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Last Updated: Thursday, 6 April 2006, 10:00 GMT 11:00 UK
Grand National runners and riders

John Smith's Grand National, Aintree, 4m 4f, 1615 BST, Saturday 8 April
(Number, form, horse's name, age, weight, trainer, jockey)

Honest Frank's choice:
1 Numbersixvalverde 2 Jack High 3 Clan Royal 4 Joes Edge

1 42F-51520 ROYAL AUCLAIR 9-11-12
Christian Williams Paul Nicholls
Meets Hedgehunter on 9lbs better terms than when runner-up, beaten 14 lengths, last year.
Bad stat: No top-weight has won since Red Rum in the 1970s.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 16-1

2 0611-0422 HEDGEHUNTER 10-11-12
Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins IRE
Comfortable winner of 2005 race. More weight this time, but impressive when second in the Cheltenham Gold Cup recently. Respected.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 5-1

3 1332-330 CORNISH REBEL 9-11-09
Joe Tizzard Paul Nicholls
Brother of triple Gold Cup winner Best Mate. Placed in the Scottish and Welsh Nationals last year.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 20-1

4 330-001 THEREALBANDIT 9-11-09
Richard Johnson Martin Pipe
Highly-rated novice before losing his way. Won nicely on last run at Wetherby in December. Trainer took the race with Miinnehoma, owned by comic Freddie Starr, in 1994.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 40-1

5 1042-404 IT TAKES TIME 12-11-07
Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
Time marches on for this 12-year-old. Fourth in 2005 for champion trainer, who has suffered indifferent form this season and looks like losing his title to Paul Nicholls.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 33-1

6 225-5000 LE ROI MIGUEL 8-11-07
Liam Heard Paul Nicholls
Along with Le Duc, leased for day by a trio including Pop Idol judge Simon Cowell, who will net 1m for the NSPCC charity should the horse triumph. A good cause, but unlikely to be a winning one.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 50-1

7 1-340253 NATIVE UPMANSHIP 13-11-00
Conor O'Dwyer Arthur Moore IRE
Has run with credit at the highest level during a distinguished career. Jockey fresh from Gold Cup success on War of Attrition.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 66-1

8 0210-011 INNOX 10-10-13
Robert Thornton Francois Doumen FR
Consistent French horse ran a big race last year before tiring into seventh place. Won Racing Post Chase. A danger if he can last out.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 16-1

9 4P/111-4PP SILVER BIRCH 9-10-12
Sam Thomas Paul Nicholls
Looked a Grand National natural when winning the Welsh equivalent in 2004 and claiming the Becher Chase over the National fences. Failed to recapture that form after an injury.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 25-1

10 3112140 WHISPERED SECRET 7-10-12
Rodi Greene Martin Pipe
Performed well at a much lower level. It's no secret this is not the main contender in trainer's team.
Bad stat: No novice has won the National for nearly 50 years.
Rating: 4/10 Odds: 66-1

11 65-04504 RINCE RI 13-10-12
Andrew McNamara Ted Walsh IRE
A grand servant who has faced some of the best chasers of recent years. No win for more than three years tells its own story.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 50-1

12 5UU1/60- PUNTAL 10-10-12
Barry Geraghty Martin Pipe
Went on to win Betfred Gold Cup after unseating his rider when prominent in National two seasons ago. Returning from injury after 16-month break. Benefits from jockey who won the race on Monty's Pass in 2003.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 50-1

13 111-P020 LORD OF ILLUSION 9-10-11
Jason Maguire Tom George
One of the more talented outsiders. Found the competition too hot when down the field in last month's Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 25-1

14 1401F10 EBONY LIGHT 10-10-10
Stephen Craine Ginger McCain
Chance based on win in Peter Marsh Chase at Haydock. One of three runners for retiring Aintree training legend Ginger McCain as he seeks a record fifth win.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 33-1

15 2P2-5PUP FIRST GOLD 13-10-10
Richard McGrath Francois Doumen FR
Former winner of the King George VI Chase. But that was five years ago, and is no longer the glittering star of previous years.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 66-1

16 12/4C-531 CLAN ROYAL 11-10-10
Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill
Can it be third time lucky? Second when rider lost his whip near the finish in 2004 and then carried out when travelling well last year. National is one big race missing from champion jockey's CV.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 11-2

17 330-02U LE DUC 7-10-10
Jamie Moore Paul Nicholls
Twice placed in other races over the National fences. Runs for champion trainer elect, who is seeking his first win in the Grand National.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 33-1

18 504-6511F SIR OJ 9-10-10
Paul Carberry Noel Meade IRE
Won Robin Cook Memorial Gold Cup at Cheltenham in November, but this is nearly two miles further. Jockey landed 1999 National on Bobbyjo, and will be looking to finish ahead of his sister, Nina, who's aboard Forest Gunner.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 40-1

19 115-UPP FOREST GUNNER 12-10-10
Nina Carberry Richard Ford
Twice a winner over the National fences. Fifth when ridden by trainer's wife, Carrie Ford, in 2005 National. This time top Irish amateur Nina Carberry bids to become first woman to ride winner of the big race.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 40-1

