And so to the main event…the Randox Grand National. This is where grit and endurance become an art. A marathon of four and a quarter miles testing the skill, determination and stamina of a racehorse …
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Held at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool and run over the famous iconic fences, the Randox Grand National is the race the world stops to watch.
But the Randox Grand National Festival is not just about the Saturday showpiece race – three days of top class racing take place from Thursday 8th April to Saturday 10th April, featuring nine Grade One races across three days, before culminating in the greatest steeplechase of them all.
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Grand National Runners 2022
Went off as one of the race favourites in 2021 and had a really great race under jockey Mark Walsh. Had to settle for third place but looks set to be back again in 2022.
Was a handy novice chaser who has only stepped up in earnest once and that was in the Irish Grand National last season. He was pulled up and hasn’t returned to racing this season so far so a lot of work needed if he is to seriously compete in the 2022 Grand National.
Finished last season with a third place in the Irish Grand National and has had a reasonable start this season with a third place in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown in December.
On terrific form, Snow Leopardess has already won at Bangor and Aintree in the Becher Chase this season. May head back to Cheltenham first but now proven over the Grand National fences we may see her back again in April 2022.
Winner of the National Hunt Challenge Cup at the Cheltenham Festival in 2021. Run over 3m6f, it was a solid inkling that Glavin had plenty of stamina to challenge for the Grand National 2022.
Won the Goffs Thyestes in January, his second win from six starts over fences. It was also only his second handicap chase so he may need a few prep runs before the 2022 Grand National if he is to have any real chance of tackling such a difficult course.
Young and lacking a lot of the experience of other potential runners and may even struggle to make the cut as he has never placed in a race longer than 3m.
Seven chase starts with four wins and three places is pretty decent especially when that includes a win in the Kim Muir at Cheltenham in 2021 and a Mare’s Chase to kick off the season.
With nine starts over fences giving connections nine wins or places, Fiddlerontheroof is a consistent runner. He was second in the Novice’s Chase at Cheltenham last year and last time out was narrowly beaten by Cloudy Glen in the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase.
Finished last season witha second place finish in the Irish Grand National but is the kind of horse that does much better on heavy ground so a bit of rain will be needed if he takes his chances in the Grand National 2022.
Ran straight into the history books in 2021 when winning the Grand National with Rachael Blackmore on board. An incredible race, a superb victory and a one-two for trainer Henry De Bromhead who also saddled the runner up.
Quite young at just 7-years-old but got his chasing career off to a great start winning two as a novice. Despite his young age, still made it around the Grand National course to finish in 5th place. 2022 could be his year.
Finished last season by unseating his jockey in the Topham Chase at Aintree but has come back better and stronger winning back-to-back races at Doncaster and Lingfield. Distance may prove an issue though.
Winner of the Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse in 2019, he gave Willie Mullins his first win in the race. He was a firm favourite in 2021 and despite a great race didn’t have it in the tank to challenge Minella Times and finished in 4th place. Will no doubt challenge again in the Grand National 2022.
Shock winner of the Irish Gold Cup and heading to the Cheltenham equivalent. Must have been a handicap blot when landing the Foxrock at Navan before that. Still unexposed as a stayer.
Highly rated and consistent in his winning abilities, very unlikely that he will run in the National in April and will head to Cheltneham first, where he won the Marsh Novice’s Chase last year.
Won the Cork Grand National in October over 3m4f so has plenty of stamina. It was also a first win for the seven-year-old who may opt for a long distance at Cheltenham before tackling the National fences in 2022.
Winner of the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown last time out, his first chase win and by far his biggest race ever. Can he repeat it at Aintree in April 2022?
Winner of the Coral Welsh National in January 2021, Secret Reprieve was so close to starting the National in April but missed out on a spot and will have to wait until the 2022 Grand National to take his chances.
Likely to head to Cheltenham with options in both the Gold Cup and the Ryanair Chase. If he does well he will boost his Grand National 2022 chances but the distance will still be a major obstacle.
