Grand National 2017: 110 entries for world’s greatest steeplechase


Rule The World is surrounded by well-wishers on his return to Ireland after winning the 2016 Grand National. (Pic: Courtesy of Jockey Club Racecourses).

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THE GRAND NATIONAL at Aintree on April 8 has attracted 110 entries where the betting is headed by 2016 runner-up The Last Samuri and RSA Chase winner Don Poli as 16-1 co-favourites.

The robust entries for the £1millon contest have broken the 100-mark for the third time in four years and follows 126 entries in 2016, 98 entries in 2015, and 115 entries in 2014.

The Randox Health Grand National permits a maximum field of 40 runners for the unique four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards contest that comprises 30 fences and last year was won by the Irish-trained Rule The World.

John Baker, regional director north west at Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “We are thrilled with the quality and quantity of the entries for the 2017 Randox Health Grand National.

“Aintree is delighted to welcome Randox Health as the new sponsor of the iconic race and the countdown to the 170th running of the world’s greatest chase is well and truly underway now that 110 entries have been revealed.

“The unveiling of the Randox Health Grand National weights involves a brand new digital countdown format which we hope will ensure attention is focused on what is happening [when the weights are announced] at the Victoria & Albert Museum between 8pm and 9pm on Tuesday, February 14.”

Dr. Peter FitzGerald, founder and chief executive of Randox, added: “The entries revealed today promise a tremendous race at 5.15pm on Saturday, April 8, when Randox Health sponsors the Grand National for the first time.

“We are looking forward to a great week of racing and are excited to share our message of preventive health with the 600,000,000 viewers of the event worldwide.

“We’re already counting down the days until the start of the three-day Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree on Thursday, April 6.”

The Randox Health Grand National
Grade 3 handicap chase, £1 million total prize fund.
Aintree, 5.15pm Saturday, April 8, 2017. 4m 2f 74yds over the Grand National fences.

