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Grand National 2015 Racecard

Not only is the Grand National the most popular horse race, it is also notoriously difficult to pick a winner with favourites often failing to live up to expectations. We've compiled the only racecard you'll need to help you pick a winner in this years National. Whether you're looking for a name you like or interested in the latest form it's all listed below.

Lord Windermere

Age: 9 | Trainer: Jim Culloty | Form: 1-373P | Weight: 11-10 | Career Falls: 1
Winner of the 2013 RSA Chase and 2014 Gold Cup, Lord Windermere seems to save his best for Cheltenham and is something of an unknown quantitity over the Grand National fences having never turned out at Aintree. Four Grade 1 runs this term have resulted in a couple of modest performances, but the 9-year-old was first to throw in the towel when trying to defend his Gold Cup crown last month and has to concede weight all round, so a bounce-back is drastically needed.

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Many Clouds

Age: 8 | Trainer: Oliver Sherwood | Form: 4-1116 | Weight: 11-9 | Career Falls: 0
Many Clouds has gone from strength to strength this season with Grade 3 success in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury followed by a Grade 2 win in the BetBright Cup at Cheltenham, though is yet to really impress at Aintree. The 8-year-old was one of those ridden into submission by Coneygree in the Gold Cup and has plenty of weight to carry, though is a reliable jumper could come into the equation if there is any cut in the ground.

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Sam Winner

Age: 8 | Trainer: Paul Nicholls | Form: P-113P | Weight: 11-8 | Career Falls: 2
Respected on form of listed course victory which came off the back of Grade 3 success in the Murphy Group Handicap Chase at Cheltenham and looked to be in contention until fading to third in the Grade 1 Lexus Chase at Leopardstown. Pulled-up three from home in the Gold Cup though, and didn't cope well with a marathon trip in last year's Scottish National, so may have stamina questions to answer under a heavy weight.

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Unioniste

Age: 7 | Trainer: Paul Nicholls | Form: 38-613 | Weight: 11-6 | Career Falls: 0
This dual course winner has completed all three starts at Aintree and was interestingly making late progress when sixth in the Hennessy Gold Cup prior to routing his rivals at Sandown on his penultimate start. Unioniste then stayed on for third under top-weight in a strong renewal of the Denman Chase at Newbury and will be fresher than some having bypassed the Cheltenham Festival, so could be a real contender for the 2015 Grand National.

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Rocky Creek

Age: 9 | Trainer: Paul Nicholls | Form: 25-2P1 | Weight: 11-3 | Career Falls: 0
Fifth when 16/1 for last year's race to give each-way punters a reasonable return on investment, Rocky Creek looked to be in contention before weakening in the latter stages and could feasibly do better a year on. Finishing runner-up to Road To Riches on his seasonal re-appearance now looks like good form and having bounced back from a poor run at Newbury to land the Grade 3 BetBright Chase at Kempton in good style in February, Paul Nicholls has one of the leading contenders here.

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First Lieutenant

Age: 10 | Trainer: Mouse Morris | Form: 24683 | Weight: 11-3 | Career Falls: 0
Not in the winners enclosure since the 2013 Betfred Bowl, First Lieutenant was fourth in that Grade 1 event last year, so has shown a liking for Aintree, but the concern is this season's form with three uncompetitive runs over fences doing little to inspire any real confidence. The 10-year-old Presenting gelding has slipped down the handicap ratings, so may be of interest if recapturing his old form, though flopping at odds-on in a recent spin over hurdles will be off-putting to any would-be backers.

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Balthazar King

Age: 11 | Trainer: Philip Hobbs | Form: 12-F11 | Weight: 11-2 | Career Falls: 3
This largely reliable competitor will have his fair share of supporters on the basis of last year's gallant effort for second in this race after winning a gruelling Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham just a month earlier. Philip Hobbs decided to bypass the Cheltenham Festival this year with another tilt at the big one in mind and the King´s Theatre gelding is expected to put in a shift as usual. Balthazar King has also previously finished 15th in the 2013 Grand National, but aged 11, the question is has his chance to win this race passed him by?

