Grand National: Shutthefrontdoor favourite as 74 remain after scratchings’ stage

Runners jump the last fence in the Grand National. Pic: John Grossick

Runners jump the last fence in the Grand National. Pic: John Grossick.

By Simon Jackson.

Irish Hennessy Gold Cup winner Carlingford Lough was on Tuesday the most high profile of the 13 horses scratched from the £1million Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree on April 11.

The withdrawals at the latest scratchings’ stage leave a field of 74 horses still in contention for a start in the world’s greatest steeplechase, which permits a maximum final field of 40 runners.

The Jonjo O’Neill-trained and JP McManus-owned Shutthefrontdoor continues to head the betting at 8-1 with Betfred. He increasingly appears likely to be ridden by AP McCoy who is retained by McManus and will be riding in the Grand National for the last time.

The jockey, who created history when becoming the first to ride 3,000 and then 4,000 winners, looks set for another milestone as he prepares for a record 20th ride in the National.

Last year McCoy equalled the record of Tom Olliver (19 mounts) for the most rides in the Grand National and the 40-year-old rider, who is set to retire this season, believes that Shutthefrontdoor has a good chance of winning this year’s race.

“The Grand National is the most famous horserace in the world and to be able to take part each year is very exciting,” McCoy said at the northern media launch for the Grand National at Aintree on Tuesday.

“It was one of the greatest moments of my racing career to win the Grand National on Don’t Push It.  I had 14 attempts before Don’t Push It came along. Jonjo had him in unbelievable form and to win the Grand National for Noreen and J P McManus was amazing. It is a day I will never forget. I felt a lot of fulfilment.

“We have Shutthefrontdoor and the Cheltenham winner Cause Of Causes. They are two I am most likely to have to choose from. Shutthefrontdoor won the Irish National and has not run since winning at Carlisle in November.

“If you look through the form book, the Carlisle race and the Irish National were not particularly strong, but he is trained by Jonjo O’Neill who has an unbelievably good record in training horses for staying chases. If I am on Shutthefrontdoor, he has a very good chance.

“I have dreamt a lot in my life but I would not be silly enough to dream about winning the National again – it would be nice if it happened. Looking at the betting, the bookmakers seem to think it is going to happen and hopefully they are right.

“I am sorry for all the failures I have had in the Grand National over the years and this will be the last time I let anybody down but hopefully I will go out on a high and shut the front door behind me!”

Crabbie’s Grand National – Betfred bet:

8/1 Shutthefrontdoor;

10/1 Rocky Creek;

12/1 Balthazar King, The Druids Nephew;

20/1 Cause Of Causes, Godsmejudge, Merry King, Spring Heeled, Unioniste;

25/1 Alvarado, Goonyella, Pineau de Re, Rebel Rebellion, Royale Knight, Soll, Teaforthree;

33/1 Al Co, Dolatulo, First Lieutenant, Lord Windermere, Many Clouds, Monbeg Dude, Night In Milan, Saint Are, Sam Winner;

40/1 Across The Bay, Benvolio, Chance du Roy, Corrin Wood, Court By Surprise, Double Ross, Gallant Oscar, Hadrian’s Approach, Home Farm, Wyck Hill;

50/1 Any Currency, Ballycasey, Broadway Buffalo, Carlito Brigante, Duke Of Lucca, Mon Parrain, Mountainous, Oscar Time, Raz de Maree, Renard, Super Duty, The Package, Vintage Star;

66/1 Alpha Victor, Baileys Concerto, Bob Ford, Gas Line Boy, Guess Again, Harry The Viking, Owega Star, Portrait King, Rigadin de Beauchene, Rubi Light, Standing Ovation, Sydney Paget, The Rainbow Hunter, Tranquil Sea;

100/1 Ballyoliver, Ely Brown, Glenquest, Ikorodu Road, Lackamon, Maggio, Mart Lane, Neptune Equester, River Choice, Rose Of The Moon, Tales Of Milan;

200/1 American Spin.

