Grand National 2016: Many Clouds now clear favourite after he is allotted 11st 10lb


Many Clouds after winner the 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National. Pic: Grossick Racing Photography (Courtesy of Great British Racing).

By Simon Jackson.

Many Clouds is clear favourite for the Crabbie’s Grand National after he was allotted 11st 10lbs when the weights were revealed in London on Tuesday.

The Oliver Sherwood-trained nine-year-old is set to carry just one pound more than when winning the world’s greatest steeplechase last year and heads the betting at 12-1 with Betfred, the official betting partner for the Grand National.

Many Clouds will at Aintree on April 9 carry one pound more than the Willie Mullins-trained  Don Poli (11st 9lb), with the dual King George winner Silviniaco Conti on 11st 8lbs and dual Irish Gold Cup winner Carlingford Lough 11st 7lbs.

“The Crabbie’s Grand National is the most famous chase in the world and the most important race in the British racing calendar,” Betfred spokesman Andrew Griffiths said:

“It can be a nerve-shredding race for bookmakers as the nation comes out for its annual flutter but it’s great to be on board once again as the official betting partner.

“Many Clouds tops our betting at 12-1 and he’s been incredibly well-backed despite history suggesting he faces a stiff task off top-weight.

“The nine-year-old saved us from a huge payout on AP McCoy last year but it’s punters that will be on cloud nine at Aintree if he becomes the first horse to win back-to-back runnings since the mighty Red Rum.”

Many Clouds’ success last year under Leighton Aspell was the jockey’s second successive win in the National following his victory on Pineau De Re in 2014.

The one and three quarter length victory was also the third in the Grand National for owner Trevor Hemmings, following the victories of Hedgehunter (2005) and Ballabriggs (2011).

“It was incredible,” Hemmings said immediately after Many Clouds’ victory. “I always dreamt, as one would, of winning the Grand National and then we won it. Then we won it for a second time and it was something special, but now the third one comes along, I just can’t believe it. It is an amazing feeling.

“Noel le Mare won the Grand National three times with the same horse [Red Rum] and we have done it with three different horses.

“This race captured my heart and it is such a wonderful feeling to win it again. All I can say is thank you Oliver Sherwood, Leighton and all the staff, and to Aintree.”

Crabbie’s Grand National – Betfred bet: 

12 Many Clouds;

25 Carlingford Lough, Don Poli, Goonyella, Shutthefrontdoor, Silviniaco Conti, The Druids Nephew;

33 First Lieutenant, Gallant Oscar, Holywell, Houblon des Obeaux, Kruzhlinin, Long Run, Onenightinvienna, Saint Are, The Last Samuri, Triolo d’Alene;

40 Alvarado, Cause Of Causes, Gilgamboa, Just A Par, Le Reve, Midnight Prayer, Mountainous, O’Faolains Boy, Rule The World, Sir des Champs, Soll, Ucello Conti, Unioniste, Valseur Lido, Wounded Warrior;

50 Ballycasey, Ballynagour, Bear’s Affair, Black Thunder, Boston Bob, Buywise, Double Ross, Double Seven, Foxrock, Hadrian’s Approach, Highland Lodge, Living Next Door, Mendip Express, On His Own, Pineau De Re, Royale Knight, Sam Winner, Shotgun Paddy, The Romford Pele, Thunder And Roses, Vieux Lion Rouge, Ziga Boy;

66 Aachen, Bishops Road, Broadway Buffalo, Firebird Flyer, Home Farm, Katenko, Katkeau, Lord Windermere, Morning Assembly, Night In Milan, Pendra, Perfect Candidate, Present View, Rocky Creek, Splash Of Ginge, Spring Heeled, Turban, Vics Canvas, Wonderful Charm;

100 Amigo, Any Currency, Bally Beaufort, Benbens, Benvolio, Bless The Wings, Bob Ford, Cogry, Competitive Edge, Corrin Wood, Dare To Endevour, Doing Fine, Dromnea, Emperor’s Choice, Gas Line Boy, Godsmejudge, Golden Chieftain, Golden Wonder, Gray Hession, Indian Castle, Knock House, Maggio, Milborough, Mon Parrain, Mr Moonshine, Ned Stark, No Secrets, Open Hearted, Operating, Our Father, Paint The Clouds, Portrait King, Rigadin de Beauchene, Rivage d’Or, Rogue Angel, Roi du Mee, Russe Blanc, Saroque, Seabass, Standing Ovation, Summery Justice, Third Intention, Woodford County;

150 Big Water, Rathlin, Wyck Hill;

200 Aerlite Supreme, Dark Lover, Financial Climate, Harry The Viking, Ikorodu Road, Seebright, Tour des Champs.

¼ 1-2-3-4

The Crabbie’s Grand National

Grade 3 handicap chase, £1,000,000 total prize fund. 5.15pm, Saturday, April 9, 2016, four miles, two and a half furlongs (4m 2f 74yds). aximum field 40 runners.