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Shutthefrontdoor

Age: 8 | Trainer: Jonjo O´Neill | Form: 2461-1 | Weight: 11-2 | Career Falls: 0
A course winner at Aintree, Shutthefrontdoor has been the subject of sustained support in the build up to the 2015 Crabbie's Grand National and is among the leading contenders for the race which stops a nation. The lightly-raced 8-year-old has been kept fresh with this race in mind, having just the one run since landing the Irish equivalent at this time last year, which resulted in a ready win in the Graduation Chase at Carlisle in November. Add into the mix that AP McCoy could be on board for his last ride at Aintree and Shutthefrontdoor could start as favourite.

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Pineau De Re

Age: 12 | Trainer: Dr Richard Newland | Form: 1-0P80 | Weight: 11-0 | Career Falls: 2
Last year's winner is naturally worth a look, but do bear in mind that no horse has won back-to-back Grand National's since the legendary Red Rum in 1973 and 1974. Pineau De Re has followed a similar path to Aintree this time around with a run over hurdles in the Pertemps Network Final at the Cheltenham Festival, but carrying an additional 8lbs could prove to be the stumbling block for the repeat bid of Dr Richard Newland's veteran.

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Ballycasey

Age: 8 | Trainer: Willie Mullins | Form: 2173P | Weight: 10-13 | Career Falls: 1
After Willie Mullins cleaned up at the Cheltenham Festival, it's interesting that Ballycasey is the leading Irish trainer's sole entrant in the Grand National. Shrewd punters were quick to back the 8-year-old from 100/1 into less than half of those odds after learning that the horse will be ridden by legendary jockey Ruby Walsh, but after winning on his seasonal re-appearance at Gowran Park in November results have gone a bit wayward. Ballycasey was last seen pulling up in the Ryanair Chase, has never raced at Aintree and is yet to prove he can see out a marathon trip, though that doesn't necessarily mean he won't cut it in the National.

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Spring Heeled

Age: 8 | Trainer: Jim Culloty | Form: 015-44 | Weight: 10-12 | Career Falls: 0
Spring Heeled had posted creditable efforts in defeat to some of last year's Grand National competitors including Double Seven and Alvarado prior to winning the Kim Muir Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Hit with a 9lb rise for that success, Jim Culloty's charge remained competitive in the bet365 Gold Cup at Sandown and the Galway Plate, though looked in need of a run when returning to action at Fairyhouse in February. Allotted a reasonable burden for Aintree, good going tends to bring out the best in Spring Heeled as was the case for both of his previous chase wins.

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Rebel Rebellion

Age: 10 | Trainer: Paul Nicholls | Form: 454121 | Weight: 10-12 | Career Falls: 0
A course winner in the 2013 Grand Sefton Handicap Chase, Rebel Rebellion was fifth in that race this season and has previously finished mid-division in the Topham Chase, so looks to have a measure of the Grand National fences. The Paul Nicholls-trained bay gelding heads to Aintree in good order having won at Ascot and Newbury either side of a runner-up effort at Exeter. The only negative is a lack of form beyond 3 miles, but hailing from such a powerful stable, the 10-year-old has to be taken seriously.

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Dolatulo

Age: 8 | Trainer: Warren Greatrex | Form: 028180 | Weight: 10-11 | Career Falls: 1
Dolatulo is more experienced than the average 8-year-old having ran 38 times under rules and is an interesting competitor with four wins and five placed efforts in 13 chase starts to date. While not entirely convincing on his sole start at Aintree in the Grand Sefton Handicap Chase, the chestnut gelding completed the race in mid-division prior to landing the Rowland Meyrick Chase at Wetherby and has been kept over hurdles since to protect his handicap rating from rising. The battle-hardened chestnut gelding is no forlorn hope on the pick of his form and could be there at the finish if putting in a tidy round of jumping.

