Aintree Grand National News - History-seeking Tiger Roll heads 105 entries for 2020 Randox Health Grand National
The Randox Health Grand National is the world's richest Jump race and takes place for the 173rd time this year at 5.15pm on day three of the Randox Health Grand National Festival, Saturday, 4 April.
In 2019, Tiger Roll became the first horse since Red Rum to win back-to-back Grand Nationals and the 10-year-old now has the chance to become only horse to land three consecutive runnings of the world's greatest chase.
Trained in Ireland by Gordon Elliott and owned by Michael O'Leary's Gigginstown House Stud, Tiger Roll is due to begin his campaign in either the G2 Boyne Hurdle at Navan on 16 February or in the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on 10 March, where he was won four times previously.
Tiger Roll is the 7/1 clear favourite with Betway, official betting partner of the Randox Health Grand National Festival.
Elliott accounts for 18 of the 45 Irish-trained entries in total, the most of any handler, as he chases a fourth success in the race.
If victorious, he would emulate Fred Rimmell and Ginger McCain as the most successful trainer in Grand National history.
Elliott's team also features leading Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup fancy Delta Work and the exciting novice Champagne Classic.
Both horses are owned by Gigginstown House Stud.
Other G1 performers among the entries are Cheltenham Gold Cup heroes Native River (Colin Tizzard) and Sizing John (Jessica Harrington IRE), plus two-time Betfair Chase victor Bristol de Mai, one of seven contenders for dual Grand National-winning trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies.
Irish Grand National victor Burrows Saint is one of 10 entries for Willie Mullins, who landed the spoils in 2005 with Hedgehunter.
The Mullins contingent also includes last year's impressive Randox Health Topham Chase victor Cadmium and recent Thyestes Chase scorer Total Recall.
Last year's runner-up Magic Of Light (Jessica Harrington IRE) and impressive Munster National heroine Cabaret Queen (Willie Mullins IRE) are the pick of four mares engaged.
No mare has won the Grand National since Nickel Coin in 1951.
Tiger Roll is not the only previous Randox Health Grand National winner among the entries, with that honour also held by One For Arthur (Lucinda Russell) who in 2017 became only the second Scottish-trained scorer after Rubstic in 1979.
Only four horses have regained the Grand National - Red Rum (1973, 1974, 1977), Manifesto (1897 & 1899), The Lamb (1868 & 1871) and Peter Simple (1849 & 1853).
Walk In The Mill (Robert Walford) has an excellent record over the Grand National fences and fared best of the British-trained contenders in the 2019 Randox Health Grand National, finishing fourth.
Walk In The Mill is a 20/1 chance with Betway.
The 10-year-old, who carries the colours of Baroness Dido Harding, captured the G3 Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase for the second time at Aintree in December, making him the first back-to-back winner of the race.
Trainer Robert Walford said: "Walk In The Mill came out of the Becher in great form and the intention now is to run him over hurdles at Chepstow on Friday. "It will be good just to get him out on the course and that is why we are going to run at Chepstow. "This will probably be his last fun before the Grand National. There are other races that we could run in, but I would like to go to Aintree with a fresh horse, so to run now suits our schedule. "He has been a brilliant horse for me.
He just seems to love those fences at Aintree and it is exciting to have a live Grand National contender on our hands." Walk In The Mill in action at Aintree Sue Smith, who tasted Grand National success in 2013 with Auroras Encore, has given Vintage Clouds an entry after his impressive victory in the G2 Peter Marsh Handicap Chase at Haydock Park on 18 January.
He is a 25/1 chance with Betway.
Vintage Clouds fell at the first in the 2019 Randox Health Grand National and was pulled up in the Randox Health Becher Chase following a bad mistake.
His owner Trevor Hemmings is the joint most successful in Grand National history with three wins - Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011) and Many Clouds (2015). Smith said: "After consideration we have decided to enter Vintage Clouds for the Grand National. "Having discussed it at length with Trevor Hemmings [owner], we decided that having won so well in the Peter Marsh Chase, it was worth keeping our options open until nearer the time. "He has slightly struggled over the Aintree fences, particularly in the Becher, but we want to keep all options on the table for the time being. "He jumped superbly in the Peter Marsh and has come out of the race very well."
