Grand National 2018 runner updates

Please start each post here with the Horse Name followed by any updated info on their intentions to run or not in the Grand National 2018.

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12 Responses to Grand National 2018 runner updates

  1. Lescargot says:

    Cause of Causes. If the weights go up 4lbs will carry 11.2, 3lbs more than last year. However, last year he had 5 preps. This year if he runs in the CCC he will have 2 preps. Last year we saw OFA bust the LTO stat ( 84 days) a Will the LTO stat hold up this year? Will the preps stat be busted this year ? One winner in the last 26 with only 2 preps. I suppose what I am musing about is should we, am I, going to give preference to runners with more preps and the sweet spot on LTO figures.

  2. daniel edwards says:


    Subject to qualifying by getting a top 4 finish, all roads lead to Aintree for this one…

  3. Pollyowls says:


    Gold Cup the priority… GN only to be discussed after Cheltenham
    Quote from Brian Elllison… “He’s rated 167 now so we knew he’d get top weight, although it’s been compressed a bit here. It’s what we expected. We’ll get the Gold Cup out of the way and then see what happens.
    “After last year I’m not sure how I feel about it. He was off 149 then and so he should’ve had a hell of a chance, but one fell in front of him and he had to climb over the top of him.”
    (RP website)

  4. Lucky Vane2 says:


    My booklet One Jump Ahead at the start of the season says they are NOT going for the National this year.

    Further to this a comment in Racing Post by Connections says

    9Dec17 Aintree (25Hy, RPR 168)
    Definitely Red’s jumping was electric, I’ve never seen a horse jump as well as him. He doesn’t like the tacky ground they had at Wetherby but that form has turned out well – Brian Ellison, trainer. If all goes well he’ll probably come back here for the Bowl in April. He’s been to Cheltenham twice and he didn’t seem to like it – Owner Phil Martin

  5. daniel edwards says:

    I JUST KNOW definitely heading to Aintree, possibly after a run in the Grimthorpe

    Guardian reporting he has been the subject of a huge amount of support post weights too. On Betfair he’s now 60 but was 140 pre weights.

  6. Mike N says:

    I Just Know backed probably because Paul Kealy in the Racing Post picked it out.

  7. Corbiere says:

    Blaklion to miss Gold Cup and go straight to GN.

  8. moreen says:

    He’ll have to; will take him a while to recover from Saturday and even the GN might come too soon.

  9. majorattraction says:

    Sizing Codelco, Colin Tizzard, stable tour, RFO, 20/02/2018. The horse has had a wind op since PU in the Beecher, the plan is Cheltenham then the GN, The Dutchman is also (bled Haydock) still on course for the GN.

  10. Corbiere says:

    OO Seven going in Ultima then will .see how he stays and decide Topham or GN.

  11. Corbiere says:

    Our Duke may, depending on how he get’s on in Gold Cup head to Fairyhouse to lug topweight in Irish GN, according to Sporting Life Racing page online.

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