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Mon Parrain

Age: 9 | Trainer: Paul Nicholls | Form: 1-P015 | Weight: 10-11 | Career Falls: 0
It's been a long time since his second in the 2011 Topham Chase, but having jumped well enough despite never looking like winning in this season's Becher Chase, Mon Parrain has completed both career starts at Aintree. A seasoned chaser with 6 wins from 19 starts over fences, his last win came at Cheltenham on New Year's Day before his revised mark took it's toll when fifth in the Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster when last seen in February. Has won over 3 miles 2 furlongs previously and could offer more still over a marathon trip, so not easily written off.

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Carlito Brigante

Age: 9 | Trainer: Karen McLintock | Form: 32213 | Weight: 10-10 | Career Falls: 0
Never really troubled by the fences, Carlito Brigante has had mixed fortunes at Aintree and is yet to win at the venue in four attempts, the last of which resulted in a creditable third from 11 runners following a win at Carlisle last Spring. Subsequent performances have been largely consistent from Karen McLintock's charge with a pair of runner-up efforts at Uttoexeter and Perth prior to winning a fourth career chase at Kelso last October. Carlito Brigante probably needed the run when returning from a four-month hiatus back at the same track in February and could be suited by a marathon trip having stayed on well up to 3 miles and 2 furlongs previously.

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Night In Milan

Age: 9 | Trainer: Keith Reveley | Form: 40233 | Weight: 10-9 | Career Falls: 1
Having ran out of track to reel in Lexicon Lad on his only previous run at Aintree, Night In Milan can be counted as unlucky to not have a course victory on his CV, though there's still plenty to like this sound and reliable jumper who has posted solid form when burdoned with heavy weights recently. His fourth chase victory in 18 starts came in last year's Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster where he was just touched off in December before placing at the venue the last twice. Having carried at least 11-4 on each of those three most recent efforts, 10-9 could feel like a featherweight in the Grand National and running into a place or better would be no great shock.

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Rubi Light

Age: 10 | Trainer: Robert Alan Hennessy | Form: 545211 | Weight: 10-9 | Career Falls: 0
This likeable horse is probably going to be found wanting in the Grand National with no proven stamina over such a gruelling trip. Only twice has Rubi Light raced beyond 2 miles and 5 furlongs, resulting in a runner-up finish in the 2011 Lexus Chase and a mid-field placing in the 2012 Punchestown Gold Cup. Add into the mix that he's yet to win on good ground and it's clear to see why online bookmakers have this horse down as an outsider.

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The Druids Nephew

Age: 8 | Trainer: Neil Mulholland | Form: 12751 | Weight: 10-9 | Career Falls: 1
A cracking run in the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival has resulted in contracted Grand National odds for The Druids Nephew as punters have rushed to back the King´s Theatre gelding. His season got off to a great start at Huntingdon before finding only Sam Winner too good in the Murphy Group Handicap Chase and running a tad below par in the Hennessy Gold Cup, but his most recent win left a lasting impression and The Druids Nephew looks like being a real contender for the big one.

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Cause Of Causes

Age: 7 | Trainer: Gordon Elliott | Form: 20-751 | Weight: 10-9 | Career Falls: 1
Not since Bogskar's 1940 success has a 7-year-old won the Grand National, but that hasn't stopped a gamble on Cause Of Causes following his win in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, the 50/1 available before that success now long gone. Trainer Gordon Elliott knows how to get a horse ready for this race as he proved in 2007 with Silver Birch, but Cause Of Causes' Cheltenham run marked a first chase win in 11 attempts and he may have something to find with his more experienced opponents.

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Godsmejudge Tipped on freebets.com

Age: 9 | Trainer: Alan King | Form: 23-P50 | Weight: 10-8 | Career Falls: 0
A thorough stayer on his day, if the real Godsmejudge turns up then he could take some stopping. One of only a few horses entered into this year’s Grand National to have won beyond four miles having landed the Scottish equivalent in 2013 prior to finishing runner-up in that event last year, there can be no doubting the stamina reserves of this bay gelding. But having signed off last season with a game effort for third in the bet365 Gold Cup Chase, things are yet to really click for Alan King's charge this term and his backers will be hoping that he can better recent form with a step back up in trip.

