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Last Updated: Thursday, 12 April 2007, 13:06 GMT 14:06 UK
Aintree, 14 April, 2007

John Smith's Grand National, Aintree, 4m 4f, Saturday 14 April
(Number, form, horse's name, age, weight, jockey, trainer)

1 04222-50 HEDGEHUNTER 11-11-12
Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins IRE
Possibly the best Grand National horse since Red Rum. Won the race in 2005, second a year later. Preparation not ideal this time and must overcome top weight.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 14-1

2 P/411P-1 EUROTREK 11-11-08
Liam Heard Paul Nicholls
Kept fresh since beating several of his National rivals in the Becher Chase over the National fences in November. Handicapper was watching, and his weight is a minus.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 20-1

3 243-53420 L'AMI 8-11-08
Tony McCoy Francois Doumen
Eleven-times champion jockey has endured dreadful luck in the race. Although L'Ami is consistent, McCoy may have to wait another year to break his duck.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 20-1

4 2643-344 MONKERHOSTIN 10-11-06
Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
Has class as illustrated by second in 2005 King George, and fourth in this year's Gold Cup. This is a different test, however.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 20-1

5 14/3F-2520 THISTHATANDTOTHER 11-11-05
Jamie Moore Paul Nicholls
Don't be put off by the fact he specialises over much shorter distances as champion trainer believes he could run well if he finds his rhythm.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 50-1

6 410U-513 BILLYVODDAN 8-11-04
Leighton Aspell Henry Daly
Put in career-best run when third to Taranis in the Ryanair Chase at Cheltenham. A popular choice with tipsters.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 16-1

7 B4431-404 NUMBERSIXVALVERDE 11-11-03
Niall Madden Martin Brassil IRE
Tipped in this very guide last year, and duly obliged under a masterful ride from jockey nicknamed 'Slippers'. More weight now, but respected.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 14-1

Idle Talk
8 324-26UU IDLE TALK 8-11-02
Jason Maguire Donald McCain Jr
Trained by the son of Red Rum's trainer Ginger McCain. Unseated his rider on last two rides, although rather unfortunately in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 16-1

Royal Auclair
9 F00-65036 ROYAL AUCLAIR 10-11-01
Joe Tizzard Paul Nicholls
Second to Hedgehunter under a big weight in 2005. Same owner as Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Kauto Star. Will relish the likely fast ground.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 40-1

Cloudy Bays
10 3/-0FP10F CLOUDY BAYS 10-11-00
Andrew McNamara Charles Byrnes IRE
One of my colleagues dreamt he saw the National result and a horse with Bays in the name was the winner. The same trick worked for him with Miinnehoma in 1994.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 66-1

11 1F22300 KNOWHERE 9-10-13
Tom Doyle Nigel Twiston-Davies
A highly-rated youngster, has lost his way a little since. Trainer won with Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002).
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 66-1

12 06-10302P2 KELAMI 9-10-12
Mick Fitzgerald Francois Doumen
Capable of running well for master French trainer. Could be last race before retirement for jockey, who famously said winning the 1996 National on Rough Quest was "better than sex."
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 33-1

Point Barrow
13 1-P04B133 POINT BARROW 9-10-12
Philip Carberry Pat Hughes IRE
Boasts very similar profile to recent National winners from Ireland. Jockey won Champion Hurdle on Sublimity. His brother Paul rides Dun Doire.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 10-1

Celtic Son
14 124420-P CELTIC SON 8-10-11
Timmy Murphy David Pipe
Looked useful two years ago when winning five races in five weeks. Disappointing last time for son of legendary former champion trainer Martin Pipe.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 66-1

15 11-52611 SIMON 8-10-11
Andrew Thornton John Spearing
Owned and bred by 87-year-old Mercy Rimell, widow of Fred, who trained four National winners. This is not so simple for Simon.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 16-1

16 U20P5P0 BALLYCASSIDY 11-10-09
Denis O'Regan Peter Bowen
Bold front-runner who was leading the field when falling on the second circuit last year. One for each-way punters to consider.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 50-1

Clan Royal
17 313-6FP CLAN ROYAL 11-10-09
J T McNamara Jonjo O'Neill
Second in 2004; travelling ominously well when carried out by a loose horse a year later, and third last season. Loves the course, but has his chance gone?
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 25-1

Gallant Approach
18 1125-130 GALLANT APPROACH 8-10-09
Jimmy McCarthy Charlie Egerton
Lightly raced, with three victories from eight contests. May stay the trip but this is a major step up on what he has achieved.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 50-1

19 50442250 LIVINGSTONE BRAMBLE 11-10-09
Davy Russell Willie Mullins IRE
Not the best hope of the four runners for trainer who won the race in 2005 with Hedgehunter.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 50-1

