2016 Grand National Form Guide
All 40 horses that line up for the 2016 Grand National will aim to bag the coveted title on April 9, but many horses will simply struggle to manufacture their way round the unique National course, whilst some will struggle to see out the extreme distance..
So, we take a look at some of the horses to follow who we believe shouldn't struggle with the idiosyncrasies of the course and have also proven form when it comes to not only tackling the Grand National, but have performed admirably in long distance handicap chases.
2016 Grand National Form
A sparkling winner of the 2015 Grand National, Oliver Sherwood's Many Clouds is a prominent figure in the 2016 Grand National Betting, and having eased to victory in Kelso's Premier Chase last time out he will head to Aintree on April 9 as the one to beat.
A multiple Grade 1 winner for Paul Nicholls, who warmed up for this test with an impressive, authoritative victory in the Grade 1 Ascot Chase, and whilst he will have a huge burden to carry he is one of the class acts in the race and can't be ignored at the head of the betting.
The Last Samuri
Impressive when storming to victory in Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster, Kim Bailey's The Last Samuri is a staying handicap chaser on the up and if he takes to this unique jumping test, then, with stamina assured, he can land a signifcant blow for connections.
The Druids Nephew
He was travelling supremely well in this race 12 months ago, before falling in the latter stages, but The Druids Nephew will be aiming to produce his best at Aintree, and will have to record a career best if he is to be a primary player at the end of over four miles.
Second in a competitive handicap chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month, Holywell has plummeted down the ratings of late, and if he can recapture the form that saw him battle it out in Grade 1 races then he has to be a leading contender for trainer Jonjo O'Neill.
Saint Are was second in the race last season, and he is another that could improve for a return to the Merseyside venue, but while he stormed to victory in a veterans race earlier in the season, he will need more if he is to a play a part in this event on April 9.
A dual winner of the Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown, John Kiely's Carlingford Lough is one of the class acts of the race, and if he can rekindle his postive form then has to be in with a huge chance of landing the contest for his Irish handler and owner JP McManus.