Hemmings also has Lake View Lad (Nick Alexander) and Warriors Tale (Paul Nicholls), winner of the 2018 Grand Sefton Handicap Chase over the Grand National fences, engaged.
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls ended his wait for Grand National glory in 2012 with Neptune Collonges.
The Somerset handler's six entries include Listed Badger Beers Silver Trophy victor Give Me A Copper, who is part-owned by Sir Alex Ferguson.
Other high-profile entries include the JP McManus-owned pair of Kimberlite Candy (Tom Lacey)and Ok Corral (Nicky Henderson), who have started 2020 with coveted handicap chase successes at Warwick and Doncaster respectively, plus Welsh National hero Potters Corner (Christian Williams), who is part-owned by Wales rugby union international Jonathan Davies. The two French-trained entries are Balko Moriviere (Jerome Larrigade) and Disco d'Authie (David Cottin).
The two French-trained winners of the Grand National are Huntsman in 1862 and Cortolvin in 1867.
Weights for the Randox Health Grand National are unveiled before an invited audience at St George's Hall in Liverpool on Tuesday, 11 February.
The Randox Health Grand National is the only race for which senior BHA chase handicapper Martin Greenwood is able to deviate from official ratings in allotting weights.
Betway's Alan Alger said: "Since crossing the line first in last year's race, the extraordinary Tiger Roll has been perched at the top of the betting for the 2020 renewal and we are currently offering a top price of 7/1.
Could he be the first horse to win the race three years in a row? "Native River, the 2018 Gold Cup Winner, looks to have been campaigned for a crack at the Grand National and the Colin Tizzard trained gelding is available at 20/1 with us at Betway. "Despite winning almost all there is to win in horse racing, the Grand National still eludes Nicky Henderson.
This year, he has four horses entered in an attempt to break his duck and for the master trainer to win the race with any of his entrants is 10/1." Randox Health Grand National - Betway prices:
7/1 Tiger Roll
16/1 Burrows Saint, Kimberlite Candy
20/1 Delta Work, Elegant Escape, Le Breuil, Native River, Magic Of Light, Walk In The Mill
25/1 Definitly Red, Potters Corner, Total Recall, Vieux Lion Rouge, Vintage Clouds
33/1 Any Second Now, Beware The Bear, Borice, Bristol De Mai, Cadmium, Dalko Moriviere, Disco d'Authie, Give Me A Copper, Mall Dini, Ok Corral, One For Arthur, Pleasant Company, Shattered Love, Talkischeap, Voix Du Reve
40/1 Acapella Bourgeois, Activial, Alpha Des Obeaux, Anibale Fly, Aso, Ballyoptic, Champagne Classic, Missed Approach, Ramses De Teillee, Sizing John, Sub Lieutenant, Top Ville Ben, Yala Enki 50/1 Chef Des Obeaux, Chris's Dream, Cogry, Death Duty, Dingo Dollar, Dragon D'estruval, Fingerontheswitch, Fitzhenry, General Principle, Hogans Height, Jury Duty, Kildisart, Lake View Lad, Roaring Bull, Takingrisks, The Storyteller, Valtor 66/1 A Toi Phil, Class Conti, Lord Du Mesnil, Monbeg Notorious, Moonshine Bay, Out Sam, Peregrine Run, Poker Party, Prince Of Scars, Ravenhill, Regal Encore, Snugsborough Benny, Spider Web, The Hollow Ginge, The Young Master, Tout Est Permis, Townshend, Traffic Fluide, Warriors Tale, Yorkhill
80/1 Acting Lass, Ami Desbois, As De Mee, Atlanta Ablaze, Cabaret Queen Crievehill, Dallas Des Pictons, Dounikos, Flying Angel, Heron Heights, Jett Joe Farrell, Mister Whitaker, Noble Endeavor, Now Mcginty, Romain De Senam, Saint Xavier
100/1 Double Shuffle, Singlefarmpayment
150/1 Kilfilum Cross, Outlander, Princeton Royale, Rathlin Rose, Scoir Mear, Soupy Soups, Steely Addition
Randox Health Grand National 2020 Specials: Nicky Henderson to trainer the winner? (Beware The Bear, Ok Corral, Valtor, Dragon D'Estruval) 10/1
Female Ridden winner 16/1
The Randox Health Grand National Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund. Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 4, 2020. 4m 2f 74yds over the Grand National fences.
