The velvet curtain has been drawn back at the BHA offices, revealing the hard work of chief handicapper.

With the runners for the 2024 Grand National now declared, it’s time to take a look at four horses who could make a big impact on Saturday’s race.

The betting market is, as always at this time of year, in constant flux. The favourite yesterday, Corach Rambler, is only joint favourite today as I Am Maximus holds firm in the odds.

But despite the movement here and there, most of the runners aren’t showing any major swings and those that have consistently been around 33/1 or 50/1 are still there or thereabouts.

So where is the value in the betting, and could any of the outsiders really put in a performance to surprise everybody?

Roi Mage

He may be 12 years old but this veteran knows exactly how to get around the difficult course.

He finished in 7th place last year and could very well do the same again this year.

With a steeple chase cross country win in France already under his belt this season, he has stamina for days and could sneak into the places.

Chambard

Of all the trainers to fear, Venetia Williams is the one that has previously sent out a 100/1 winner with Mon Mome in 2009.

This year, another outsider falls under her remit in the form of Chambard. Priced around 66/1, Chambard will be partnered with amateur jockey Miss Lucy Turner.

But don’t be fooled, the duo have already won the Becher Chase at Aintree this season and if nobody knows this horse better than Turner.

Foxy Jacks

Usually a huge movement in the odds of a horse suggest a lot of money has been bet on it. At the time of writing this, odds on Foxy Jacks have dropped from 66/1 to 28/1 overnight so somebody really has faith in him.

Of course the odds could drift between now and the the race at 4pm on Saturday, April 13th, but keep an eye on him becuase he does tick a few boxes.

With a Grand National winning trainer in Mouse Morris and a win in the Glenfarclas at Cheltenham in December over 3m5½f, he could run a great race.

Ain’t That A Shame

Ironically, Robcour have just sold Ain’t That A Shame so it really would be a shame, for them, if he went on to surprise everybody and win or place in the race.

Like Roi Mage, he also finished the National last year but as the last of 17 finishers. However, at least he got around the course which is more than can be said for the more that half the field that started!

Can he go a few places better and make it into the money in 2024? Trainer Henry De Bromhead will be hoping so!

100/1 Winners Of The Grand National

The Grand National is known for producing surprise results, with several long-shot winners over the years. Here are some of the most notable instances:

Mon Mome (2009): This 100/1 outsider stunned the racing world when he won the Grand National by 12 lengths. It was one of the biggest shocks in the history of the race.

Foinavon (1967): Foinavon’s victory is still considered one of the most unlikely in Grand National history. He was a 100/1 shot and only won the race because of a pile-up at the 23rd fence that held up most of the field.

Caughoo (1947): Caughoo was another 100/1 winner of the Grand National. He was ridden by Eddie Dempsey, who became the youngest jockey ever to win the race at just 17 years old.

Gregalach (1929): Gregalach was a 100/1 outsider when he won the Grand National in 1929. His victory was notable because he was carrying the heaviest weight ever for a winner of the race.

These victories show that in the Grand National, anything can happen, and long odds do not necessarily mean a horse is without a chance.

100/1 Runners In The 2024 Grand National

While the betting markets do fluctuate, there are always one or two runners that go off at 100/1 in the Grand National.

At the time of writing this, there are three with odds of 100/1. They are:

  • Janidil – odds have fluctuated between 66/1 and 100/1
  • Eldorado Allen – odds vary between 66/1 and 100/1
  • Eklat De Rire – consistently between 80/1 and 100/1

Can any of them make an impact on Saturday? Janidil is one of five JP McManus runners this year and is also trained by Willie Mullins. Doubtful they would send him out if they didn’t think he has some sort of chance.

Eldorado Allen is one of four grey runners this year, so they might get some backing closer to the starting time.

Form isn’t great, and wins are thin on the ground but he is a consistent runner who has never fallen or unseated his jockey.

Lastly, Eklat De Rire is one of three from Henry De Bromhead who won this race in 2021 with Minella Times.

His form over longer distances leaves a lot to be desired, but he does like a slog in the mud, so the ground this year could suit him.

For the 2024 Grand National, it looks like the 100/1 odds accurately reflect the chances of any of them winning, but anything can happen on the day, and one may even sneak into the places.