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John Smith's Grand National
1610 BST, Aintree, Saturday 9 April, 4m 4f
Number, form, horse's name, age, weight, trainer, jockey.

Honest Frank's choice:
1 Forest Gunner 2 Strong Resolve
3 Innox 4 It Takes Time

Le Coudray
1 F-7P LE COUDRAY 11-11-12
Christy Roche IRE Conor O'Dwyer
Former top-class chaser whose career has been blighted by injury. First run in the National but has an excellent Aintree record.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 50-1

2 302-132334 ROYAL AUCLAIR 8-11-10
Paul Nicholls Christian Williams
Much improved since a breathing operation last summer and was fourth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Thrives on fast ground.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 33-1

Monty's Pass
3 0004-3F00 MONTY'S PASS 12-11-06
Jimmy Mangan IRE Barry Geraghty
Won the race two years ago and was fourth last year. Also goes well on good ground.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 25-1

Fondmort
4 4F-0002 FONDMORT 12-11-06
Nicky Henderson Mick Fitzgerald
Brilliant jumper for one of the best trainers around. Two-mile specialist. Could run a fair race.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 66-1

Take The Stand
5 126PF32 TAKE THE STAND 9-11-05
Peter Bowen Leighton Aspell
Looks well in with the handicap after coming second in the Gold Cup. Won the Summer National at Uttoxeter last year - must have good ground.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 18-1

Ballycassidy
8 1112P-25P0 BALLYCASSIDY 9-11-05
Peter Bowen Seamus Durack
Not the most fluent jumper. Trainer has never had any previous runners in the National.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 66-1

Ballybough
7 P4P/21-U42P BALLYBOUGH RASHER 10-11-04
Howard Johnson Alan Dempsey
If he clears the first few fences, he could be in with a shout.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 66-1

Risk Accessor
8 232120F RISK ACCESSOR 10-11-04
Christy Roche IRE Alan Crowe
Unseated his rider at the sixth last year. Does not appear to be the best hope for owner JP McManus.
Rating: 4/10. Odds: 66-1

Bindaree
9 216F-56 BINDAREE 11-11-03
Nigel Twiston-Davies Carl Llewellyn
The forgotten horse who won the race in 2002 and was sixth in 2003 but unseated rider at sixth fence last year. Has also won Welsh National.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 25-1

Amberliegh House
10 P51-04540 AMBERLEIGH HOUSE 13-11-03
Ginger McCain Graham Lee
Scored famous victory for Red Rum trainer last year but despite McCain's confidence, no horse over 12 has won in more than 80 years.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 10-1

Hedgehunter
11 1F-024061 HEDGEHUNTER 9-11-01
Willie Mullins IRE Ruby Walsh
Fell at the last in 2004 when still in contention. Jockey has excellent National record, with three placed finishes in his four rides - including victory on Papillon at his first attempt in 2000.
Rating: 8/10. Odds: 8-1

Foly Pleasant
12 0/P3010-122 FOLY PLEASANT 11-11-00
Karen Marks Andrew Thornton
Used to belong to Best Mate owner Jim Lewis. Unlikely to see the trip out.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 66-1

Astonville
13 43-0450P00 ASTONVILLE 11-10-13
Michael Scudamore Brian Crowley
Completing a big-race hat-trick this season of Champion Hurdle/Gold Cup/Grand National - he wasn't placed in the first two and will be nowhere in the third.
Rating: 3/10. Odds: 500-1

Ad Hoc
14 1/66F-540 AD HOC 11-10-12
Paul Nicholls Joe Tizzard
Another Aintree hard luck story - he was brought down four fences from home when going very well in 2002. That looked to have been his best chance.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 40-1

Heros Collonges
15 31111//-51P HEROS COLLONGES 10-10-11
Paul Nicholls JP McNamara
Nicholls is one of jump racing's leading trainers but has a poor record in the National - from 23 runners, only four have got round.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 66-1

Glenelly Gale
16 00-460343 GLENELLY GALE 11-10-11
Arthur Moore IRE Tom Greenall
Has plenty of stamina but none of the trainer's previous seven runners have got round.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 100-1

It Takes Time
175P-554310 IT TAKES TIME 11-10-11
Martin Pipe Timmy Murphy
Champion owner David Johnson has never had a National winner. But this one could be well in at the weights.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 16-1

Clan Royal
18 411/12-4 CLAN ROYAL 10-10-11
Jonjo O'Neill Tony McCoy
Second last year and could have won if rider had not dropped whip after the last. Stable has had miserable season with virus but McCoy will be determined to land the one big race missing from his CV.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 10-1

Nil Desperandum
19 13-4P5S341 NIL DESPERANDUM 8-10-11
Frances Crowley IRE Jim Culloty
Back to something like his best and could go well. Jockey Culloty - best known as rider of Best Mate - won the race on Bindaree in 2002.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 25-1

