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The 2014 Grand National runners and who you should bet on

The 40 horses going into this weekend' Crabbies Grand National 2014 have been revealed and now it's time to get your bets on

Grand National

The World's greatest horse race is just days away so we're taking a look at this year's runners and who you should risk backing to the finish line.

The Crabbies Grand National takes place at Aintree on Saturday (April 5) with 40 horses in with a chance of winning one of the greatest titles in the racing world.

The final 40 horses which will line-up on the start line have been revealed so now is the time to get to the bookies and place your bets.

Mirrorpix Donald "Ginger" McCain, the trainer of three times Grand National winner Red Rum, pictured in 1978
Donald "Ginger" McCain, the trainer of three times Grand National winner Red Rum, pictured in 1978
 

Although a Grand National win has always evaded champion trainer Nicky Henderson, he is in for a good chance this year with four horses in the race.

Top trainer Paul Nicholls, who won the 2012 Grand National with Neptunes Collonges, has three horses in this year's race.

Donald McCain - son of legendary Red Rum trainer Ginger McCain - has two horses in the race as does Jonjo O'Neill, trainer of 2010 winner Don't Push It.

Runners (Paddy Power odds correct as of Thursday afternoon)

Tea for Three (Rebbeca Curtis) 8/1
Long Run (Nicky Henderson) 14/1
Tidal Bay (Paul Nicholls) 14/1
Monbeg Dude (Michael Scudamore) 12/1
Prince De Beauchene (Willie Mullins) 16/1
Balthazar King (Philip Hobbs) 20/1
Triolo D'Alene (Nicky Henderson) 20/1
Rocky Creek (Paul Nicholls) 20/1
Burton Port (Jonjo O'Neill) 20/1
Pineau De Re (Richard Newland) 20/1
Big Shu (Peter Maher) 25/1
Shakalakaboomboom (Nicky Henderson) 25/1
Double Seven (Martin Brassil) 20/1
Colbert Station (Ted Walsh) 28/1
Lion Na Nearnai (Thomas Gibney) 28/1
The Package (David Pipe) 28/1
Battle Group (Johnny Farrelly) 33/1
Chance Du Roy (Philip Hobbs) 33/1
Hawkes Point (Paul Nicholls) 33/1
The Rainbow Hunter (Kim Bailey) 28/1
Mr Moonshine (Sue Smith) 33/1
Alvarado (Fergal O'Brien) 33/1
Mountainous (Richard Lee) 40/1
Across the Bay (Donald McCain) 40/1
Our Father (David Pipe) 40/1
Quito De La Roque (C A Murphy) 40/1
Hunt Ball (Nicky Henderson) 40/1
Vintage Star (Sue Smith) 40/1
Last Time D'Albain (L Cusack) 50/1
Rose of the Moon (David O'Meara) 50/1
Raz De Maree (D T Hughes) 50/1
Vesper Bell ( W P Mullins) 50/1
Twirling Magnet (Jonjo O'Neill) 50/1
Kruzhlinin (Donald McCain) 50/1
Wayward Prince (Hillary Parrott) 50/1
Walkon (Alan King) 50/1
Buckers Bridge (Henry De Bromhead) 50/1
Golan Way (Tim Vaughn) 66/1
One in a Million (Evan Williams) 66/1
Swing Bill (David Pipe) 66/1           

Tips

Although many people like to take a gamble on the National by picking a horse because of its name or colour, the Grand National advises you do your research before making your selection and laying down the cash.

A horse's age, weight, form and its trainer will all give you a good insight into whether it will perform on the day or not.

More horses carrying 10st 07lbs have won the National - 12 in total - than any other weight and horses carrying under 11st are favoured, having won 59% of races.

Check out our graph below to see how many horses have won at each weight.            

The official provisional Grand National tips are Nicky Henderson's Long Run (14/1), Philip Hobbs' Balthazar King (20/1) and Peter Maher's Big Shu (25/1).

History

The Grand National first took place at Aintree in 1839, although it had unofficially been running as a flat race at nearby Maghull Racecourse prior to this.

The Irish invented the first ever steeplechase in the 18th century and the idea continued to build momentum until it was finally introduced as the Grand National at Aintree.

The Grand National has long been known as a dramatic event and is widely regarded as the hardest race in the world to complete.

Horses complete two laps of the course, jumping 30 fences including the infamous Becher's Brook and The Chair.

 

 

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