The 2024 Grand National 11 - 13 April

The Last Samuri

The Last Samuri is regarded as one of the top Grand National runners around. He has been transformed into this status as a result of some impressive wins already. He has also been able to benefit from the training of Kim Bailey, who has produced some magnificent horses over the years. Mr Frisk is the record holder amongst the Grand National horses, and Bailey managed to achieve success on the back of Mr Frisk in 1990.

Bailey has been in charge of The Last Samuri only since the last campaign. It was immediately apparent that The Last Samuri would become one of the top Grand National names around. He has managed two big handicap wins on the way to Aintree.

The Last Samuri was easily ten pounds more than the handicap mark of the course. Jockey David Bass was responsible for overseeing the horse at the previous Grand National. It looked like he was on the verge of getting an unlikely success at that tournament before he was beaten by Rule The World.

David Bass has been the main jockey for The Last Samuri over the last few years, but it is looking increasingly likely that Brain Hughes will be controlling him for the forthcoming events. It is almost certain that he will be one of the top options in the list of Grand National horses. Riding under a new jockey could bring its fair share of problems, but The Last Samuri has managed to step away quite brilliantly from such issues in the past.

A reason for this thoroughbred being regarded as one of the finest Aintree horses Grand National can hope to see is because of his recent form. After having struggled with a weight issue for a considerable amount of time, The Last Samuri is unlikely to surprise many if he goes into the 2018 tournament with a ten pound higher weight rating than before. Certainly, not one of the biggest horses in Grand National, even trainer Kim Bailey has pointed that the horse may struggle with the issue of weight.

This Chestnut Gelding is currently owned by Paul & Clare Rooney. He specialises only in the jump events. One of the reasons for The Last Samuri being considered as one of the top runners in Grand National is the impressive eight career wins he has achieved despite being only eight years old. In 16 runs in his career, this Grand National runner has managed eight wins.