Joly Bey
20 15F-0541P JOLY BEY 8-10-10
Nick Gifford David Dunsdon
Trainer's father won the race in fairytale fashion with Aldaniti in 1981. Owner-rider would be first amateur winner since 1990.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 16-1

21 115103-05 JAKARI 8-10-10
Henry Daly Richard Johnson
Big step up in distance but trainer believes he will stay the course and jockey could have ridden others in the race. Bold jumper who has good outsider credentials.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 40-1

Frenchman's Creek
22 13//-3P340 FRENCHMAN'S CREEK 11-10-09
Hughie Morrison Jimmy McCarthy
Sound jumper but has a suspect temperament and may decide the Aintree marathon is not for him.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 50-1

23 P132F6-020 IZNOGOUD 9-10-09
Martin Pipe Tom Scudamore
Had a crashing fall over National fences at this meeting last year and struggled at Cheltenham last time out.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 66-1

Polar Red
24 31-120500 POLAR RED 8-10-08
Martin Pipe Tom Malone
Trained by champion Martin Pipe, but other runners from the same stable are preferred.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 150-1

Double Honour
25 1354432 DOUBLE HONOUR 7-10-08
Philip Hobbs Paddy Brennan
Jockey making his debut in the race but horse finished fourth in a race over the National fences last December.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 25-1

Forest Gunner
26 12/315-11 FOREST GUNNER 11-10-07
Richard Ford Carrie Ford
Horse and jockey have both won over National fences - can Carrie become the first woman to win the big one?
Rating: 8/10. Odds: 10-1

Colnel Rayburn
27 41F-1P235 COLNEL RAYBURN 9-10-07
Paul Nolan IRE Paul Carberry
Ireland's dark horse who has been the subject of some decent ante-post gambles. Will need it soft.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 16-1

28 1UP-012P JUST IN DEBT 9-10-07
Martin Todhunter Tony Dobbin
Unseated rider at 23rd fence last year but was subsequently second in the Becher Chase (run over National fences).
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 25-1

Spot Thedifference
29 55-101141 SPOT THEDIFFERENCE 12-10-07
Enda Bolger IRE Robert Power
Fifth last year and won the cross-country race at the Cheltenham Festival last month.
Rating: 6/10. Odds: 28-1

Innox
30 6603021 INNOX 9-10-06
Francois Doumen FR Robert Thornton
One of six runners in the famous JP McManus colours. Has come to form at the right time but not the best jumper. Would be the first French-trained winner since 1909.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 20-1

31 4621122 STRONG RESOLVE 9-10-06
Lucinda Russell Peter Buchanan
Has good each-way credentials. Would be only third grey to win the National and first Scottish-trained winner since Rubstic in 1979.
Rating: 8/10. Odds: 10-1

Shamawan
32 F132/5-4 SHAMAWAN 10-10-06
Jonjo O'Neill JR Barry
Has not had a recent run over fences and can easily be overlooked in this competitive field.
Rating: 4/10. Odds: 100-1

Lord Atterbury
33 11/1P3-44 LORD ATTERBURY 9-10-06
Martin Pipe Mark Bradburne
Third last year and better off in the weights with the two horses that beat him in 2004.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 25-1

34 0P133F0B EUROPA 9-10-06
Ferdy Murphy Jason Maguire
Shown some promise in the past, but not enough to get overly-excited about.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 100-1

Merchant's Friend
35 2P-3P1P0 MERCHANTS FRIEND 10-10-06
Charlie Mann Noel Fehily
Stays well but depends if he's in the mood.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 66-1

Simply Gifted
36 U41-05443 SIMPLY GIFTED 10-10-06
Jonjo O'Neill Brian Harding
Outside hope for the stable which has been suffering with illness for the last few months.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 66-1

Arctic Cooper
37 4-60200 ARCTIC COPPER 11-10-06
Noel Meade IRE Davy Russell
Little from his form in Ireland to suggest he'll be raising the rafters here.
Rating: 4/10. Odds: 100-1

Native Emperor
38 62-4120P0 NATIVE EMPEROR 10-10-05
Jonjo O'Neill Dominic Elsworth
A late addition to the field but recent form is not particularly encouraging
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 66-1

Marcus de Berlais
39 003103 MARCUS DU BERLAIS 12-10-05
Arthur Moore Barry Cash
Interesting contender who has twice been placed in the Irish National. Potential dark horse.
Rating: 7/10. Odds: 33-1

L'Aventure
40 11024644 L'AVENTURE 6-10-05
Paul Nicholls Bobby McNally
Young and inexperienced but was fourth in Welsh National.
Rating: 5/10. Odds: 50-1





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