Confirmed runners and riders for the 2023 Grand National at Aintree (2023)

A full field of 40 horses has been declared for Saturday's Randox Grand National (5.15) at Aintree and they include last year's winner Noble Yeats and Corach Rambler, who is favourite for the world-famous event.

Any Second Now, runner-up last year and third in 2021, has also been declared and will carry 11st 12lb, the most weight any runner will shoulder.

Leading Irish fancies Delta Work, Gaillard Du Mesnil and Mr Incredible also line up, while Le Milos and Our Power are others who will represent Britain in the £1 million marathon, which is live on ITV's main channel at 5.15pm on Saturday.

A maximum field of 40 means Fakiera, Mortal, Darrens Hope, Captain Cattistock, Secret Reprieve and Fantastikas miss out.

The ground on Aintree's National course was described as good to soft, soft in places on Thursday, when the track's three-day meeting – the highlight of its year – was due to start.

Townend takes the ride on Gaillard Du Mesnil

Punters will be hoping they can find the winner and could latch on to the Willie Mullins-trained Gaillard Du Mesnil after stable jockey Paul Townend was confirmed to ride him.

Mullins, who won the race in 2005 with Hedgehunter, also relies on Capodanno, Carefully Selected, Mr Incredible and Recite A Prayer, but Townend will be on Gaillard Du Mesnil, most recently seen winning the National Hunt Chase at last month's Cheltenham Festival.

In Townend, the seven-year-old has a jockey who produced a ride for the ages on stablemate I Am Maximus in Monday's Irish Grand National at Fairyhouse.

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Unlike Mullins, Nicky Henderson has never won the National, but he possesses a plausible contender in the strapping Mister Coffey, who was third to Gaillard Du Mesnil at the festival.

Nico de Boinville, who must be the envy of the weighing room given his association with superstar hurdler Constitution Hill, will partner Mister Coffey, who runs in the colours of Lady and Alice Bamford.

Who else is in the Grand National running?

Venetia Willams famously won the 2009 National with 100-1 chance Mon Mome and bids for another triumph with Cloudy Glen, who carries the silks of the late Trevor Hemmings.

Hemmings adored the contest and owned Hedgehunter as well as Ballabriggs and Many Clouds, who were also successful.

The Robcour colours are not as famous as the yellow, green and white of Hemmings, but they could become better known should Ain't That A Shame oblige.

He represents the Rachael Blackmore-Henry de Bromhead dream team who captured the 2021 running with Minella Times, while the maroon of Gigginstown House Stud – think dual recent Aintree hero Tiger Roll – will be sported by the riders of Fury Road, Delta Work, Coko Beach and Diol Ker.

"As expected there is a full field of 40 for the Randox Grand National, which is always a welcome number for what remains by far the biggest betting race of the year, a race that will once again see millions of people have their annual flutter, leading to turnover of £150 million," said Coral's David Stevens.

"Corach Rambler has been at the head of the betting since his victory at last month's Cheltenham Festival, but Lucinda Russell's charge is by no means certain to be sent off favourite on Saturday, with Delta Work a mover in recent days, and last year's winner Noble Yeats also prominent in the market."


5.15 Aintree (Saturday, April 15): Randox Grand National racecard and betting

Ladbrokes: 7 Corach Rambler, 8 Delta Work, 9 Noble Yeats, 12 Mr Incredible, 14 Gaillard Du Mesnil, Ain't That A Shame, Longhouse Poet, Le Milos, 16 Any Second Now, The Big Dog, Vanillier, 18 bar