  Horse Age/Wgt Rating Owner Trainer
1) MANY CLOUDS (IRE) 9-11-10 165 Trevor Hemmings Oliver Sherwood
2) DON POLI (IRE) 7-11-09 164 Gigginstown House Stud Willie Mullins IRE
3) SILVINIACO CONTI (FR) 10-11-08 163 Potensis Bloodstock Ltd & Chris Giles Paul Nicholls
4) CARLINGFORD LOUGH (IRE) 10-11-07 162 J P McManus John Kiely IRE
5) VALSEUR LIDO (FR) 7-11-06 161 Gigginstown House Stud Willie Mullins IRE
6) HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) 9-11-05 160 Mrs Julian Blackwell Venetia Williams
7) FIRST LIEUTENANT (IRE) 11-11-04 159 Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris IRE
8) FOXROCK (IRE) 8-11-03 158 Barry Connell Ted Walsh IRE
9) WONDERFUL CHARM (FR) 8-11-03 158 Robin Geffen Paul Nicholls
10) BALLYNAGOUR (IRE) 10-11-02 157 Allan Stennett David Pipe
11) THIRD INTENTION (IRE) 9-11-02 157 Robert and Sarah Tizzard Colin Tizzard
12) GILGAMBOA (IRE) 8-11-01 156 J P McManus Enda Bolger IRE
13) LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) 10-11-01 156 Dr Ronan Lambe Jim Culloty IRE
14) O’FAOLAINS BOY (IRE) 9-11-01 156 Trembath, Hyde, Outhart & Hill Rebecca Curtis
15) ON HIS OWN (IRE) 12-11-01 156 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
16) SAM WINNER (FR) 9-11-01 156 Angela Yeoman Paul Nicholls
17) THE DRUIDS NEPHEW (IRE) 9-11-00 155 The Stonehenge Druids Neil Mulholland
18) TRIOLO D’ALENE (FR) 9-11-00 155 Sandy & Caroline Orr Nicky Henderson
19) WOUNDED WARRIOR (IRE) 7-11-00 155 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE
20) ROCKY CREEK (IRE) 10-10-13 154 The Johnson & Stewart Families Paul Nicholls
21) ROI DU MEE (FR) 11-10-13 154 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
22) SIR DES CHAMPS (FR) 10-10-13 154 Gigginstown House Stud Willie Mullins IRE
23) HOLYWELL (IRE) 9-10-12 153 Gay Smith Jonjo O’Neill
24) SHUTTHEFRONTDOOR (IRE) 9-10-11 152 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
25) SOLL 11-10-11 152 Derrick Mossop David Pipe
26) AACHEN 12-10-10 151 Tony Bloom Venetia Williams
27) BOSTON BOB (IRE) 11-10-10 151 Andrea & Graham Wylie Willie Mullins IRE
28) BUYWISE (IRE) 9-10-10 151 T Hywel Jones Evan Williams
29) TURBAN (FR) 9-10-10 151 Edward O’Connell Willie Mullins IRE
30) DOUBLE ROSS (IRE) 10-10-09 150 Options O Syndicate Nigel Twiston-Davies
31) MORNING ASSEMBLY (IRE) 9-10-09 150 Clipper Logistics Group Ltd Pat Fahy IRE
32) GALLANT OSCAR (IRE) 10-10-08 149 J P McManus Tony Martin IRE
33) GOONYELLA (IRE) 9-10-08 149 Ann & Alan Potts Partnership Jim Dreaper IRE
34) LE REVE (IRE) 8-10-08 149 Pat Betts Lucy Wadham
35) LONG RUN (FR) 11-10-08 149 Robert Waley-Cohen Robert Waley-Cohen
36) ONENIGHTINVIENNA (IRE) 7-10-08 149 Judith Luff Philip Hobbs
37) THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) 8-10-08 149 Paul & Clare Rooney Kim Bailey
38) UCELLO CONTI (FR) 8-10-08 149 Simon Munir Gordon Elliott IRE
39) UNIONISTE (FR) 8-10-08 149 John Hales Paul Nicholls
40) BEAR’S AFFAIR (IRE) 10-10-07 148 G B Barlow Nicky Henderson
41) KRUZHLININ (GER) 9-10-07 148 Paul & Clare Rooney Philip Hobbs
