Tidal Bay is a bit long in the tooth, but still maintains his speed, and should he be within shouting distance after the Melling Road bookies will start to break out in a cold sweat fearing that he can win. He is one worth putting money on for Grand National 2014.
Long Run (14/1)
Another potential story in the making whose jumping style will have jockey Sam Waley-Cohen holding on tight each time they near The Chair.
Hunt Ball (66/1)
Just like me is carrying a little too much weight to be a contender.
Triolo D’Alene (20/1)
After talk of a breathing problem in the Gold Cup best just to avoid.
Rocky Creek (16/1)
A classy horse that jumps well and with trainer Ruby Walsh suspecting he has a National winner that should slide through the field like Luis Suarez does for Liverpool, and with the ground drying out you have to fancy his chances.
Quito De La Roque (50/1)
After fall in the Thyestes it’s hard to come to a course like Aintree so save your money.
Colbert Station (25/1)
This horse certainly has the ability and with last year’s jockey Tony McCoy thinking about a different mount on firmer ground he is likely to be ridden by Mark Walsh, and should he avoid any mishaps will be in the mix at the end.
Sure to be a crowd favourite here in Liverpool with the Reds top of the premiership, but just like Jamie Carragher Walkon lacks a yard or two of pace.
Balthazar King (16/1)
Did well this year in Cheltenham, but is best when rested. If the ground continues to dry up could be a decent outside bet.
Wayward Prince (50/1)
Another horse that is better when fresh and I think the fences at Aintree will prove a little scary.
Mr Moonshine (33/1)
Having the connections and wearing the same colours as last year’s winner Auroras Encore the gelding will have backers, but for me is carrying too much weight.
One of the favourites he is sure to give you a run for your money, but if you think back to last year seemed awfully tired on the run in and at 8/1 provides no value in such an open race.
Across The Bay (50/1)
Not a good enough jumper for Aintree and a bad traveller to boot so steer clear.
Double Seven (20/1)
If the ground dries and Tony McCoy is the jockey Double Seven is in with a shot but much depends on the going.
Battle Group (40/1)
Had a good year in 2013, but this year is struggling to make the grade.
Buckers Bridge (66/1)
Always well turned out from Henry de Bromhead’s stable Buckers Bridge is a good jumper but stamina could prove to be an issue.
Lion Na Bearnai (33/1)
Which is Irish for “Fill the gaps” is at 12 years-old the second oldest horse in the race after Tidal Bay, but he brings a tried-and-trusted big-race pedigree to the race which Gold Cup winning jockey Davey Russell will hope to make the most of.
Prince De Beauchene (20/1)
A well fancied outsider who looks every bit a national winner and with Irish trainer Willie Mullins bullish on his chances get your money in early before the odds shorten.
Monbeg Dude (12/1)
A great horse over fences but will need to be careful to avoid other horses and fallers and while capable of winning the large field could be his downfall.
Big Shu (25/1)
A large horse that should eat up the fences, but would be helped by any rain in order to slow down the faster horses.
Burton Port (20/1)
Trained by Jonjo O’Neill who says his horse is peaking at the right time and ridden by big-race jockey Brian Harding I fancy Burton Port to be in the running.
Our Father (50/1)
His profile suggests that it is all or nothing with this grey with nothing more likely to be the outcome on this occasion.
This is a proven horse winning the Welsh National in the mud, but at 40/1 is an outsider worth consideration.
The Rainbow Hunter (28/1)
Trained by Kim Bailey he is fresh from a superb win at Doncaster and was doing well before unseating his jockey Canal Turn 12 months ago.
Vintage Star (40/1)
Has great Grand National connections but fell at Cheltenham and is not partial to the rain.
Chance Du Roy (33/1)
Certainly capable of winning but just not too sure he is good enough to actually do it.
Hawkes Point (33/1)
Well sure footed horse that has only one speed but he is sure of foot and almost guaranteed to finish the question is where.
Has lost form just at the wrong time despite having a good trainer.
Pineau De Re (20/1)
Was an interest at 33/1 but with shortened odds despite a fine performance in the Pertemps at Cheltenham.
Golan Way (66/1)
Great when leading from the front but not proven in such a large field.
Twirling Magnet (66/1)
A first time runner has not won the Grand National since god knows when so no reason to buck the trend and expect it to happen this year.
Vesper Bell (50/1)
Not a jumper, enough said!
The Package (28/1)
Was ready for Cheltenham and it showed, but whether he can carry the bounce factor or not needs to be taken into consideration.
Raz De Maree (50/1)
Trainer Dessie Hughes has a great record over fences but Raz De Maree is just not good enough for Aintree.
Rose Of The Moon (50/1)
If he is up for it anything is possible with this horse so there is a slim chance.
Everyone’s favourite name, and although a joint favourite two years ago the age factor will be a stamina consideration that must be thought of in order to win the National.
A horse to be considered if you look at past winners having won a race inNovember that two of the last six Grand National winners have triumphed in.
Last Time D’Albain (50/1)
Doesn’t have the legs for this course.
Lost Glory (66/1)
The name says it all “Lost” which will be what they say at Aintree.
One In A Milan (66/1)
One in Milan has about as much chance of Mario Balotelli not getting booked during a Serie A match.
If it looks like rain put your money on this guy as he will be a contender in the mud.
Swing Bill (66/1)
You have more chance of seeing Gary Neville in a Liverpool shirt than Swing Bill winning the race.