Grand National - At The Races

Fitzy's Focus


A gallant fourth in last year’s National, when putting up a superb jumping and travelling display, Blakion bids to go three places better in 2018. Off a 9lb higher mark, how does Mick rate his chances?

Anibale Fly

How does Mick Fitzgerald see Gold Cup third Anibale Fly fairing in the National? A horse coming to Aintree on the back of a career best, is he to the fore of Mick’s shortlist?

Total Recall

After Hedgehunter’s 2005 National success, Total Recall will bid to give Willie Mullins his second victory on Merseyside. How does Mick Fitzgerald rate the nine-year-old’s chances though?

Tiger Roll

A three-time Cheltenham Festival winner, Tiger Roll bids to win another great race in the Grand National. How does Mick Fitzgerald assess his chance? Find out here.

The Last Samuri

A brilliant second in the race in 2016, The Last Samuri will bid to go a place better two years later for the Kim Bailey team. He’s now 10lb higher in the handicap and two years older so how does Mick Fitzgerald think he’ll fair?

Alpha Des Obeaux

Mouse Morris and Gigginstown House Stud tasted Grand National glory in 2016 with Rule The World and the same connections bid to repeat the trick with Alpha Des Obeaux. Rachael Blackmore gets her first National ride, but how does Mick see the team fairing?

  • Gold Present

    Gold Present

    The Grand National is one of the few top races that trainer Nicky Henderson hasn’t won. In Gold Present the Seven Barrows handler appears to a lively outsider in breaking his duck, but is that how Mick Fitzgerald sees it?

  • Shantou Flyer

    Shantou Flyer

    Under the guidance of British racing’s hottest claiming jockey James Bowen, Shantou Flyer will represent the Richard Hobson team in a bid to improve on his pulled-up effort in last year’s race. Mick Fitzgerald takes a closer look at his chance here.

  • Ucello Conti

    Ucello Conti

    Sixth in the 2016 Grand National and a horse with a decent record over the Aintree fences, Mick Fitzgerald takes a closer look at the chances of Gordon Elliott’s Ucello Conti.

  • Baie Des Iles

    Baie Des Iles

    Husband and wife combination of Ross O’Sullivan and Katie Walsh team up with Baie Des Iles in the Grand National. The seven-year-old mare winning would be a massive trend buster as Mick Fitzgerald takes a closer look.

  • Gas Line Boy

    Gas Line Boy

    Can Mick Fitzgerald see his former horse Gas Line Boy going four places better in this year’s National? Find out here.

  • Milansbar


    The Bryony Frost-ridden Milansbar takes a similar route as last year’s National hero One For Arthur, coming into Aintree via a success in the Classic Chase at Warwick. Mick Fitzgerald rates his chance here.