The Gordon Elliott Grand National runners for 2023 are headed by last year’s third – Delta Work. However, the County Meath handler has an army of entries and with three previous wins in the race they should all command respect.
Gordon Elliott Has Won the Grand National Three Times Before
From the trainers still in operation, no stable has won the Aintree Grand National more times than Gordon Elliott. The leading Irish handler has mopped up three wins in the world’s greatest steeplechase over the years.
His first Grand National win came in 2007 with Silver Birch and then 11 years later Elliott won two on the spin with the popular Tiger Roll in 2018 and 2019.
Gordon Elliott needs just one more Grand National success to join George Dockeray, Fred Rimell, who trained one of the three grey National winners Nicolaus Silver, and Ginger McCain of Red Rum fame – who have all bagged four wins in the Merseyside Marathon.
No trainer has won the Grand National more than four times.
Gordon Elliott Grand National Runners For 2023: Delta Work Heads a Big National Team For Elliott
At this stage, Gordon Elliott has 13 possible 2023 Grand National runners, but the final field of 40 will be out on Thursday 13th April, when we’ll find out which of his entries are certain Aintree starters.
DELTA WORK @ 8/1
Likely to be the shortest-priced Grand National runner for Gordon Elliott. Ran third in the race last year and has returned this season better than ever when winning the Cross-Country race at the Cheltenham Festival (watch below). Set to carry 11st 4lbs this time, which is also 5lbs lower than last year, and represents the Gigginstown House Stud team that have won the National three times before.
GALVIN @ 20/1
Ran a gallant second to Delta Work in the Cross Country race last time out at Cheltenham. Would be having his first run in the National and adds a bit of class rated 166. However, as a result is set to carry a huge weight of 11st 11lbs – and since 1978, 134 horses have tried to win with more than 11st 5lbs and just two have won.
COKO BEACH @ 33/1
Horse that will attract the attention of the grey horse lovers and not without a chance of becoming only the fourth grey to win the National. Heads here having won the National Trial at Punchestown over 3m4f so staying the trip will be fine. Still only 8 too and this has been a popular age for National winners recently – 4 of the last 7 winners were aged 8. Also, another that represents the powerful Gigginstown House Stud operation.
FURY ROAD @ 25/1
Yet another Gigginstown House Stud runner, that was last seen running down the field in the Ryanair Chase at the Cheltenham Festival. Prior to that was a fair third in the Irish Gold Cup, but stamina over this much longer trip would have to be taken on trust. 11st 6lbs in weight makes life hard too, but, on a plus, has a consistent profile over fences, with 8 top three finishes from 10 runs.
ESCARIA TEN @ 100/1
Nineth in the Grand National last year and is back for more off a 5lb lower weight. Was, however, beaten a massive 75 lengths by Noble Yeats 12 months ago so a lot of ground to make up. Did run well for much of the race and was second at one point, but faded during the final quarter of the contest, so needs to prove his stamina.
DUNBOYNE @ 40/1
Stayed on well to take fourth in the Kim Muir at the Cheltenham Festival last time. The longer trip here certainly looks worth a crack and still lightly-raced over fences with just 7 runs. Prior to that run was a close second in the Thyestes Chase. Debut run in the race, while any rain you feel would help his cause with his best form coming with some cut. Numbered 42 at the moment, so needs two horses to drop out to make the final 40.
Note: Odds are subject to change.
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