The field has been finalised and confirmed for Saturday’s Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree, with the standard maximum of 40 runners all set to line up in the world famous steeplechase.
This year around, Lost Glory has been the only late withdrawal meaning Swing Bill gets a run. Swing Bill, trained by David Pipe, ended up finishing sixth last year and is owned by Judy Halewood, the boss of race sponsors Crabbie’s.
Tidal Bay, trained by Paul Nicholls, tops the weights as the 13-year-old seeks to become the oldest winner for over 90 years.
Some of the major contenders this year include 2011 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Long Run and Monbeg Dude, winner of the Welsh National in 2013.
As things currently stand, Last year’s third-placed horse Teaforthree is the current 8-1 favourite ahead of 12-1 shot Monbeg Dude, who is part-owned by former England rugby union captain Mike Tindall, his team-mate James Simpson-Daniel and Welsh fly-half Nicky Robinson.
There had initially been a total of 65 entries remaining for the race, run over 30 fences and nearly four and a half miles, with the lowest rated horses voted out.
The 2013 winner, Auroras Encore, has been retired and runner-up Cappa Bleu is out with an injury.