The top 40 horses in this list can run in Saturday’s Randox Grand National. Up to four reserves could get a run if any drop out before 1pm on Friday. Carl Evans looks at all the hopefuls
9yo, 11st 7lb
Trainer: Henry de Bromhead
CLASSY performer in Ireland, as proved when just a neck behind The Storyteller at Down
Royal in October. In four runs in Britain has yet to excel, including when pulled up in last month’s Ryanair Chase, and no evidence to show he yearns for a long-distance test of stamina, but for now the dream lives on.
12yo, 11st 1lb
Owners: Phil & Julie Martin
Trainer: Brian Ellison
CONSISTENT veteran, 15 wins and eight places in 37 starts, but well beaten by Cloth Cap, the bookies’ favourite for the race, when they met at Kelso, and now carries 10lb more than that rival. Unlucky in 2017 National when saddle slipped, but it is hard to envisage his misspelled name appearing on the winner’s trophy.
BRISTOL DE MAI
10yo, 11st 10lb
Owners: Simon Munir & Isaac Souede
Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies
Jockey: Daryl Jacob
IMPRESSIVE-looking grey with ability to match. Won a third Grade One Betfair Chase in November and then fine second to a Gold Cup winner at Sandown in February. This has been the aim since, copes with any ground, jockey and trainer are past National winners.
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