Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Best Grand National runners based on jockeys and trainers

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The Grand National is not really a race that can be dominated by one trainer or one jockey as it is such a wide open event but certain jockeys and trainers do have a better than average record in the race whilst some surprisingly big names in the training world have a less than exceptional record in the race so it could pay to go with those with a proven record in the Grand National 2012. To see a full list of Grand National Runners, click here .

Tony McCoy is often the jockey that most punters will look out for and as a winner of the BBC Sports Personality Award in 2010 even the once a year punters will all know his name but is he one to follow in this race? The reason he won the 2010 Sports Personality was because he rode Don’t Push It to victory in the Grand National that year but that was his first and only win in the race to date. He rode the same horse to third last year and that equalled his previous best finish on any horse other than Don’t Push It, McCoy came third in the 2002 and 2006 Grand Nationals aboard Blowing Wind and Clan Royal. That is not perhaps the record you’d expect from Tony McCoy but backers of Synchronised, this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup winner, will undoubtedly be happy to hear that McCoy is riding that horse this year and he looks most likely to go off as favourite on the day.

Perhaps the jockey to follow on Grand National day is Ruby Walsh. He only has one more win than McCoy having ridden Papillon to victory in 2000 and also Hedgehunter in 2005 but his overall record looks a bit better than Tony McCoy’s. Walsh also finished second on Hedgehunter in 2006 and was unlucky not to win on him in 2004 and he has placed on three other horses over the past decade or so. This year Walsh has chosen to ride the lightly raced contender On His Own who has unsurprisingly come in for plenty of support since that decision. Ruby Walsh will be up against family members Katie Walsh and Ted Walsh in this race, Ruby’s sister Katie rides Seabass for their father Ted and it could even turn out to be a 1-2 for the Walsh siblings.

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