For seven-year-olds and upwards who, prior to March 17, have started in a chase during the current season and been placed first, second, third or fourth in a chase with an official distance description of' two miles seven and a half furlongs' or more at any time during the horse's career. Horses must also be allotted a rating of 125 or more by the BHA Head of Handicapping following a review of the horses entered and after taking account of races run up to and including February 9.
Horses which are not qualified for a rating in Great Britain or Ireland at closing may also be entered.
Such horses may be eligible for a weight providing the Handicapper is satisfied that the horse's racecourse performances up to and including February 9 would merit a minimum rating of 125.
To qualify, horses must have run at least three times in chases run under the Rules of Racing of the same Recognised Racing Authority up to and including February 10.
At the Handicapper's discretion, such horses may be allocated a rating.
The decision of the BHA Head of Handicapping shall be final.
Entries closes January 29 (105 entries), weights revealed February 11, first scratchings deadline February 25, second scratchings deadline March 17, five-day confirmations March 30, final declarations 10am April 2.
Maximum field of 40 plus four reserves.
Horse Age Owner Trainer
A Toi Phil (FR) 10 Teme Valley 2 Gary Moore
Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 10 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
Acting Lass (IRE) 9 Nigel & Barbara Collison Harry Fry
Activial (FR) 10 Roger Brookhouse Tom George
Alpha des Obeaux (FR) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Ami Desbois (FR) 10 The Reserved Judgment Partnership Graeme McPherson
Anibale Fly (FR) 10 J P McManus Tony Martin IRE
Any Second Now (IRE) 8 J P McManus Ted Walsh IRE
As de Mee (FR) 10 The Stewart Family & Judi Dench Paul Nicholls
Aso (FR) 10 The Bellamy Partnership Venetia Williams
Atlanta Ablaze 9 The Last Man Standing Henry Daly
Ballyoptic (IRE) 10 Mills & Mason Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies
Beware The Bear (IRE) 10 G B Barlow Nicky Henderson
Borice (FR) 9 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Gordon Elliott IRE
Bristol de Mai (FR) 9 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies
Burrows Saint (FR) 7 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
Cabaret Queen 8 SyndicatesRacing Willie Mullins IRE
Cadmium (FR) 8 In Our Element Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
Champagne Classic (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Chef des Obeaux (FR) 8 Sullivan Bloodstock Limited Willie Mullins IRE
Chris's Dream (IRE) 8 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
Class Conti (FR) 8 P Joubert Willie Mullins IRE
Cogry 11 Graham and Alison Jelley Nigel Twiston-Davies
Crievehill (IRE) 8 Highclere T'Bred Racing- Crievehill Nigel Twiston-Davies
Dalko Moriviere (FR) 7 Ecurie Sagara Jerome Larrigade FR
Dallas des Pictons (FR) 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Death Duty (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Definitly Red (IRE) 11 Phil & Julie Martin Brian Ellison
Delta Work (FR) 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Dingo Dollar (IRE) 8 M Warren J Holmes R Kidner & J Wright Alan King
Disco d'Authie (FR) 11 Mme Magalen Bryant David Cottin FR
Double Shuffle (IRE) 10 Crossed Fingers Partnership Tom George
Dounikos (FR) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Dragon d'Estruval (FR) 7 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