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Al Co

Age: 10 | Trainer: Peter Bowen | Form: 1-0P33 | Weight: 10-8 | Career Falls: 0
Al Co is one of only a few horses in the race which has proven stamina beyond 4 miles, so it's reasonable to assume that he can go the distance having won the 2014 Scottish Grand National. However, his jumping was off in the Becher Chase earlier this season, which resulted in him pulling up on his only try over fences at Aintree, though subsequent runs at Doncaster an Bangor saw improvement. No worries where staying power is concerned, but the Grand National fences be his undoing.

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Monbeg Dude

Age: 10 | Trainer: Michael Scudamore | Form: 24430 | Weight: 10-7 | Career Falls: 1
Having ran a good race to finish 7th in last year's Grand National, Monbeg Dude's supporters will be hoping for an improvement with the horse set to carry 2lb less this time around. The concern is that the Witness Box gelding hasn't really fired this season with fourth-placed efforts in the Hennessy Gold Cup and Welsh National preceding a distant third in Haydock's Grand National trial. Monbeg Dude never threatened at all in the Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, so while not ruled out, needs to bounce back.

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Corrin Wood

Age: 8 | Trainer: Donald McCain | Form: 10-33P | Weight: 10-7 | Career Falls: 0
Corrin Wood was in inspired form heading into the 2014 Cheltenham Festival, but never looked like winning the RSA Chase and has been slow to come to the boil this term. The front-runner looked rusty on his re-appearance at Sandown in December, but was far more convincing when nabbed late on in the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase at Wetherby later that month. Bottomless ground at Haydock put paid to his chances of justifying favouritism in the Peter Marsh Chase in January and an improved showing on better ground can't be ruled out. Has won beyond 3 miles 1 furlong, but unproven at Aintree.

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The Rainbow Hunter

Age: 11 | Trainer: Kim Bailey | Form: 261U-P | Weight: 10-7 | Career Falls: 4
The Rainbow Hunter attempts his third Grand National having unseated Aidan Coleman at the Canal Turn in 2013, before getting one fence further and parting company with the same jockey at Valentines last year. Pulled-up on his only start this term, the veteran chaser has some good form in the book in seasons gone by, most notably the 2014 Skybet Chase at Doncaster. Has been let down by jumping in the past, but connections clearly believe in the horse or they wouldn't be giving him a third crack at the race.

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Saint Are

Age: 9 | Trainer: Tom George | Form: F-3331 | Weight: 10-6 | Career Falls: 4
A course winner at the 2012 Grand National meeting, Saint Are was ninth in the big one back in 2013 and was third in this season's Becher Chase, so has to be respected on what he's shown at Aintree. The odd mistake can spoil things for this horse as was the case when falling at the venue last Spring, but things have gone well this season with a couple of placed efforts at Cheltenham and winning in good style at Catterick when last seen in February makes Saint Are a lively outsider.

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Across The Bay

Age: 11 | Trainer: Donald McCain | Form: 0-800B | Weight: 10-6 | Career Falls: 2
Last year's hard luck story, Across The Bay was carried wide by a loose horse when travelling well and he perhaps could have fought out the finish had that not been the case. This season's form makes grim reading and there was more bad luck for the horse when brought down four from home, again when travelling okay in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival. This will be his third Grand National having completed both previous renewals, but a place may be the best he can hope for on the basis of this season's form.

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Tranquil Sea

Age: 13 | Trainer: Warren Greatrex | Form: 31P0-5 | Weight: 10-5 | Career Falls: 1
One of the oldest horses in the race, Tranquil Sea will attempt to become the first winner aged older than 12 since Sergeant Murphy in 1923. Having completed all four starts at Aintree, there should be no concerns about coping with the fences, though recent form suggests this veteran has a bit to find to get involved at the business end. His last win came at Doncaster in February of last year before the Kim Muir proved to be too hot at the Cheltenham Festival and he never threatened in an Aintree Handicap Chase last Spring. Likely to come on for the run when fifth on his seasonal re-appearance at Newbury in February, the old-timer will need to roll back the years to make any significant impression on proceedings.

