Bristol De Mai heads a maximum field of 40 for the Randox Grand National on Saturday. Ireland have strong entries in the race but the strongly-fancied Secret Reprieve is only a second reserve at this stage.
Secret Reprieve, trained by Evan Williams, won the Welsh National in December and has been set up for a crack at the world’s greatest steeplechase on Saturday.
However, connections are still waiting to see if he will make the cut or not. The Storyteller so far, is the only one not declared at the 48-hour stage.
If there are any non-runners before 1pm on Friday, then the reserve system will come into play.
Dan Skelton’s Blaklion, was the beneficiary of The Storyteller’s withdrawal. John McConnell’s Some Neck, is the first reserve with Kauto Riko and Fagan the next in line.
Ante-post favourite Cloth Cap will aim to give Trever Hemmings a record fourth win in the race following the successes of Hedgehunter, Ballabriggs and Many Clouds – and his trainer Jonjo O’Neill is chasing his second National, having won with Don’t Push It.
After domination at Cheltenham, Ireland has many hopes, including Ted Walsh’s Any Second Now.
Rachael Blackmore enjoyed a dream Festival and aims to top an incredible year on Henry de Bromhead’s Minella Times. The Gold Cup-winning stable is also responsible for Chris’s Dream and Balko Des Flos.
Willie Mullins is without the services of Paul Townend, who suffered an injury at Fairyhouse earlier this week. He is replaced on Burrows Saint by Patrick Mullins.
Danny Mullins rides Acapella Bourgeois, and Brian Hayes is on Class Conti – with Sean O’Keeffe on Cabaret Queen.
Denis O’Regan comes in for the ride on Tony Martin’s Anibale Fly, who has run well in the race twice before and has also twice been placed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Leading amateur Jamie Codd rides Milan Native, with Sean Flanagan on Tout Est Permis