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Grey Horse’s in the Grand National 2012

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We have had a number of people asking about the grey runners for this year’s Grand National 2012. It seems it is still a popular bet despite there having been only 2 winners ever by a Grey in the Grand National. The last being Nicalaus Silver in 1961 and before that you have to go all the way back to 1868 and The Lamb to find a grey winner.

So how have the greys performed in recent years, are they getting any closer to breaking the hoodoo?

2011 – 4 – 12th

2010 – 4 – 7th
2009 – 1 – DNC
2008 – 3 – 2nd
2007 – 2 – DNC
2006 – 1 – DNC
2005 – 3 – 17th
2004 – 3 – 9th

Apart from a strong effort by King John’s Castle in 2008, it is not exactly compelling evidence.

So, who will be flying the Grey flag in the 2012 Grand National are they worth our interest?

The most likely chances fall unsurprisingly, we guess, CHICAGO GREY with NEPTUNE COLLONGES also a popular choice

Chicago Grey


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Chicago Grey is trained by the Grand National winner trainer Gordon Elliott. Also proven at 4 miles and is a lively contender for the Grand National 2012. Could this be the first grey winner of the Grand National since 1961? There are more than a few that think so

Neptune Collonges

Has won a series of top class races. From trainer Paul Nicholls, the flying grey has a big fan club and is nicely priced around 28/1 – Definite each way chance.


Other greys in the race include ALFA BEAT 40/1 and SWING BILL 80/1


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