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Grand National 2023: What grey horses are set to appear?
The Grand National is the highlight of the UK jump racing calendar and is undoubtedly one of the biggest and most famous racing spectacles in the world. Nevertheless, one thing that often catches punters’ eyes is the lack of greys regularly competing in the field of up to forty runners.
Despite their popularity, it is rare to see a grey winning the Grand National, the last grey finishing first past the post being Neptune Collonges back in 2012. Since then, the popularity of greys has been steadily increasing but there have been no further winners of that colour in the subsequent nine renewals of the race.
Since the race was first contested in 1839, only three greys have ever won, these being The Lamb (1868 and 1871), Nicolaus Silver (1961) and Neptune Collonges (2012). The rarity of winning greys is mainly due to their comparatively small popularity.
The 2023 Grand National is now less than four weeks away but there are still 73 entries which will be whittled down to 40 in due course. Nevertheless it does mean that as things stand there are five greys being aimed at the race.
- Gaillard Du Mesnil (14/1)
- Vanillier (25/1)
- Coko Beach (40/1)
- Farclas (66/1)
- Eva’s Oskar (100/1)
The chances of Gaillard Du Mesnil are perceived to be similar to those of Snow Leopardess in the 2022 renewal, the Willie Mullins inmate winning the National Hunt Challenge Cup on Day One of the Cheltenham Festival.
With a massive amount of ground to cover, the gelding looked well and truly beat, however he held on with just three fences left and ultimately beat Chemical Energy by a little under three lengths. This testing contest would suggest that he will be up for the challenge of the Grand National.
In the 2022 Ante Post markets, Coko Beach could be had for around 100/1 although he went off at a general 50/1 and rewarded those who backed him each-way with those bookmakers who offered eight places.
In the current market he is far shorter at best odds of 33/1 and he wears the very same Gigginstown Stud colours as 2018 and 2019 winner Tiger Roll.