John Smith’s Grand National Day at Aintree 2012

The greatest horse race in the world, the John Smith’s Grand National worth £975,000.00, will go off at 4.15 pm this Saturday the 14th of April. There will be a maximum field of 40 runners.

The fences are not as daunting as they were back in 1960 when Merryman II (pictured) won the first televised Grand National.  Not many will truly stay the 4 miles 4 furlongs but we know last years winner, Ballabriggs, will and he must have a good chance of winning it again.

Synchronised adds a touch of class to the field this year having won the Cheltenham Gold Cup. He had a mighty hard race there. On faster ground than he likes he might struggle to keep up and it will be difficult to come from behind at Aintree.

Cappa Bleu looked an exciting prospect when he won the Christie’s Foxhunter Chase Challenge Cup at Cheltenham back in 2009. He has obviously had his problems but returned to racing this season and has shown good form in his three races.

Always Right, a former hunter chaser like Merryman II, ran third in the Scottish Grand National over 4 miles last season. He has recently had a soft palate operation and if that has been successful he is capable of running a big race. Enjoy the race and be lucky!

1silks3-P7311Synchronised (IRE) 29911-10Jonjo O’NeillA P McCoy
2silks1/1121-4BallaBriggs (IRE) 421111-9D McCain JnrJ M Maguire
3silks18P-13PWeird Al (IRE) 29911-8D McCain JnrT J Murphy
4silks86-P422Neptune Collonges (FR) 561111-6P F NichollsD A Jacob
5silks2F-8511Calgary Bay (IRE) 77911-6Miss H C KnightD Elsworth
6silks6741UPAlfa Beat (IRE) 49811-5    bJ J HanlonD N Russell
7silks01/35-23Planet of Sound 491011-5    tP J HobbsR Johnson
8silks1U022/2Black Apalachi (IRE) 491311-3    pD T HughesD F O’Regan
9silks3U34-1FDeep Purple 491111-3Evan WilliamsJ E Moore
10silks1/321-82Junior 42911-2    bD PipeT Scudamore
11silks8-U3732Chicago Grey (IRE) 56910-13    tG ElliottP Carberry
12silks170-715Tatenen (FR) 56810-13R RoweA Thornton
13silks1/11111Seabass (IRE) 48910-12T M WalshMs K Walsh
14silks97-1122Shakalakaboomboom (IRE) 34810-12N J HendersonB J Geraghty
15silks11PB-P1West End Rocker (IRE) 1331010-12A KingW Hutchinson
16silks2-37112According To Pete 421110-12J M JeffersonHarry Haynes
17silks14P1-B1On His Own (IRE) 79810-11W P MullinsR Walsh
18silks113-1PPAlways Right (IRE) 561010-10J WadeJ Reveley
19silksF2P/133Cappa Bleu (IRE) 561010-10    tEvan WilliamsPaul Moloney
20silks345053Rare Bob (IRE) 341010-9D T HughesBryan J cooper
21silks2-133F5Organisedconfusion (IRE) 35710-8A L T MooreMiss N Carberry
22silksP-51423Treacle (IRE) 621110-8T J TaaffeA E Lynch
23silks16-B439The Midnight Club (IRE) 291110-8W P MullinsP Townend
24silksF/52PP0Mon Mome (FR) 321210-8Miss V WilliamsAidan Coleman
25silks9P2F-60Arbor Supreme (IRE) 1221010-7      t1Jonjo O’NeillM P Walsh
26silksF-37P91Sunnyhillboy (IRE) 30910-5Jonjo O’NeillR P Mclernon
27silks030341Killyglen (IRE) 281010-4    tS R B CrawfordR M Power
28silks2F-4910Quiscover Fontaine (FR) 77810-4W P MullinsD J Casey
29silksP13077Tharawaat (IRE) 49710-4    tG ElliottB T O’Connell
30silksF-63F22Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 30910-3N F GlynnD J Condon
31silks144P3/4-State of Play 3711210-3Evan WilliamsN Fehily
32silks313P20Swing Bill (FR) 301110-3    pD PipeConor O’farrell
33silksP-26611Postmaster 171010-2    tTim VaughanD C Costello
34silksP22-121Giles Cross (IRE) 561010-1V R A DartnallP J Brennan
35silks1/17P-16Midnight Haze 321010-0K C BaileyS Quinlan
36silks4B-2110Vic Venturi (IRE) 621210-0    pD T HughesHarry Skelton
37silks31U0-P3In Compliance (IRE) 281210-0D T HughesN P Madden
38silks0-143P5Viking Blond (FR) 56710-0    bN A Twiston-DaviesB Hughes
39silksP-5U654Hello Bud (IRE) 421410-0    tN A Twiston-DaviesS Twiston-Davies
40silks315045Neptune Equester 42910-0B EllisonFelix De Giles
41silks32-3P47Any Currency (IRE) 77910-0    pM KeighleyReserve 1
42silks292658Our Island (IRE) 31710-0    pTim VaughanReserve 2
43silks1P/FP33Abbeybraney (IRE) 421110-0G BewleyReserve 3
44silks341064Smoking Aces (IRE) 34810-0    pT J TaaffeReserve 4

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