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Oscar Time

Age: 14 | Trainer: Robert Waley-Cohen | Form: 111U14 | Weight: 10-5 | Career Falls: 1
The stats suggest Robert Waley-Cohen's veteran is too long in the tooth to win the Grand National but the 14-year-old will go to Aintree in the form of his life. A game winner of the valuable Becher Chase over the National fences in December, Oscar Time has been placed in two previous attempts in the Grand National and must have a good each way chance at a big price.

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Bob Ford

Age: 8 | Trainer: Rebecca Curtis | Form: 120P1P | Weight: 10-4 | Career Falls: 0
Winner of the West Wales National over 3m 4f on heavy ground at Ffos Las in January. Looks like he could make a decent long distance stayer in time but the handicapper has done him no favours for that last win when only two of the ten runners completed the course. Bob Ford's five National Hunt wins have come on soft ground or heavier and his chances may improve if the weather were to take a turn for the worse.

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Super Duty

Age: 9 | Trainer: Ian Williams | Form: P2-67 | Weight: 10-4 | Career Falls: 1
Looked to have bags of potential when winning the Shloer Novices Chase at Cheltenham a couple of years ago and went close in the Kim Muir at the Festival three months later. Things haven;t worked out since and the 9 year-old was off the course for over a year before making his seasonal debut at Wetherby in January. Well beaten but not disgraced in the Grimthorpe at Doncaster on his only other outing, Super Duty is a something of a dark horse under new trainer Ian Williams.

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Wyck Hill

Age: 11 | Trainer: David Bridgwater | Form: P16-2F | Weight: 10-4 | Career Falls: 2
A proven stayer who won the Eider Chase in a gruelling slog over 4m 1f in heavy ground at Newcastle in 2014 but fell when trying to for back to back successes in the Class 2 chase on his most recent outing in February. Makes his first appearance in the Grand National after being purchased in 2013 with the Aintree marathon in mind. The lack of runs this season is a negative but connections may well have been protecting his handicap mark when opting for a novice hurdle on his seasonal debut.

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Gas Line Boy

Age: 9 | Trainer: Philip Hobbs | Form: P11P4 | Weight: 10-4 | Career Falls: 0
Gas Line Boy has proved profitable for followers over hurdles and fences. The nine-year-old has continued to improveme with two wins his season, forcing his way into the Grand National picture with an impressive victory over three and three-quarter miles at Haydock in November. Philip Hobbbs is well represented in this year's National and it remains to be seen if Gas Line Boy is allowed to take his chance against more strongly fancied stablemate, Balthazar King.

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Chance Du Roy

Age: 11 | Trainer: Philip Hobbs | Form: P46-55 | Weight: 10-4 | Career Falls: 1
Another potential representative from Philip Hobbs' Minehead yard. Chance Du Roy is well handicapped on his best form and returns for a second crack at the Grand National after finishing sixth 12 months ago. Jockey Tom O'Brien was left with a lot to do after being hampered at Valentines on the first circuit but caught the eye making headway through the field until finally running out of steam in the closing stages. With a 5lb pull in the weights and a trouble free passage, Chance Du Roy has a chance to reverse form with stablemate, Balthazar King, who finished second and is worth considering for each way bets.

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Alvarado

Age: 10 | Trainer: Fergal O'Brien | Form: 51P4-5 | Weight: 10-3 | Career Falls: 0
Stayed on well to finish fourth last year and there are plenty indications Fergal O'Brien's charge can do better this year. The ten-year-old is the perfect age, carries the ideal weight and has stamina and experience on his side. The Rucker family have finished in the frame in the last six Grand Nationals with Alavarado, Cappa Bleu and State of Play and their 2015 hopeful is said to have delighted his trainer in a recent workout at Newbury.

