2013 Grand National: Aintree Runners and Riders

Red Rum, who won the Grand National 40 years ago. Here pictured at Castle Park, Bristol 1980.

Red Rum, who won the Grand National 40 years ago. Here pictured at Castle Park, Bristol 1980.

The highlight of the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National Festival, the Grand National, will be held on Saurday 6th April at 4.15pm. This year is 40 years since Red Rum’s first win at the Grand National in 1973. He went on to win again in 1974 and 1977.

Known as the “the ultimate test of a horse’s courage” the Grand National has undergone many changes in recent years. The organisers are always striving to ensure that the race as as safe as possible for both jockeys and riders, and this year we see some new fence designs. The size and shape of the fences remain the same but the the structure is made from a new, flexible plastic rather than the traditional wooden stakes. It is hoped that this will result in less serious injuries.

Grand National Tips

There are 40 horses running this year. As always the race is open and any horse can win. These are the ones to look out for, and consider putting a little extra bet on, if you can afford to lose it!

These 3 horses all stand a good chance. They are the right age (76% of winners over the last 17 years have been aged 9 or 10 years old). They are all about the right weight. Seabass is pushing the limits – only one horse over 11st 7lb has ever won the National, and he was Red Rum!

Each of these horses are well experienced, all having ran more than 10 steeplechases already. They are all in good conditional too, all having run a big race in the last 50 days.


A 10 year old, trained by Ted Walsh, weighs in at around 11 st 6lbs.

Chicago Grey

Another 10 year old, trained b Gordon Elliott. Weighing 10 st 7 lbs.

Tea For Three

TeaForThree is a 9 year old, trained by Rececca Curtis. Weighing in at 11st 3lbs.

Here is the full list of runners, rider and trainers:

51U/1P/-2 IMPERIAL COMMANDER (IRE) 12-11-10 Nigel Twiston-Davies/Sam Twiston-Davies

2) P/33F0-0 WHAT A FRIEND 10-11-09 Paul Nicholls/Sam Thomas

3) 3PF-4PP WEIRD AL (IRE) 10-11-08 Donald McCain/Timmy Murphy

4) 1113-04 QUEL ESPRIT (FR) 9-11-07 Willie Mullins IRE

5) 40/-U312 BIG FELLA THANKS 11-11-06 Tom George/Denis O’Regan

6) 0-1U355 ROBERTO GOLDBACK (IRE) 11-11-06 Nicky Henderson

7) 1113-23 SEABASS (IRE) 10-11-06 Ted Walsh IRE

8) 1/46-P03 BALLABRIGGS (IRE) 12-11-04 Donald McCain/Jason Maguire

9) P012-5P SUNNYHILLBOY (IRE) 10-11-04 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill

10) 11-0620 TEAFORTHREE (IRE) 9-11-03 T437 Rebecca Curtis

11) 3-11201 ACROSS THE BAY (IRE) 9-11-02 Donald McCain/Henry Brooke

12) 1P3-02P JOIN TOGETHER (IRE) 8-11-02 Paul Nicholls/Daryl Jacob

13) 413-5211 COLBERT STATION (IRE) 9-11-01 Ted Walsh IRE

14) 2P1536 FORPADYDEPLASTERER (IRE) 11-11-00 Thomas Cooper IRE/Andrew McNamara

15) P1/B1F-1 ON HIS OWN (IRE) 9-11-00 Willie Mullins IRE

16) 0-35233 JONCOL (IRE) 10-10-13 Kay Browne Paul Nolan IRE

17) P0F1-12 BALTHAZAR KING (IRE) 9-10-12 Philip Hobbs

18) 1334-22 CAPPA BLEU (IRE) 11-10-11 Evan Williams/Paul Moloney

19) 2/4-4U60 OSCAR TIME (IRE) 12-10-11 Martin Lynch IRE

20) 44001-00 ALWAYS WAINING (IRE) 12-10-10 Peter Bowen

21) 31P/PP-4 QUINZ (FR) 9-10-10 Philip Hobbs NON-RUNNER

22) 15U-606 TATENEN (FR) 9-10-10 The Stewart Family Richard Rowe

23) 423F-01 TREACLE (IRE) 12-10-09 Tom Taaffe IRE/Andrew Lynch

24) 011611 LOST GLORY (NZ) 8-10-08 Jonjo O’Neill

25) U01-F430 SAINT ARE (FR) 7-10-08 Tim Vaughan

26) P-P1440 SWING BILL (FR) 12-10-08 David Pipe

27) B-0U631 CHICAGO GREY (IRE) 10-10-07 Gordon Elliott IRE

28) 010F-605 QUISCOVER FONTAINE (FR) 9-10-07 Willie Mullins IRE

29) F-63PP5 BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE (IRE) 10-10-06 Noel Glynn IRE

30) 12P-P00 HARRY THE VIKING 8-10-06 Paul Nicholls /Ryan Mahon

31) 3B0-643 RARE BOB (IRE) 11-10-06 Dessie Hughes IRE

32) 04-311P4 THE RAINBOW HUNTER 9-10-06 Kim Bailey

33) 2360264 MR MOONSHINE (IRE) 9-10-05 Sue Smith/Peter Buchanan

34) 1133FP MUMBLES HEAD (IRE) 12-10-04 Peter Bowen

35) F2PP-44 PEARLYSTEPS 10-10-04 Henry Daly

36) 0P45F5 AURORAS ENCORE (IRE) 11-10-03 Sue Smith

37) 3F6042 NINETIETH MINUTE (IRE) 10-10-03 Tom Taaffe IRE/Niall Madden

38) P11420 TARQUINIUS (FR) 10-10-02 Gordon Elliott IRE

39) 614U40 ANY CURRENCY (IRE) 10-10-00 Martin Keighley/Ian Popham

40) (0)6U1/-50 POKER DE SIVOLA (FR) 10-9-13 Ferdy Murphy

41) 2P-265P MAJOR MALARKEY (IRE) 10-9-13 Nigel Twiston-Davies

42) 621B-001 SOLL 8-9-12 Jo Hughes/Mark Grant

43) /5000/P-P BACKSTAGE (FR) 11-9-12 Gordon Elliott IRE

44) 023P25 VIKING BLOND (FR) 8-9-11 Nigel Twiston-Davies

45) 2161-30 CLOUDY LANE 13-9-10 Donald McCain

46) 000165 PENTIFFIC (NZ) 10-9-08 Venetia Williams

47) 0/44-060 GULLIBLE GORDON (IRE) 10-9-06 Peter Bowen

48) P-22150 MORTIMERS CROSS 12-9-06 John Needham

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