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Guide to Grand National Runners 2013

John Smith's Grand National Meeting at Aintree Racecourse in Sefton. Photo: Press Association

1. IMPERIAL COMMANDER - 14/1

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies, Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies

Gold Cup winner in 2010 has returned to form this year. Top weight means money may go elsewhere.

2. WHAT A FRIEND - 40/1

Trainer: Paul Nicholls, Jockey: Sam Thomas

Has only fallen once in his career. Owned by Sir Alex Ferguson and trained by Paul Nicholls, who has pedigree in this race.

3. WEIRD AL - 50/1

Trainer: Donald McCain, Jockey: Timmy Murphy

Ran respectably in last year's National before falling at the 27th fence. Has suffered from injuries.

4. QUEL ESPRIT - 50/1

Trainer: W P Mullins

A grey who won last year's Irish Hennessey Gold Cup. Would prefer softer ground.

5. BIG FELLA THANKS - 33/1

Trainer: Tom George, Jockey: Denis O’Regan

Has finished in the top 10 three times. In good form but doubts about his staying power.

Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies with Imperial Commander Credit: Press Association

6. SEABASS - 8/1

Trainer: T M Walsh, Jockey: Katie Walsh

Katie Walsh came close to becoming the first female jockey to win last timeround. Extra weight might stop her triumphing again.

7. ROBERTO GOLDBACK - 33/1

Trainer: Nicky Henderson, Jockey: Barry Geraghty

Nick Henderson is set to be crowned champion trainer and would dearly love to win the big one. But unlikely with this hardy but unspectacular horse.

8. SUNNYHILLBOY - 12/1

Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill, Jockey: Richie McLernon

Pipped on the line by Neptunes Collonges last year. Carrying more weight this year but still widely fancied.

9. BALLABRIGGS - 20/1

Trainer: Donald McCain, Jockey: Jason Maguire

Won it in 2011 and sixth here last year. He's getting on a bit but, carrying less weight, it wouldn't be a surprise to see him back in the places.

10. TEAFORTHREE -16/1

Trainer: Rebecca Curtis, Jockey: Nick Scholfield

A great jumper who's adept on any ground. Second in the Welsh National - will hope to go one better over these fences for the first time.

Seabass and Katie Walsh clear the final fence during the John Smith's Grand National Chase last year at Aintree Racecourse, Liverpool. Credit: Press Association

11. ACROSS THE BAY -33/1

Trainer: Donald McCain, Jockey: Henry Brook

Another from the McCain stables. Is seen as a reliable stayer, without really being a contender.

12. JOIN TOGETHER - 16/1

Trainer: Paul Nicholls, Jockey: Daryl Jaco

Finished second over these fences in December. Expected to stay the distance.

13. COLBERT STATION - 10/1

Trainer: Ted Walsh IRE, Jockey: A P McCoy

A winning combination of AP McCoy in the saddle and the ownership of JP McManus. But doubts over experience and stamina.

14. FORPADYDEPLASTERER - 66/1

Trainer: Thomas Cooper IRE, Jockey: Andrew JMcNamara

Winning jumper over shorter distances. Consistent but unproved in a race of this length.

15. ON HIS OWN -6/1

Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE, Jockey: Ruby Walsh

Popular with the early punters. Ridden by Ruby Walsh and going well when he fell last year.

Join Together ridden by Jockey Ruby Walsh Credit: Press Association

16. JONCOL - 50/1

Trainer: Paul Nolan IRE, Jockey: Robbie Power

Won the Irish Hennessey in 2010. Form has fallen away but ground should suit him.

17. BALTHAZAR KING - 25/1

Trainer: Philip Hobb, Jockey: Richard Johnson

Fancied by many for a place on first time at the National. The ground could suit him if it doesn't rain.

18. CAPPA BLEU - 10/1

Trainer: Evan Williams, Jockey: Paul Moloney

Finished strongly for a fourth place last year. Third in the Welsh National and well handicapped. A good chance.

19. OSCAR TIME - 50/1

Trainer: Martin Lynch IRE, Jockey: Sam Waley-Cohen

Runner-up two years ago but form has dropped off. Unlikely to win any gongs this time.