¼ 1-2-3-4.  NON-RUNNER NO BET 

Crabbie’s Grand National Specials – Betfred bet:

4/5 Winner to carry 11st or over;

Evs Winner to carry under 11st;

7/2 Irish-trained winner;

5/1 Paul Nicholls to train winner;

6/1 AP McCoy to ride winner; JP McManus to own winner;

10/1 Ruby Walsh to ride winner, Willie Mullins to train winner;

25/1 Female to ride winner.


The Crabbie’s Grand National

Grade 3, £1,000,000 Total Prize Fund. 4.15pm, Aintree, Saturday, April 11, 2015. Four miles, three and a half furlongs. Five-day confirmation stage April 6. Final declaration stage 10.00am, April 9. MAXIMUM 40 RUNNERS

  Horse Age   Wgt Owner Trainer
1) LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) 9 11-10 Dr Ronan Lambe Jim Culloty IRE
2) MANY CLOUDS (IRE) 8 11-09 Trevor Hemmings Oliver Sherwood
3) SAM WINNER (FR) 8 11-08 Angela Yeoman Paul Nicholls
4) UNIONISTE (FR) 7 11-06 John Hales Paul Nicholls
5) ROCKY CREEK (IRE) 9 11-03 The Johnson & Stewart Families Paul Nicholls
6) FIRST LIEUTENANT (IRE) 10 11-03 Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris IRE
7) BALTHAZAR KING (IRE) 11 11-02 The Brushmakers Philip Hobbs
8) HOME FARM (IRE) 8 11-02 Chris Jones Henry de Bromhead IRE
9) SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR (IRE) 8 11-02 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
10) DOUBLE ROSS (IRE) 9 11-01 Options O Syndicate Nigel Twiston-Davies
11) HADRIAN’S APPROACH (IRE) 8 11-00 Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes Nicky Henderson
12) PINEAU DE RE (FR) 12 11-00 John Provan Dr Richard Newland
13) BALLYCASEY (IRE) 8 10-13 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
14) SPRING HEELED (IRE) 8 10-12 Dr Ronan Lambe Jim Culloty IRE
15) REBEL REBELLION (IRE) 10 10-12 Woodhouse, Sutton & Dobson Paul Nicholls
16) DOLATULO (FR) 8 10-11 Chasemore Farm Warren Greatrex
17) MON PARRAIN (FR) 9 10-11 John & Barbara Cotton Paul Nicholls
18) CARLITO BRIGANTE (IRE) 9 10-10 06 Zoo Ltd Karen McLintock
19) NIGHT IN MILAN (IRE) 9 10-09 Richard Collins Keith Reveley
20) RUBI LIGHT (FR) 10 10-09 Bill Hennessy Robert Hennessy IRE
21) THE DRUIDS NEPHEW (IRE) 8 10-09 The Stonehenge Druids Neil Mulholland
22) CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) 7 10-09 J P McManus Gordon Elliott IRE
23) GODSMEJUDGE (IRE) 9 10-08 Favourites Racing (Syndication) Ltd Alan King
24) BENVOLIO (IRE) 8 10-08 Patricia Thompson Paul Nicholls
25) AL CO (FR) 10 10-08 Frank Lloyd Peter Bowen
26) MONBEG DUDE (IRE) 10 10-07 Oydunow Michael Scudamore
27) CORRIN WOOD (IRE) 8 10-07 Dermot Hanafin Robert Rose Ian Whitfield Donald McCain
28) THE RAINBOW HUNTER 11 10-07 May We Never Be Found Out Partnership Kim Bailey
29) TEAFORTHREE (IRE) 11 10-07 Conyers, O’Reilly, Roddis, Zeffman Rebecca Curtis
30) SAINT ARE (FR) 9 10-06 David Fox Tom George
31) ACROSS THE BAY (IRE) 11 10-06 Scotch Piper Syndicate Donald McCain
32) TRANQUIL SEA (IRE) 13 10-05 Jean & Clemmie Shipp Warren Greatrex
33) MERRY KING (IRE) 8 10-05 Frank Gillespie Jonjo O’Neill