Winner of the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase in November 2020, Cloth Cap was a very exciting prospect and went off as the 2021 favourite. However, he didn’t finish the race and pulled up at the 28th fence. Will he back in 2022?
Winner: Longhouse Poet (IRE)
Beaten by: 5¼ l
Trainer: P A Fahy
Jockey: R Deegan
Race details: Gowran Park (IRE), 3m 1f, Sof
Off You Go is a thoroughbred horse born in Ireland in 2013. Race horse Off You Go is by Presenting (GB) out of Ozzy Oscar (IRE) , trained by Charles Byrnes.
Won the Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury in November and went straight into the Grand National 2022 betting market as a result. Significantly improves his chances of making the cut in April.
Won the Bet365 Handicap Chase last time out at Ascot which gave his OR a decent boost and it may just be enough to see him qualify for the 2022 Grand National. That said, it was his first big win so he will have to dig deep to make a real impact in April.
An impression chasing record with 11 wins or places from 14 starts, won last time out at Ascot but has never really been tested over the long distances and has never won beyond 3 miles.
Does well at Cheltenham and was 2nd in the National Hunt in 2019 before placing third in the Ultima in 2020. A good chaser in the making and had a good run in the National to finish in 7th place.
More commonly seen at the Cheltenham Festival, Santini is best known for his second place finish in the Gold Cup in 2020. Will he pushed out of his comfort zone and get a shot at the 2022 Grand National? Only time will tell.
Started off as a decent novice chaser but never realised his full potential however he was sidelined for two years and only won his first race in four years at Punchestown in February. A run in the Ultima at Cheltenham will tell a lot.
One for all the boxers out there, Ontheropes won the Munster National at Limerick in October 2021 and went straight into the Grand National 2022 betting markets. It was his first chase win so the National will be a big step up if he heads there.
Stepped up in distance at Warwick in January and won on his first trip at 3m5f so stamina won’t be an issue. That said, his Official Rating will need a big boost to make the cut for the 2022 Grand National.
Is too young to have a real shot at the National in 2022 but with alternative options at Cheltenham on the table he may give Aintree a miss this year in favour of the Ryanair Chase.
Ran in the Irish Grand National last year to finish 7th and hasn’t won so far this season despite several attempts. Needs to find his winning form from last season.
Grade 2 winning novice chaser that doesn’t appear to like big fields. Unexposed as a stayer but more needed after Kempton win and didn’t complete at Ascot latest. May have other targets besides Aintree this spring.
Won the Red Mills Chase in Feb 2020 and headed to Cheltenham the following month for a run in the Gold Cup, finishing in 10th place. Was second in the Ladbrokes Champion Chase last season and ran well in the Grand National until he unseated four fences from home.
A decent chaser who does well for connections, notching up four wins and four second places from 11 starts. Lacks experience beyond 3m but has never fallen, unseated his rider or pulled up which bodes very well for his chances.
Third in last two runnings of the John Durkan at Punchestown but finally got second win over fences in Red Mills Chase at Gowran Park latest. Not exactly well-handicapped and stable has stronger fancies.
Started this season with a win at Sandown and followed it up with a second place finish in the Welsh Grand National in December. Has a very good chance of causing an upset in the 2022 Grand National.
Was entered last year but was withdrawn at teh first stage when given a very heavy weight. Will he finally take his chances or will he swerve Aintree again in favour of Cheltenham?
Sam Brown is a thoroughbred horse born in United Kingdom in 2012. Race horse Sam Brown is by Black Sam Bellamy (IRE) out of Cream Cracker (GB) , trained by A J Honeyball
Winner of the Sky Bet Handicap Chase at Doncaster in January, Windsor Avenue got enough of a ratings boost to make the cut for the 2022 Grand National. But can he put in a repeat performance?
Commodore is a thoroughbred horse born in France in 2012. Race horse Commodore is by Fragrant Mix (IRE) out of Morvandelle (FR) , trained by Miss Venetia Williams
If last season is anything to go by then Mighty Thunder will be well able for the 2022 Grand National distance. Winner of the Scottish Grand National in April, he could make a splash at Aintree, though he did pull up in the Welsh Grand National so it could go either way.
