Aintree received its second big boost within 24 hours on Monday with the news that Irish-trained horses will be able to take part in the Martell Grand National.

During the foot and mouth crisis the Irish Government had asked trainers not to travel their horses to England but Willie Mullins, chairman of the Irish Trainers’ Association, acknowledged the change of heart.

“They have changed their stance and are allowing horses to travel to Aintree. At the moment, the horses won’t be allowed back to Ireland in the foreseeable future,” said Mullins.

This relaxation in foot and mouth regulations by the Irish Government means that last year’s winner, the Ted Walsh-trained Papillon could be in the line up, after all.