2023 Grand National: the list of runners and riders

1. Any Second NowMark Walsh
2. Noble YeatsSean Bowen
3. GalvinDavy Russell
4. Fury Road Jonjo O'Neill Jr
5. The Big DogAidan Coleman
6. CapodannoDanny Mullins
7. Delta Work Keith Donoghue
8. Sam BrownJohnny Burke
9. Lifetime AmbitionSean O'Keeffe
10. Carefully SelectedMichael O'Sullivan
11. Coko BeachHarry Cobden
12. Longhouse PoetJJ Slevin
13. Gaillard Du MesnilPaul Townend
14. Darasso
Luke Dempsey
15. Le Milos Harry Skelton
16. Escaria TenAdrian Heskin
17. The Big Breakaway Brendan Powell
18. Cape GentlemanJody McGarvey
19. Roi Mage
Felix de Giles
20. Diol KerKieren Buckley
21. A Wave Of The Sea
Shane Fitzgerald
22. Minella TrumpTheo Gillard
23. VanillierSean Flanagan
24. Velvet Elvis
Darragh O'Keeffe
25. Ain't That A Shame
Rachael Blackmore
26. Corach Rambler Derek Fox
27. Enjoy D'AllenSimon Torrens
28. Mr Incredible
Brian Hayes
29. Mister Coffey
Nico de Boinville
30. Cloudy GlenCharlie Deutsch
31. Hill SixteenRyan Mania
32. Gabbys CrossPeter Carberry
33. Recite A Prayer
Jack Foley
34. Eva's Oskar
Alan Johns
35. Our PowerSam Twiston-Davies
36. DunboyneJack Tudor
37. Francky Du Berlais Ben Jones
38. FortescueHugh Nugent
39. Back On The LashAdam Wedge
40. Born By The SeaPhillip Enright

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Grand National tip and 1-2-3-4 prediction

1Gaillard Du Mesnil
2 Our Power
3 Noble Yeats
4 Cloudy Glen

By James Hill, tipster

Three horses in particular stand out. Last year's winner Noble Yeats is a much improved horse 12 months on, offsetting the fact he's 19lb higher. Nothing is better treated than Corach Rambler, who is 10lb well in after his victory at Cheltenham, but the value among the principals could be Gaillard Du Mesnil, who also comes into the race off the back of a win at the festival.

He's trained by Willie Mullins, is set to be ridden by Paul Townend and this grey is rock-solid. He's never finished outside the three over obstacles so expect his price to shorten.

The best value among the British contenders lies with Our Power, who is unbeaten this season and will be at least 4lb well in. He's progressive and has to be in with a shout.

Two outsiders worth a mention are Cloudy Glen and Recite A Prayer. Both underperformed last time, but the Ultima might have come too soon for Cloudy Glen after his reappearance at Haydock. The form of his Coral Gold Cup success last season is sound and he's trained by someone who's won the race before in Venetia Williams.

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Recite A Prayer hasn't shown anything since the autumn, but his second in the Kerry National is a good piece of form. He's related to Old Vic, a sire who has a great race record.

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Who finished the Grand National 2023? ›

Derek Fox steered 8-1 favourite Corach Rambler to a superb triumph as he won the Grand National for a second time.

Which horse will win the Grand National 2023? ›

Corach Rambler, the 8-1 favourite, came home an impressive winner of the 175th Randox Grand National to give trainer Lucinda Russell and jockey Derek Fox a second win in the world's greatest race in six years at Aintree on Saturday. The same combination won with One For Arthur in 2017.

How many horses are in the 2023 Grand National? ›

A total of three horses died during 2023's Grand National, it has been revealed. It comes as a total of 40 horses competed for the top prize in what was the 175th running of the world-famous steeplechase race.

Who is Favourite to win the Grand National? ›

Noble Yeats, winner last year, is among the Grand National 2023 favourites, and Any Second Now, top three in both the 2021 and 2022 races, also features strongly in the 2023 Grand National betting odds. However it's Corach Rambler that looks set to head to Aintree as the 2023 Grand National favourite.

Who is the fastest horses in the Grand National? ›

The fastest ever time is the 8 minutes 47.8 seconds Mr Frisk recorded in taking victory in 1990. The slowest time is the 14m 53s it took Lottery to win the first National in 1839.

How many horses are running at the Grand National? ›

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Each year 40 runners are selected to tackle the four-and-a-bit mile course after a longer list of entrants is narrowed down before the start of the race on 15th April.

Who are the most successful Grand National trainers? ›

Gordon Elliott is the most successful trainer with a horse in the 2023 renewal and the Cullentra handler could join the elite gang of four winners if one of his six runners come out on top.

