• The 2016 Result
  • My Personal Picks for the 2016 Grand National
  • 2016 Shortlist Revealed!
  • The Elimination Round 2016!
  • 5 Day Declarations Leaves 2014 Winner Out In The Cold
Crabbie's Grand National Festival

The 2016 Result

Another year of frustration for me and my followers sadly as the trends inexplicably fail to find a winner for a second year in a row! It’s fair to say the weather turned the race into a an even more stamina sapping test than normal. Without a doubt the most telling statistic from today’s race was that in a field where only ten out of thirty-nine runners could boast a…


2016 Shortlist Revealed!

If you have read my previous blog you will know that I have applied eight specific trends which have helped shape a list of horses who I think CAN win the National. In case you haven’t, twenty-four horses failed to meet all eight of the following criteria: 1. Has a career win over further than 3m. 2. Has ten or more career starts over fences (includes PTP). 3. Is aged…


The Elimination Round 2016!

Before I reach the final run-in on my 2016 Grand National preview I think it’s important to consolidate the ground work I’ve put in studying various trends and statistics on the race. If we pick through the bones of my blogs on stamina, form, weight, experience, preparation and class we have eight key ‘eliminator’ trends that I will apply to shorten my list of potential winners. Put simply, based on…


5 Day Declarations Leaves 2014 Winner Out In The Cold

Monday’s 5 day declarations for the 2016 Crabbies Grand National means a slew of big trend horses facing the prospect of missing out on a run. Just nine horses were withdrawn on Monday: Carlingford Lough, Third Intention, Roi Du Mee, Turban, Living Next Door, Spring Heeled, Katkeau, Golden Chieftain, Godsmejudge. This means 2014 winner Pineau De Re (46) – now in the twilight of his career, at 13 – faces…

Crabbies GN

Many Clouds tops the list of 96 entries

There are 96 horses going forward for the Crabbies Grand National on April 9th following the official ‘scratching’ stage earlier this week. At the top of the handicap is 2015 Grand National winner Many Clouds who will carry 11 stone 10 pounds, just one pound more than he carried to victory last year, although he is 6lb higher in the official ratings. Just 17 horses dropped out at this latest…

Many Clouds

Welcome to Grand National Trends 2016

There’s just two weeks to go until the 2016 Crabbie Grand National so it’s high time to kick start my analysis of this race! If you have seen the website before, or follow me on Facebook you will know that there’s much more to picking a winner than sticking a pin in your newspaper. In fact there are in fact several key clues we can obtain from trends formed over…

Many Clouds

The Result

Well the 2015 Grand National is in the books and I have to say the result is a head scracher for me to say the least. But first of all hats off to Many Clouds and his connections, an absolute class act who carrying 11-9 ran an absolutely monumental race to win the National pretty comfortably. This was a horse with undoubted talent having won the high quality Hennessy Chase…

Rocky Creek

2015 Grand National Predictions

Happy Grand National Eve! As the mighty Bucks Fizz once said “There Comes a Time For Making Your Mind Up” and for this website it’s time for me to put what reputation I have on the line with some hard headed turf investment decisions. So to begin, let’s recap on the fifteen horses who came out on top of the trends analysis I’ve conducted. Admittedly it’s a big list and…

John Smiths Grand National

2015 Shortlist Revealed

OK you’ve waited long enough! It’s time to reveal how our 2015 Grand National field stack up against everything analysed in the trends section of this website. Bear in mind when I’ve analysed these trends retrospectively against each Grand National field from 2009-2014, and every horse finishing in the first two home in each of these six editions ranked no lower than 15th for that years field. So it’s logical…