The Cheltenham Gold Cup winning horse Synchronised heads a maximum field of forty runners for Saturday’s Grand National at Aintree.
Le Beau Bai and Always Waining were withdrawn at Thursday morning’s final declaration stage. This means that Hello Bud gets a run for trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies and his jockey son Sam, whereas Neptune Equester also comes into the sector.
Any Currency, Our Island, Abbeybraney and Smoking Aces are reserves if any horses drop out by Friday morning. West End Rocker, Giles Cross and last year’s winner Ballabriggs are among the other leading contenders.
Synchronised, who will be ridden by sixteen-time champion jockey Tony McCoy, is seemingly to go off as favourite as he bids to become the primary horse in in 78 years to capture steeplechasing’s two biggest races in the identical season.
Golden Miller is the sole horse to have achieved the Gold Cup-Grand National double in the same season, in 1934. The sole other horse to triumph in both in several years was L’Escargot, winner of the Gold Cup in 1970 and 1971, who went on to beat the nice Red Rum into second in the 1975 National.
O’Neill has left in another of his Festival winners in Kim Muir victor Sunnyhillboy, furthermore Arbor Supreme. Last year’s National hero Ballabriggs is one of 2 huge chances for Donald McCain who additionally runs Weird Al.
The last horse to attain back-to-back wins in the race was Red Rum in 1974 who was trained by McCain’s father Ginger who died last September. On His Own, the mount of Ruby Walsh, heads Willie Mullins’ team whereas the Irish jockey’s sister Katie can be aboard Seabass for their father, Ted Walsh. Nina Carberry, who is additionally bidding to become the primary female rider to win the race, can be aboard Organisedconfusion for her uncle, Arthur Moore.
The going of the National course on Thursday morning was described as good to soft, good in places but there is the likelihood of additional rain for the Liverpool vicinity over the next few days.