Who came first second and third in the Grand National 2023? ›

Corach Rambler, sent off an 8-1 chance, eased to the front at the 29th of the 30 fences and kept on to beat the late finishing Vanillier, with Gaillard Du Mesnil third and last year's winner Noble Yeats fourth.

What does unseated rider mean? ›

unseat verb [T] (RIDER)

If a horse unseats its rider, it throws them from its back.

Who fell off Grand National? ›

Hill Sixteen fell at the first fence on Saturday evening and suffered what has been described as an "unrecoverable" injury, and was put down. The 80/1 runner was being ridden by Ryan Mania and was trained by Sandy Thomson.

What is the best horse never to win the Grand National? ›

Crisp Probably the best grand national runner not to have won the race, Crisp started his racing in Australia and after winning all he could there he was sent to England to run in the Gold Cup but due to one thing and another it was thought that he would not ' get the trip ' and so he was entered in the two mile ...

What is the most successful Grand National horse? ›

During this period, Red Rum was breaking all records to become the most successful racehorse in Grand National history.

Who is the only horse to win the Grand National 3 times? ›

Red Rum, (foaled 1965), steeplechase horse who won the Grand National at Aintree, England, an unprecedented three times, in 1973, 1974, and 1977. Bought as a crippled seven-year-old, he was reconditioned by his trainer Ginger McCain, who ran him on the sand and in the sea.

Who has the most horses to fall in the Grand National? ›

The Grand National fences which most horses fall at in history are: 60 fallers – 1st Grand National Fence.

What horse was destroyed at the Grand National today? ›

Hill Sixteen died after falling at the first fence of the delayed 2023 Grand National at Aintree, the third horse fatality at the three-day meeting. The 10-year-old, ridden by Ryan Mania, suffered an "unrecoverable injury", according to the Jockey Club.

What time is the grand national 2023 runners? ›

The runners will go to post at 5.15pm today.

Who is the biggest winner at the Grand National? ›

Tipperary Tim – 1928

Tipperary Tim became the biggest shock in Grand National history when he defied odds of 100/1 to score for amateur jockey Mr Bill Dutton and trainer Joseph Dodd in 1928, winning what was the 87th renewal of the great race.

What is the fastest winning time in the Grand National? ›

The fastest ever time is the 8 minutes 47.8 seconds by Mr Frisk who was trained by Kim Bailey and ridden by Mr Marcus Armitage. The fastest record time to complete the Grand National course in 8m 47.8s is the only winning horse in the history of the Grand National to ever run under nine minutes.

What is the fastest horse that ever lived? ›

This is a Guinness World Record was achieved by a horse called Winning Brew. She was trained by Francis Vitale in the United States. The race was recorded at the Penn National Race Course, Grantville, Pennsylvania, United States. Winning Brew covered the quarter-mile (402 metres) in 20.57 seconds.

Is there a horse faster than Secretariat? ›

American Pharoah's speeds at the Kentucky Derby and Preakness were average compared to other Triple Crown winners, but he was the second fastest horse to finish the Belmont and win the Crown – trailing only behind Secretariat.

What breed of horse is the fastest? ›

Thoroughbreds are considered the fastest horses in the world and dominate the horse racing industry, while Arabian horses are known to be intelligent and excel in endurance riding.

Has any horse won the Grand National twice? ›

Tiger Roll, who won the Randox Grand National in 2018 and 2019 has become the modern-day hero, being the only horse to have won two consecutive Grand National races after racing legend, Red Rum.
Mr FriskAldaniti
K C BaileyJ Gifford
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Have any horses pulled out of Grand National? ›

Grand National 2023 runners and riders confirmed list: A horse-by-horse guide. Escaria Ten has been pulled out of this afternoon's Grand National, owing to lameness. The withdrawal means that the race will go to post with 39 runners rather than a full field of 40.

Which jockey was injured in the Grand National 2023? ›

Jockey Ryan Mania's horse has died during the Grand National 2023 at Aintree Racecourse. Hill Sixteen fell during the opening stages of the race and suffered fatal injuries.

Who is the best jockey in the Grand National? ›

IF you're looking for the best jockey to back in the Grand National then science suggests Rachael Blackmore is head and shoulders above the rest.

