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17 Feb 2016

126 horses enter huge field of entries for Grand National

Trainers across England and Ireland have entered 126 horses for the running of this year’s Grand National. The long list of entries is the biggest since 2008, although only a maximum of 40 horses can start the race.

This year’s race doesn’t just have quantity though, as many have already commented on the quality of the field. The British Horseracing Authority's head of handicapping Phil Smith has said that this is the most competitive field of horses he’s ever had to handicap for the Grand National. He told his local paper the Liverpool Echo that he was impressed with the strength and depth of this year’s field, saying he struggled who to give the top weight to. In the end he gave the top weight to last year’s winner Many Clouds who is 12/1 favourite to win at bookmakers Coral. But Smith told the Echo that he debated whether to give Don Poli the heaviest weight instead. As someone who has had to assess the field of the last 18 Grand Nationals, he is someone who you might want to get some Grand National Tips off of.

The packed list of entries for this year’s race means it’s much more difficult for bookmakers and betting fans to decide which horse will finish first or even place. Many Clouds isn’t the only previous winner to be entered into this race, as 2014’s winner Pineua De Re was also named in the long list of 126. At the moment he has odds of just 50/1 to win the race on betting site Coral, who as well as offering odds will have all of the latest news on their blog during the lead up to their race. As one of the UK’s biggest bookmakers, their Grand National tips are probably as close as from the horse's mouth as you'll get before this year’s big race.

Five of last year’s six top finishing horses have also been named in the long list. After last year’s winner Many Clouds, last year’s fifth place finisher Shutthefrontdoor has the lowest odds of 20/1 on bookmakers Coral’s site out of last year’s top 6. Second place finisher Saint Aire has 25/1 odds with Royale Knight and Alvarado both currently with odds of 33/1 at bookmakers Coral. Unfortunately last year’s third place finisher Monbeg Dude will not start this year’s race due to a tendon injury.

None of those top six finishers have massively rewarding odds though compared to some horses at this early stage with weeks before the start of the race. If you’re looking for some more potentially lucrative Grand National tips, then there is a lot of interest in Kruzhlinin who is currently 33/1 at Coral. Since the weights were announced, a lot Grand National tips websites have also backed Carlingford Lough to win the race. His odds dropped to just 25/1 on bookmakers site Coral when it was announced he’d be racing just three pounds lighter than favourite Many Clouds, and they’re likely to drop again before the race begins.