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Last Updated: Friday, 2 April, 2004, 09:14 GMT 10:14 UK
Martell Cognac Grand National
1545 GMT, Aintree, Saturday 3 April, 4m 4f
Number, form, horse's name, age, weight, trainer, jockey.
Honest Frank's choice: 1 Clan Royal 2 Davids Lad
3 Amberleigh House 4 Gunner Welburn

1 11F4-422 LE COUDRAY 10-11-12
Christy Roche IRE Conor O'Dwyer
Looks doubtful to stay the trip. Owned by racing tycoon JP McManus.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 25-1

2 3641-50 MONTY'S PASS 11-11-10
Jimmy Mangan IRE Barry Geraghty
Landed a 1m gamble by winning the 2003 race, but must shoulder a lot more weight this time.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 18-1

3 14P52/F-4 WHAT'S UP BOYS 10-11-09
Philip Hobbs Richard Johnson
Gallant grey finished runner-up to Bindaree in 2002 when tiring under big weight. Injury problems since.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 25-1

4 16U3/-660420 ALEXANDER BANQUET 11-11-08
Willie Mullins IRE Shay Barry
Disappointing run in Gold Cup does not generate confidence. Would need shock return to form to challenge.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 50-1

5 24/13-36 KINGSMARK 11-11-07
Martin Todhunter Mick Fitzgerald
Decent fourth in the 2002 National. Out of sorts this season, and needs soft ground.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 40-1

6 PU3/-1313 ARTIC JACK 8-11-07
Sue Smith Dominic Elsworth
Outside chance on basis of early-season win at Haydock. Trained by Sue Smith, wife of former showjumper Harvey Smith.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 40-1

7 3-161F2 RISK ACCESSOR 9-11-04
Christy Roche IRE Seamus Durack
Has fallen three times in his career, so could find the daunting National fences tricky.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 66-1

8 404-35626 DAVIDS LAD 10-11-04
Tony Martin IRE Timmy Murphy
Controversially banned from 2003 race. Won Irish National in 2001, and late casualty in 2002 Aintree version.
Rating: 8/10. Odds: 12-1

9 06-F216 BINDAREE 10-11-4
Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn
Endured barren spell after landing the 2002 National until claiming the Welsh National in December 2003.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 12-1

10 4-2555P1 ALCAPONE 10-11-00
Mouse Morris Noel Fehily
Trainer believes the horse will love Aintree despite most of his runs being over half the distance of the National.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 100-1

11 P-1211415U PUNTAL 8-10-13
Martin Pipe Danny Howard
Difficult mount who does not look the pick of champion trainer's contingent.
Bad stat: No novice has won since 1958.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 150-1

12 000-431 SOUTHERN STAR 9-10-13
Henrietta Knight Joe Tizzard
Could only finish 14th at Aintree in 2003. Warwick win in January hinted at better.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 22-1

13 310-2431 HEDGEHUNTER 8-10-12
Willie Mullins IRE David Casey
Fourth in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup and third in the Welsh Grand National. Deserves consideration.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 12-1

14 12-U11P042 SHARDAM 7-10-11
Nigel Twiston-Davies Tom Scudamore
Trainer won race in 1998 and 2002. Shardam finished a good second in a Cheltenham race that has proved a pointer to the National.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 18-1

15 230-435601 TAKAGI 9-10-11
Edward O'Grady IRE Davy Russell
Capable on his day, he returned to winning ways in Ireland in February when wearing blinkers for the first time.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 18-1

16 5/1110-2 JOSS NAYLOR 9-10-11
Jonjo O'Neill Paul Carberry
Decent second in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup. Thrives on soft ground.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 10-1

17 033-342 AMBERLEIGH HOUSE 12-10-10
Ginger McCain Graham Lee
Fine third in 2003. Ginger McCain trained Red Rum, and is confident again.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 16-1

18 P00U0-0P THE BUNNY BOILER 10-10-08
Noel Meade IRE Ross Geraghty
Horse's name inspired by film Fatal Attraction. Has won Irish and Midlands Nationals. Out-of-form recently.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 40-1

19 10/-22P2101P TYNEANDTHYNEAGAIN 9-10-08
Richard Guest NON-RUNNER
Was a late withdrawal because of the ground.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 40-1

