Who's your tip for the National?

Fri, 08 Apr 10:20:00 2011

Check out all the runners and riders for Saturday's Grand National in our comprehensive Pinstickers guide.

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DON’T PUSH IT – Last year’s winner under champion jockey AP McCoy and may go off favourite. Needs a Red Rum-type performance to pull off the double, not impossible.

TIDAL BAY – A shade below top class at around three miles so connections take a shot in the dark at a step up in trip. A lot to take on trust.

WHAT A FRIEND – Similar profile to Tidal Bay but had a harder race in the Cheltenham Gold Cup when finishing fourth. Jointly owned by Sir Alex Ferguson.

VIC VENTURI – This Irish raider is a previous course winner but the ground is likely to be too fast for him.

MAJESTIC CONCORDE – Hard to get a handle on with few runs over fences but is still improving and Irish trainer Dermot Weld is not one to waste an entry.

OR NOIR DE SOMOZA – Former French gelding with scant British form to go on. No vibes from his shrewd yard to say he is a strong contender.

DOONEYS GATE – The outsider of his stable’s three runners who doesn’t look good enough and softer ground would be ideal

BIG FELLA THANKS – Ran well to claim fourth place last year but hard to see a reversal in form with Don’t Push It or State of Play who finished in front of him.

THE TOTHER ONE – Not a total no-hoper for champion trainer Paul Nicholls but his handicap mark doesn’t lead a lot of room for manoeuvre. Will like good ground.

BALLABRIGGS – Improving sort but first foray into the top grade of chasing and may be found wanting.

THE MIDNIGHT CLUB – Not much to dislike with Willie Mullins' eight-year-old. Off a nice handicap mark and fits the profile of recent Irish winners. Jockey Ruby Walsh rides the course better than anyone

NICHE MARKET – Not many win the National after pulling up on their last crack at the race.

SILVER BY NATURE – Dour grey stayer who has the talent to triumph but the heavy rains that connections have been praying for have not come.

BACKSTAGE – In-form trainer Gordon Elliott has kept the nine-year-old on the same handicap mark as last year’s race but previous runs at Aintree have been disappointing.

CHIEF DAN GEORGE – This horse runs well in the spring but was beaten fair and square in the 2009 Scottish Grand National which doesn’t bode well for his chances here.

CALGARY BAY – Henrietta Knight’s challenger is definitely on a winning mark but not sure the course or the trip will bring out his best.

KILLYGLEN – Out of form this season and very hard to make a case for him.

OSCAR TIME – Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey Sam Waley-Cohen does the steering and the horse’s form ties in closely with the main Irish hopefuls but maybe just falls short.

QUINZ – Progressing in leaps and bounds but still a novice and the trip is an uncertainty.

BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE – Another member of a strong Irish travelling party this year and is a live outsider who is closely matched with Majestic Concorde.

COMPLY OR DIE – Won the Grand National in 2008 but age has caught up with him and he is on the downslide.

QUOLIBET – Looks like a day out for this seven-year-old with finishing the course probably the main priority.

GRAND SLAM HERO – Ground has come right for the 10-year-old but may get left behind in rear at the business end. Fair outsider.

STATE OF PLAY – A third place and a fourth place already chalked up in the National and could well bring home each-way money again but likely to find one or two to beat it.

KING FONTAINE – Owner Trevor Hemmings loves the race but this one may now be in the grip of the handicapper.

IN COMPLIANCE – Predicted fast ground will leave this veteran struggling to keep up with the pace.

HELLO BUD – Probably won his own National when taking the Becher Chase over the course in November. Loves Aintree but a place looks the best he can hope for.

WEST END ROCKER – Had a couple of hard races over the winter which may have taken their toll.

SANTA’S SON – Yard is willing to give things a spin for this veteran over a new trip but is far too high in the weights for what he has achieved.

BLUESEA CRACKER – Top owner JP McManus bought this mare recently who won the Irish Grand National last season. Another decent outsider for the Irish.

THAT’S RHYTHM – Doesn’t look good enough and not shown a lot this season.

SURFACE TO AIR – Made a return to the track last month after three years on the sidelines. Didn’t show much on his reappearance.

PIRAYA – His large odds aren’t a fair reflection of his ability but impossible to predict when he will be on tune.

CAN’T BUY TIME – Failed to get round on his two previous bids and even money chance to complete the hat-trick.

CHARACTER BUILDING – Got left behind last season before running on take seventh place. A similar fate awaits.

ORNAIS – Disappointed in hunter chases this year and if he can’t cut it at that grade then there is little hope for him here.

ARBOR SUPREME – Conditions will suit as will the trip but Ruby Walsh has opted for The Midnight Club. Yet another live Irish outsider!

ROYAL ROSA – Course lover but getting on in age and hard to see him even running into a minor place.

SKIPPERS BRIG – Not without ability but likes to get his toe into the ground and conditions will probably be against him.

GOLDEN KITE – Guess what? Another Irish runner who has a sneaky chance but at bigger odds than most of his compatriots.

Reserve ALWAYS WANING – Perennial Aintree runner but has always struggled when stepped up to extreme distances.

Reserve FAASEL – Will be running on towards the end but unfortunately several of his rivals will probably have crossed the finishing line already.

Reserve LE BEAU BAI – A real mudlark who needs the course to be virtually unraceable to shine. That is not going to happen.

Reserve GILES CROSS – Stays forever but another who needs heavy rain to get in the ground and slow down the opposition. Again, the forecast says he is out of luck.

Betting Forecast: 8/1 The Midnight Club, 10/1 Don't Push It, 10/1 What A Friend, 10/1 Backstage, 10/1 Oscar Time, 12/1 BallaBriggs, 12/1 Silver By Nature, 14/1 Big Fella Thanks, 16/1 Niche Market, 16/1 Quinz, 16/1 Arbor Supreme, 20/1 Becauseicouldntsee, 20/1 State of Play, 20/1 Bluesea Cracker, 25/1 Majestic Concorde, 25/1 Calgary Bay, 25/1 Hello Bud, 25/1 West End Rocker, 25/1 Character Building, 33/1 Tidal Bay, 33/1 Vic Venturi, 33/1 Or Noir De Somoza, 33/1 Chief Dan George, 33/1 Killyglen, 33/1 Comply Or Die, 33/1 In Compliance, 33/1 Skippers Brig, 33/1 Golden Kite, 50/1 Dooneys Gate, 50/1 The Tother One, 50/1 King Fontaine, 50/1 Surface To Air, 50/1 Can't Buy Time, 50/1 Ornais, 66/1 Quolibet, 66/1 Grand Slam Hero, 66/1 Royal Rosa, 100/1 Santa's Son, 100/1 That's Rhythm, 100/1 Piraya

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