Grand National News

It may be some time until the Grand National, with the Cheltenham Festival coming before then but we’ve got the latest news that impacts the Aintree showcase right here for those that prefer their National Hunt racing a little more chaotic!

Shutthefrontdoor Given 11st 2lbs

Arguably the greatest jockey of all time, AP McCoy, is set to retire before this season is out and how he’d love to land a second Grand National before he does. He’s expected to ride Shutthefrontdoor on 11th April and the Irish gelding, whom McCoy has ridden to victory five times previously, including once at Aintree, should have a chance of what looks a fair mark. This will be McCoy’s 20th Grand National and if you think he can go out with a bang then get on Shutthefrontdoor at 12/1.

Jonjo O’Neill’s three other Grand National entries have been weighted thus: Burton Port (10st 5lb), Sunnyhillboy (10st 8lb) and Merry King (10st 5lb). O’Neill was reported as being fairly content with the handicaps for all his options but clearly rates Shutthefrontdoor as the best bet for success and indeed McCoy’s mount is the ciurrent ante post favourite.

Lie Forrit Wins Grand National Trial

11-year-old Lie Forrit saw off Harry The Viking to land the win at Haydock and the old horse looks to be in great form. McCoy was third in this one, way back on Monbeg Dude.

Carlingford Lough and Gold Cup Winner Lord Windermere Top Weights

Both have been allocated 11st 10lbs for the National and this is part of the reason why McCoy is expected to opt for Shutthefrontdoor over Carlingford Lough, the latter of whom may now not race. Pineau De Re, the defending champion has gone up from 10st 6lbs in 2014 to a straight 11st this year.