Elegant Escape (IRE) 8 J P Romans Colin Tizzard
Fingerontheswitch (IRE) 10 Cahill, Atwell & Crofts Neil Mulholland
Fitzhenry (IRE) 8 J P McManus Paul Nolan IRE
Flying Angel (IRE) 9 R J Rexton Nigel Twiston-Davies
General Principle (IRE) 11 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Give Me A Copper (IRE) 10 Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood Paul Nicholls
Heron Heights (IRE) 11 Barry Maloney Henry de Bromhead IRE
Hogan's Height (IRE) 9 Foxtrot Racing: Hogan's Height Jamie Snowden
Jett (IRE) 9 G M McGrath Jessica Harrington IRE
Joe Farrell (IRE) 11 M Sherwood, N Morris & J Turner Rebecca Curtis
Jury Duty (IRE) 9 Sideways Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE
Kildisart (IRE) 8 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Ben Pauling
Kilfilum Cross (IRE) 9 Andy Bell & Fergus Lyons Henry Oliver
Kimberlite Candy (IRE) 8 J P McManus Tom Lacey
Lake View Lad (IRE) 10 Trevor Hemmings Nick Alexander
Le Breuil (FR) 8 Mrs Emma Palmer Ben Pauling
Lord du Mesnil (FR) 7 Paul Porter Richard Hobson
Magic of Light (IRE) 9 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE
Mall Dini (IRE) 10 Philip J Reynolds Patrick Kelly IRE
Missed Approach (IRE) 10 Alan & Andrew Turner Warren Greatrex
Mister Whitaker (IRE) 8 Tim Radford Mick Channon
Monbeg Notorious (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Moonshine Bay (IRE) 7 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE
Native River (IRE) 10 Brocade Racing Colin Tizzard
Noble Endeavor (IRE) 11 Chris Jones Gordon Elliott IRE
Now McGinty (IRE) 9 The Garratt Family Stuart Edmunds
Ok Corral (IRE) 10 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
One For Arthur (IRE) 11 Two Golf Widows Lucinda Russell
Out Sam 11 D Charlesworth Gordon Elliott IRE
Outlander (IRE) 12 GOWING'S ELEVEN Richard Spencer
Peregrine Run (IRE) 10 V Byrne Peter Fahey IRE
Pleasant Company (IRE) 12 Malcolm Denmark Willie Mullins IRE
Poker Party (FR) 8 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
Potters Corner (IRE) 10 All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies Christian Williams
Prince of Scars (IRE) 10 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Gordon Elliott IRE
Princeton Royale (IRE) 11 D Nott, P Beadles, R Clarke Neil King
Ramses de Teillee (FR) 8 John White & Anne Underhill David Pipe
Rathlin Rose (IRE) 12 Fergus Wilson David Pipe Ravenhill (IRE) 10 Try Ravenhill Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE
Regal Encore (IRE) 12 J P McManus Anthony Honeyball
Roaring Bull (IRE) 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Romain de Senam (FR) 8 Chris Giles & Dan Macdonald Paul Nicholls
Saint Xavier (FR) 8 David Maxwell Racing Limited Paul Nicholls
Scoir Mear (IRE) 10 J P McManus Tom Mullins IRE
Shattered Love (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Singlefarmpayment 10 N T Griffith & H M Haddock Tom George
Sizing John 10 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Jessica Harrington IRE
Snugsborough Benny (IRE) 10 R Loughnane Liam Cusack IRE
Soupy Soups (IRE) 9 Equi ex Incertis Partners Neil Mulholland
Spider Web (IRE) 9 J P McManus Tom Mullins IRE
Steely Addition (IRE) 8 Step By Step Philip Hobbs
Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 11 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
Takingrisks (IRE) 11 Frank Bird Nicky Richards
Talkischeap (IRE) 8 Charles Dingwall Alan King
The Hollow Ginge (IRE) 7 The Ginge Army Nigel Twiston-Davies
The Storyteller (IRE) 9 Mrs Pat Sloan Gordon Elliott IRE
The Young Master 11 Mike Burbidge & The Old Masters Neil Mulholland