20 6P3250 BRAMBLEHILL DUKE 12-10-00
Venetia Williams James Davies
Last-minute substitute for the withdrawn Red Striker. Fell at the second fence last year.
Rating: 4/10. Odds: 250-1

21 014-P1P1 GUNNER WELBURN 12-10-08
Andrew Balding Tony Dobbin
Fourth in 2003 National. Trained by brother of BBC racing presenter Clare Balding.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 22-1

22 15-36514 KELAMI 6-10-07
Francois Doumen FR Thierry Doumen
Respected French trainer has triumphed in the Gold Cup, but best National finish is ninth.
Bad stat: No six-year-old has won the race for 79 years.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 66-1

23 13-14521 JURANCON II 7-10-07
Martin Pipe Tony McCoy
Bags of stamina, may lack required pace. Trainer won race 10 years ago with Miinnehoma, owned by comic Freddie Starr.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 10-1

24 06-0601P ROYAL ATALZA 7-10-06
Conrad Allen Paul Moloney
Owner Terry Ramsden, a renowned gambler, has pledged to give the prize money to under-privileged children in Liverpool if he wins. The kids shouldn't celebrate just yet.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 50-1

25 3122035P1 JUST IN DEBT 8-10-05
Martin Todhunter Jim Culloty
Capable of running a decent race at good odds, although others have more obvious claims.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 33-1

26 PUP-35336 EXIT TO WAVE 8-10-05
Paul Nicholls Robbie McNally
Defeated 18 times since last victory back in March 2002.
Bad stat: Trainer's best National finish from 22 runners is fifth. Rating: 5/10. Odds: 40-1

27 51411-1 CLAN ROYAL 9-10-05
Jonjo O'Neill Liam Cooper
Owned by Irish tycoon JP McManus, Clan Royal has won twice over the big Aintree fences, and looks ready-made for the National.
Rating: 9/10. Odds: 12-1

28 6P02-FP AKARUS 9-10-04
Martin Pipe Rodi Greene
Has fallen and pulled up on only two starts this season. Might have an outside chance on soft ground.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 33-1

29 U0-U04225 SPOT THEDIFFERENCE 11-10-04
Enda Bolger IRE Richard McGrath
Ran well before falling late on two years ago. Not the likeliest winner.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 50-1

30 1/0P6-3P BOUNCE BACK 8-10-04
Martin Pipe Andrew Thornton
Won Atthraces Gold Cup at Sandown in 2002. Has not progressed as expected since then.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 50-1

31 120-43440 ARDENT SCOUT 12-10-03
Sue Smith Warren Marston
Enjoys the National fences - with a win, third and fourth in the Becher Chase. Age is against him
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 40-1

32 12-P1112 BEAR ON BOARD 9-10-01
Alan King Robert Thornton
In a good run of form this season, although whether his short odds are justified is another matter.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 14-1

33 11-1P LORD ATTERBURY 8-10-01
Martin Pipe Mark Bradburne
Leading point-to-pointer. Looked an interesting contender before a shoddy run at Cheltenham.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 40-1

34 312/2U6- MANTLES PRINCE 10-10-01
Martin Pipe Ollie McPhail
Would be an emotional, if unlikely winner, for ex-Liverpool footballer Emlyn Hughes, who is recovering from brain cancer.
Rating: 3/10. Odds: 300-1

35 6000-40R BLOWING WIND 10-10-01
Martin Pipe Jimmy McCarthy
Twice finished third in the National. A repeat is not on the cards.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 50-1

36 11-30U05 SKYCAB 10-10-00
Nick Gifford Leighton Aspell
Veteran chaser whose better days are behind him.
Rating: 3/10. Odds: 150-1

37 4F-5FPP030 WONDER WEASEL 11-10-00
Kim Bailey JP McNamara
Should stay the distance but may well be some way behind.
Rating: 4/10. Odds: 200-1

38 35PP/05-40 SMARTY 11-10-00
Mark Pitman Andrew Tinkler
Appears to have missed his chance when second in 2001. Trainer's mother Jenny won the race twice.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 100-1

39 F64S6P MONTREAL 7-10-00
Martin Pipe Joey Elliott
The last of champion trainer Martin Pipe's seven contenders. First ride in race for conditional jockey Elliott.
Rating: 4/10. Odds: 150-1

40 F514BP LUZCADOU 11-10-00
Ferdy Murphy Brian Harding
Inconsistent but has got round in two previous National runs.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 200-1

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