Aintree

  • 17:15 Crabbie's Grand National Chase 4m 2f 74y

  • Winner £561,300 2nd £211,100 3rd £105,500 4th £52,700
  • Going: Soft (Heavy in places)
  • Surface: Turf

Result

  • Weighed In

  • Winning time: 9m 29.50s
  • Off time: 17:17:30
17:15 Aintree Racecards
No Draw Dist
1st Rule The World 33/1
2nd The Last Samuri (IRE) 8/1
3rd Vics Canvas (IRE) 100/1
4th Gilgamboa (IRE) 28/1

Racecard

No Form Silk Horse A Wgt Trainer Jockey OR Sky Bet
1 61-6221 EMERALD GREEN and YELLOW (quartered), WHITE sleeves and cap Many Clouds (IRE) 27
Course Winner
9 11-10 O Sherwood L P Aspell 165 1001
2 71-22P1 Red, pink hoop and armlets Silviniaco Conti (FR) 49
Course Winner
10 11-8 b P F Nicholls N D Fehily 163 1001
3 0-8432P Maroon, white star, armlets and star on cap First Lieutenant (IRE) 63
Course Winner
11 11-4 p M F Morris B J Cooper 159 1001
4 3783P-2 Light blue, dark blue chevrons and sleeves, dark blue and light blue quartered cap Wonderful Charm (FR) 120
8 11-3 pt P F Nicholls Sam Twiston-Davies 158 1001
5 535PP7 BEIGE and EMERALD GREEN check, BEIGE sleeves Ballynagour (IRE) 23
10 11-2 ht D Pipe T Scudamore 157 1001
7 21-3455 EMERALD GREEN & yellow HOOPED, Dark Blue cap Gilgamboa (IRE) 23
Beaten Favourite
8 11-1 E Bolger R M Power 156 1001
8 7F4828 Black and beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, red cap On His Own (IRE) 22
12 11-1 p W P Mullins Mr P W Mullins 156 1001
9 51F-662 RED, WHITE hoop, RED sleeves, WHITE seams, WHITE cap The Druids Nephew (IRE) 35
9 11-0 p N P Mulholland D F O'Regan 155 1001
10 0P/P3-15 Yellow, Light Blue hooped sleeves Triolo D'Alene (FR) 49
Course Winner
9 11-0 N J Henderson J McGrath 155 1001
11 0P-2P40 Royal blue, red sleeves, white spots, red cap, white spots Rocky Creek (IRE) 42
Beaten Favourite
10 10-13 t P F Nicholls A Thornton 154 1001
12 1F4/157 Maroon, White star, armlets and cap Sir Des Champs (FR) 63
10 10-13 W P Mullins Ms N Carberry 154 1001
13 43-54P2 White, Mauve stars Holywell (IRE) 25
Course Winner
9 10-12 b Jonjo O'Neill R P McLernon 153 1001
14 61/15-3P Emerald green, yellow hoops, white cap Shutthefrontdoor (IRE) 35
Course Winner
9 10-11 pt Jonjo O'Neill B J Geraghty 152 1001
15 19-0413 Dark Blue, Royal Blue chevrons, Dark Blue cap, Royal Blue star Soll 51
11 10-11 bt D Pipe C O'Farrell 152 1001
16 45-3243 Emerald Green, Red Cross of Lorraine, Light Green sleeves, Red cap Buywise (IRE) 70
9 10-10 Evan Williams Paul Moloney 151 1001
17 40-50P1 Black and Beige (halved), chevrons on sleeves, Beige cap Boston Bob (IRE) 49
Course Winner
11 10-10 W P Mullins P Townend 151 1001
18 411209 Royal blue, white seams, royal blue cap, white star Aachen 35
12 10-10 Miss V Williams Henry Brooke 151 1001
19 233/224 Grey, Grey and Black check cap Morning Assembly (IRE) 25
9 10-9 P A Fahy D N Russell 150 1001
20 0-24599 Red, White disc, diabolo on sleeves Double Ross (IRE) 25
10 10-9 pt N A Twiston-Davies Ryan Hatch 150 1001
21 12-3942 Emerald Green, Yellow chevron and sleeves, Red cap Goonyella (IRE) 34
Distance Winner
9 10-8 pt J T R Dreaper J J Burke 149 1001
22 9/1P-623 Emerald green, dark green sleeves, dark green cap, emerald green spots Ucello Conti (FR) 79
8 10-8 t G Elliott D A Jacob 149 1001
23 8-80312 YELLOW, RED star, YELLOW sleeves, WHITE armlets, YELLOW cap, RED star Unioniste (FR) 27
Course Winner
8 10-8 P F Nicholls Nick Scholfield 149 1001
24 P02615 Yellow, Royal Blue braces, Royal Blue sleeves, Yellow stars and stars on cap Le Reve (IRE) 42
8 10-8 b Mrs L Wadham Harry Skelton 149 1001
25 43-1F75 Emerald green, yellow hoops, emerald green and yellow quartered cap Gallant Oscar (IRE) 34
Beaten Favourite
10 10-8 A J Martin M P Walsh 149 1001
26 11-1225 Light blue, black sash and armlets, black and light blue hooped cap Onenightinvienna (IRE) 49
Beaten Favourite
7 10-8 P J Hobbs T J O'Brien 149 1001
27 U12-311 Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves The Last Samuri (IRE) 35
8 10-8 K C Bailey David Bass 149 1001
28 30/72-15 Dark blue and yellow (quartered), striped sleeves, white cap Kruzhlinin (GER) 25
9 10-7 P J Hobbs R Johnson 148 1001
29 S32254 MAROON, WHITE star and armlets, ROYAL BLUE cap Rule The World 34
9 10-7 M F Morris D J Mullins 148 1001
30 031-092 RED, WHITE cross belts, hooped sleeves and star on cap Just A Par (IRE) 18
9 10-6 b P F Nicholls Sean Bowen 147 1001
31 430/P-P0 Light blue, red braces, white sleeves, red armlets, light blue and red quartered cap Katenko (FR) 25
10 10-6 Miss V Williams W T Kennedy 147 1001
32 F2-85P6 ROYAL BLUE & YELLOW HOOPS, royal blue sleeves, royal blue cap, yellow star Vics Canvas (IRE) 49
13 10-6 p D A McLoughlin R T Dunne 147 1001
33 157-0U6 Brown, Orange sleeves, quartered cap Black Thunder (FR) 63
9 10-6 t P F Nicholls Mr S Waley-Cohen 147 1001
34 PB-4935 Pink, Light Green spots, Pink sleeves and cap Ballycasey (IRE) 23
9 10-6 p W P Mullins Ms K Walsh 147 1001
35 101/6P-7 Grey, White epaulets Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 42
9 10-6 N J Henderson Nico de Boinville 147 1001
36 111F26 Dark green, red cross belts, dark green and beige striped sleeves, dark green cap, red star Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 25
Beaten Favourite
7 10-5 p D Pipe J Reveley 146 1001
37 30/45-15 Emerald green and yellow hoops, red cap Pendra (IRE) 112
Beaten Favourite
8 10-5 p C E Longsdon Aidan Coleman 146 1001
38 312-671 Light green, yellow inverted triangle, yellow sleeves, red diamonds, yellow cap, red diamonds Saint Are (FR) 45
Course Winner
10 10-5 pt T R George P J Brennan 146 1001
39 F7P8-46 MAROON and WHITE STRIPES, maroon cap, white hoop Home Farm (IRE) 41
9 10-4 t H de Bromhead A E Lynch 145 1001
40 1-77F38 PURPLE and YELLOW stripes, BLACK sleeves, WHITE cap The Romford Pele (IRE) 24
9 10-4 b Miss R Curtis T E Whelan 145 1001
Non runners
65/P1P87O'Faolains Boy (IRE)911-1Miss R CurtisB Hughes156

