The anticipation for Aintree is beginning to build, as we enter the 10-day countdown until the Grand National gets underway.
Could the winner of the National be in these 10 runners? Our team has broken down the next handful of entries.
Acapella Bourgeois – 10st 12lb – 33/1
The second of Willie Mullins’ five entries, Acapella Bourgeois could relish the stiff track of Aintree.
The dual Bobbyjo Chase winner could be suited to the further distance, but the 11-year-old would prefer more testing ground conditions than predicted.
Talkischeap – 10st 12lb – 66/1
A ‘surprise’ winner of the 2019 bet365 Gold Cup according to trainer Alan King, the nine-year-old will need to reproduce that form if he is to be in the mix here.
Tout Est Permis – 10st 12lb – 80/1
The first of the Gigginstown gang to descend on Aintree, Tout Est Permis finds himself in yet another big field handicap.
Noel Meade has stated in the past that the nine-year-old wants further so he could be an interesting contender if the ground softens up.
Anibale Fly – 10st 12lb – 40/1
After finishing fifth in the 2019 edition of this contest, Anibale Fly competed in Grade 1 company for the next season under Tony Martin.
His seasonal reappearance last month in the Bobbyjo Chase saw the 11-year-old finish last of five runners, but he may have needed the run.
Mister Malarky – 10st 12lb – 50/1
Colin Tizzard’s eight-year-old overcame his hoodoo of difficult conditions in the winter, winning the Ascot Silver Cup on heavy ground.
A smart stayer, Mister Malarky could be an undetected threat if the ground continues to dry up.
Kimberlite Candy – 10st 10lb – 14/1
A leading contender for last season’s Grand National before its cancellation, Tom Lacey’s talented sort has remained in the estimation when finishing runner-up in the Becher Chase for the second consecutive season.
The 2020 Classic Chase winner has shown his potential in recent seasons, and could well land his biggest success to date next weekend.
Beware The Bear – 10st 10lb – 66/1
The 11-year-old has thrived in handicap contests in recent years, landing the Ultima Chase at Cheltenham two years ago.
Nicky Henderson believes he has the profile for the Grand National, but he will need a revival in form if he is to challenge here.
Pym – 10st 10lb – 66/1
Another of Nicky Henderson’s entries, Pym had made progress since transitioning to fences two seasons ago.
The eight-year-old landed the Future Stars Intermediate Chase at Sandown in November, but he did struggle on his last outing in the Ultima at Cheltenham.
Any Second Now – 10st 9lb – 10/1
Considered to be JP McManus’ best shot of winning a second Grand National this season, Any Second Now is an exciting prospect for Ted Walsh.
The nine-year-old showed his versatility when winning at the minimum trip in the Webster Cup Chase earlier in the month and has shaped well for this contest over the previous two seasons.
Balko Des Flos – 10st 9lb – 50/1
Henry De Bromhead’s 10-year-old was unfortunate to unseat Rachael Blackmore in the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham, but he could relish the longer trip here.
The 2018 Ryanair Chase winner would prefer more testing conditions, however, so connections will hope for rain in the coming days.