The Grand National is now only days away – the final declaration stage for the 40 horses who will contest the 2014 race has taken place and the horses listed below are all guaranteed a spot on the starting line. Now you can do a little research on which horse you fancy backing for this year’s race.

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The 2014 Grand National Runners

Teaforthree
Rebbeca Curtis
Finished 3rd in 2013 and has since run again in the Welsh National, was 2nd at Ascot and 8th in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and connections are upbeat about his chances on April 5th.

BET NOW - 11/1

Double Seven
Martin Brassil
A terrific horse that should do very well if his excellent form is an indicator and he likes the Good ground! Odds dropped from 50/1 after weight of 10-11 was announced. McCoy onboard is a massive plus.

BET NOW - 12/1

Long Run
Nicky Henderson
The 2011 Gold Cup winner who will go off near top weight. An incredible horse, on solid form, who will have huge support so expect odds to shorten.

BET NOW - 16/1

Triolo D’Alene
Nicky Henderson
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Hennessy Gold Cup winner and previous winner over National fences in the Topham Chase – one for the short list if you can get beyond the fact that he is only seven years old.

BET NOW - 16/1

Burton Port
Jonjo O’Neill
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Was entered in 2012 but didn’t run due to connections opting to for the BetFred Bowl Chase instead. More favourably weighted this time around but not on his best form.

BET NOW - 16/1

Tidal Bay
Paul Nicholls
Incredible horse but will be 13 years old for the National and the last horse to win at that age was in 1923. He’ll also carry top weight (11-10) it may be too much to ask.

BET NOW - 16/1

Prince De Beauchene
Willie Mullins
Ante post favourite two years running before being withdrawn from both due to injury. Didn’t shine in Hennessy Gold Cup but good form otherwise.

BET NOW - 18/1

The Package
David Pipe
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Ran but unseated in the 2010 National but The Package has only had one race this season at the Cheltenham Festival when he finished third in the Baylis & Harding Handicap Chase.

BET NOW - 18/1

Rocky Creek
Paul Nicholls
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Potentially Paul Nicholls best chance at winning a 2nd Grand National. Second to Triolo D’Alene in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury and on great form.

BET NOW - 18/1

Balthazar King
Philip Hobbs
A sterling horse that should run a blinder – age, form, stamina, ability and he’s previously finished the Grand National so ticks every box.

BET NOW - 18/1

Monbeg Dude
Michael Scudamore
Winner of the 2012 Welsh National, has had three runs at Cheltenham this season winning one of them and although he only placed 5th at Doncaster hopes are still high that he’ll do well.

BET NOW - 20/1

Big Shu
Peter Maher
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A definite runner for the short list. Won at Cheltenham last season and came back to finish third again this year – age, stamina and form are all great and he’s in with a chance.

BET NOW - 20/1

Shakalakaboomboom
Nicky Henderson
Finished 9th in 2012 and missed 2013 due to injury but at 10 years old is the perfect age to be going for it again and can definitely get around the course. Given weight of 10-03.

BET NOW - 22/1

Pineau De Re
Richard Newland
Won at Exeter back in January and followed it up with a 3rd place in the Pertemps Final at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival which saw his odds cut from 50/1. Tipped up by a few in the know.

BET NOW - 25/1

The Rainbow Hunter
Kim Bailey
From trainer Kim Bailey, he unseated last year but back in good form with a recent win in the Sky bet Chase in January and will only carry 10-07 on the day. Fancied by many pundits to run a big one.

BET NOW - 28/1

Colbert Station
Ted Walsh
Failed to finish the 2013 race, unseating AP McCoy. A solid chaser and if he gets a decent prep season he should have better luck this time around.

BET NOW - 33/1

Walkon
Alan King
Walkon hasn’t won a race for over two years and when he did it was a novice chase. Having said that he has experience at Aintree and finished second in the Topham Chase, might spring a shock.

BET NOW - 33/1

Mr Moonshine
Sue Smith
Sue Smith’s chance to win back-to-back Grand Nationals. Third in the Becher Chase with two wins and a second since though he did pull up in the 2013 National.

BET NOW - 28/1

Lion Na Bearnai
Thomas Gibney
A winner of the Irish Grand National back in 2012, he opted for the Scottish National last year but pulled up. Connections are hopeful especially after recent win at Fairyhouse.

BET NOW - 33/1

Chance Du Roy
Philip Hobbs
A horse with very mixed form but when he’s on, he’s on and he can absolutely get around the Grand National fences as his Becher Chase win confirmed.

BET NOW - 33/1

Hawkes Point
Paul Nicholls
Second in the Coral Welsh National in 2013 behind Mountainous, this 9-year-old can really go the distance but has only had 6 chase starts.