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Portrait King

Age: 10 | Trainer: M Phelan | Form: 8P1292 | Weight: 10-3 | Career Falls: 1
Irish chaser Portrait King came to public attention after wining the Punchestown Grand National trial in 2012 and despite a hefty increase in weight form the UK handicapper, toted 11st 8lb to victory in the Eider Chase next time out. The youngster was hampered in the Scottish National at Ayr on his next outing and wasn't seen again for over a year. Brought along nicely this season, he was given a sharpener over hurdles before making the trip to Liverpool and should be in perfect shape for his first tilt at the Grand National.

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Owega Star

Age: 8 | Trainer: Peter Fahey | Form: 3-8256 | Weight: 10-3 | Career Falls: 0
The Grand National has been a long term hope for connections but age is against Owega Star with only one 8 year-old winner of last 21 renewals. Despite running well in two of Ireland's top staying chases, second in the Troystown Handicap Chase and fifth in the Paddy Power Handicap Chase, Peter Fahey's charge remains a long shot for this year's event but could be one to watch for the future.

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Court By Surprise

Age: 10-3 | Trainer: Emma Lavelle | Form: 265-11 | Weight: 10-3 | Career Falls: 0
Trainer Emma Lavelle will need a few defections if Court By Surprise is to become her first Grand National runner after 17 seasons with a license. Put out to grass while waiting for better ground, Court By Surprise is reported fit and raring to go after a racecourse gallop at Newbury. The ten year-old has won both outings this season, the latest on disqualification of the first past the post, and could go well if getting into the race and showing a little more improvement.

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Ely Brown

Age: 10 | Trainer: Charlie Longsdon | Form: 0115-P | Weight: 10-2 | Career Falls: 0
A money-spinning hurlder for Charlie Longsdon's stable, Ely Brown looked set for a glistening career over fences when landing his first two novice chases last season. Well beaten in the RSA Trial on his next outing and had not been seen for almost 12 months when pulled up at Wetherby in January on his only appearance this season. A risky investment if making the starting line up.

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Royale Knight Tipped on freebets.com

Age: 9 | Trainer: Dr Richard Newland | Form: 3-4132 | Weight: 10-2 | Career Falls: 0
The ante-post selection of Freebets.com racing pundit Alan Kelly who tipped Pineau De Re at 28/1 last year and Aurora's Encore at 80/1 the previous year - so we won't argue with that. From the stable of last year's winning trainer, Royale Knight is a proven stayer following a similar path to the 2014 Grand national hero. A winner of the Borders National over 4 miles at Kelso in December 2013, the gelding has been kept to hurdes to preserve his handicap mark after an impressive win in the 3m 6f Durham National at Sedgefield in October.

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Duke Of Lucca

Age: 10 | Trainer: Philips Hobbs | Form: 5F57U8 | Weight: 10-2 | Career Falls: 1
In with a chance on his best form but disappointed at Cheltenham Festival when well fancied for the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase. There aren't many horses come from the Festival to feature in the finish of the Grand National and that would be a negative for the gelding that has never quite fulfilled the potential shown in his novice season.

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Soll

Age: 10 | Trainer: David Pipe | Form: 50-P11 | Weight: 10-2 | Career Falls: 0
David Pipe knows what it takes to win the Grand National having prepared 2008 victor Comply Or Die. Soll has been rejuvenated since moving to Pipe's yard in October, winning both subsequent outings, and ran a big race to finish 7th in the 2013 Grand National at a tender age. Back to his best and off a good handicap mark, Soll is sure to attract support if he gets a place among the final 40 runners.

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Baileys Concerto

Age: 9 | Trainer: Dianne Sayer | Form: 113625 | Weight: 10-2 | Career Falls: 0
Baileys Concerto has made huge strides in the past 12 months winning four chases and a couple of hurdle races, rising 43lbs in the handicap in the process. Connections bypassed Cheltenham in the belief that the horse is better suited to Aintree, where he ran well on the Mildmay course in December, and should get the good ground he needs. However, there remains a question mark over the marathon trip as Baileys Concerto has not won beyond two and a half miles when every winner in the past 20 years has been successful at three miles or beyond.

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