Verdict

Many Clouds almost rewrote the record books when winning this as an eight-year-old under 11st 9lb 12 months ago. It was a performance almost on a par with Red Rum's second victory over the Aintree fences and who's to say that Oliver Sherwood's smart stayer won't come out on top again as he's been laid out for the contest- he became the first National winner in many a year to win a race the following season when successful at Kelso last month. However, last year's runner-up Saint Are also arrives off the back of a recent win and is slightly better off at the weights and there are plenty of others dangers including The Druids Nephew, travelling strongly when falling four out last year, and eventual 2015 fifth Shutthefrontdoor. Silviniaco Conti is the class act having won seven Grade 1 races over the larger obstacles. He's won over the Mildmay fences here in the last two years and could blow these away if handling the obstacles and staying the trip. Holywell also has strong credentials on form having run a cracker under a big weight at the Cheltenham Festival when finishing ahead of Morning Assembly. This is his time of year and he's also won on the Mildmay course, though he wouldn't be the biggest. First Lieutenant was third in the Hennessy in November, which has been a good trial for this in the past, but was tailed off last year. Rocky Creek was fifth in 2014, ahead of Kruzhlinin, while Goonyella is a stout stayer. Willie Mullins last won the National in 2005 with Hedgehunter and his jockey Ruby Walsh rides Sir Des Champs this year. Boston Bob is attempting to follow up his defeat of stablemate On His Own in a Grade 2 at Fairyhouse in February. It's hard to believe that Rule The World is still a maiden over fences and what a story it would be if Mouse Morris' nine-year-old could break his duck in the world's most famous steeplechase. He has the right credentials as he was second in the 2015 Irish National and later placed behind this year's Irish National winner Rogue Angel in the Kerry National at Limerick. Often thereabouts in top-class company, he could give supporters a run for their money at decent odds if lasting home but the progressive The Last Samuri has shot up the weights recently. GALLANT OSCAR has more than a squeak for the shrewd Tony Martin, who has deliberately given him a light campaign this season. He was placed behind The Druid's Nephew at last year's Cheltenham Festival and then won a valuable handicap at Punchestown. An eye-catcher under a big weight in the Leinster National at Naas last time, this will have been his long-term target. Bishops Road was due to run in yesterday's Topham but would be interesting if getting a run from his reserve spot in this instead.