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

A field of 39 horses will go to post 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 was expected before Escaria Ten's withdrawal on Saturday. Fakiera, Mortal, Darrens Hope, Captain Cattistock, Secret Reprieve and Fantastikas missed out, having been below the cut-off point when declarations were made.

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.

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 Williams 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 the well-backed 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."

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Forecast odds: 8 Ain't That A Shame, 9 Corach Rambler, Delta Work, 11 Noble Yeats, 12 Gaillard Du Mesnil, 14 Any Second Now, Le Milos, Mr Incredible, The Big Dog, 16 Vanillier, 18 Longhouse Poet, 20 bar

2023 Grand National: full 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 TenNON-RUNNER
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.

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 are the horses in the Grand National 2023? ›

Grand National 2023 full result – the finishers and the fallers
  • Corach Rambler (8/1 fav)
  • Vanillier (20/1)
  • Gaillard Du Mesnil (10/1)
  • Noble Yeats (10/1)
  • The Big Dog (12/1)
  • Born By The Sea (50/1)
  • Roi Mage (33/1)
  • Mister Coffey (33/1)
3 days ago

Who is going to win 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.

Who are the horses running in the Grand National? ›

Grand National: 10 contenders to watch out for
  • Noble Yeats - 14/1.
  • Corach Rambler - 10/1.
  • Any Second Now - 14/1.
  • Back on the Lash - 18/1.
  • Mister Coffey - 33/1.
  • Read more: Activists vow to disrupt the race.
  • Our Power - 22/1.
  • Lifetime Ambition - 28/1.
4 days ago

Which horse has dropped 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.

Who was runner up in the Grand National? ›

Grand National 2022 finishers
1Noble Yeats50/1
2Any Second Now15/2
3Delta Work10/1
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Which horse is Favourite for 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.

Who is the favorite horse 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.

What horses are likely to win the Grand National? ›

1. LONGHOUSE POET. 2. Noble Yeats. 3. Galvin. 4. Lifetime Ambition.
  • Noble Yeats.
  • Galvin.
4 days ago

Who was 6th place in grand national 2023? ›

Ladbrokes - six places. William Hill - six places.

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


Mr Frisk (1990) 8m 47.8s.

Who won 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.

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.

What are the names of the horses that died at the Grand National this year? ›

List of fatalities
2021The Long MileGood-soft
2019Up For ReviewGood-soft
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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 Grand National horse just had a foal? ›

Magic Of Light, the mare who valiantly chased home Tiger Roll in the 2019 Randox Grand National, has tragically died after giving birth to her first foal by Crystal Ocean in the early hours of Saturday morning.

Which horse in the Grand National has had a foal? ›

It's been over 70 years since a mare won the Grand National, but the story of Snow Leopardess, a 10-year-old grey mare who has returned to racing after having a foal, has really caught the public's imagination.

What was the second horse that died at the Grand National? ›

A second horse has been killed at the Grand National meeting. Dark Raven, a 6-year-old novice, took an horrific fall this afternoon, in the third race on Grand National day at Aintree Racecourse. He looked to have broken both of his back legs as he helplessly tried in vain to get up.

Who is the most famous Grand National winner? ›

Regarded as one of the greatest racehorses of all time, Red Rum dominated the Grand National in the 1970's. Winning the race three times, finishing second in the intervening years (1975 and 1976) and never having fallen in over 100 races, Red Rum is considered by many as the saviour of The Grand National.

Who won the abandoned Grand National? ›

The Jockey Club decided not to re-run the race, and as a result it has often been called "the race that never was". Bookmakers were forced to refund an estimated £75 million in bets staked.
1993 Grand National.
Grand National
Winning horseNone
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Which horse has won the most champion hurdles? ›

The Champion Hurdle is a Grade 1 National Hunt hurdle race in Great Britain which is open to horses aged four years or older.
Most successful horse (3 wins):
  • Hatton's Grace – 1949, 1950, 1951.
  • Sir Ken – 1952, 1953, 1954.
  • Persian War – 1968, 1969, 1970.
  • See You Then – 1985, 1986, 1987.
  • Istabraq – 1998, 1999, 2000.

