GRAND NATIONAL

AUTHOR: Lewis Williams

GRAND NATIONAL 2024: Market Movers

Welcome to the market movers page for the 2024 Grand National. This piece will document any notable shifts in the market and a time frame of when they occurred, as well as the biggest price laid on some of the top contenders.


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CORACH RAMBLER 14/1 > ?

Star Sports have laid last year’s winner for the 2024 renewal at 14/1. He is now as short as ? .

After being beaten 25 lengths in the Edinburgh Gin Handicap Chase and then 15 lengths in the Betfair Chase behind Royale Pagaille, some gave up hope on the 10 year-old’s chances of retaining his ability from the season prior.

However, it was the performance in the Gold Cup most recently that triggered this move as the son of Jeremy surpassed my expectations when running an eyecatching 3rd in the Gold Cup, with L’Homme Presse and Bravemansgame closely following his trail.

That run was after the weights were released so the Lucinda Russell stable star will be running effectively 3lbs well in on official ratings and some argue that being beaten just 13 lengths to Galopin Des Champs in a Gold Cup puts him in prime position to claim another Grand National on the second Saturday of April.


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NOBLE YEATS 33/1 > ?

The 50/1 2022 winner returns for a third tilt at the Grand National after being beaten just 8 lengths last year at 10/1. He has been laid at 33/1 but is now ? .

Connections have waited with him this year with just three outings before Aintree compared to five the year prior. His campaigning has been different too, with no French travelling this time around or a Grade 2 Many Clouds Chase win in December.

They instead opted to send the Yeats gelding on a hurdling campaign and it was his performance on trials day in the Cleeve Hurdle that triggered this price adjustment. Despite being totally outpaced turning for home, Harry Cobden produced some of his best work on the 9 year-old to make the most of the pace collapse and hold on by a head to Paisley Park.

He ran no race in the Stayers Hurdle at the Festival but he’s got every chance over his beloved Aintree fences if running to his peak potential.


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MEETINGOFTHEWATERS 20/1 > ?

Meetingofthewaters is one of the most interesting runners in this field at ? from 20/1.

The son of Court Cave would understandbly have never caught your eye in the formbook before this season and reached a mere rating of 112 over hurdles when he was on the go for over a year for trainer Eugene O’Sullivan running at Ballinrobe in the summer of 2022.

However, someone certainly saw something in the now 7-year old and Patrick Mullins was even the registered owner at one point after he was sent to Closutton. After winning over fences on the third time of asking, he went on to land a huge punt when landing the big Listed Handicap Chase at the Leopardstown Christmas meeting.

He was snapped up by J P McManus before the Festival and was exposed enough heading into the Ultima most recently when he ran with a keen interest in 3rd beaten 6 lengths to Chianti Classico. That was a respectable run at 6/1 and Corach Rambler came from that race last year, so with an extra week turnaround now available for horses attending both meetings, backing up that performance isn’t necessarily a worry.

What is a worry though, is that the last 7-year old to win the Grand National before Noble Yeats in 2022 was back in 1940.


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VANILLIER 25/1 > ?

Vanillier ran 2nd most recently behind the 2023 Irish National winner and now 164 graded horse I Am Maximus in the Grade 3 Bobbyjo Chase but prior to that, the 9-year old Gavin Cromwell resident had a slightly odd winter campaign with runs in trips over 16f-21f. That is almost certainly an inadequate trip for an out and out stayer who won the Albert Bartlett back in 2021 by a striking distance of 11 lengths.

The Bobbyjo proved to be a successful stepping stone last year when his performance in 2nd was followed by an ever-closing 2nd in the 2023 Grand National when beaten just two lengths from what looked to be an unwinnable position under Sean Flanagan. A repetition of that performance and more prominent tactics will almost certainly see Vanillier go somewhat close in the 2024 renewal at ? .


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