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.
Unfortunately I don’t get a lot of time anymore to update the pages for this blog so if you want any new pages setting up please let me know on this page and I’ll try and check it as often as I can.
It might be easier if someone could email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know what is required and I’ll try and do it asap
Please add your thoughts on the Grand National 2017 to this page.
The National Hunt season is slowly moving into gear and that means our thoughts will turn to the 2017 Grand National.
We have a wealth of knowledge here on Grand National Blog and we’d like to give our contributors the chance to write an article on the Grand National that we will post on this site.
If you would be interested in writing a Grand National themed post then please send your completed article to me at the following address:
Unfortunately we won’t be able to add them all to the site but we will publish up to three articles from different contributors as long as they meet the standards we are looking for. As long as the content is Grand National based we will consider all articles so if you want to explore trends and stats in more detail for this year’s Grand National or want to wax lyrical about your favourite Grand National horse from the past we will be happy to hear from you. Other possible themes could be the recent changes to the Grand National fences or trainers and jockeys to follow in the Grand National etc etc.
Please remember we need to remain objective and we can’t print anything that is inflammatory or may cause offence.
I don’t want to add too many other restrictions but please try and keep your submissions relatively short as we want them to appeal to the casual blog reader as well.
We may even be able to throw in a prize for the article we like the most!
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