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 time is the Grand National 2023 tips? ›

The Grand National will take place at Aintree Racecourse, near Liverpool, starting at 5.15pm BST on Saturday 15 April. It is the penultimate race of the festival, with the last race starting at 6.20pm BST.

Who is one of the best horses ever? ›

We all know the story about Secretariat; it's even been made into a movie. Along with Man o' War, he is considered to be the best horse of all time. Even ESPN counted Secretariat as on of the Top 50 Athletes of the 20th Century during their countdown in 1999.

Who is the best horse to ever race? ›

Many experts agree that Man o' War is the best racehorse in history. The fiery chestnut won 20 of his 21 starts during his career from 1919-1920, a truly impressive feat. Man o' War was born on March 29, 1917, at Nursery Stud, near Lexington, Kentucky.

What horse number wins the most? ›

The most successful post position in history is the number five, which has produced four winners since 2000 and 11 percent of all winners. Other relatively successful post positions include the number ten (10.7% winners) and the number 15 with 10.2%.

Do you win anything if your horse came 5th in the Grand National? ›

So, for example, if your horse finishes 5th or 6th you might still get paid out (more on Grand National bookmaker special offers below). If you've placed your Grand National bet online then you've nothing to worry about as the bookmakers will work out the bets for you.

What horses have won 2 Grand Nationals? ›

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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What does unseated rider mean? ›

unseat verb [T] (RIDER)

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

Who were the top 5 in the Grand National? ›

Grand National 2021 finishers
  • 1st – Minella Times (Rachael Blackmore) 11/1.
  • 2nd – Balko Des Flos (Aidan Coleman) 100/1.
  • 3rd – Any Second Now (Mark Walsh) 15/2.
  • 4th – Burrows Saint (Mr P W Mullins) 9/1.
  • 5th – Farclas (Jack Kennedy) 16/1.
  • 6th – Blaklion (Harry Skelton) 50/1.
  • 7th – Discorama (B J Cooper) 16/1.

Who won Grand National last 5 years? ›

Previous Grand National winners
YearWinning HorseJockey
2021Minella TimesRachael Blackmore
2019Tiger RollDavy Russell
2018Tiger RollDavy Russell
2017One For ArthurDerek Fox
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What horse was faster than Secretariat? ›

Triple Crown winner Secretariat may have taken the 1973 Belmont by a record 31 lengths and in a record time of 2:24, but American Pharoah was faster to the finish over the final 440 yards. Big Red took 25 seconds; American Pharoah was . 68 seconds quicker, going two furlongs in 24.32 seconds.

What is the biggest outsider to win the Grand National? ›

A gambler who has used his mathematical knowledge to win £14 million pounds for his racing followers has picked a 50-1 outsider to win the Randox Grand National. Richard Brocklebank, 56, has hit the jackpot multiple times for his syndicates, netting sums of more than £1 million four times.

Who is the fastest racehorse in history? ›

Secretariat (March 30, 1970 – October 4, 1989), also known as Big Red, was a champion American thoroughbred racehorse who is the ninth winner of the American Triple Crown, setting and still holding the fastest time record in all three races. He is regarded as one of the greatest racehorses of all time.

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.

Why is the Buick Grand National so fast? ›

#2: Fastest Production Car In The World

Sure, it started out as one, but a Garrett turbocharger with an intercooler made all the difference. In addition, the setup featured beefier turbo components, a reworked transmission, a less-restrictive dual exhaust, and a reprogrammed engine control module (ECM).

How much do you get if you win the Grand National? ›

The total prize fund for the Grand National in 2022 is £1,000,000, with £531,600 going to the winning owner. A win at Aintree can catapult the careers of the horse, trainers and owners - with some becoming household names.

Who was faster Secretariat or man o war? ›

Some claim that Secretariat was faster, while others say Man o' War would win. They both ran 21 races, of which Man O'War won 20 and was second in one race. On the contrary, Secretariat won 16 races, was second in 3, third in 1, and got off-tracked in one race.