BET NOW - 40/1

Alvarado
Fergal O’Brien
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A good chaser who has already won at Cheltenham this season but has refused a couple of times in the past. His form can be inconsistent.

BET NOW - 33/1

Quito Da La Roque
C A Murphy
Pulled up last time out and recent form none too inspiring. Enjoyed his best spell in 2011 when he went a long winning streak, if he finds that form again he might threaten.

BET NOW - 40/1

Battle Group
Johnny Farrelly
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Ended last season on a high note with two wins at Aintree and one at Haydock but this season has been very poor and he Refused to Race at Newbury so some work to be done.

BET NOW - 40/1

Mountainous
Richard Lee
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A terrific horse who the 2013 Coral Welsh National despite very heavy conditions. Could do very well for each-way backers.

BET NOW - 40/1

Vesper Bell
W P Mullins
A horse which found the going too difficult during the 2013 Becher Chase at Aintree. Judged on that performance this horse isn’t going to make the frame.

BET NOW - 40/1

Raz De Maree
D T Hughes
Won the Cork National before taking a year out. Handed a very light weight for Aintree – would still need a slice of luck to finish in the money.

BET NOW - 40/1

Across The Bay
Donald McCain
Led for most of the 2013 National before he ran out of steam and finished in 14th place. A recent win at Haydock has given renewed hope for 2014.

BET NOW - 50/1

Our Father
David Pipe
Lightly chased with only 4 starts so this may be a tough ask but he did well to finish 7th in the Hennessy Gold Cup with David Pipe believing he’s the right type for Aintree.

BET NOW - 50/1

Vintage Star
Sue Smith
One of two entries from last year’s winning trainer Sue Smith, Vintage Star was having a decent season until he fell in his last race at Cheltenham under jockey Davy Russell.

BET NOW - 50/1

Rose Of The Moon
David O’Meara
This grey will have plenty of backers due to name and colour. Has experience at Aintree and a canny trainer, not such a bad eachway bet for grey fans.

BET NOW - 50/1

Hunt Ball
Nicky Henderson
Hunt Ball has been a quality chaser in his day. Recently returned from America where he failed to make any impression. Probably carrying too much weight to challenge.

BET NOW - 50/1

Last Time D’Albain
L Cusack
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Third to Triolo D’Alene in the Topham Chase, so has ability and knows Aintree course. Far from ideal season and has only placed once past 3 miles.

BET NOW - 50/1

One In A Milan
Evan Williams
Trainer Evan Williams said of his horse: “His runs apart from the Nationals are shambolic, and he is the biggest, laziest horse you will ever meet in your life. Would seem a risky bet to most.

BET NOW - 50/1

Wayward Prince
Hillary Parrott
Wayward Prince has big odds for a horse that has previously won at Cheltenham and Aintree. Price reflects that many consider this is not his optimal distance.

BET NOW - 66/1

Buckers Bridge
Henry De Bromhead
Given 10-10 for the 2014 Grand National which is the lowest weight Buckers Bridge will have ever run off but has never won a race that was more than 2m4f so distance may be a problem.

BET NOW - 66/1

Swing Bill
David Pipe
At 13 years old Swing Bill is probably too old to challenge the younger horses. However, he has Aintree experience on his side and comes from a very good yard. Interesting each-way bet.

BET NOW - 66/1

Twirling Magnet
Jonjo O’Neill
Twirling Magnet is solid runner with some decent wins to his name. Unseated rider last time out and the long odds seem fair given that this horse is unlikely to challenge.

BET NOW - 80/1

Kruzhlinin
Donald McCain
Kruzhlinin at just seven years old would seem too young to be in the mix. However, Donald McCain knows a thing or two about training Grand National winners.

BET NOW - 100/1

Golan Way
Tim Vaughan
The 10 year old bay gelding has previous run and placed at Aintree. Has on occasion refused to race and seems a temperamental type, big odds reflect the risk.

BET NOW - 100/1

The odds above are updated regularly but bare in mind they can change quickly. The odds you see here may differ from quoted odds at online bookmakers or in the high street, please check the odds you’re getting before you bet.

Importance of Research

Many people like to a place a bet just for fun in the Grand National. They will pick a horse at random and the vast majority will not see a return. If you want to take it slightly more seriously, and give yourself a decent chance of picking the winning horse, then doing a little research is of paramount importance. Making just a small investment of time by reading through the horses profiles above could well pay off.

We take into account statistics such as a horse’s age, weight, form and its trainer to give you a good insight into how they’re likely to perform on the big day.

The Horses

When looking at the 2014 event from a distance, horses which look promising are the ones which performed well last year and will still be of prime age in 2014. Historically, horses aged nine, ten or 11 are the most likely to be in top physical condition and emerge victorious. Over the past 20 years, 85% of the winners have been within this age bracket.