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Teaforthree - The ante-post favourite and strongly favoured. Lots of stamina. 8th at Cheltenham this year in the Gold Cup, but otherwise impressive over long distances and impressive on heavy going. Should be able to go the distance. Finished 3rd in last year's National and 2nd in the Welsh National.
Tidal Bay - Can a 13 year old win the National? 15 of the last 17 winners have been aged between 9 and 11. Tidal Bay is very well experienced though and well used to this distance. Loves the soft and heavy going and has the stamina to last, hence the short odds.
Long Run - A 9 year old in the prime of a consistent career and a winner of the Cheltenham Gold Cup and twice a winner of the King George. This will be the first time run at Aintree. Has a strong chance but perhaps does not have the experience in this size of race, having mainly run in fields of 9 horses or fewer.
Monbeg Dude - Winner of the Welsh National last year, actually beating Teaforthree, and a winner at Cheltenham in 2013. Likes this distance and very consistent. Well worth a place bet.
Double Seven - AP McCoy confirmed on Thursday that Double Seven would be his ride for the National and the odds immediately dropped from around 33/1 to 15/1. Double Seven has an excellent record and won 5 times in 2013, however has only been run once since October. Double Seven likes the good ground, and the ground should improve moving into Saturday. Double Seven certainly has the credentials to win this race, and with McCoy on board the odds will certainly shorten closer to the race.
Colbert Station - Unseated rider in last year's National and has been inconsitent since. Perhaps one to avoid.
Burton Port - Hemmings owned horse, who also owned 2005 and 2011 winners Hedgehunter and Ballabriggs, trained by Jonjo O'Neill who won in 2010 with Don't Push It was second in 2012 with Sunnyhillboy! If you're looking for pedigree then Burton Port has it in owner and trainer. Can be a little inconsistent, but does have both Aintree and Cheltenham experience so should be respected.
Pineau De Re - 3rd at Cheltenham this year at impressive odds of 33/1 and should be respected for the National too. Fell at Aintree in December, but otherwise pretty consistent but may not have the stamina in this length of race.
Prince De Beauchene - A heavy going horse, but mostly inconsistent on all other ground. Many have backed Prince De Beauchene in the last 2 Nationals because of the heavy going performance, so should not be ruled out. If you want to back a stayer and a horse that has more chance than most of making it around the course then you might get lucky with Prince De Beauchene.
Triolo D'alene - Only 7 years old - a youngster compared to most of the field and it would be a great surprise if a younger horse like Triolo D'alene won the National. However Triolo D'alene should be respected with an impressive winning career including a win at the Aintree Grand National meet last year. Won the Hennessy Gold Cup so will be well backed for the National, albeit a 7 year old has not won since 1940!
Rocky Creek - Relatively less race experience than most runners but very consistent. Has only run in big fields twice, at Cheltenham in 2012 and more recently a 2nd place at Newbury in November. Young and inexperienced, but whose odds may well be therefore worth a punt for a place.
Balthazar King - Performed well last year and held out for a long way around the course eventually finishing 15th, so will be well favoured this year. Won at the Cheltenham Festival this year and has in fact won the last 4 races in a row.
Big Shu - A respectful 3rd place at Cheltenham this year after going out favourite, and won at Cheltenham in 2013. Well respected over the cross country courses and likes the heavy going. Could be in with a chance here and is a real stayer.
The Package - 11 year old who finished 3rd at Cheltenham, running for the first time in a year. Could be a bit of a gamble on little recent form. Probably pulls up and unseats rider a little more than average, so may find Aintree difficult. Still, a quality horse and has a chance.
The Rainbow Hunter - Unseated rider in Grand National last year but won at Doncaster on heavy going in January, so may have some form.
Shakalakaboomboom - Finished 9th in the National in 2012, but did not then run until January 2014 due to injury. Shakalakaboomboom actually started the 2012 National as favourite, and actually led the race with 4 fences to jump. Has only ran 3 races since the National in 2012 and has not showed any decent form. A risky gamble, but does have previous form.
Chance du Roy - 9th last year and won the Becher Chase in December and the Topham Chase in 2012. May have a good chance here and certainly not a no hoper. Well experienced on the heavy going.
Mr Moonshine - Pulled up in last year's National, but a consistent placer in smaller races since. Actually from the same stable as the winner last year - Auroras Encore. Back to back National victories for the Sue Smith and Ryan Mania stable?
Night In Milan - Decent performances at Doncaster in recent months, including two wins. May not entirely like the heavy going, but if the ground is firmer then expect the odds to come in a little.
WinDrawWin Prediction - Big Shu To Win Either Balthazar King, Rocky Creek, Pineau De Re, or Monbeg Dude To Place.