: 257-52 / Weight: 10-11 / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: P Nolan

TOP VILLE BEN

Top Ville Ben ran well (2nd) over hurdles last time at Haydock and won well before that at Lingfield – might have liked softer ground, but a lot of trainers prefer to run their horses over hurdles before coming here, which is a good sign. Negative would be that he fell in the Becher Chase here in December, so a bit to prove over these fences.

Official Rating: 148 / Form: P5F312 / Weight: 10-11 / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: P Kirby

ENJOY D'ALLEN

High up the Grand National betting in the build-up, and it’s easy to see why. Represents last year’s winning owner – JP McManus – and a close 3rd in the 2021 Irish National, so will be fine staying this trip. Three solid races this season, despite not winning, and should be spot-on now. A nice profile for the race and an attractive racing weight of 10-11. Debut National run, so the fences are an unknown, but a good jumper and yet to finish out of the first 3 from 10 runs over fences. Big player.

Official Rating: 148 / Form: 23-735 / Weight: 10-11 / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: C Murphy

ANIBALE FLY

A Grand National regular in recent years – pulled up in the race last year, but was 5th in 2019 and 4th in 2018. But is no spring chicken these days at 12 years-old. The plus is that he’s rated 7lbs lower than last year and a massive 16lbs lower than when 5th in 2019 to Tiger Roll. With proven form at the track and valuable experience over the fences has to have a chance of getting involved, but might just find some younger legs too good in terms of winning.

Official Rating: 148 / Form: -39098 / Weight: 10-11 / Age: 12 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: A Martin

DINGO DOLLAR

Second in the 2021 Scottish National over 4m so this distance is okay. Will be fine if the ground is on the quicker side too and will be spot on after a fair fifth at Kelso in the Premier Chase at the start of March. Has a nice racing weight of 10-11 and, even though he was pulled up in the 2020 Grand Sefton Chase over these fences, that was over 2m5f. Should be much more at home over this longer trip and has a live outsiders chance.

Official Rating: 148 / Form: 12-435 / Weight: 10-11 / Age: 10 / Jockey: R Mania / Trainer: A Thomson

FREEWHEELIN DYLAN

Pulled up last time out at Fairyhouse and before that unseated in the Cross Country race at the Cheltenham November Meeting. But was the winner of the 2021 Irish Grand National, so can’t be ruled out on that form. Hasn’t built on that since, but has only had four runs. Debut run in this race, but could be dangerous taking to these fences with only 10-10 in weight.

Official Rating: 147 / Form: 1-46UP / Weight: 10-10 / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: D A McLoughlin

CLASS CONTI

Class Conti was beaten by 129 lengths in this race 12 month ago and is only rated 2lbs lower. Not set the world alight this season either so, despite coming from a leading yard, it would be a big shock if he’s good enough to take on current form.

Official Rating: 147 / Form: 40-P90 / Weight: 10-10 / Age: 10 / Jockey: S Twiston-Davies / Trainer: W Mullins

NOBLE YEATS

Fair run to be 9th in the Ultima Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in March. Ran the useful Ahoy Senor to 5 lengths at Wetherby before that though, and is an improving chaser. But the negatives are that he’s only had 7 runs over fences, is having his first run in this race and is another 7 year-old – the last 7 year-old to win the Grand National was in 1940!

Official Rating: 147 / Form: 469P29 / Weight: 10-10 / Age: 7 / Jockey: Mr S Waley-cohen / Trainer: E Mullins

MIGHTY THUNDER

From the Lucinda Russell yard that won this race in 2017. Has National form too, having run a close second in the 2021 Midlands National at Uttoxeter and also winning the 2021 Scottish National. But has been out of sorts this season, pulling up twice at Chepstow and Musselburgh. Staying the trip is fine and has a nice racing weight (10-9), but is also having his debut in the race, so the fences are an unknown.

Official Rating: 147 / Form: 21-4PP / Weight: 10-10 / Age: 9 / Jockey: D R Fox / Trainer: Miss L Russell

CLOTH CAP

Cloth Cap went off favourite for the 2021 Grand National at 11/2, but was eventually pulled up before three out. Connections reported he made some breathing noises that day so has since had a wind op. Returned this season out of form and last seen running down the field in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster. Is rated a pound lower than last year, but plenty to prove at the moment.

Official Rating: 147 / Form: P-46R3 / Weight: 10-10 / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill

SNOW LEOPARDESS

One of the talking horses in the 2022 Grand National build up. Snow Leopardess would be a popular winner being a grey, and has improved bundles this season to win her last three, one of which was the Becher Chase in December over these fences. Would become the first winning mare since 1951 and only the fourth grey to land this famous race. Jumps well though and looks to have the perfect profile with only 10-9 to carry. Would be a popular winner and looks to have a leading chance.

Official Rating: 146 / Form: 46-111 / Weight: 10-9 / Age: 10 / Jockey: A Coleman / Trainer: C Longsdon

AGUSTA GOLD

Agusta Gold is one of a number of mares in the race, looking to become the 14th female horse to win the Grand National – and the first since 1951. Debut run in the race and was 11th in the Irish National in 2021. Would probably want softer ground too and has a bit to answer after being a beaten favourite at Down Royal last time out.

