Grand National Trainers

Use Grand National trainers stats and trends to help you to identify the winner of this year's Grand National.

Many people like to place their grand national bets on a favourite trainer or a popular, well known trainer.

Using our trends showing the performance of each trainer's past grand national runners, you can see the best grand national trainers to follow and those to avoid.

Trainers With Winning Grand National Records

The Grand National has proved to be a race where certain trainers have had continued success.
These trainers know what is required to win the Grand National. This could be their year all over again! We will pay special attention to their runners.

Jonjo O'Neill Runners

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Jonjo O'Neill has had some near misses in the Grand National but winning the race in 2010 with Don't Push It surely makes up for all the previous disappointments with the likes of Clan Royal and Butlers Cabin. Jonjo came agonisingly close to a second win in 2012 with Sunnyhillboy and his overall Grand National record is probably as good as any current trainer.
Overall record since 2003: One win and seven other horses in top five places. 11 O'Neill horses have completed the course from 27 runners.
2014 - Unseated Rider, Fell
2013 - Pulled Up, Unseated Rider
2012 - 2nd, Fell, Unseated Rider
2011 - 3rd, Unseated Rider, Fell
2010 - 1st, Fell
2009 - 7th, Fell, Brought Down
2008 - Pulled Up, Fell
2007 - 11th
2006 - 3rd, 5th
2005 - 3rd, 21st, Unseated Rider, Carried Out
2004 - 2nd, Pulled Up
2003 - 7th
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Paul Nicholls Runners

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The current champion trainer has had rather a mixed bag from his runners in the National and finally registered his first win with Neptune Collonges in 2012.
Overall record since 2000: One win and six other horses finished in the top five places. 15 horses completed the course from 49 runners
2014 - 5th, 18th, Pulled Up
2013 - 12th, Pulled Up, Pulled Up
2012 - 1st
2011 - 5th, Pulled Up, Fell, Fell
2010 - 4th, 9th, Fell, Unseated Rider
2009 - 3rd, 6th, 17th, Pulled Up
2008 - 12th, Pulled Up, Fell
2007 - Pulled Up, Pulled Up, Fell, Unseated Rider
2006 - Pulled Up, Pulled Up, Fell, Fell, Unseated Rider, Unseated Rider
2005 - 2nd, 8th, 15th, Fell
2004 - Pulled Up
2003 - 5th, Pulled Up, Unseated Rider, Unseated Rider, Unseated Rider
2002 - Brought Down, Pulled Up
2001 - Unseated Rider
2000 - Fell, Fell, Fell, Unseated Rider
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David Pipe Runners

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Martin Pipe's son David is now very much forging his own reputation and he has had multiple entries in the Grand National since taking over from his father. Comply or Die won the race for him in 2008 and also finished runner-up the following year. Surprisingly no other David Pipe horse has managed to place since in the Grand National.
Below is David's record since he took over from his father:
Overall record since 2007: One win and one other horse in top five. 12 horses have completed the course from a total of 23 runners.
2014 - 9th, 12th, Unseated Rider
2013 - 6th
2012 - 10th, Fell
2011 - 19th, Pulled Up, Fell
2010 - 12th, 13th, Fell, Fell, Unseated Rider
2009 - 2nd, 10th
2008 - 1st, 15th, Pulled Up, Fell, Fell
2007 - 8th, Pulled Up
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Donald McCain Runners

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Donald McCain took over the training licence from his dad Ginger after the 2006 Grand National and has followed in his four-time National winning father's footsteps by taking the great race with Ballabriggs. McCain Jnr's record overall is good with most of his runners managing to complete the course.
Overall record since 2007: One win, no other placings. Nine McCain horses have completed the course from 14 runners.
2014 - 10th, 14th
2013 - 14th, Pulled Up, Pulled Up
2012 - 6th, Fell
2011 - 1st
2010 - 8th
2009 - 12th, Unseated Rider
2008 - 6th, 14th
2007 - Unseated Rider


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Willie Mullins Runners

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Willie Mullins won the Grand National in 2005 with Hedgehunter who, but for falling at the last in 2004, could have also been placed on two further occasions. Mullins also guided the consistent Snowy Morning to third place in 2008 but it could be argued that this is a disappointing return for such a strong stable.
Overall record since 2000:One win and two other placed horses. 13 horses have completed the course from 27 Mullins runners.
2014 - 13th, 16th
2013 - 16th, Fell, Pulled Up
2012 - 11th, Fell, Fell
2011 - 6th, Fell, Fell
2010 - 6th, Unseated Rider
2009 - 9th, 11th
2008 - 3rd, 13th
2007 - 9th, Pulled Up, Pulled Up, Unseated Rider
2006 - 2nd
2005 - 1st
2004 - Fell, Fell
2002 - Unseated Rider
2000 - Fell
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Grand National Trainers With Poor Grand National Performances

Some of the other top trainers haven't performed too well in recent Grand Nationals despite many of their runners being well fancied. Nicky Henderson has not enjoyed a good recent record in the Grand National but the former Champion Trainer looks unlikely to have a runner in 2015.

Alan King is a tremendous trainer but his record in the Grand National since 2000 does not make pleasant reading:
Overall record since 2000:No placed horses. Two horses completed the course from ten runners
2014 - Pulled Up
2012 - Fell
2011 - Brought Down
2008 - Fell
2007 - Fell, Unseated Rider
2004 - 8th
2001 - Pulled Up
2000 - 6th, Pulled Up

Hopefully Godsmejudge can improve King's recent Grand National record.
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So the grand national tip based on trainer form is to beware of backing a horse just because it is from a popular yard but do play close attention to the runners of Jonjo O'Neill who regularly reward each-way support.

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24/05/15 11:45:02