Grand National 2018: Early thoughts

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.

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102 Responses to Grand National 2018: Early thoughts

  1. Seven Towers says:

    I see a horse I was following a lot last summer won again today in HEIST. He is a very interesting horse because he stays on in most of his races and looks to be crying out for a trip. I wonder if they are going to give the Summer Plate a pop this season or the Uttoxeter Summer Cup with a view to Aintree in the Spring. Griffin isn’t backward in having a raid at some of the bigger races.

  2. Lucky Vane says:

    What are people’s views about SHANEHILL having pretension for the National?

    This is a name I associated with hurdles rather than chasing with good performances at Liverpool, Punchestown & Cheltenham Festivals but I see that he’s currently entered for the Kerry National on 13th September (Source : Racing Post ). He does currently fall down on a few stats.

    Aged 8 which has seen 2 recently : One For Arthur & Many Clouds. Before them it was Bindaree 2002.
    Chases only 6 but with possibly a full season of racing yet to happen could quite easily make at least 10 without over excerting himself.

    Hasn’t ran more than 3 miles yet, but his record over hurdles suggest extreme distances should be no problem and his run in the Galway plate finishing second from 22 runners suggest that he could cope with busy traffic in racing.

    I know he’s Mullins and Mullins is not my favourite trainer because he keeps everyone in the dark about his plans.

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