One For Arthur was an impressive winner of the 2017 Grand National but will have to overcome a likely hefty rise in the weights if he is to become the first horse since Red Rum to defend his crown in 2018.
Do you think he can do it? Or can one of the beaten horses comeback and take next year’s race? Cause Of Causes would almost certainly be campaigned with Aintree in mind next year and the third horse, Saint Are, looks set to be running in hunter chases next year so could he finally win the Grand National. Could Blaklion find the extra stamina he seems to need with another year on his back?
Some of the horses that failed to get round this such as The Young Master, Vicente, Saphir Du Rheu and Ucello Conti could also train again in 2018. Could any of them have a say in next year’s finish?
The bookies are putting forward the likes of Minella Rocco, Don Poli, Noble Endeavour and Our Duke as the horses likely to be involved for the first time in 2018.
Please add your early thoughts and selections for 2018 to this thread.
Pendra has been take out of the Grand National this morning which brings Doctor Harper into the current final 40.
Please add your tips and comments for the Grand National to this thread
Please add your tips and trends for the Scottish National at Ayr on Saturday 22nd April.
Please add your tips and trends for the Irish National on 17th April at Fairyhouse.
Another Cheltenham Festival has sadly come and gone but this does mean that 100% focus can now be given to the 2017 Grand National.
Gold Cup runner-up Minella Rocco has been bounced up to favourite for the big race and as a former winner of the four mile National Hunt Chase it’s easy to see why. Personally I would be more than slightly concerned about his rather hit and miss jumping but as he is trained by Jonjo O’Neill he is sure to prove a popular pick.
Currently challenging for favouritism is Haydock Grand National trial and Becher Chase winner Vieux Lion Rouge who finished an excellent seventh in the Grand National last year when just seven years old.
2016 Grand National runner-up The Last Samuri is also well fancied again but may find things more difficult this year with plenty more weight to carry.
Gordon Elliott was leading trainer at the recent Cheltenham Festival and has previously won the Grand National in 2007 with Silver Birch. Elliott still has seven horses entered in the 2017 Grand National including last year’s sixth placed runner Ucello Conti and three time Cheltenham Festival winner Cause Of Causes.
Last year’s winner Rule The World has, of course, been retired but his trainer Mouse Morris still has a couple of entries for this year in the shape of Rogue Angel and former Irish National winner Thunder And Roses.
Whatever Willie Mullins runs will be popular with the betting public and the master trainer will be keen to register another Grand National success as we have to go back to the great Hedgehunter in 2005 for the last time he won the race. Mullins currently has five horses still entered in the 2017 Grand National, including the Malcolm Denmark owned Pleasant Company.
The next forfeit stage for the 2017 Grand National is on the 21st March.
Please add your thoughts and tips for the big race to this thread.
Hopefully we will be getting a number of new visitors to the site over the next few weeks so I thought it would be a good idea to have a readily available reference point for the best trends to use for the Grand National.
I saw that Grand National Blog contributor Lucky Vane had added the following and they look a great starting point:
1 Ran within 49 days
2 Must have at least 3 runs in current season.
3 Must have a top 3 place in any of last 3 runs.
4 Must have at least 10 chase runs experience
5 Must have at least 19 National hunt runs experience.
6 Must have a career best RPR in chases in any of last 2 starts, or won on with same or better OR than their Grand National OR.
7 Must have a top 2 placing in a race at Cheltenham/Aintree/Punchestown Festival or a top 3 placing in any National.
8 Must have won a chase over 3 miles 2 furlongs.
9 Must have a top 2 position in a chase with 16 or more runners.
10 Must have a top 3 position in a class 1 chase.
11 Must have a top 3 position in any national hunt race ran in either March or April.
It would be great if our readers could add their favourite trends to this page and we could come up with a definitive list for readers old and new.
Please add details of the voting on the 2017 Grand National to this page
Please add any tips and chat that are not Grand National or Cheltenham related to this page
Please add all your thoughts and tips to this page for the 2017 Cheltenham Festival
I am setting this thread up in anticipation of the upcoming announcement of the Grand National weights for 2017.