Grand National - At The Races

Fitzgerald Focus

The Last Samuri

Last season’s Grand National favourite The Last Samuri disputed the lead for most of the latter stages of the race before eventually finishing a gallant. Mick Fitzgerald gives us his view on the 9yo’s chance of landing his trainer another National now that he has to carry 12lbs more than in 2016.

Saphir Du Rheu

Coming here on the back of a close up fifth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Saphir Du Rheu is the next horse Mick Fitzgerald looks at. Can Paul Nicholls saddle another grey to win this prize?


Blaklion has Grade 1-winning from in the book and prepped for the Randox Health Grand National with a good second in the Grand National Trial at Haydock. Here, ATR's Mick Fitzgerald considers whether the 8yo can go one better in Liverpool to give his trainer a third National.

The Young Master

The Grand National has been The Young Master's long-term target for nearly two seasons now. How does Mick Fitzgerald assess the chance of the Neil Mullholland-trained inmate here?

Cause Of Causes

The Gordon Elliott-trained Cause Of Causes, winner of three different races at the Cheltenham Festival, finished eighth in the Grand National two years ago - does Mick Fitzgerald think the 9yo can improve on that run at Aintree in 2017?

Vieux Lion Rouge

Vieux Lion Rouge landed the Becher Chase over the National fences before winning the Grand National Trial at Haydock and here Grand National-winning jockey Mick Fitzgerald analyses whether the 8yo can cap a perfect campaign by landing the world's most famous steeplechase.

  • Definitly Red

    Definitly Red

    Mick Fitzgerald casts his eye over the vastly improved and bang in form Definitly Red who will race from a lenient handicap mark in this year's National.

  • Ucello Conti

    Ucello Conti

    Although beaten a long way when sixth in last season's Grand National, Ucello Conti shaped much better than the distance held. Does Mick Fitzgerald feel he can go closer this time round? Find out here.

  • Pleasant Company

    Pleasant Company

    Representing two men that have already tasted Grand National glory, Pleasant Company is the next horse Mick Fitzgerald tackles on the run up to Aintree's big day.

  • One For Arthur

    One For Arthur

    Coming here in form and with experience over the National fences, One For Arthur is the next horse assessed by Mick Fitzgerald. Can he win it for Scotland?