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Our resident horse racing tipster, Cairnzy, has put together a step-by-step guide to this year's 2024 Grand National.

The guide will cover the following:

  • Race starting times
  • TV schedule for watching the Grand National
  • A brief overview of each horse taking part and their chances of winning
  • Cairnzy's own personal selections for the big race

The Grand National is hours away and the buzz for the world’s greatest steeplechase continues as we approach the big race!

Grand National 2024 tips:

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Runner-by-runner breakdown

The 34 runners are now confirmed, and I've taken the time to go through them all one by one, giving my own personal opinions on their form and chances of winning the Grand National.

Myself and Rizzel managed to tip up last year's winner, Corach Rambler, and if he's to do what the legendary Red Rum and Tiger Roll did – winning the Grand National two years on the trot – then he will have to do so with a rating of 159 carrying 13lb more than he did last year. Some argue it is a tough ask, and some argue the handicapper has given him a great chance of pulling it off.

Regardless, at this moment, he is your current market favourite at 7/1 to win back-to-back Grand National victories.

Our Tips

#7 CORACH RAMBLERcorach rambler grand national 2024

Form: 11-533 / Weight: 11st 5lbs / Age: 10 / Trainer: Lucinda Russell / Jockey: Derek Fox

Last year's winner and the current favourite. If he were to win again, he would enter the history books and join the likes of Red Rum and Tiger Roll as one of the all-time greats. He had a good prep run recently when he finished third in the 2024 Cheltenham Gold Cup, which has seen his odds shorten. As a result, he is a major player.


Form: 1-1431 / Weight: 11st 5lbs / Age: 8 / Trainer: W P Mullins / Jockey: Paul Townend

A victory in the 2023 Irish Grand National for trainer Willie Mullins and that form suggests he has the ability to go well at Aintree. He followed up that performance with a Grade 1 victory at Fairyhouse in December. Beat home Vanillier last time out and in comfortable fashion and that form makes him of massive interest.


Form: 311U3 / Weight: 10st 7lbs / Age: 7 / Trainer: Willie Mullins / Jockey: Danny Mullins

Victory in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown is decent enough form to bring into the national. He beat home Panda Boy that day, whose price has been nibbled at recently. Finished third in the Ultima at the 2024 Cheltenham Festival which is another eye catching piece of form.


Form: 2-5502 / Weight: 10st 11lbs / Age: 9 / Trainer: Gavin Cromwell / Jockey: Sean Flanagan

He was the runner-up in the 2023 Grand National, and he really did motor home that day, but the line came too soon for him. He hasn't been amazing for trainer Gavin Cromwell this year, and unless the Grand National trip sparks him back into form, I'd personally look elsewhere.


Form: B23U-2 / Weight: 10st 10lbs / Age: 8 / Trainer: Willie Mullins / Jockey: Brian Hayes

He finished second in a decent race at Uttoxeter, which was his only appearance this season, but he gave a good account of himself that day. This race has certainly been an aim for this horse, and he should go well. An each-way, chance.


Form: 5-4424 / Weight: 10st 6lbs / Age: 8 / Trainer: Martin Brassil

Finished second in the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown which was a great effort. Has plenty of stamina in the tank and another who has been aimed for this race. Finished behind Meetingofthewaters recently, however I don't think there is that much between them and that is reflective of their prices in the market at present. A big player.


Form: 47057 / Weight: 10st 6lbs / Age: 8 / Trainer: Christian Williams / Jockey: Jack Tudor

Won the 2023 Scottish Grand National winner has it in the locker to go well. His performances this year haven't matched his 2023 form, but he comes here after an extended break and could bounce back. Ran in the ultima at Cheltenham and wasn't up to much and I'd probably look elsewhere.


Form: 3-1211 / Weight: 10st 7lbs / Age: 7 / Trainer: Gavin Cromwell / Jockey: Mark Walsh

Currently three wins and a second from just four races this season and is in great form. Great run at Cheltenham when beating Dinoblue in the Mares Chase and looked better than ever. Gavin Cromwell is a top trainer, and Limerick Lace looks a great each-way play in this year's Grand National, in my opinion.


Form: 12F-22 / Weight: 11st 4lbs / Age: 8 / Trainer: John C McConnell / Jockey: Ben Harvey

Second-place finishes in both outings this season, and trainer John Mcconnell has said the plan all along for this horse was the Grand National. Possible each way claims if staying the trip.


Form: 1P-144 / Weight: 11st 5lbs / Age: 11 / Trainer: Henry de Bromhead / Jockey: Rachael Blackmore

Good old Minella Indo, what a legend! Henry De Bromhead expects him to go well. Won this race with Blackmore onboard back in 2021 and that same partnership remains this year. Decent run in the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenham but probably not the force he used to be. Probably avoid and look elsewhere.


