THE GRAND NATIONAL is one of the bastions of the British sporting calendar and is the showpiece event of the Aintree festival - so here are all. The lowdown on all the runners and riders. The official field of runners for the Grand National is finalised in the week before the race (8th April ). Struggling to pick a potential winner? This video could help you make your mind up. Won the Classic Chase at Warwick in January. He has been pulled up six times from eight starts. If you fancy backing him, hold off until the British weather has had its say before parting with your money. Trainer won with another grey, Neptune Collonges, in North Wales Football Football: Has completed twice, his best finish being 11th. The Young Master was a faller in the Becher Chase over the National fences. And that is the problem. Well beaten in the Becher Chase — 59L behind Vieux Lion Rouge, so would really need to dig deep to make an impact at Aintree. In the two years since he has only ran three times, making his seasonal return in November This will be his first competitive run since winning at Uttoxeter in June, when Ballynagour and Gas Line Boy were among the beaten rivals. Follow us facebook twitter pinterest instagram. Latest updates and video from the world of equestrian sports. He can go the distance, jumps beautifully and if you're a Man Utd, Liverpool, Arsenal or basically a fan of any team that plays in red, then there's that reason to back him too! His form is very good and at first glance he looks like a reasonable prospect but he hasn't won beyond 2m5f so the marathon Aintree trip may be a challenge for him. A winner and runner-up in the shorter Becher Chase over the National fences. Trainer has saddled the most winners of all-time at the Cheltenham Festival, but is due a change of luck in the National. Made a winning start at Cheltenham on New Year's Day and could appreciate this step-up in distance. I'm not normally keen on runners whose recent form is a bit off and that's exactly what O'Faolains Boy is — a bit off. See today's front and back pages, download the newspaper, order back issues and use the historic Daily Express newspaper archive.