Grand National runners: jockeys and trainers talk about their chances

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  • The Grand National is a unique horse race, and this year’s runners, jockeys and trainers will be lining up on Saturday hoping to claim a place in racing history.

    It’s the race that everyone wants to win, and perhaps no-one more than AP McCoy, who’s riding in the race for the 14th time, but hasn’t yet lifted the trophy. So how does Jonjo O’Neill rate the chances of McCoy’s ride Butlers Cabin, who is currently second favourite at 8-1? Find out below…

    Butlers Cabin: trainer Jonjo O’Neill

    My Will: jockey Ruby Walsh

    Ruby Walsh reflects on the chances of the clear 7-1 favourite in tomorrow’s race. He has ridden two previous winners: Papillion in 2000 and Hedgehunter in 2005.

    Comply Or Die: jockey Timmy MurphyLast year’s winning partnership are together again, but carrying 11-6 this time around, Timmy Murphy tells us it is going to be a challenge. Comply or Die is currently at 22-1 with the bookies.

    Black Apalachi: Denis O’Regan

    Denis O’Regan shares his thoughts on the leading Irish fancy Black Apalachi for Saturday’s John Smith’s Grand National. Black Apalachi won a race over the national fences in November and is well backed at 12-1.

    State Of Play: trainer Evan Williams

    Welsh trainer Evan Williams talks about his leading Grand National hope State of Play, who is currently priced around 14-1 with the bookies.

    Golden Flight: jockey Barry Geraghty

    Barry Geraghty assesses the chances of his Grand National ride Golden Flight, a horse who was successful in France before joining Nicky Henderson’s stable. Golden Flight is an outsider at around 66-1.

    Cloudy Lane and Idle Talk: trainer Donald McCain

    Donald McCain talks about the chances of his two runners: Cloudy Lane, who disappointed in last year’s race and is currently at around 40-1; and his stable mate Idle talk, who is at 50-1.

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