The 2014 Grand National will be run at Aintree on Saturday 5 April. Get Grand National odds here alongside a horse-by-horse Grand National preview with stats, trends, form and expert Grand National tips on the race. Win big on the Grand National with Oddschecker.
On this page you will find a complete list of horses entered for the race, with comments on their chances, plus a list of popular methods used to try and find the winner.
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Grand National betting on the favourite
The Grand National is the nation's biggest betting race, where everyone from big-time gambler to once-a-year guessers get involved. The horses at the head of the market are those fancied by the most people, so rather than doing your own research it often pays to follow the crowd. Bookies take the most bets on the favourites, so although the odds are less the weight of money behind a strongly fancied horse will have the bookmakers running for cover. Also remember to watch out for the famous pre-race gambles; 2010 winner Don't Push It was 25/1 in the morning and gambled down to 10/1 joint-favourite before the off.
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Favourites or joint-favourites had a poor post-war record, with only three victories from 1946-1995. Since then, however, they have won five of the last 17, and three of the last eight.
Grand National old favourites
The Grand National is such a unique race that some horses save their best form for the big fences at Aintree. Every year we see some of our old favourites come back and run into the money. Below are horses who have run well in the race before.
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Red Rum was the last multiple winner in the 1970s, but several have come close since. An each-way bet on a horse with proven course form is often a winning investment.
Grand National top form horses
The Grand National is a handicap, which means horses run carrying weight approximate to their official ratings. The highest rated horses have to carry the most weight, which is intended to give each runner an equal chance of winning. The best horse on ratings will carry 11-10, with weights down to a minimum of 10 stone if necessary.
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Horses carrying a lot of weight have historically struggled to win, as they are vulnerable to lower-rated improvers. A burden of over 11 stone was usually a big barrier to success, but the last four winners all carried over 11-0, suggesting the tide is turning as the race evolves.
Choosing a namesake
Every Grand National winner needs luck on their side, so often people will look to find a lucky omen in the name of the horse. Knowing someone with the same name can be all the incentive needed - or a fast-track to the blame game if it goes wrong. Below are the possible runners with a name that might ring a bell.
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Naming top class racehorses has become more complex over the years given the international nature of the sport. Early winners included the humble Jerry (1840) and Matthew (1847), and more recently Monty's Pass (2003) and Bobbyjo (1999) have flown the flag for name backers.
Grand National grey horses
Picking a grey horse for the race means you are more likely to be able to spot your selection, which can be tricky when there are 40 runners charging towards the first fence. Alternatively, the support grey horses receive around the country means you may be taking a shorter price than is merited.
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Neptune Collonges's nose victory last year gained him entry into an exclusive club, as only two other grey horses have won the National; The Lamb (1868 & 1871) and Nicolaus Silver (1961). Lightning could strike twice however, as several of this year's contenders are of a snowy complexion.
Trust in Lady Luck
Plenty of luck is needed to pick the winner of the National so you could always trust your betting selection entirely to fate. Stick a pin in the newspaper racecard on the day, enter a sweepstake (our Grand National Sweepstake kit has everything you need), or use our Grand National Lucky Dip to choose your horse for you.