34) OSCAR TIME (IRE) 14 10-05 Robert Waley-Cohen Robert Waley-Cohen
35) BOB FORD (IRE) 8 10-04 The Bob Ford Partnership Rebecca Curtis
36) SUPER DUTY (IRE) 9 10-04 Brannon, Dick, Hernon & Holden Ian Williams
37) WYCK HILL (IRE) 11 10-04 J P McManus David Bridgwater
38) GAS LINE BOY (IRE) 9 10-04 Mick Fitzgerald Racing Club Philip Hobbs
39) CHANCE DU ROY (FR) 11 10-04 Daphne Du Pre Philip Hobbs
40) ALVARADO (IRE) 10 10-03 William & Angela  Rucker Fergal O’Brien
41) PORTRAIT KING (IRE) 10 10-03 Marie Davis Maurice Phelan IRE
42) OWEGA STAR (IRE) 8 10-03 Anthony Callan/Siobhan Callan Peter Fahey IRE
43) RIVER CHOICE (FR) 12 10-03 Fergus Wilson Richard Chotard FR
44) COURT BY SURPRISE (IRE) 10 10-03 Nick Mustoe Emma Lavelle
45) ELY BROWN (IRE) 10 10-02 Countrywide Vehicle Rentals Taxi Hire Charlie Longsdon
46) RENARD (FR) 10 10-02 ROA Arkle Partnership Venetia Williams
47) ROYALE KNIGHT 9 10-02 Chris Stedman & Robert Corsan Dr Richard Newland
48) DUKE OF LUCCA (IRE) 10 10-02 Lesley Field Philip Hobbs
49) SOLL 10 10-02 Derrick Mossop David Pipe
50) BAILEYS CONCERTO (IRE) 9 10-02 United Five Racing & Andrew Sayer Dianne Sayer
51) RAZ DE MAREE (FR) 10 10-01 James Swan Sandra Hughes IRE
52) THE PACKAGE 12 10-00 The Johnson Family David Pipe
53) BROADWAY BUFFALO (IRE) 7 10-00 Jo Tracey David Pipe
54) MAGGIO (FR) 10 10-00 Douglas Pryde & Jim Beaumont Patrick Griffin IRE
55) GUESS AGAIN (IRE) 10 10-00 Malcolm Denmark Tony Martin IRE
56) GOONYELLA (IRE) 8 9-13 Ann & Alan Potts Partnership Jim Dreaper IRE
57) GALLANT OSCAR (IRE) 9 9-13 Garrett Kelly Tony Martin IRE
58) SYDNEY PAGET (IRE) 8 9-13 Roger O’Byrne Donald McCain
59) VINTAGE STAR (IRE) 9 9-13 Trevor Hemmings Sue Smith
60) MOUNTAINOUS (IRE) 10 9-12 Walters Plant Hire & James & Jean Potter Richard Lee
61) ALPHA VICTOR (IRE) 10 9-12 Denton, Kinsey, Osborne Hse, Wesley-Yates William Kinsey
62) MART LANE (IRE) 10 9-11 Geoff Thompson Sophie Leech
63) IKORODU ROAD 12 9-11 John Odell Graeme McPherson
64) RIGADIN DE BEAUCHENE (FR) 10 9-09 Andrew Wiles Venetia Williams
65) HARRY THE VIKING 10 9-09 Jim Beaumont, Douglas Pryde & Quona Thomson Sandy Thomson
66) ANY CURRENCY (IRE) 12 9-09 Cash Is King Martin Keighley
67) BALLYOLIVER 11 9-08 Richard Britten-Long Venetia Williams
68) GLENQUEST (IRE) 12 9-08 Coolglen Syndicate Stuart Crawford IRE
69) STANDING OVATION (IRE) 8 9-07 The Bravo Partnership David Pipe
70) LACKAMON 10 9-07 Sue Smith Sue Smith
71) ROSE OF THE MOON (IRE) 10 9-05 Middleham Park Racing XXXIII & Partners David O’Meara
72) AMERICAN SPIN 11 9-03 George Collacott & R Gadd Luke Dace
73) TALES OF MILAN (IRE) 8 9-01 Phil Middleton Phil Middleton
74) NEPTUNE EQUESTER 12 9-00 Jim Beaumont Sandy Thomson


74 entries remain after March 24 scratchings deadline.



Read ‘Horse Talk with Simon Jackson’ at London24 for the latest horse racing news.

 Read ‘Horse Talk with Simon Jackson’ at London24 for the latest horse racing news.


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