Who is the best jockey in Grand National this year? ›

Randox Grand National 2021 Runners & Results

Rachael Blackmore rewrote the history books yet again to become the first female jockey to win the Randox Grand National as she and Minella Times gave owner JP McManus a second win in the iconic race.

What trainer has won the most Triple Crowns? ›

As of 2022, American Pharoah and Justify are the only living Triple Crown winners. James E. "Sunny Jim" Fitzsimmons was the first trainer to win the Triple Crown more than once; he trained both Gallant Fox and Omaha for the Belair Stud.

Who was the first lady to complete the Grand National? ›

However, she paved the way for female jockeys in this race and the first woman to complete the Grand National was Geraldine Rees in 1982. Later in 1977 she became the fourth woman to participate in Velká pardubická. With Barony Fort she did not finish after two falls.

Who was 6th place in grand national 2023? ›

Ladbrokes - six places. William Hill - six places.

When was the last false start at the Grand National? ›

It was the first and so far only time that the steeplechase was declared void, after 30 of the 39 runners began and carried on racing despite there having been a false start.
1993 Grand National.
Grand National
Winning horseNone
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What does F mean in horse racing? ›

A series of numbers and letters appears beside each horse's name depicting what position a horse has finished in its previous races. Useful abbreviations relating to the results of previous races are: D = disqualified, 0 = not in the first nine, R = refused, U = the rider was unseated, P = pulled up and F = Fell.

Can a horse with no rider win? ›

In terms of rules and technicalities in the world of horse racing, the answer is no. A horse cannot win a race without a jockey.

What is an inexperienced horse rider called? ›

What is a Catch Rider? This refers to someone who rides horses in competition that they do not own or train. Typically, these riders have little familiarity with the horses and may be asked to compete with very little advance notice.

Which 3 horses died in the Grand National? ›

  • Eclair Surf (FR) – GN – aged 8 – Fell – Died From Head Injuries.
  • Discorama (FR) – GN – aged 9 – ​Pulled Up – Injured Pelvis – Destroyed.
  • Elle Est Belle – Novice Hurdle – aged 6 – Collapsed During Race – Dead.
  • Solwara One (IRE) – Hurdle – aged 8 – Pulled Up – Injured – Destroyed.

Did Davy Jones ride in the Grand National? ›

Reynoldstown, a 10/1 shot owned and trained by Major Noel Furlong and ridden by amateur jockey Fulke Walwyn, won the race for the second year in a row after being left clear by Davy Jones running out at the last fence.

Did Jimmy Frost win the Grand National? ›

In his final race in January 1990 he was pulled up and promptly retired. Jimmy Frost competed in a further four Grand Nationals without success before retiring from the saddle to become a trainer. His son Hadden and daughter Bryony later also rode in the Grand National.
1989 Grand National.
Grand National
1990 →
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What horse has the most wins ever? ›

Undefeated horses
25Black Caviar2006
19Peppers Pride2003
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What is the most common age of horse to win Grand National? ›

Overall, the most popular age for a Grand National winner is nine. Nine-year-olds have won 47, or 27%, of the 173 runnings of the Grand National since its inception in 1839.

What race horse never won? ›

Zippy Chippy won the hearts of many fans. Zippy Chippy was a racehorse but he never won a single race. In his 100 races, he came close a few times, but he just never understood why all the other horses were in such a rush, reported CBS News.

Who was the shortest price winner of the Grand National? ›

18 – In 2018 Tiger Roll won the first of his two Grand Nationals. The Covid-19 pandemic denied him the chance to win a third. 19 – In 1919 the shortest-priced winner of the race Poethlyn (11-4) won.

Has an American horse won the Grand National? ›

American owner Pierre Manigault is looking to follow in the footsteps of his great-uncle, Stephen 'Laddie' Sandford, who became the first American to own a Grand National winner when his horse Sergeant Murphy won the race exactly 100 years ago.

How much does Grand National winning jockey get? ›

As well as their riders' fees, the winning jockeys will also get a percentage of the prize money. On average this is around 8% for a winning ride or 4% for a placed finish.