Who is better Secretariat or Seabiscuit? ›

The Disney masterpiece Secretariat is a must-see for audiences of all ages. Seabiscuit, despite being rated PG-13, contains some harder themes and a much more complex plot. Additionally, Seabiscuit is more focused on horse racing as a sport, and the competitiveness of horses.

How fast could Secretariat run? ›

Secretariat holds the fastest finishing time at 2:24.00. In 1973, the Triple Crown-winning horse set a world record that still stands for a race on a mile-and-a-half dirt track. The horse reached a top speed of 49 mph.

How many horses have fallen in the Grand National? ›

How many horses have died at the Grand National? The League Against Cruel Sports said the horse death toll at the Aintree Festival now stands at 62 since 2000 – with 16 killed in the Grand National, including two last year.

How many horses have died at 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.

How many jockeys have died in the Grand National? ›

The first 'official' Grand National was run at Aintree Racecourse in 1839 and, in 172 runnings since, the celebrated steeplechase has claimed the life of one jockey.

How many horses fell at first fence in Grand National? ›

Police said they arrested 118 people over Saturday's disruption, which saw nine people enter the course. Hill Sixteen died after falling at the first fence of the race, with just 17 of the 39 runners completing Saturday's race which features 30 fences and just over four miles in length.

Has a mare won the Gold Cup? ›

Just four mares have won the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Ballinode was the first female horse to triumph in the blue ribbon of steeplechasing. That success by the Irish-trained jumper came in only the second running of the race in 1925.

What are the Grand National non runners? ›

Grand National Non Runners

The last declaration stage takes place at 10am on the Thursday before the race at which point the top 40 runners in the weights are left in. Reserves are no longer used. If horses withdraw and become non runners after this point then the field will start with less than 40 runners.

How many runners are in this year's Grand National? ›

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.

What is the maximum runners in the Grand National? ›

Every year a maximum of 40 Grand National Runners line up at the start in preparation to jump 30 Grand National obstacles at Aintree Racecourse.

What is a running in the Grand National? ›

The Grand National is a National Hunt horse race held annually at Aintree Racecourse, Aintree, Merseyside, England. First run in 1839, it is a handicap steeplechase over an official distance of about 4 miles and 2½ furlongs (4 miles 514 yards (6.907 km)), with horses jumping 30 fences over two laps.

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.

What horse ran the fastest Grand National? ›


Mr Frisk (1990) 8m 47.8s.

What is the slowest Grand National winner? ›

Mr. Frisk won the race in 1990 in the fastest time of 8 minutes, 47 seconds. We have to go back to the very beginning to find the slowest time. The first 'official' Grand National was back in 1839 and a horse called Lottery won the race. It is also the slowest recorded time of 14 minutes and 53 seconds.

How much does the winner of the Grand National get? ›

The Grand National is one of the richest and most rewarding horse races in the world giving £1 million in total prize money with over half of that going to the winner – £561,300 in 2023.

How many horses normally run in the Grand National? ›

600 million people will watch the race in over 140 countries with more than 70,000 in attendance at Aintree on the day. 40 horses and their jockeys will line-up in what is the ultimate test in British horse racing. The Grand National course has much larger fences than normal.

What is the biggest jump in the Grand National? ›

The highest fence in the race at 5ft 2”, The Chair has a 5ft ditch before the fence and a raised landing side. Jumped only on the first circuit, it's named after the chair the distance judge used to sit in to gauge the official distance between the winner and the runners behind.

How much does a Grand National horse weigh? ›

Today, however, the minimum weight a horse can race with, in the Grand National is 10 stone. When the final 40 runners are declared, any horse that has been allocated less than that weight by the BHA Handicapper automatically goes up to 10-00.

How long does it take a horse to run the Grand National? ›

How long does the Grand National take to run? The race will begin at 5.15pm. The race will take approximately 10 minutes to finish, with the fastest Grand National time being recorded by Mr Frisk in 1990 who finished the course in just under nine minutes. Who won the Grand National in 2022?


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