With the 2014 Grand National at Aintree set to begin in just two days, it is time for bettors to soak in the last tidbits of information they can ahead of Saturday’s race. The original field of 76 horses has so far been whittled down to 65 horses, but will need to be cut to 40 ahead of Saturday’s start time at Aintree. Among the remaining horses, bettors need all of the following information to make an informed decision on the final results at the 2014 Grand National.
Pick a Nicky Henderson Horse
Trainer Nicky Henderson believes that the 2014 Grand National field offers him the best chance yet to claim victory in one of Europe’s most prestigious races. Henderson has trained three British jump racing champions in the past; and with four horses in Saturday’s big race, he believes this year offers him the best opportunity to claim victory at Aintree.
Henderson is responsible for the training of Long Run, Hunt Ball, Triolo D’Alene, and Shakalakaboomboom. He admits that in the past he never could have imagined having four horses in the Grand National. To that end, Henderson admits to hitting the Christmas window in years past and not knowing if any of his horses would be entered in the Grand National.
This year however, as Henderson trained the four horses at stables in Lambourn he felt that all four horses would be ready for the demanding Grand National. The Grand National, a four mile, three and a half furlong race with 30 fences, is one of the most demanding and prestigious races in Europe.
As a trainer, Henderson has led horses to the peak of success in the National Hunt circuit. Henderson-trained horses have won, among other races, the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, King George VI Chase, and Hennessey Gold Cup. The Grand National has proven more difficult for Henderson to capture.
Odds on Henderson Horses
Triolo D’Alene and Shakalakaboomboom were Henderson’s first choices to run in the Grand National this year. Triolo will be ridden by Barry Geraghty and the odds makers have the horse at 20/1 as of Wednesday. Triolo is seven years old and has a listed weight of 11st6lb. Meanwhile, no rider has been announced yet for Shaka with the horse facing 33/1 odds. Shaka is 10 years old and has a weight of 10st6lb.
Hunt Ball is a bit of an unknown, even for Henderson as the horse’s trainer as he just came to Henderson’s stable recently. Hunt Ball will be ridden by Andrew Tinkler and is facing odds of 66/1. The nine year old horse has a weight of 11st7lb.
Of the four Henderson trained horses, Long Run is the favourite to deliver Henderson with a long-awaited victory at Aintree. Henderson only recently, at Christmas, decided to hold Long Run out of the Gold Cup in favour of preparations for the Grand National. Long Run will be ridden by Sam Waley-Cohen and has odds of 14/1, just behind overall favourite Teaforthree. The nine year old horse has a weight of 11st9lb.