2011 Aintree Grand National preview

The weights for the 2011 Grand National were revealed this morning at the annual lunch in Aintree.

Last years winner, Don’t Push It, tops the list of runners on the 11-10 mark. Jonjo O’Neills charge carried 11-05 to victory in 2010 so the extra weight should not be a huge burden this time around. Recent Cheltenham winner, Neptune Collonges shares topweight on the same mark.

The current antepost favourite, Donald McCain’s Ballabriggs, has been given 11-0 in his quest to add to the McCain family’s excellent record in the world’s greatest race. Others that catch the eye at this early stage are: Big Fella Thanks(11-1),Niche Market(10-13),The Midnight Club(10-13) and Calgary Bay(10-10).

Previous National winner, Comply Or Die, ran his best race in ages when 6th last time out and off 10-8, the 12-y-o could again make his presence felt. While it may be asking alot for the old horse to reclaim the race, he is certainly capable of running into the places.

In a race as competitive as the Grand National it is difficult to select a horse with a great deal of confidence. However, the Evan Williams trained State Of Play is a rare exception, as the 11-y-o looks tailor made for this years race and has to be supported at current odds of 25/1.

Fourth in 2009, when a little unlucky in running, the horse returned last year and ran a huge race off 11-5. Travelling better than anything crossing the Melling Road for the final time, State Of Play briefly looked the winner on the run to the last before his big weight told on the run in. Off 10-6 at present he looks very nicely handicapped for the 2011 renewal.

Every horse needs luck in running in this contest and hopefully the luck that deserted Evan Williams charge in 2009 will be on his side this time round. A nippy type, who jumps from fence to fence and manages to get the landing gear out on time, State Of Play may be a little older than your typical National winner, but he really does look the eachway bet to nothing in this years race at current odds of 25/1.

Full Grand National weights:

Form Horse Age/Wgt Owner Trainer

1) 23P1-P0 DON’T PUSH IT (IRE) 11-11-10 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
2) F14/-B01 NEPTUNE COLLONGES (FR) 10-11-10 John Hales Paul Nicholls
3) 104-322 TIDAL BAY (IRE) 10-11-09 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
4) 1-41111 MIDNIGHT CHASE 9-11-08 Lady Clarke Neil Mulholland
5) 1P46-3U DEEP PURPLE 10-11-07 Paul Green Evan Williams
6) 2106-11 TRANQUIL SEA (IRE) 9-11-07 Dermot Cox/Nelius Hayes Edward O’Grady IRE
7) 131-561 SYNCHRONISED (IRE) 8-11-06 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
501B-00 VIC VENTURI (IRE) 11-11-06 Seamus Dunne Dessie Hughes IRE
9) 61/211-5 WHAT A FRIEND 8-11-06 Ged Mason & Sir Alex Ferguson Paul Nicholls
10) U62/1-31 MAJESTIC CONCORDE (IRE) 8-11-05 Dr Ronan Lambe Dermot Weld IRE
11) 2F1425 OR NOIR DE SOMOZA (FR) 9-11-05 Silvio-Martin Staub David Pipe
12) 01F24-41 DOONEYS GATE (IRE) 10-11-04 Jackie Mullins Willie Mullins IRE
13) 16-1155 LITTLE JOSH (IRE) 9-11-03 Tony Bloom Nigel Twiston-Davies
14) 20-3534 SCOTSIRISH (IRE) 10-11-02 Double R Stables Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
15) 2U14-2F BIG FELLA THANKS 9-11-01 Maggie Findlay Ferdy Murphy
16) 3111-11 BALLABRIGGS (IRE) 10-11-00 Trevor Hemmings Donald McCain
17) 14P//1-0F TARANIS (FR) 10-11-00 Angela Yeoman Paul Nicholls
18) UP-3631 TATENEN (FR) 7-11-00 The Stewart Family Richard Rowe
19) 205-244 THE TOTHER ONE (IRE) 10-11-00 Graham Roach Paul Nicholls
20) 520P-F5 NICHE MARKET (IRE) 10-10-13 Graham Regan Paul Nicholls
21) U3133-2 THE MIDNIGHT CLUB (IRE) 10-10-13 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
22) 0BP-500 BACKSTAGE (FR) 9-10-12 MPR & Capranny Syndicate Gordon Elliott IRE
23) 30011-0 CHIEF DAN GEORGE (IRE) 11-10-12 Maurice Chapman Jimmy Moffatt
24) 5121-00 SILVER BY NATURE 9-10-12 Geoff Brown Lucinda Russell
25) 1500-10 FAIR ALONG (GER) 9-10-11 Alan Peterson Philip Hobbs
26) F42040 I’MSINGINGTHEBLUES (IRE) 9-10-11 Jo Tracey David Pipe
27) 4UP-250 NOTRE PERE (FR) 10-10-11 Tilly Conway Barry Potts IRE
28) 4-56242 CALGARY BAY (IRE) 8-10-10 Camilla Radford Henrietta Knight
29) P2P-253 KILLYGLEN (IRE) 9-10-10 David McCammon Stuart Crawford IRE
30) 1/2100-P TRICKY TRICKSTER (IRE) 8-10-10 Chris Giles Paul Nicholls
31) 121616- JUST AMAZING (IRE) 8-10-09 Catherine Penny Paul Nicholls
32) 3152-26 OSCAR TIME (IRE) 10-10-09 Robert Waley-Cohen/Sir Martin & S Broughton Martin Lynch IRE
33) 032236- SNOWY MORNING (IRE) 11-10-09 Quayside Syndicate Colin Bowe IRE
34) 0100-03 BALLYTRIM (IRE) 10-10-08 Violet O’Leary Willie Mullins IRE
35) 2212-42 BECAUSEICOULDNTSEE (IRE) 8-10-08 Noel Glynn Noel Glynn IRE
36) 2/000-06 COMPLY OR DIE (IRE) 12-10-08 David Johnson David Pipe
37) 1-122B0 NEDZER’S RETURN (IRE) 9-10-08 William Elliott Gordon Elliott IRE
38) P-550042 NORTHERN ALLIANCE (IRE) 10-10-08 Irish Rover Syndicate Tony Martin IRE
39) 510-113 QUINZ (FR) 7-10-08 Andrew Cohen Philip Hobbs
40) 2F-FF25 QUOLIBET (FR) 7-10-08 J P McManus Jonjo O’Nell
41) 313-355 FROM DAWN TO DUSK 12-10-07 Charles Lloyd-Baker Philip Hobbs
42) 11FP10P GRAND SLAM HERO (IRE) 10-10-07 Walters Plant Hire Ltd Nigel Twiston-Davies
43) 3P6/454-P ROLL ALONG (IRE) 11-10-07 Bryan & Philippa Burrough Nigel Twiston-Davies
44) 2212-52 APT APPROACH (IRE) 8-10-06 Greenstar Syndicate Willie Mullins IRE
45) P22-41F GULLIBLE GORDON (IRE) 8-10-06 Bunty Millard Paul Nicholls
46) 3211-11 KING FONTAINE (IRE) 8-10-06 Trevor Hemmings Malcolm Jefferson
47) 0/144/P3- STATE OF PLAY 11-10-06 William & Angela Rucker Evan Williams
48) 21PP-PP DREAM ALLIANCE 10-10-05 The Alliance Partnership Philip Hobbs
49) 005P-1P HELLO BUD (IRE) 13-10-05 Seamus Murphy Nigel Twiston-Davies
50) 566U-343 IN COMPLIANCE (IRE) 11-10-05 Westerly Breeze Syndicate Dessie Hughes IRE
51) 0/1160-2 QUISCOVER FONTAINE (FR) 7-10-05 J P McManus Willie Mullins IRE