Form: 1U-366 / Weight: 11st 3lbs / Age: 11 / Trainer: Gordon Elliott / Jockey: TBC

Tends to run well enough in the Grand National. Finished third In 2022 and that was a cracking effort but was unable to follow up the following year after unseating the rider. Place claims if bouncing back.


Form: 4-7217 / Weight: 11st 11lbs / Age: 9 / Trainer: Emmet Mullins / Jockey: Harry Cobden

Winner of the Grand National in 2022. Won a Grade 2 at Cheltenham in January after knuckling down to see off Paisley Park at the finish. It's hard to really judge that form, as Paisley has now retired and was one for more hitting the crossbar in recent times than actually winning. Noble Yeats ran in the Stayers Hurdle at the Cheltenham recently but finished seventh and failed to make any sort of impact. Place claims if bouncing back.


Form: 7-411P / Weight: 11st 7lbs / Age: 7 / Trainer: Gary Moore / Jockey: Caoilin Quinn

Good victories at the end of 2023, but a below-par performance at Cheltenham has raised question marks. Very disappointing run in the Cheltenham Gold Cup when he was eventually pulled up. Possible place claims if able to reproduce end of 2023 form.


Form: 4-1224 / Weight: 10st 6lbs / Age: 8 / Trainer: Dan Skelton / Jockey: Harry Skelton

Some decent form, including a win at Market Rasen over 3m and a second-place finish behind My Silver Lining over 3m 5f on soft ground, brings him right into the equation. He faces tougher opposition but could be a surprise player. Possible each-way claims.


Form: 14-215 / Weight: 10st 9lbs / Age: 11 / Trainer: Tom Ellis / Jockey: Gina Andrews

Previously with Dan Skelton. Won the Glenfarclas Crystal Cup at Cheltenham in December. Now trained by Tom Ellis, has won at this festival in the past when winning the Foxhunters' Open Hunters' Chase back in 2022. Not for me personally.


Form: P-3121 / Weight: 11st 7lbs / Age: 9 / Trainer: Gordon Elliott / Jockey: TBC

He didn't stay the trip at last year's Grand National, but he is a horse who I like at the prices, and he has performed well this season with a victory in his last run over 3m 1/2f, which shows he still has it in the locker. With the National track being made significantly easier, he may just find it easier to get around this time out. Possible place claims.


Form: 2U-854 / Weight: 11st 1lbs / Age: 10 / Trainer: Gordon Elliott

He comes here fresh but with no prep run, as the Cross Country Chase at Cheltenham was cancelled due to poor conditions. He has the ability to run well, but again, one I'd probably avoid.


Form: P-6314 / Weight: 11st 7lbs / Age: 8 / Trainer: Willie Mullins / Jockey: Keith Donoghue

Had a bit of a shocker at last year's Grand National. With that being said, his current form suggests he could be a possible player. A January win at Cheltenham was followed up by a fourth-place finish in the Ryanair Chase at the Festival, which isn't the worst of form to bring into a Grand National. Not for me personally.


Form: 10-9P1 / Weight: 10st 12lbs / Age: 10 / Trainer: Henry De Bromhead / Jockey: David Maxwell

David Maxwell rides this horse, not going to waste my time even talking about it. The guy has cost me about three or four trebles this year on horses that shouldn't have been. Avoid.


Form: P-4071 / Weight: 10st 8lbs / Age: 7 / Trainer: Willie Mullins / Jockey: Sean O'Keeffe

A March victory over 3m 2f at Down Royal suggests this seven-year-old could go well. However, history tells you that only one seven-year-old has claimed the Grand National in the last 50 years. It's probably better to look elsewhere.


Form:142P-6 / Weight: 10st 8lbs / Age: 8 / Trainer: Gordon Elliott / Jockey: DJ Gilligan

He had some decent 2022 form, including a victory over Mahler Mission. His form since has been pretty poor, and his sole appearance this season wasn't remarkable either.


Form: 2P-624 / Weight: 11st 4lbs / Age: 9 / Trainer: Willie Mullins / Jockey: Mr P W Mullins

He hasn't produced the same levels of form this season, and with stamina issues being very much in the question, I'd probably opt to stay away.


Form: 21P314 / Weight: 11st 3lbs / Age: 10 / Trainer: Mouse Morris / Jockey: Gavin Brouder

Followed up a win in his season opener with a fourth place in a solid handicap contest, which featured some other potential Grand National Runners. He has run well over 3m, and stepping up further could see further improvement. Possibly overpriced.