42) RULE THE WORLD 9-10-07 148 Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris IRE
43) BALLYCASEY (IRE) 9-10-06 147 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
44) BLACK THUNDER (FR) 9-10-06 147 Donlon, MacDonald, Fulton & Webb Paul Nicholls
45) HADRIAN’S APPROACH (IRE) 9-10-06 147 Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes Nicky Henderson
46) JUST A PAR (IRE) 9-10-06 147 Graham Roach & Paul Barber Paul Nicholls
47) KATENKO (FR) 10-10-06 147 Andrew Brooks Venetia Williams
48) LIVING NEXT DOOR (IRE) 10-10-06 147 John Breslin Tony Martin IRE
49) THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE) 8-10-06 147 Gigginstown House Stud Sandra Hughes IRE
50) VICS CANVAS (IRE) 13-10-06 147 Bodeen Bandits Partnership Dermot McLoughlin IRE
51) KATKEAU (FR) 9-10-05 146 Prof Caroline Tisdall, J A Gent, R C Wilkin David Pipe
52) MENDIP EXPRESS (IRE) 10-10-05 146 David Maxwell Racing Limited Philip Hobbs
53) PENDRA (IRE) 8-10-05 146 J P McManus Charlie Longsdon
54) SAINT ARE (FR) 10-10-05 146 David Fox Tom George
55) SPRING HEELED (IRE) 9-10-05 146 Dr Ronan Lambe Jim Culloty IRE
56) VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) 7-10-05 146 Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent David Pipe
57) HOME FARM (IRE) 9-10-04 145 Chris Jones Henry de Bromhead IRE
58) MON PARRAIN (FR) 10-10-04 145 David Maxwell Racing Limited Paul Nicholls
59) THE ROMFORD PELE (IRE) 9-10-04 145 Trembath & Outhart Rebecca Curtis
60) BISHOPS ROAD (IRE) 8-10-03 144 Alan Halsall Kerry Lee
61) KNOCK HOUSE (IRE) 7-10-03 144 Tim Radford Mick Channon
62) OPEN HEARTED 9-10-03 144 Craig Buckingham Dan Skelton
63) SHOTGUN PADDY (IRE) 9-10-03 144 Axom (XXXVI) Emma Lavelle
64) ALVARADO (IRE) 11-10-02 143 William & Angela Rucker Fergal O’Brien
65) HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) 10-10-02 143 Bowes Lodge Stables James Moffatt
66) MAGGIO (FR) 11-10-02 143 Douglas Pryde/James Beaumont Patrick Griffin IRE
67) PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE) 9-10-02 143 ISL Recruitment Fergal O’Brien
68) PINEAU DE RE (FR) 13-10-02 143 John Provan Dr Richard Newland
69) PRESENT VIEW 8-10-02 143 Sir Chips Keswick Jamie Snowden
70) BALLY BEAUFORT (IRE) 8-10-01 142 Rob Rexton Nigel Twiston-Davies
71) BENBENS (IRE) 11-10-01 142 Sarah Such & C G Paletta Nigel Twiston-Davies
72) CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) 8-10-01 142 J P McManus Gordon Elliott IRE
73) DOUBLE SEVEN (IRE) 10-10-01 142 J P McManus Martin Brassil
74) MIDNIGHT PRAYER 11-10-01 142 The Legends Partnership Alan King
75) MOUNTAINOUS (IRE) 11-10-01 142 Hartley Phillips Roseff Shields Kerry Lee
76) ROYALE KNIGHT 10-10-01 142 Chris Stedman & R J Corsan Dr Richard Newland
77) BLESS THE WINGS (IRE) 11-10-00 141 Adrian Butler/S P O’Connor Gordon Elliott IRE
78) BROADWAY BUFFALO (IRE) 8-10-00 141 Jo Tracey David Pipe
79) CORRIN WOOD (IRE) 9-10-00 141 Dermot Hanafin Robert Rose Ian Whitfield Donald McCain
80) DARE TO ENDEAVOUR 9-10-00 141 Aidan Ryan Eric McNamara IRE
81) EMPEROR’S CHOICE (IRE) 9-10-00 141 The Bellamy Partnership Venetia Williams
