5.15pm / Randox Grand National Handicap Chase (Class 1) (Grade 3) (GBB Race)
4m 2f 74y / 7YO+ / £1,000,000
FOUR MILES ABOUT TWO AND A HALF FURLONGS (4m 2f 74yds) (Over the Grand National Course)
Enter by noon, February 1st and pay £825 stake Scratch by noon on March 1st or pay £825 Scratch by noon on March 22nd or pay £825 Confirm by noon on April 4th and pay £1275 Declare by 10.00 a.m. April 7th Weights published on February 15th
HORSE AGE/WGT RATING OWNER TRAINER
1 Conflated (IRE) 8-11-10 167 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
2 Galvin (IRE) 8-11-10 167 Ronnie Bartlett Gordon Elliott IRE
3 Melon (GB) 10-11-06 163 Marie Donnelly Willie Mullins IRE
4 Chris’s Dream (IRE) 10-11-05 162 Robcour Henry de Bromhead IRE
5 Franco de Port (FR) 7-11-04 161 Bruton Street V Willie Mullins IRE
6 Minella Times (IRE) 9-11-04 161 J P McManus Henry de Bromhead IRE
7 Tiger Roll (IRE) 12-11-04 161 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
8 Chantry House (IRE) 8-11-03 160 J P McManus Nicky Henderson
9 Delta Work (FR) 9-11-03 160 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
10 Any Second Now (IRE) 10-11-02 159 J P McManus Ted Walsh IRE
11 Easysland (FR) 8-11-02 159 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
12 Run Wild Fred (IRE) 8-11-02 158 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
13 Battleoverdoyen (IRE) 9-11-00 157 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
You would have thought that after a two year hiatus (2020 – no race, 2021 – behind closed doors), today’s big Grand National weights reveal in Liverpool would have been heralded with a fanfare, but far from it, it’s arrived on a whimper. This saddens me.
This season we’ve hardly heard a peep about the National weights and their predicted outcome. We haven’t even had the traditional Tiger Roll pantomime – aka The O’Leary’s versus The Handicapper, and old Tiger has an entry so why the lack of buzz stories around him?
After decades of personally supporting my favourite race in the world, it’s disappointing that at this particular juncture, there doesn’t yet appear to be the usual humph and energy behind April’s race. I’m excited, but others are less so. Whether this is down to sponsor embarrassment, Cheltenham lethargy or something else, I really don’t know but I sincerely hope today’s weights lunch venue – the “Titanic Hotel”, isn’t an omen for the future.
Nowadays it appears that when ITV Racing aren’t leading the narrative, everything else goes a little subdued on the reporting front. I’m pretty sure the channel will pick up the mantle again after Cheltenham and inject some life back into the Aintree build-up.
On a more upbeat note, I will, as per usual, be penning and filing my own Grand National weights reaction to one or two outlets this afternoon including this one “CLICK HERE”