Form: 31P-17 / Weight: 10st 8lbs / Age: 11 / Trainer: Peter Bowen / Jockey: James Bowen

Won at Aintree earlier in the season when winning a competitive handicap contest in December. Has also won at a Grand National Festival when winning the Topham Chase in 2022. He hasn't been in great form on the previous two outings, which are off-putting.


Form: 4-8585 / Weight: 10s t 7lbs / Age: 7 / Trainer: Gordon Elliott / Jockey: TBC

Finished fifth in a competitive Ultima at this year's Cheltenham Festival behind meetingofthewaters and Chianti Classico, and that is not bad form to bring into this. I think at 66s he is a bit over-priced but not one for me personally.


Form: -12P88 / Weight: 10st 6lbs / Age: 12 / Trainer: Venetia Williams / Jockey: Lucy Turner

Has already won at Aintree this season when he knuckled down in the business end to finish in front of  Coko Beach. Underperformed in the Ultima at Cheltenham last month and needs to bounce back. Double the price of Coko Beach, which I was surprised about, but again, it is not one for me personally.


Form: 27-162 / Weight: 10st 7lbs / Age: 12 / Trainer: Patrick Griffin / Jockey: James Reveley

He is a Veteran now at the age of 12 but ran a cracker when winning on his seasonal debut at Compiegne. Followed up by a decent run at Down Royal. He would need a career-best, in my opinion, to get involved, so not one I'll be getting involved with.


Form: P5-220 / Weight: 10st 6lbs / Age: 8 / Trainer: Willie Mullins / Jockey: Michael O'Sullivan

Two second-place finishes to start the season was a good starting point, but then he ran below par at the Cheltenham festival, which, to me, suggests he has it all to do if he is to be involved in this.


Form: 1P33P / Weight: 10st 9lbs / Age: 8 / Trainer: Gordon Elliott / Jockey: K C Sexton

A win in his seasonal debut has been the highlight of his campaign to this point. His most recent run in the Ultima at Cheltenham ended in disappointment. He made a big mistake before being pulled up before the final two fences of the contest.


Form: FF52P / Weight: 11st / Age: 9 / Trainer: Gordon Elliott / Jockey: TBC

He returned after a break of over 600 days. To be honest, his performances since returning haven't been that great. His run at the Cheltenham Festival, in particular, was the worst of the lot. You're probably better off looking elsewhere.


Form: 4-345P / Weight: 10st 13lbs / Age: 10 / Trainer: Joe Tizzard / Jockey: Brendan Powell

A disappointing run in the Ultima at the Cheltenham Festival last month resulted in him being pulled up. He has some other creditable performances, but nothing that stands out to make him a player in this year's Grand National for me.


Form: 59PBP / Weight: 10st 9lbs / Age: 10 / Trainer: Gordon Elliott / Jockey: TBC

He pulled up in the Ultima Handicap Chase on testing ground at Cheltenham last month and has failed to complete for one reason or another on his last three starts. The current price of 100/1 is probably about right, but I'd not be placing my money on it.


Form: 7F-230 / Weight: 11st 5lbs / Age: 10 / Trainer: Willie Mullins / Jockey: Jody McGarvey

A poor 2023/24 season means this runner will enter the 2024 Grand National at massive odds. Stamina is a big question, as all his best runs were at much shorter distances than the marathon Aintree trip. It would be a real shock if he troubled the frontrunners, but if any trainer can get something out of him, it's Willie Mullins.


Form: 04-82P / Weight: 10st 6lbs / Age: 10 / Trainer: Henry De Bromhead / Jockey: Darragh O'Keeffe

His failure to finish in the Ultima at this year's Cheltenham Festival is not a good sign for his chances in the Grand National. It would take a monumental improvement over recent performances for him to trouble the places, hence his massive price.

FAQ about the Grand National

What time are the Grand National Festival Day 3 races today?

  • 1.20 – Bridle Road Handicap Hurdle
  • 1.55 – Turners Mersey Novices’ Hurdle
  • 2.30 – William Hill Handicap Steeple Chase
  • 3.05 – JRL Group Liverpool Hurdle
  • 4.00 – Randox Grand National Handicap Chase
  • 5.00 – Maghull Novices’ Steeple Chase
  • 5.35 – Weatherbys Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race

What channel is the Grand National Festival on?

  • ITV1
  • Racing TV
  • ITVX – online streaming

Which bookmaker has the best odds for Grand National Day?

At the time of publication favourite Corach Rambler has best odds of 8/1 with William Hill and 888sport.

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8/1 @ William Hill

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20/1 E/W @ UniBet

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28/1 E/W @ William Hill


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