With the 2008 Grand National just over a week away (Saturday 5 April) dual race winner Carl Llewellyn has confirmed that he is unlikely to be taking part.

In February Carl told H&H (H&H online 7 February) that he would be tempted to make a one-off race-riding comeback to take part in the 2008 Grand National. But the jockey-turned-trainer has since said that he will “probably not be riding”.

Carl, who won with Party Politics in 1992 and Earth Summit in 1998, told H&H: “Let’s put it this way, my gym shoes are still clean.”

Don’t miss H&H’s Grand National Preview special, on sale 3 April including: Lucinda Green rides Grand National favourite Simon; fascinating facts about the famous fences; and Carl Evans’ form guide. Get last minute tips on the horses to watch on horseandhound.co.uk on Thursday, plus a report on the race on Saturday. Don’t miss H&H’s in-depth report on all the Aintree action in 10 April issue.