20 1-2U0440 JOES EDGE 9-10-10
Davy Russell Ferdy Murphy
Winner of last season's Scottish Grand National. Looks like the ground, trip and flat track could suit. Fancied to do well by some shrewd judges.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 25-1

21 22102-FP2 JUVEIGNEUR 9-10-09
Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
Decent performance when second in the William Hill Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. However, fell at the first in the Becher Chase when last trying these fences.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 33-1

22 400-P5000 AMBERLEIGH HOUSE 14-10-09
Graham Lee Ginger McCain
Brought Red Rum's trainer his fourth win in the race in 2004. Horse also finished third the year before. Now 14, age looks to be against him.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 50-1

23 113050350 BALLYCASSIDY 10-10-09
Leighton Aspell Peter Bowen
Front-runner who often performs with credit, although came down at the second in this race last year.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 50-1

24 10-561511 INCA TRAIL 10-10-09
Brian Harding Ginger McCain
Bought by McCain from trainer Paul Nicholls for more than 100,000 just a fortnight before the National. Quirky younger brother to triple Gold Cup winner Best Mate.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 50-1

25 006513 GARVIVONNIAN 11-10-08
Garrett Cotter Ned Mitchell IRE
Another interesting contender from a strong Irish raiding party. Won the Becher Chase, sometimes a good guide to this race, over the National fences in November. Could well be involved at the finish.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 25-1

26 1-504B443 NUMBERSIXVALVERDE 10-10-08
Niall Madden Martin Brassil IRE
An interesting one for headline writers, named after owner's Portugal holiday home. Won Irish Grand National. Jockey is nicknamed Slippers (his dad's known as 'Boots'). Treading a similar path to previous winners.
Rating: 9/10 Odds: 10-1

27 F6/0200-00 IZNOGOUD 10-10-08
Tom Scudamore Martin Pipe
Easy to suggest chances are reflected in his name. Did finish 12th in last year's National at odds of 125-1.
Rating: 4/10 Odds: 66-1

28 1-3045351 JACK HIGH 11-10-07
David Casey Ted Walsh IRE
Talkative trainer won the race with Papillon in 2000. Says his son Ruby's mount, Hedgehunter, is the one to beat, but Jack High was second in the Irish National before winning the Betfred Gold Cup at Sandown.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 20-1

29 2-253615 HAUT DE GAMME 11-10-07
Keith Mercer Ferdy Murphy
Boasts decent form over the National fences. Trying marathon trip for first time. Would be a dream victory for rider, who's a local lad.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 20-1

30 416-00P42 NIL DESPERANDUM 9-10-07
Tommy Treacy Frances Crowley IRE
Finished sixth in the 2005 National. Would need heavy ground to boost chances.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 40-1

31 16216-P4P BARON WINDRUSH 8-10-07
Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
A dour stayer who may be plugging on at the finish if still standing, albeit some way behind his rivals.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 40-1

32 51P0-624 HEROS COLLONGES 11-10-07
JP McNamara Paul Nicholls
Eighth in the race last year when suspicion was the trip may be too far. Looked a similar story when second in this season's Welsh Grand National.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 40-1

33 101PP/-64 TYNEANDTHYNEAGAIN 11-10-07
Peter Buchanan Howard Johnson
Trainer will be doing a rain dance as the horse relishes heavy conditions. Won the 2004 Eider Chase before missing all of last season through injury. Rating: 5/10 Odds: 66-1

34 U-2P62SR5 RISK ACCESSOR 11-10-06
Noel Fehily Jonjo O'Neill
Only got as far as the second fence in the race last year. Tendency for mistakes makes him a risky proposition.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 66-1

35 P4/14-F1 DIRECT ACCESS 11-10-06
Tony Dobbin Nicky Richards
Not run since winning Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle in the autumn. Jockey says it's his best chance since winning the 1995 'Bomb Scare' National on Lord Gyllene.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 28-1

36 235P-255 COLNEL RAYBURN10-10-06
John Cullen Paul Nolan IRE
Well fancied for the big race last year and was prominent for much of the race until pulled up after some jumping blunders.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 40-1

37 11P2/-60F5 IRIS ROYAL 10-10-06
Marcus Foley Nicky Henderson
Yet to prove he stays three miles, let alone the four-and-a-half mile trip here.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 50-1

38 21411F ROSS COMM 10-10-05
Dominic Elsworth Sue Smith
Grey horse ran well before falling six from home last time out in the Hennessy Cognac Gold Cup at Newbury in November. Respected trainer is the wife of former top showjumper Harvey Smith.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 25-1

39 1P5//0PP- SHOTGUN WILLY 12-10-05
Andrew Tinkler Richard Guest
Last seen when pulled up in the Midlands National more than a year ago. Trainer rode Red Marauder to victory in the rain-sodden 2001 National.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 100-1

40 P0-0P360 JUST IN DEBT 10-10-04
Alan Dempsey Martin Todhunter
Relishes the course - twice placed in the Becher Chase. Appeared to run out of steam, though, when tiring into ninth in last year's National.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 50-1



SEE ALSO
Grand National: Latest odds
05 Apr 06 |  Horse Racing
Aintree course guide
03 Apr 05 |  Horse Racing
The BBC at Aintree
03 Apr 06 |  Horse Racing


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