Has any horse won the Triple Crown twice? ›

Both Jim Fitzsimmons and Bob Baffert each trained two horses to win the Triple Crown, Fitzsimmons training the sire/son combination of 1930 winner Gallant Fox and 1935 winner Omaha, and Baffert with 2015 's American Pharaoh and Justify in 2018.

Why is the Buick Grand National so fast? ›

Third-party testing revealed that the GNX's turbo V6 actually produced more than 300 horsepower and 400 ft-lbs of torque at 3,900rpm. This allowed the GNX to outrun contemporary models from Ferrari and Porsche, and made it one of the world's fastest production cars at the time.

What is the horse racing schedule for 2023? ›

Horse Racing
  • May 3rd – 4th, 2023. The Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs, Louisville, KY.
  • May 20th, 2023. Preakness Stakes. Pimlico Race Course, Baltimore, MD.
  • June 10th, 2023. Belmont Stakes. Belmont Park, Elmont, NY.
  • November 3rd – 4th, 2023. Breeders Cup. Santa Anita Park, Arcadia, CA.

What horses are in the 2023 Kentucky Derby? ›

The 2023 Kentucky Derby date is Saturday, May 6 at Churchill Downs.
2023 Kentucky Derby odds, futures.
Raise Cain66-1SEE PICKS
Red Route One24-1SEE PICKS
Reincarnate24-1SEE PICKS
Rocket Can42-1SEE PICKS
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Have any horses pulled out of the Grand National? ›

Grand National 2023 runners and riders confirmed list: A horse-by-horse guide. Escaria Ten has been pulled out of this afternoon's Grand National, owing to lameness. The withdrawal means that the race will go to post with 39 runners rather than a full field of 40.

Can you predict horse racing? ›

Horse racing is one of the most popular sports when it comes to betting, and bettors have always looked for a way to predict the outcome of a race. From using data to handicapping and deep analysis, there still isn't an accurate way to predict which horse will win the race.

What are the three major horse races every year? ›

In the United States, the Triple Crown of Thoroughbred Racing, commonly known as the Triple Crown, is a series of horse races for three-year-old Thoroughbreds, consisting of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.

Where is horse of the year 2023? ›

Based at the Tomoana Showgrounds in Hastings in the Hawke's Bay, the Horse of the Year Show has been a fixture in our national equestrian calendar for decades.

Who is favored to win kentucky derby 2023? ›

Todd Pletcher the one to beat

Florida Derby winner Forte is expected to be the Kentucky Derby favorite. He's looking to become just the fourth 2-year-old champion since 1980 to go on and win the Kentucky Derby, joining Street Sense (2006-07), American Pharoah (2014-15) and Nyquist (2015-16).

Who is favored to win the Kentucky Derby 2023? ›

He has four Grade 1 wins and the most points of any horse trying to secure a spot at Churchill Downs on Saturday, May 6. Forte is the 3-1 favorite in the 2023 Kentucky Derby odds, and other 2023 Kentucky Derby contenders include Tapit Trice (8-1) and Practical Move (12-1).

Who is the favorite for the 2023 Kentucky Derby? ›

Forte is the 3-1 favorite in 2023 Kentucky Derby odds, with Tapit Trice at 8-1 and Practical Move at 12-1. With their places in the 2023 Kentucky Derby lineup already secured, they're likely to settle in near the top of the Kentucky Derby odds 2023, but who should you back when you place 2023 Kentucky Derby bets?

What horse was destroyed after Grand National? ›

Dickon White, who runs Aintree Racecourse as North-West regional director for Jockey Club Racecourses, said: “Hill Sixteen was immediately attended by expert veterinary professionals during the Grand National, but sadly sustained a fatal injury. Our heartfelt condolences are with his connections.”

How many horses have fallen in the Grand National? ›

The League Against Cruel Sports said the death toll at the Aintree festival was now 62 horses since 2000 – with 16 killed in the Grand National, including two last year.

What was the smallest horse to win the Grand National? ›

Battleship was the first American-bred and owned thoroughbred, and the smallest horse, to ever win the Grand National. He remains the only thoroughbred to ever win both the American Grand National and the British Grand National.


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