With only eight days to go until the pinnacle event of National Hunt racing, the card is becoming clear for punters to make selections for the big race.
Could this year’s successor be among these competitors? Our team have looked through the next 10 runners.
Milan Native – 10st 6lb – 33/1
Winner of the Kim Muir Handicap Chase in 2020, Milan Native has experienced mixed fortunes over fences this season.
The eight-year-old’s last outing came at the Cheltenham Festival where he finished ninth in the Ultima. Denise Foster’s runner will need to bounce back with a big performance here.
Discorama -10st 6lb – 33/1
Paul Nolan’s Discorama has placed on all three starts at the Cheltenham Festival and the eight-year-old will be aiming to carry that form into the Aintree Festival.
However, he has not won over fences since November 2018 and will need to improve on his last two performances.
Vieux Lion Rouge – 10st 5lb – 50/1
Vieux Lion Rouge will be making his fifth and most likely final appearance in the Grand National for David Pipe.
The 12-year-old has finished in the top ten in three of the last four renewals of the contest, so the veteran is highly experienced over the Aintree fences.
Cloth Cap – 10st 5lb – 4/1
The current favourite for the contest, Cloth Cap burst onto the scene when winning the Ladbrokes Trophy in November.
The nine-year-old followed up with another success in the Listed Premier Chase at Kelso in March.
Jonjo O’Neill has been fiercely backed by punters for this year’s Grand National and the gelding should be in the mix.
Cabaret Queen – 10st 5lb – 100/1
The 2020 Kerry National winner has struggled this season for Willie Mullins and will need a revival in form if she is to be competitive here.
Minellacelebration – 10st 5lb – 100/1
Katy Price’s gelding has won at the Aintree track three times in his career, but this is the 11-year-old’s toughest task to date.
Canelo – 10st 4lb – 40/1
Canelo has made significant progress this season, and the eight-year-old has a big performance in him.
Alan King’s runner won at Aintree in November, and also landed the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase over the festival period.
The Long Mile – 10st 4lb – 40/1
The Long Mile has struggled to replicate last season’s winning form this time around, and he faces a difficult challenge here.
Phillip Dempsey’s jumper did claim the Tim Duggan Memorial Handicap Chase in December, but there are questions on whether he will stay the trip at Aintree.
Give Me A Copper – 10st 4lb – 66/1
The 2019 Badger Beers Silver Trophy winner has been reduced to only four runs in the past two seasons and was pulled up on his last start at Doncaster in January.
Paul Nicholls’ chaser is now an 11-year-old and he may well be past his best
Farclas – 10st 3lb – 33/1
Denise Foster’s seven-year-old has shown promise in handicap company this season, with his best performance coming in the Paddy Power Plate at the Cheltenham Festival when claiming second.
If the gelding can cope with the step up in trip, he could be an interesting contender on his Grand National debut.