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Many Clouds looking to emulate Red Rum
No horse since Red Rum in 1974 has won back-to-back runnings of the Grand National. But that won’t put off connections of Many Clouds this season as they are set to campaign their horse for the 4m4f steeplechase over the bigger obstacles at Aintree once again following success earlier this year.
Many Clouds
by Carine06
Many Clouds already tops the betting with many bookmakers for the Grand National 2016 but if he is to win the famous race again, he will have to do so this time with much more weight on his back than last April.

Sherwood’s star chaser could start his campaign in the next couple of weeks. He began last season at Carlisle by winning an intermediate chase over a much shorter trip of 2m4f. He then ran on three occasions before Aintree, including at the Cheltenham Festival where he finished sixth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup where he was not completely unfancied at 7/1 in the race won by Coneygree.

Recent trends do suggest better horses are winning the Grand National. Between 1990 and 2005, only one horse, Hedgehunter, scored in the race with 11 stone or more. In the past seven years, four runners have achieved that feat, with the highest weight being carried by Neptune Collonges when he succeeded by the narrowest of margins following a photo-finish in 2012.

The challengers to Many Clouds this season could include two-time King George VI Chase winner Silviniaco Conti. Connections will probably still aim for another shot at the showpiece race at Kempton on Boxing Day and then the Cheltenham Gold Cup. However, they may also be tempted to try their luck at Aintree, considering how well Many Clouds did in the 2015 race on the back of his Cheltenham run.
Silviniaco Conti
by Carine06
Silviniaco Conti is nine years old and is now reaching the prime age for a run in the Grand National. He has won on his last two visits to Aintree as he scored in the 2014 and 2015 Bowl Chase. The big positive for backers of this horse would be his jumping. He has only once fallen in his career as he clears his obstacles with ease.

The other horse which is prominent in the early betting for the 2016 Grand National is The Druids Nephew. He unfortunately fell in the race last year when he was fancied to do well at 10-1. He made one mistake last April and suffered the consequences.

The Druids Nephew’s only victory last season came at the Cheltenham Festival where he won the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Chase, a Grade Three contest over 3m1f. He also finished second at the same track earlier in the campaign in the Grade Three Murphy Group Handicap Chase where he went off as the 4-1 favourite.

Neil Mullholland’s runner does have an entry in the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2016 so there are various options for connections. A decision on what route he will take at the back end of the season will probably be made in 2016.
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