52) 6-220001 SANTA’S SON (IRE) 11-10-05 Douglas Pryde & Jim Beaumont Howard Johnson
53) 2P/00-11 WEST END ROCKER (IRE) 9-10-05 Barry Winfield & Tim Leadbeater Alan King
54) 0C21-04 BLUESEA CRACKER (IRE) 9-10-04 Note The Link Syndicate James Motherway IRE
55) 16F-0P5 CAN’T BUY TIME (IRE) 9-10-04 J P McManus Jonjo O’Neill
56) 000-3056 CHARACTER BUILDING (IRE) 11-10-04 Patricia Thompson John Quinn
57) 1215/1P/-5 ORNAIS (FR) 9-10-04 The Stewart Family Paul Nicholls
58) 00P-234 PIRAYA (FR) 8-10-04 Terry Neill David Pipe
59) PP2/111/- SURFACE TO AIR 10-10-04 Tim Urry Chris Bealby
60) 301050 THAT’S RHYTHM (FR) 11-10-04 Don’t Tell Henry Martin Todhunter
61) 0U2F-0P ARBOR SUPREME (IRE) 9-10-03 J P McManus Willie Mullins IRE
62) 1F3U-P1U FRANKIE FIGG (IRE) 9-10-03 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
63) 15P-614 MOBAASHER (USA) 8-10-03 Seasons Holidays Venetia Williams
64) 331-P31 NICTO DE BEAUCHENE (FR) 10-10-03 Exors of the late Philip de Wilde Victor Dartnall
65) 1P0-053U ONE COOL COOKIE (IRE) 10-10-03 Gigginstown House Stud Charlie Swan IRE
66) 013111- OUR MONTY (IRE) 8-10-03 Colland Sand & Gravel Ltd Willie Mullins IRE
67) P5U-42P ROYAL ROSA (FR) 12-10-03 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
68) 0P1-006 ALWAYS WAINING (IRE) 10-10-02 Mr & Mrs Peter James Douglas Peter Bowen
69) 421001 GOLDEN KITE (IRE) 9-10-02 Dr Anthony Calnan Adrian Maguire IRE
70) P1P-41U MEANUS DANDY (IRE) 8-10-02 Mark & Tessa Woodhouse & Paul Barber Paul Nicholls
71) 41/313-0 SKIPPERS BRIG (IRE) 10-10-02 Ashleybank Investments Limited Nicky Richards
72) 1F4/22-1 BELON GALE (IRE) 8-10-01 Andrea & Graham Wylie Howard Johnson
73) 3/402P-0 FAASEL (IRE) 10-10-01 Hush Hush Partnership David Pipe
74) 3P-0204 LE BEAU BAI (FR) 8-10-01 Glass Half Full Richard Lee
75) 0D61-0F MERIGO (FR) 10-10-01 Raymond & Anita Anderson Green Andrew Parker
76) 321112 PUTNEY BRIDGE 9-10-01 Louise Goldsworthy Keith Goldsworthy
77) 012P51 QUEZAC DE LA ROQUE (FR) 7-10-01 Gerald Laroche Francois Cottin FR
78) 256-0216 ASKTHEMASTER (IRE) 11-10-00 Carrolle Wall Robert Tyner IRE
79) 363221- DEV (IRE) 11-10-00 Liam Mulryan Gordon Elliott IRE
80) F123-P2 GILES CROSS (IRE) 9-10-00 KCMS Partnership Victor Dartnall
81) 111U0-6 SADDLERS STORM (IRE) 9-10-00 Billy Moffett/R T & J McLoughlin Tony Martin IRE
82) 11P61/0/- STARZAAN (IRE) 12-10-00 Ben Arbib Hughie Morrison
83) 60U0-60 AMBOBO (USA) 11-9-13 Deirdre Brassil Martin Brassil IRE
84) 05241P DUERS (IRE) 9-9-13 Kate Kelly/Kate Ronan Paul Magnier IRE
85) 31-PP11 SAGALYRIQUE (FR) 7-9-13 Sir Robert Ogden Donald McCain
86) 311120- TOBY JUG 10-9-13 Paul & Caron Chapman & Sarah Humphrey Sarah Humphrey
87) 635P-6P CANE BRAKE (IRE) 12-9-12 Mount Temple Racing Syndicate Conor O’Dwyer IRE
88) 5/2613-P GALANT NUIT (FR) 7-9-12 David Parry Ferdy Murphy
89) 3131-32 JUNIOR 8-9-12 Middleham Park Racing LI David Pipe
90) 00-5064 THE SAWYER (BEL) 11-9-12 David Fear Bob Buckler
91) 315F-0(3)F KHACHATURIAN (IRE) 8-9-10 John Glews & Brendan Richardson Donald McCain
92) 40F-0445 BALLYFITZ 11-9-09 Fred & Wayne Mills Nigel Twiston-Davies
93) P0-24U34 I’MONCLOUDNINE (IRE) 8-9-09 Fred Matthews Neil Mulholland
94) PF4-536 POMME TIEPY (FR) 8-9-09 Susannah Ricci Willie Mullins IRE
95) P12-UPP3 BURREN LEGEND (IRE) 10-9-08 Thomas Thompson Richard Rowe
96) 12/- CARRONHILLS (IRE) 9-9-08 A J & Mrs C Rhead & Gearoid Costello Rebecca Curtis
97) 204/12-PP THE SLIOTAR (IRE) 10-9-08 Roger Brookhouse Philip Hobbs
98) 4F2P-43 TINAKELLYLAD (IRE) 7-9-07 Brenda Twomey Mouse Morris IRE
99) 021-062 NOBLE CONCORDE 9-9-04 Dr Ronan Lambe Jim Culloty IRE
100) F/116PP- TREACLE (IRE) 10-9-04 Bjorn Nielsen Tom Taaffe IRE
101) 560-P232 REGAL HEIGHTS (IRE) 10-9-02 Janet Heler Tom George


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