Official Rating: 146 / Form: 0-8PP2 / Weight: 10-9 / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: W Mullins

PHOENIX WAY

Last seen falling at Kempton in the Coral Trophy Chase and that looked a heavy tumble, which is not ideal coming into a race like this. But prior to that was a good winner at Ascot and certainly has bits and pieces of form to be considered. Is also owned by JP McManus, who won this race last year. The trip is a question mark though – the furthest he’s won over is 3m1f. Small outsiders chance.

Official Rating: 146 / Form: 4-721F / Weight: 10-9 / Age: 9 / Jockey: K Brogan / Trainer: H Fry

DEISE ABA

Staying the trip will be fine, having run a close second in the London National at Sandown in December. Also ran well to be a close runner-up at the same track in February, but does seem to save his best for Sandown. First run in the National, and comes here freshened up from two months off. Low weight of 10-8 makes him dangerous and has run well over hurdles at the Aintree track.

Official Rating: 145 / Form: P-22P2 / Weight: 10-8 / Age: 9 / Jockey: T O'Brien / Trainer: P Hobbs

BLAKLION

Sixth in this race last year and returns on the same mark. Now a 13 year-old but has come back this season well to win twice at Haydock. Has also won the Becher Chase here over the fences and has bundles of experience over these tricky obstacles. Softer ground would be a plus – if the rain comes that would certainly give him a better outsiders chance. But the last 13 year-old to win the National was in 1923.

Official Rating: 145 / Form: 6-511P / Weight: 10-8 / Age: 13 / Jockey: H Skelton / Trainer: D Skelton

POKER PARTY

Pulled up in the Cross Country race at the Cheltenham Festival in March, but comes from last year’s winning yard and his form of a few years ago would make him interesting. Low weight and first run in the race, but hasn’t been running well recently – well beaten the last three times – so does need to find some old sparkle.

Official Rating: 145 / Form: 43/00P / Weight: 10-8 / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: H De Bromhead

DEATH DUTY

Gordon Elliott said before the Cheltenham Festival that Death Duty was his best handicapped horse, but that still wasn’t good enough to see him win there. He finished a fair sixth in the Ultima Handicap Chase. Still a solid run though and looks the sort to run well here with just 10-7 to carry and coming from the powerful Elliott/Gigginstown House Stud combo that have a top record in this race. Debut run in the race, but has a live chance if taking to the fences .

Official Rating: 144 / Form: 6-5716 / Weight: 10-7 / Age: 11 / Jockey: J Gainford / Trainer: G Elliott

DOMAINE DE L'ISLE

Ran 10th behind the recent Scottish Grand National winner – Win My Wings – at Newcastle in the Eider Chase last time out. That came off a 2 month break so can be expected to improve for that. Domaine De L’Isle proved he can handle these fences well when fourth behind Snow Leopardess in the Becher Chase here in December. Only 10-7 to carry gives him a nice racing weight too – small place claims, but you feel some improvement is needed.

Official Rating: 144 / Form: 1-P420 / Weight: 10-7 / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: S Curran

ECLAIR SURF

Second in the Eider Chase over 4m1f so this trip will be fine. Improving young chaser that would certainly have a chance of getting into the race. First run in the National but has been given a chance by the handicapper with only 10-5 to carry. Trainer Emma Lavelle will be hoping to follow in the footprints of other top female trainers to win this race in recent years, like Venetia Williams and Lucinda Russell. Live chance.

Official Rating: 143 / Form: 8-F312 / Weight: 10-6 / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: E Lavelle

FORTESCUE

Has shown up well this season – running the classy Royale Pagaille to a close third at Haydock in the Peter Marsh Chase in January, and backing that up to take the Listed Swinley Handicap Chase at Ascot in February. He beat another Grand National fancy – Fiddlerontheroof – that day but gets in here off the same rating. Staying the longer trip is an unknown, and this would be his first run in the race, but would be dangerous off just 10-6 in weight.

Official Rating: 143 / Form: -37231 / Weight: 10-6 / Age: 8 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: H Daly

COMMODORE (1st reserve)

Represents the Venetia Williams yard, who won the Grand National in 2009 with 100/1 shot Mon Mome. This 10 year-old would be an interesting outsider if getting into the race after returning from a wind op back in December to win a nice race at Cheltenham. Has not run since – maybe to protect his mark – but goes well fresh and with only 10-5 in weight is another that could outrun his odds if taking to the fences at the first time of asking.

Official Rating: 142 / Form: 2U9P-1 / Weight: 10-5 / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: Miss V Williams

SCHOOL BOY HOURS (2nd reserve)

Last seen pulling up in the Kim Muir Chase at the Cheltenham Festival so needs to bounce back from that. Was sent off favourite that day so many people clearly thought this 9 year-old would run better than he did. Represents last year’s winning owner and, despite that poor run last time, has actually finished in the top three 6 times from 11 starts over fences. First run in the race but just 10-5 to carry in weight could make life easier.

Official Rating: 142 / Form: 43-61P / Weight: 10-5 / Age: 9 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: N Meade

ROMAIN DE SENAM (3rd reserve)

Official Rating: 142 / Form: B143-P / Weight: 10-5 / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: D Pipe

ROI MAGE (4th reserve)

Official Rating: 140 / Form: 134751 / Weight: 10-3 / Age: 10 / Jockey: ? / Trainer: P Griffin