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Horse-By- Horse Grand National 2014 Weights Guide Here’s our complete guide to all the runners at this year’s Grand National in order of weight.
Tidal Bay Weight: 11-10 Age: 13 Trainer: Paul Nicholls Eight years into a hugely successful career this veteran shows no sign of declining with age. It may be 90 years since a 13-year-old won the National but Tidal Bay looks a real contender, especially if the ground is soft. Long Run Weight: 11-9 Age: 8 Trainer: Nicky Henderson A true thoroughbred with a record that surely surpasses the rest of the field, taking in two wins in the King George, one Cheltenham Gold Cup and well over £1 million in prize money. And he’s still on 8! Not a great jumper but Nicky Henderson claims he has improved enough to cope with Aintree. Triolo D’Alene Weight: 11-6 Age: 7 Trainer: Nicky Henderson Weakened in the Cheltenham Gold Cup last week, failing to justify short odds but still looks a quality horse. Won in the Topham Chase last year showing he’s capable over the Aintree fences. Rocky Creek Weight: 11-5 Age: 8 Trainer: Paul Nicholls The ‘perfect National horse’ according to Ruby Walsh and this young chaser has certainly proven himself to be a fine all-rounder that looks built for Aintree. Some question marks surrounding his fitness after ringworm kept him out in recent months. Katenko Weight: 11-4 Age: 8 Trainer: Venetia Williams Looks well equipped for Aintree and seems to thrive in the mud but has shown little form over anything other than soft and heavy ground so don’t hold your breath if the going is good. On His Own Weight: 11-3 Age: 10 Trainer: Willie Mullins Just lost out to Lord Windermere in frustrating and controversial fashion at the Cheltenham Gold Cup. On His Own Ran hard in that race and it looks likely that his stable will now rest him for the Grand National. Seabass Weight: 11-2 Age: 11 Trainer: Ted Walsh Finished fifth of five runners at Down in his Aintree warm up and questions persist over Seabass’ stamina. Ebbed in the 2012 National and looked shattered last year. Maybe this isn’t his race. Mossey Joe Weight: 11-1 Age: 11 Trainer: Enda Bolger Purchased in January for £160,000, a top-end price for a horse of his vintage but reflective of his quality. Smashed the course record at Stratford last year and has a strong hunter chase record. Lacks race practice in the run up to Aintree. Colbert Station Weight: 11-0 Age: 10 Trainer: Ted Walsh Fell short of expectations last year after going into the race on the back of significant hype. Less expectation surrounds him this year and form has been a bit patchy. Has it in him to be a contender however. Balthazar King Weight: 10-13 Age: 10 Trainer: Phillip Hobbs Winning the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham for the second time in three years will not have hurt confidence in this classy chaser. Finished 15th last year after hitting the front early but probably would have benefited from a more controlled ride. Better on firm ground and definitely worth considering if the conditions are right. Mr Moonshine Weight: 10-12 Age: 10 Trainer: Sue Smith Sue Smith trained last year’s winner Auroras Encore and her charge in this year’s race is not without potential. Strong recent form but may lack the capacity to challenge over a 35 furlong course. Teaforthree Weight: 10-12 Age: 10 Trainer: Rebecca Curtis Warm favourite with the bookies and running off a good mark. A strong third place run last year shows his aptitude for the Aintree fences and there no reason to doubt his credentials this time around. Across The Bay Weight: 10-11 Age: 10 Trainer: Donald McCain Ran well for a good proportion of last year’s race before fading to finish 14th. Runs and jumps well on heavy ground and has good recent performances at Haydock behind him but having a say in the closing moments of the big race might be beyond this 10-year-old. Double Seven Weight: 10-11 Age: 8 Trainer: Martin Brassil A young horse who catches the eye despite his lack of experience over this sort of distance or outside of Ireland. A five race winning streak was ended recently with a 6th place finish at Leopardstown, but even then unfavourable conditions meant it wasn’t a particularly discouraging result. With a decent weight and the likelihood of A.P McCoy In the saddle he could be a contender. Godsmejudge Weight: 10-11 Age: 8 Trainer: Alan King May not make the National after pulling up in Doncaster at the start of March, which would be a shame as this young horse looks like a fine match for Aintree having proved his credentials with an impressive win in last year’s Scottish Grand National and third in the National Hunt Chase at Cheltenham. Prince De Beauchene Weight: 10-10 Age: 11 Trainer: Willie Mullins Well fancied in both 2012 and 2013 before pulling out with injury. The horse has obvious quality but has never quite hit the heights whether through injury or disappointing form. Has performed well at Aintree in the past and should benefit from being much lower in the weights this year. Monbeg Dude Weight: 10-9 Age: 9 Trainer: Michael Scudamore Royal connections make Monbeg Dude a high profile runner and he strong credential could well make him a genuine contender. A win at the 2012 Welsh Grand National announced his arrival and an impressive victory in Cheltenham last December showed evidence that he could be hitting the right sort of form to challenge at Aintree. Improved jumping (courtesy of Zara Phillips) reinforced his prospects. Sunnyhillboy Weight: 10-9 Age: 11 Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill Came close in 2012 when he was pipped by Neptune Collonges and though he is perhaps getting past his best that performance cannot be ignored, especially considering his fairly lengthy odds. Burton Port Weight: 10-8 Age: 10 Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill A class act on his day but form and fitness have been erratic in recent times. It’s hard to judge whether Burton Port has a shot but at the right price he is certainly a horse that has shown real quality in the past and could pull something out of the bag, especially with such a low weights rating. Our Father Weight: 10-8 Age: 8 Trainer: David Pipe Highly rated by his stable Our Father showed glimpses of real promise early on in his career but seems to have plateaued somewhat and recent form is not inspiring. Swing Bill Weight: 10-8 Age: 13 Trainer: David Pipe An Aintree veteran whose early career promise was curtailed by a long-term injury. Under David Pipe Swing Bill has enjoyed something of a renaissance, putting in some creditable runs including 6th at last year’s National. Clearly has what it takes to get around the course but at 13 he might be a bit long in the tooth to challenge. Hawkes Point Weight: 10-6 Age: 9 Trainer: Paul Nicholls The Welsh National runner-up last year and a horse that looks to have the sort of stamina Aintree requires. A seeming preference for very soft turf might count against him if conditions aren’t to his liking. Home Farm Weight: 10-6 Age: 7 Trainer: Arthur Moore A young horse who impressed with a 3rd place finish at last year’s Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse. A serious lack of experience means making much of an impression this year is a big ask. His most recent performance, finishing 7th at Leopardstown at the start of March, does nothing to enhance his modest claims. Shakalakaboomboom Weight: 10-3 Age: 10 Trainer: Nicky Henderson Lost the best part of two years to injury after finishing 9th in the 2012 Grand National. Having only just returned to action Shakalakaboomboomprobably isn’t ready to make much of an Impression this year, especially given question marks over his stamina that pre-exist his lay–off. Soll Weight: 10-0 Age: 9 Trainer: Jo Hughes Showed great potential in finishing 7th at the National last year but form has not really convinced this season. Not necessarily to be discounted completely but an apparent preference very soft ground should be noted. Alfie Sherrin Weight: 9-11 Age: 11 Trainer: Jonjo O’Neill An infrequent racer who hasn’t won since March 2012 when he triumphed at Cheltenham. Has solid stamina but jumping isn’t really his forte. Alfie Sherrin’s return to Prestbury Park this year was underwhelming despite being made favourite and there is little in his recent form to suggest he can challenge at Ainrtee.
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