Grand National Form

Reading a horse's form can be a big factor in helping you select a bet for the Grand National.
Reading a horse's form can be a big factor in helping you select a bet for the Grand National.

In general, the most important thing when selecting the winner of any horse race is to go by the recent form of the horse against the form of its rivals in the same race.

What makes Grand National betting so interesting is that its extreme distance and testing fences means that the race requires something of a specialist - meaning that recent form doesn't always play as big a part as it would with other races. 

That being said, the 2019 winner Tiger Roll arrived at Aintree on the back of an emphatic win at the Cheltenham Festival, and with that in mind, we have put together a brief overview below of the key horses horses in the running for the 2020 Grand National at Aintree for your consideration.

Grand National 2020 Runners

#1
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Tiger Roll

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  • Age: 9 /
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  • Trainer: G Elliott /

Created history when becoming the first horse to win back-to-back renewals of the race since the great Red Rum in 1974. Like a fine wine, he seems to be getting better with age, and has seemingly been given the green light to go in pursuit of a third straight win in the race in 2020. He'll still only be a ten-year-old by then, and assuming he isn't punished too heavily by the handicapper (had a mark of 159 last year), and everything goes to plan this term on the track, he will arrive with a favourite's chance. 

#2
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Burrows Saint

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  • Age: 6 /
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  • Trainer: W P Mullins /

Rapidly progressed as a novice chaser last season, culminating in victory in the Irish National at Fairyhouse on Easter Monday. He looks a Grade 1 chaser in the making, catching the eye when fifth on his first try at that level at Auteuil in May, and it will be interesting to see how he's campaigned this year with his handicap mark in mind. 

#3
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Magic Of Light

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  • Weight: - /
  • Age: 8 /
  • Jockey: - /
  • Trainer: Mrs J Harrington /

Likeable mare, who ran a screamer when finishing second on her first try in the race as a 66/1 shot in the 2019 renewal. She took really well to the National Course that day, looking a natural, and although her mark will likely be higher and her price will be much shorter this time around, she can't be discounted. 

#4
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Frodon

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  • Weight: - /
  • Age: 7 /
  • Jockey: - /
  • Trainer: P F Nicholls /

Runner description coming soon

#5
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Rathvinden

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  • Weight: - /
  • Age: 11 /
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  • Trainer: W P Mullins /

A proven stayer who was third in this race last season. Winner of the 4 miler at the 2018 Cheltenham Festival he's very lightly raced for his age and could come back for another crack at the big one.

#6
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Native River

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  • Age: 9 /
  • Jockey: - /
  • Trainer: C L Tizzard /

A class act, a winner of half of his sixteen starts over chase fences, including the 2018 Gold Cup, the 2016 Welsh National, a Hennessy and two Denman Chases. 5th in last year's Gold Cup, looks ready made for a crack at the Grand National.

#7
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Talkischeap

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  • Weight: - /
  • Age: 7 /
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  • Trainer: A King /

Winner of the Bet365 Gold Cup last season, one to keep an eye on as a second season chaser in handicap company. Won three of his five starts over hurdles and two from six over chase fences.

#8
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Pleasant Company

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  • Weight: - /
  • Age: 11 /
  • Jockey: - /
  • Trainer: W P Mullins /

Has now had three cracks at the Grand National finishing 9th in 2017, beaten a head in 2018 behind Tiger Roll before unseating in last year's renewal. He's not getting any younger and looks like his best chance has gone.

#9
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Any Second Now

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  • Weight: - /
  • Age: 7 /
  • Jockey: - /
  • Trainer: T M Walsh /

Winner of the Kim Muir at Cheltenham in 2019, he was well fancied for the Irish Grand National last season before falling at the 8th fence. One to keep an eye on during his 2020 campaign. One win over chase fences and two over hurdles.

#10
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Anibale Fly

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  • Weight: - /
  • Age: 9 /
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  • Trainer: A J Martin /

3rd in this last year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup behind Native River, he finished fifth in the 2019 Grand National behind Tiger Roll. Campaigned lightly last season Tony Martin will likely come back for a third crack at the race in 2019. A winner of 3 chases, 2 hurdle races and 2 National Hunt Flat races.

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