Dun Doire
20 110-0F251 DUN DOIRE 8-10-08
Paul Carberry Tony Martin IRE
Laid out for this race and leading claims for jockey, who won the 1999 National on Bobbyjo, and ultra-shrewd trainer.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 12-1

Kandjar D'Allier
21 0410-010 KANDJAR D'ALLIER 9-10-08
Robert Thornton Alan King
A big price for a decent horse who has an in-form trainer and the top jockey from this year's Cheltenham Festival.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 40-1

Slim Pickings
22 2-33P3F5 SLIM PICKINGS 8-10-08
Barry Geraghty Tom Taaffe
Has been backed down from 100-1 by punters looking for rich pickings. Jockey won 2003 National on Monty's Pass. Trainer respected - his father Pat rode the legendary Arkle.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 33-1

23 540-232 ZABENZ 10-10-08
Barry Fenton Philip Hobbs
Needs to regain the winning habit. However, is likely to relish drying ground conditions.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 50-1

Bewleys Berry
24 236P-420 BEWLEYS BERRY 9-10-07
Paddy Brennan Howard Johnson
Second to Eurotrek in the Becher Chase over the National fences in March. Trip and ground look to be in his favour.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 20-1

25 P146/0-1 LONGSHANKS 10-10-07
Tony Dobbin Kim Bailey
Horse went to equine spa after bruising foot. Bless! Trainer won 1990 National with Mr Frisk; jockey took 1997 race on Lord Gyllene. Ticks in the right boxes.
Rating: 9/10 Odds: 25-1

Bothar Na
26 5155UP BOTHAR NA 10-10-07
David Casey Willie Mullins IRE
Rated by Mullins as his best National prospect this year alongside Hedgehunter. He has the credentials to be involved.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 20-1

Graphic Approach
27 2163-53U GRAPHIC APPROACH 10-10-07
Paul Moloney Charlie Egerton
Not to be confused with Gallant Approach.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 50-1

Homer Wells
28 2163-53U HOMER WELLS 9-10-06
David Condon Willie Mullins IRE
Homer Wells was on the verge of being pulled out because of drying conditions - trainer decided to run him anyway. Not the most fancied of his four.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 50-1

29 U5014-400 LIBERTHINE 9-10-06
Sam Waley-Cohen Nicky Henderson
All the hallmarks of a National story. Amateur jockey, who rides well around Aintree. Mare won another race over the National fences last year.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 25-1

Silver Birch
30 /4PPF-0242 SILVER BIRCH 10-10-06
Robbie Power Gordon Elliott IRE
Former Welsh National winner when trained by Paul Nicholls. Coming back to form and vibes in Ireland are positive.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 25-1

Philson Run
31 BP21P6-0 PHILSON RUN 10-10-06
Daryl Jacob Nick Williams
Tipped by the BBC 606 user Roselier, a respected judge of breeding. The horse might stay, but is he good enough?
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 50-1

32 0/60-5520P PUNTAL 10-10-06
Tom Scudamore David Pipe
Sixth in the National last year and boasts some decent form in the past. No forlorn hope.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 50-1

The Outlier
33 3-41R21PP THE OUTLIER 10-10-06
Paul O'Neill Venetia Williams
Pulled up on last two starts, and would appear to prefer softer going. Difficult to recommend.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 50-1

34 2000-0440 TIKRAM 9-10-05
Alan King Wayne Hutchinson
Does not appear to be the stable's first choice on jockey bookings.
Rating: 5/10 Odds: 66-1

35 U2-41061 MCKELVEY 8-10-04
Peter Bowen Tom O'Brien
The choice of some learned tipsters. Talented young jockey is likely to be one of the best riders around in years to come.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 20-1

Naunton Brook
36 U2-41061 NAUNTON BROOK 8-10-04
Noel Fehily Nigel Twiston-Davies
If you're really stuck and looking for a long shot, this one could fit the bill. Under-rated.
Rating: 7/10 Odds: 50-1

Jack High
37 U2-41061 JACK HIGH 8-10-04
Richard McGrath Ted Walsh IRE
Outstanding claims based on his close second to Numbersixvalverde in the 2005 Irish National. Has a stone in hand on that rival here. Trainer won 2000 National with Papillon, ridden by his son Ruby.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 25-1

38 11PP0-5120 SONEVAFUSHI 9-10-03
Tom Greenall Venetia Williams
Sometimes you just have to say a horse is not good enough to win. He isn't good enough to win.
Rating: 4/10 Odds: 100-1

Joes Edge
39 4006-001 JOES EDGE 9-10-03
Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy
Was in our four choices last year, but came seventh. Ground conditions more suitable this time. Backed down from 50-1 after winning at Cheltenham.
Rating: 8/10 Odds: 8-1

Le Duc
40 2UU-0043 LE DUC 8-10-02
Dominic Elsworth Paul Nicholls
Has run well at Aintree before and good third at Cheltenham last month. Others are preferred.
Rating: 6/10 Odds: 50-1

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