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.

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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

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Tiger Roll

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  • Age: 10 /
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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's still only be a ten-year-old, and although his injury setback is a far from ideal preparation, he will arrive with a favourite's chance - though if he's punished particularly heavily by the handicapper (had a mark of 159 last year), he could be vulnerable. 

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Magic Of Light

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  • Age: 9 /
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  • 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 looked a natural over the National fences, and having returned to winning ways in a listed mares' chase at Newbury in December, she can't be discounted here - though her mark will likely be higher and her price will be much shorter this time around.

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Kimberlite Candy

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  • Age: 8 /
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  • Trainer: Tom Lacey /

Improving chaser who's progressing at a rate of knots, building on a fine effort to finish second in the Becher Chase on his first try over these fences in December by winning the Classic Chase at Warwick last time - a key indicator for this race (won by One For Arthur in 2017). There's plenty to like about him and everything points to a big run considering he's got stamina in abundance and is already proven over the unique fences. 

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Burrows Saint

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  • Age: 7 /
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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 the way he's been campaigned so far this season suggests he's very much building up to something. Indeed, he's made two starts over inadequate trips so far - winning a race over hurdles which included Sizing John last time out - and he'll arrive at Aintree with every chance, though it's worth noting that seven-year-olds have a poor record in this. 

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Walk In The Mill

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  • Age: 10 /
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  • Trainer: R Walford /

Building up the profile of a bona fide specialist over the Grand National fences, becoming the first horse in history to win back-to-back renewals of the Becher Chase back in December. Sandwiched between those two wins was a fine effort to finish fourth in last year's renewal, and although he'll be on a higher mark this time around, he'll surely be on the premises once again.

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Native River

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  • Age: 10 /
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  • Trainer: C L Tizzard /

A class act, whose career successes have included the 2016 Welsh Grand National and the 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup. He will have to shoulder a huge weight if taking his chance, but he's shown he's more than capable of doing that, and was an excellent winner of the Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase over conventional fences here in December.

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Le Breuil

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  • Age: 8 /
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  • Trainer: B Pauling /

Marked himself out as a contender for this when winning a gruelling renewal of the four-miler at last year's Cheltenham Festival. He hasn't got his nose in front in three starts since, but you get the feeling that he's very much building up to something, considering he made his reappearance over hurdles back in November. He's since shaped well when seventh on his first try over the National fences in the Becher Chase, and his effort to finish fifth in the Classic Chase last time out was promising. He's on the right kind of mark, and it wouldn't be a surprise if we haven't seen the best of him just yet this term.

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Sizing John

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  • Weight: - /
  • Age: 10 /
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  • Trainer: Mrs J Harrington /

The reigning 2017 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero, who's been off the track for two years with injury. He fell on return over hurdles at Punchestown in December, but that was an encouraging reappearance, as he was going well when departing. There's reasons to think he could cope with the mammoth trip, and he'd be one to take very seriously if the handicapper decides to give this multiple Grade 1 winner a chance at the weights.

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Elegant Escape

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  • Age: 8 /
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  • Trainer: C L Tizzard /

Enjoyed a fantastic breakthrough season last term, winning the Welsh Grand National and establishing his position at the top table of staying chasers. He perhaps doesn't quite have the quality for a Cheltenham Gold Cup - finishing sixth in 2019 - and may find the going here to be a little quick, but he's put up three outstanding efforts under big weights in valuable handicaps so far this campaign, and he'll likely give this a good go off an eye-watering mark.

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Top Ville Ben

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  • Age: 8 /
  • Jockey: - /
  • Trainer: P A Kirby /

Enjoyed an excellent season as a novice chaser last term, culminating in a fine effort to finish third behind Lostintranslation and Topofthegame at the Mildmay Novices' Chase at this meeting. Questions about his stamina were asked when he was collared late on in the Rehearsal Chase over three miles at Newcastle in November, but the key to him seems to be settling in his races, and he was an emphatic winner of the Rowland Meyrick Handicap Chase over the same trip at Wetherby last time. His ambitious connections are also eyeing up the Gold Cup, and if he runs here he'll certainly be worth his place.

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