82) SPLASH OF GINGE 9-10-00 141 John Neild Nigel Twiston-Davies
83) ZIGA BOY (FR) 7-10-00 141 Axom LI Alan King
84) GAS LINE BOY (IRE) 10-9-13 140 The Three Graces Jim Best
85) GRAY HESSION (IRE) 9-9-13 140 Alan Gray Jonjo O’Neill
86) MILBOROUGH (IRE) 10-9-13 140 Helen Cross Ian Duncan
87) BOB FORD (IRE) 9-9-12 139 The JJ Partnership Rebecca Curtis
88) NIGHT IN MILAN (IRE) 10-9-12 139 Richard Collins Keith Reveley
89) OUR FATHER (IRE) 10-9-12 139 The Ives & Johnson Families Gordon Elliott IRE
90) ROGUE ANGEL (IRE) 8-9-12 139 Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris IRE
91) RUSSE BLANC (FR) 9-9-12 139 Mark Jackson Kerry Lee
92) SEABASS (IRE) 13-9-12 139 Gunners Syndicate Ted Walsh IRE
93) FIREBIRD FLYER (IRE) 9-9-11 138 R E R Williams Evan Williams
94) MR MOONSHINE (IRE) 12-9-11 138 D Pryde, J Beaumont, D van der Hoeven 1 Sue Smith
95) OPERATING (IRE) 9-9-11 138 Paul & Clare Rooney Gordon Elliott IRE
96) PAINT THE CLOUDS 11-9-11 138 Peter Deal & Jill & Robin Eynon Warren Greatrex
97) BIG WATER (IRE) 8-9-10 137 Elm Row Racing Syndicate Alan Swinbank
98) BENVOLIO (IRE) 9-9-09 136 Patricia Thompson Paul Nicholls
99) COGRY 7-9-09 136 Graham and Alison Jelley Nigel Twiston-Davies
100) NO SECRETS (IRE) 12-9-09 136 Malcolm Denmark Tony Martin IRE
101) SUMMERY JUSTICE (IRE) 12-9-09 136 Mrs H Brown Venetia Williams
102) AMIGO (FR) 9-9-08 135 A L Cohen & Willsford Racing David Pipe
103) COMPETITIVE EDGE (IRE) 9-9-08 135 J P McManus Conor O’Dwyer IRE
104) GOLDEN CHIEFTAIN (IRE) 11-9-08 135 Brocade Racing Colin Tizzard
105) DOING FINE (IRE) 8-9-07 134 Carl Hinchy Rebecca Curtis
106) DROMNEA (IRE) 9-9-07 134 Ann Daly Mouse Morris IRE
107) GOLDEN WONDER (IRE) 10-9-07 134 P M Cooney Sandra Hughes IRE
108) INDIAN CASTLE (IRE) 8-9-07 134 Askew Dick Hernon Reynard Ian Williams
109) RIVAGE D’OR (FR) 11-9-07 134 Gigginstown House Stud Tony Martin IRE
110) STANDING OVATION (IRE) 9-9-07 134 The Bravo Partnership David Pipe
111) IKORODU ROAD 13-9-06 133 W J Odell Graeme McPherson
112) NED STARK (IRE) 8-9-06 133 The Dunkley & Reilly Partnership Alan King
113) RATHLIN 11-9-06 133 Masters Of The Hall 2 Micky Hammond
114) RIGADIN DE BEAUCHENE (FR) 11-9-06 133 Andrew Wiles Venetia Williams
115) WYCK HILL (IRE) 12-9-06 133 J P McManus David Bridgwater
116) PORTRAIT KING (IRE) 11-9-04 131 James Beaumont & Douglas Pryde Patrick Griffin IRE
117) WOODFORD COUNTY 9-9-04 131 The Englands and Heywoods Philip Hobbs
118) ANY CURRENCY (IRE) 13-9-03 130 Cash Is King Martin Keighley
119) DARK LOVER (GER) 11-9-03 130 The Dark Lovers Jamie Snowden
120) SEEBRIGHT 9-9-03 130 Mrs D J Fleming Victor Dartnall
121) GODSMEJUDGE (IRE) 10-9-02 129 Favourites Racing Ltd David Dennis
122) SAROQUE (IRE) 9-9-02 129 Andrew Brooks Venetia Williams
123) TOUR DES CHAMPS (FR) 9-9-02 129 Caroline Mould Nigel Twiston-Davies
124) AERLITE SUPREME (IRE) 9-9-01 128 M J Haines Evan Williams
125) FINANCIAL CLIMATE (IRE) 9-9-01 128 Sara Fillery & Friends Oliver Sherwood
126) HARRY THE VIKING 11-9-01 128 Jim Beaumont & Quona Thomson Sandy Thomson

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