Tiger Roll (IRE) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
Top Ville Ben (IRE) 8 Harbour Rose Partnership Philip Kirby
Total Recall (IRE) 11 Slaneyville Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
Tout Est Permis (FR) 7 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE
Townshend (GER) 9 J D Neild Nigel Twiston-Davies
Traffic Fluide (FR) 10 Galloping On The South Downs Partnership Gary Moore
Valtor (FR) 11 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 11 Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent David Pipe
Vintage Clouds (IRE) 10 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
Voix du Reve (FR) 8 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
Walk In The Mill (FR) 10 Baroness Harding Robert Walford
Warriors Tale 11 Trevor Hemmings Paul Nicholls
Yala Enki (FR) 10 Hills of Ledbury Ltd Paul Nicholls
Yorkhill (IRE) 10 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
105 entries 45 Irish-trained 2 French-trained
Breakdown of entries by trainer with past successes in the Randox Health Grand National
18 entries Gordon Elliott IRE (2007 Silver Birch, 2018 & 2019 Tiger Roll) Alpha des Obeaux Borice Champagne Classic Dallas des Pictons Death Duty Delta Work Dounikos General Principle Jury Duty Monbeg Notorious Noble Endeavor Out Sam Prince of Scars Ravenhill Roaring Bull Shattered Love The Storyteller Tiger Roll
10 entries Willie Mullins IRE (2005 Hedgehunter) Acapella Bourgeois Burrows Saint Cabaret Queen Cadmium Chef des Obeaux Class Conti Pleasant Company Total Recall Voix du Reve Yorkhill
7 Entries Nigel Twiston-Davies (1998 Earth Summit, 2002 Bindaree) Bristol de Mai Ballyoptic Cogry Crievehill Flying Angel The Hollow Ginge Townshend
6 Entries Paul Nicholls (2012 Neptune Collonges) As de Mee Give Me A Copper Romain de Senam Saint Xavier Warriors Tale Yala Enki
4 Entries Henry de Bromhead IRE Chris's Dream Heron Heights Poker Party Sub Lieutenant Jessica Harrington IRE Jett Moonshine Bay Magic of Light Sizing John Nicky Henderson Beware The Bear Dragon d'Estruval Ok Corral Valtor
3 Entries Tom George Activial Double Shuffle Singlefarmpayment Neil Mulholland Fingerontheswitch Soupy Soups The Young Master David Pipe (2008 Comply Or Die) Ramses de Teillee Rathlin Rose Vieux Lion Rouge
2 Entries Alan King Dingo Dollar Talkischeap Gary Moore A Toi Phil Traffic Fluide Tom Mullins IRE Scoir Mear Spider Web Ben Pauling Kildisart Le Breuil Colin Tizzard Elegant Escape Native River
1 Entry Nick Alexander Lake View Lad Mick Channon Mister Whitaker David Cottin FR Disco d'Authie Rebecca Curtis Joe Farrell Liam Cusack IRE Snugsborough Benny Henry Daly Atlanta Ablaze Stuart Edmunds Now McGinty Brian Ellison Definitly Red Peter Fahey Peregrine Run Harry Fry Acting Lass Warren Greatrex Missed Approach Philip Hobbs Steely Addition Richard Hobson Lord du Mesnil Anthony Honeyball Regal Encore Patrick Kelly IRE Mall Dini Neil King Princeton Royale Philip Kirby Top Ville Ben Tom Lacey Kimberlite Candy Jerome Larrigade FR Dalko Moriviere Tony Martin IRE Anibale Fly Graeme McPherson Ami Desbois Noel Meade IRE Tout Est Permis Paul Nolan Fitzhenry Henry Oliver Kilfilum Cross Nicky Richards Takingrisks Lucinda Russell (2017 One For Arthur) One For Arthur Sue Smith (2013 Auroras Encore) Vintage Clouds Jamie Snowden Hogan's Height Richard Spencer Outlander Robert Walford Walk In The Mill Ted Walsh IRE (2000 Papillon) Any Second Now Venetia Williams (2009 Mon Mome) Aso Christian Williams Potters Corner
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