20. ALWAYS WAINING - 40/1

Trainer: Peter Bowen, Jockey: Tom O’Brien

Probably the most experienced horse in the race but a debutant over these fences. Doubts about the distance.

Cappa Bleu ridden by Paul Moloney Credit: Press Association

21. TATENEN - 66/1

Trainer: Richard Rowe, Jockey: Andrew Thornton

Unseated his rider at the eighth last year. Not fancied to do much better this.

22. TREACLE - 33/1

Trainer: Tom Taaffe IRE, Jockey: Andrew Lynch

Fell at the 10th last year. A lower weight this time but still a long shot.

23. LOST GLORY - 50/1

Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill, Jockey: Mark Walsh

New Zealand-bred. Won four times last year and could be a good value each-way bet.

24. SWING BILL - 66/1

Trainer: David Pipe, Jockey: Conor O’Farrell

Another grey who finished 10th in 2012. No chance of making it back-to-back grey winners this year.

25. SAINT ARE - 50/1

Trainer: Tim Vaughan, Jockey: Dougie Costello

Better on good ground. Prone to hit fences, particularly if there's any give in the turf.

Jockey Tony McCoy on Lost Glory Credit: Press Association

26. CHICAGO GREY - 14/1

Trainer: Gordon Elliott IRE, Jockey: Paul Carberry or Davy Condon

Not at fault when brought down at the 5th last year. Improving and well-fancied.

27. QUISCOVER FONTAINE - 50/1

Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE, Jockey: David Casey

Fell at the 17th while going well last year. Could go better this at similar odds.

28. RARE BOB - 25/1

Trainer: Dessie Hughes IRE, Jockey: Bryan Cooper

Lots of early money on this experienced campaigner. Would need softer ground to be a real contender.

29. THE RAINBOW HUNTER - 66/1

Trainer: Kim Bailey, Jockey: Aidan Coleman

Not the best jumper but good stamina makes an interesting outsider.

30. BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE - 100/1

Trainer: Noel Glynn IRE, Jockey: Martin Ferris

Not made it past the 9th in the last two nationals despite being well-fancied. Unlikely to receive the same backing again.

Chicago Grey ridden by Alan Cawley in 2010 Credit: Press Association

31. HARRY THE VIKING - 40/1

Trainer: Paul Nicholls, Jockey: Ryan Mahon

Another Sir Alex Ferguson horse. Lacks the experience and knowhow of his owner despite a promising start to his career.

32. MR MOONSHINE - 66/1

Trainer: Sue Smith, Jockey: Peter Buchanan

Not won since 2011 and lacks staying power. Not likely to bother the places.

33. MUMBLES HEAD - 100/1

Trainer: Peter Bowen, Jockey: Jamie Moore

In great form last year but fell at the first in the Becher's Chase here in December. Not been seen since.

34. NINETIETH MINUTE - 66/1

Trainer: Tom Taaffe IRE, Jockey: Niall Madden

Better over hurdles than fences. Not fancied to last the distance.

35. AURORAS ENCORE - 66/1

Trainer: Sue Smith, Jockey: Ryan Mania

Runner-up in last year's Scottish National. But that was seen as a one-off and form has tailed off.

Soll ridden by Mark Grant Credit: Press Association

36. TARQUINIUS - 100/1

Trainer: Gordon Elliott IRE, Jockey: Wilson Renwick

Better over soft ground. Might finish but unlikely to bother the bookies.

37. ANY CURRENCY - 66/1

Trainer: Martin Keighley, Jockey: Ian Popham

Good stamina and a solid jumper. However, lacks the calibre for a race of this quality.

38. MAJOR MALARKEY - 100/1

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies, Jockey: Tom Scudamore

Good stamina but a tendency to pull-up. Not an attractive prospect.

39. SOLL - 40/1

Trainer: Jo Hughes, Jockey: Mark Grant

Huge, handsome horse who prefers soft ground. Relatively inexperienced but an interesting outsider.

40. VIKING BLOND - 66/1

Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies, Jockey: Adam Wedge

Fell at the first last year. Might get further this time but unlikely to be much further with his form.

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