Horse Age Owner Trainer
A TOI PHIL (FR) 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
ALARY (FR) 7 Ann & Alan Potts Colin Tizzard
ALELCHI INOIS (FR) 9 L McMahon/Mrs F Murphy/F Mangan Willie Mullins IRE
ALFIE SPINNER (IRE) 12 Alan Beard & Brian Beard Kerry Lee
ALVARADO (IRE) 12 William & Angela Rucker Fergal O’Brien
AS DE MEE (FR) 7 The Stewart Family & Judi Dench Paul Nicholls
BALLYNAGOUR (IRE) 11 Allan Stennett David Pipe
BEEVES (IRE) 10 Paul & Clare Rooney Jennie Candlish
BENBENS (IRE) 12 S Such & C G Paletta Nigel Twiston-Davies
BISHOPS ROAD (IRE) 9 Alan Halsall Kerry Lee
BLAKLION 8 S Such & CG Paletta Nigel Twiston-Davies
BLESS THE WINGS (IRE) 12 Adrian Butler/S P O’Connor Gordon Elliott IRE
CAROLE’S DESTRIER 9 Mrs C Skipworth Neil Mulholland
CAUSE OF CAUSES (USA) 9 J P McManus Gordon Elliott IRE
CHAMPAGNE WEST (IRE) 9 Roger Brookhouse Henry de Bromhead IRE
CLARCAM (FR) 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
CLOUDY TOO (IRE) 11 Formulated Polymer Products Ltd Sue Smith
COCKTAILS AT DAWN 9 Robin Geffen & Sir John Ritblat Nicky Henderson
DARE TO ENDEAVOUR 10 Aidan J Ryan Eric McNamara IRE
DEFINITLY RED (IRE) 8 P J Martin Brian Ellison
DEVILS BRIDE (IRE) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead IRE
DOCTOR HARPER (IRE) 9 The Johnson Family David Pipe
DON POLI (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
DOUBLE SHUFFLE (IRE) 7 Crossed Fingers Partnership Tom George
DROMNEA (IRE) 10 Mrs A M Daly Mouse Morris IRE
DROP OUT JOE 9 The Jesters Charlie Longsdon
EMPEROR’S CHOICE (IRE) 10 The Bellamy Partnership Venetia Williams
EMPIRE OF DIRT (IRE) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
FATHER EDWARD (IRE) 8 Fergus Wilson David Pipe
FEDERICI 8 Jon Glews Donald McCain
FOXROCK (IRE) 9 Barry Connell Ted Walsh IRE
GALLANT OSCAR (IRE) 11 J P McManus Tony Martin IRE
GAS LINE BOY (IRE) 11 The Three Graces Ian Williams
GONE TOO FAR 9 Fergus Wilson David Pipe
GOODTOKNOW 9 Burling Daresbury MacEchern Nolan Potter Kerry Lee
GOULANES (IRE) 11 Roger Brookhouse Neil Mulholland
HADRIAN’S APPROACH (IRE) 10 Richard & Lizzie Kelvin-Hughes Nicky Henderson
HIGHLAND LODGE (IRE) 11 Bowes Lodge Stables James Moffatt
HOUBLON DES OBEAUX (FR) 10 Mrs Julian Blackwell Venetia Williams
JUNCTION FOURTEEN (IRE) 8 Martin St Quinton & Tim Syder Emma Lavelle
JUST A PAR (IRE) 10 Paul Barber & The Late Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
KATENKO (FR) 11 Andrew Brooks Venetia Williams
KILLER CROW (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
KNOCK HOUSE (IRE) 8 Tim Leslie Donald McCain
LA VATICANE (FR) 8 Maria Bukhtoyarova David Pipe
LAMB OR COD (IRE) 10 Terry Warner Philip Hobbs
LE MERCUREY (FR) 7 Chris Giles & Colm Donlon Paul Nicholls
LESSONS IN MILAN (IRE) 9 Trevor Hemmings Nicky Henderson
LORD SCOUNDREL (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
LORD WINDERMERE (IRE) 11 Dr Ronan Lambe Jim Culloty IRE
MAGGIO (FR) 12 Douglas Pryde/James Beaumont Patrick Griffin IRE
MEASUREOFMYDREAMS (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE
MILANSBAR (IRE) 10 Robert Bothway Neil King
MILBOROUGH (IRE) 11 Helen Cross Ian Duncan
MINELLA ROCCO (IRE) 7 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
MORE OF THAT (IRE) 9 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
MOUNTAIN KING 8 Jack McKay/Paul McKay/Mark McKay Gordon Elliott IRE
O’FAOLAINS BOY (IRE) 10 Trembath, Hyde, Outhart & Hill Rebecca Curtis
ONE FOR ARTHUR (IRE) 8 Two Golf Widows Lucinda Russell
OTAGO TRAIL (IRE) 9 Marie Shone Venetia Williams
OUT SAM 8 Swanee River Partnership Warren Greatrex
OUTLANDER (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
PENDRA (IRE) 9 J P McManus Charlie Longsdon
PERFECT CANDIDATE (IRE) 10 ISL Recruitment Fergal O’Brien
PLEASANT COMPANY (IRE) 9 Malcolm Denmark Willie Mullins IRE
POLIDAM (FR) 8 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Willie Mullins IRE
POTTERS CROSS 10 Conyers, O’Reilly, Roddis, Zeffman Rebecca Curtis
RACING PULSE (IRE) 8 Carl Hinchy Rebecca Curtis
RAZ DE MAREE (FR) 12 James J Swan Gavin Cromwell IRE
REGAL ENCORE (IRE) 9 J P McManus Anthony Honeyball
ROAD TO RICHES (IRE) 10 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE
ROGUE ANGEL (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris IRE
ROI DES FRANCS (FR) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
ROYALE KNIGHT 11 C E Stedman & R J Corsan Dr Richard Newland
SAINT ARE (FR) 11 D W Fox Tom George
SAMBREMONT (FR) 7 Shanakiel Racing Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
SAMINGARRY (FR) 10 Nigel Hawke Racing Club & Partner Nigel Hawke
SAPHIR DU RHEU (FR) 8 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
SAUSALITO SUNRISE (IRE) 9 Diana Whateley Philip Hobbs
SEVENTH SKY (GER) 10 Fidelma Toole Charlie Mann
SHANTOU FLYER (IRE) 7 Carl Hinchy Rebecca Curtis
SILVER MAN 10 John Wardle Jo Hughes
SIZING COAL (IRE) 9 Alan & Ann Potts Partnership Jim Dreaper IRE
STELLAR NOTION (IRE) 9 Roger Brookhouse Henry de Bromhead IRE
STRAIDNAHANNA (IRE) 8 M B Scholey & R H Scholey Sue Smith
STREETS OF PROMISE (IRE) 8 Gempro Michael Scudamore
TENOR NIVERNAIS (FR) 10 Boultbee Brooks Ltd Venetia Williams
THE CRAFTY BUTCHER (IRE) 10 P Byrne/P W Mullins/D Ryan/I Madigan Willie Mullins IRE
THE GAME CHANGER (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
THE LAST SAMURI (IRE) 9 Paul & Clare Rooney Kim Bailey
THE ROMFORD PELE (IRE) 10 Trembath & Outhart Rebecca Curtis
THE YOUNG MASTER 8 Dajam & The Old Masters Neil Mulholland
THUNDER AND ROSES (IRE) 9 Gigginstown House Stud Mouse Morris IRE
TIGER ROLL (IRE) 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott IRE
TOUR DES CHAMPS (FR) 10 Prestbury Racing Club Samuel Drinkwater
TRIOLO D’ALENE (FR) 10 Mr & Mrs Sandy Orr Nicky Henderson
UCELLO CONTI (FR) 9 Simon Munir/Isaac Souede Gordon Elliott IRE
VICENTE (FR) 8 John Hales & Ian Fogg Paul Nicholls
VICS CANVAS (IRE) 14 Bodeen Bandits Partnership Dermot McLoughlin IRE
VIEUX LION ROUGE (FR) 8 Prof Caroline Tisdall & John Gent David Pipe
VIEUX MORVAN (FR) 8 N H Bloodstock Ltd Isabelle Pacault FR
VIVA STEVE (IRE) 9 Paul & Clare Rooney Fergal O’Brien
VIVALDI COLLONGES (FR) 8 The Gi Gi Syndicate Paul Nicholls
VYTA DU ROC (FR) 8 Simon Munir & Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson
WALDORF SALAD 9 Alan Parker Venetia Williams
WONDERFUL CHARM (FR) 9 Robin Geffen & Sir John Ritblat Paul Nicholls
WOUNDED WARRIOR (IRE) 8 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade IRE
ZIGA BOY (FR) 8 Axom LI Alan King

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