One for all the ‘I’m A Celebrity’ fans out there, Dingo Dollar skipped Aintree but headed for the Scottish Grand National where he finished 2nd in 2021. Will we see him for the 2022 Grand National? Time will tell.
Veteran running with renewed vigour after superb sixth in this off same mark last year. Built on encouraging reappearance fifth at Bangor with wins in veterans chase and The Last Fling at Haydock. Good record over these famous fences but may have shown himself too well on winter ground. Pulled in Grand National Trial latest.
One of the most experienced horses entered this year in terms of both races run and history in the Grand National, which he has run in three times. He was 4th in 2018, 5th in 2019 but unfortunately pulled up in 2021. Now 12-years-old does he still have what it takes?
Back On The Lash is a thoroughbred horse born in United Kingdom in 2014. Race horse Back On The Lash is by Malinas (GER) out of Giovanna (GB) , trained by M Keighley.
Grade 3 handicap chase winner on the Mildmay course back here in 2019 but no win since. Shaped nicely after 462-day racecourse absence when staying on into fourth over inadequate trip in Greatwood Gold Cup at Newbury on return.
The longest-priced winner in Irish National history, Freewheelin Dylan shocked everybody when he romped home at 150/1 in 2021. Since that win his trainer has been very keen to get him on the path to Aintree for the 2022 Grand National.
A long time rival for Tiger Roll, Easysland is a cross country specialist who was entered last year but after he was given top weight he was then withdrawn. Will he make an appearance in the 2022 Grand National now that he has moved to Jonjo O’Neill’s yard?
Galway Festival conditions chase winner somewhat flattered by second in three-runner Grade 1 2m chase at Leopardstown over Christmas. Faller over further at Thurles since and has Cheltenham Festival entries. Not an easy horse to place for connections.
Pat Taaffe Handicap winner at last season’s Punchestown Festival after finishing down the field in Irish National. Runner-up in Kerry National before good third back at Punchestown and filled the same spot in Ladbrokes Trophy under a welter burden. Doesn’t look well-handicapped, though.
Has headed to the Cheltenham Festival for four consecutive years and despite coming close has never won a major race there. In fact, his last win was in November 2019 in the Betfair Chase at Haydock.
Was recently moved from trainer Mick Channon to Donald McCain after new change of owner. Has primarily run at Cheltenham, racing there nine times and has never been to Aintree but if anybody knows what it takes to train a Grand National winner, it’s Donald McCain.
A very speculative entry into the betting market as Stones and Roses hasn’t for an Official Rating that would make the cut for the 2022 Grand National. However, if he has a good prep season and wins a few races it may increase enough to see him sneak in.
Went straight into the betting markets after winning the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase at Aintree on November 6th. However, despite being run over the Grand National fences, this race is only 2m5f so a lot shorter. A good indication but not a guarantee that he could go for more than 4 miles!
Entries closes January 29, entries revealed January 30 (112 entries), weights revealed February 16, first scratchings deadline March 2, second scratchings 3 weeks later, five-day confirmations April 5, final declarations 10am April 8.
Run on in early April each year, the build-up to the Merseyside marathon always starts months before the big day. However, not all horses can run so from now until just a few days before the race we’ll see many horses drop out.
How many runners are in the Grand National? For safety reasons, the Grand National is always capped at 40 horses so between now and April 6th we are going to see 65 horses fall by the wayside. There are various declaration stages during February, March and April which also help whittle done the entries to the 40 Grand National Runners.
Who decides which horses run in the Grand National? After the 172nd running was cancelled, the 173rd running will have the weights for the Grand National released in February 2021 by the British Horseracing Authority’s head of handicapping. They decide the weights and ratings for the runners entered which will invariably end up being a deciding factor of which the final 40 runners will be on the day.
Once each horse has been allocated a weight to carry this will give us a better idea which entries will be the actual Grand National Runners for 2021 – in the world’s richest and greatest steeplechase. Plus, the 2021 Grand National betting market normally has a shake-up after these weights are announced.