Grand National 2016: Pundits and tipsters' predictions
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|Crabbie's Grand National 2016|
|Venue: Aintree Date: Saturday, 9 April, 17:15 BST|
|BBC coverage: Commentary and updates on Radio 5 live; live text commentary, pinstickers' guide, sweepstake kit on BBC Sport website|
Tired of sticking a pin in the running order and hoping for the best on Grand National day?
We have collected together the predictions of some expert form-readers so that you don't have to.
The field for Saturday's race has been reduced to 39 following the withdrawal of O'Faolains Boy.
Cornelius Lysaght, BBC racing correspondent
1. The Last Samuri 2. Many Clouds 3. O'Faolains Boy 4. Saint Are
Very well handicapped, The Last Samuri was very impressive when winning at Doncaster last time. Has enjoyed a perfect preparation.
Darren Owen, BBC 5 live
1. The Last Samuri 2. Many Clouds 3. O'Faolains Boy 4. Morning Assembly
Everything has gone right for The Last Samuri this season - he looks a really progressive stayer with a nice weight.
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Donn McClean, Irish Sunday Times
1. Shutthefrontdoor 2. Saint Are 3. Gallant Oscar 4. The Druids Nephew
Raced too keenly last year when he hadn't raced since the previous November, Shutthefrontdoor is a year older, had a run, and boasts a top jockey/trainer/owner combination.
Frank Keogh, BBC Sport racing reporter
1. Many Clouds 2. Holywell 3. Saint Are 4. Morning Assembly
It is a big ask to follow Red Rum by winning back-to-back Grand Nationals, but Many Clouds fits the bill. Holywell is quirky but talented.
Gary O'Brien, At The Races & BBC 5 Live
1. Goonyella 2. Gallant Oscar 3. Many Clouds 4. Ucello Conti
Goonyella has always looked an ideal National horse. While he was a shade disappointing in the Becher Chase, he could be an entirely different proposition over the longer trip with the ground turning in his favour.
|7-1 Many Clouds; 10-1 The Last Samuri; 12-1 Silviniaco Conti; 14-1 Holywell, The Druids Nephew; 16-1 Saint Are; 20-1 Shutthefrontdoor, Gallant Oscar, Gooonyella; 25-1 Kruzhlinin, Morning Assembly, Ucello Conti; 33-1 Bar (Approximate prices as of 14:00 BST, Friday 8 April)|
Gina Andrews, Channel 4 Racing presenter
1. Silviniaco Conti 2. Holywell 3. O'Faolains (now not running) Boy 4. Ucello Conti
A class horse, who is well in at the weights and looked back to his best last time. Same sire as 2012 winner Neptune Collonges.
John Hunt, BBC 5 live commentator
1. The Druids Nephew 2. Gilgamboa 3. Triolo D'Alene 4. The Last Samurai
The Druids Nephew was going like a winner when slipping late last year. His recent run at Doncaster was the perfect preparation.
Luke Harvey, BBC 5 live
1. The Last Samuri 2. Many Clouds 3. The Druids Nephew 4. Triolo D'Alene
I was very impressed with The Last Samuri's win last time at Doncaster. The ground should be ideal for him and stable confidence couldn't be higher.
Niall Cronin, Evening Herald, Ireland
1. Many Clouds 2. Morning Assembly 3. Gilgamboa 4. The Last Samuri
Winning two Grand Nationals isn't the done thing, but Many Clouds is cut from a different cloth. Given a chance by the handicapper, he proved last year he can carry the weight and loved the place.
Richard Hoiles, Channel 4 & Racing UK
1. Goonyella 2. Morning Assembly 3. Holywell 4. Gallant Oscar
With rain forecast, Goonyella will be one of the few that would handle testing conditions well.
Sally Ann Grassick, RTE racing presenter
1. Many Clouds 2. Holywell 3. Goonyella 4. Shutthefrontdoor
Many Clouds was the classiest National winner I have seen in long time, and keeps showing how good he is.
Will Hayler, Sporting Life
1. Morning Assembly 2. Many Clouds 3. Onenightinvienna 4. The Druids Nephew
Trained for the race all season, Morning Assembly has the right balance of sound jumping, stamina and a touch of class.