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The Storyteller is the only withdrawal as the final field of 40 horses is named for Saturday's Aintree Grand National
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The Storyteller was the only withdrawal as the final field of 40 horses – headed by Cloth Cap – was named for the Grand National on Saturday.
It means Blaklion is the last horse to be guaranteed a run in the big race at Aintree.
Some Neck and Welsh Grand National winner Secret Reprieve are the top reserves.
Patrick Mullins will ride leading contender Burrows Saint for his trainer father Willie Mullins.
Stable jockey Paul Townend will miss the ride after suffering a foot injury.
A reserve can make the line-up if any contenders are pulled out before 13:00 BST on Friday.
Cloth Cap, trained by Jonjo O'Neill, is the 4-1 favourite to give owner Trevor Hemmings a record fourth win in his green, yellow and white colours.
Mullins is one of four amateur jockeys to be booked for rides in the race – with Jamie Codd on Milan Native, Derek O'Connor riding OK Corral and Sam Waley-Cohen aboard Jett.
They will be bidding to be the first amateur rider to triumph since Marcus Armytage on Mr Frisk in 1990 and are permitted to ride after the latest easing of lockdown restrictions, having been barred from competing at last month's Cheltenham Festival.
One contender who looks sure to be popular is Minella Times, the mount of Rachael Blackmore – who made history at Cheltenham by becoming the first woman to be leading jockey at the meeting.
Bryony Frost is on Yala Enki and Tabitha Worsley rides Sub Lieutenant in the hunt to be the first female jockey to win the Grand National.
Last year's meeting was called off because of the Covid-19 pandemic, while this year's contest will be held without spectators.
Police are stepping up patrols around the meeting, with residents close to the Merseyside track warned not to gather in groups larger than six in their gardens during the races.
Two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll will return to the scene of his biggest triumphs on Thursday – but in a different race at Aintree.
The 11-year-old runs in the Betway Bowl, where rivals will include Clan Des Obeaux and Native River.
It is the feature race on day one of the fixture, which culminates with Saturday's National.
Tiger Roll was withdrawn last month from the National, which he won in 2018 and 2019.
Owners Michael and Eddie O'Leary said they were unhappy with the weight the horse had been allocated.
Tiger Roll became the first horse since Red Rum in the 1970s to win consecutive runnings of the Grand National when triumphing in 2019.
Currently trained by Denise Foster while Gordon Elliott serves a suspension, he recorded a fifth Cheltenham Festival victory in March.
Thursday's race is a three-mile contest with level weights, compared to the four-and-a-quarter miles of the National, which is a handicap where the 40 runners carry different weights.
Clan Des Obeaux is a two-time King George VI Chase winner and Native River won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2018.
Rivals include this season's King George runner-up Waiting Patiently, along with Aso, Mister Fisher, Clondaw Castle, Real Steel and 100-1 outsider Militarian.
Former champion hurdler Buveur D'Air, trained by Nicky Henderson, runs in the Aintree Hurdle after missing last month's Cheltenham Festival.
Billaway, Cat Tiger and Dashing Perk are among the runners in the meeting's first race over the National fences as amateur jockeys tackle the Foxhunters Chase.
The race is being run in the name of former Aintree chairman Rose Paterson, who took her own life last year.
On Saturday her husband, North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson, is launching the Rose Paterson Trust, a charity supporting suicide prevention projects.
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Clan Des Obeaux leads the market at 3/1 – and would cap a remarkable hat-trick for Sir Alex Ferguson's ownership group after successes in the first two races
is trying to mount a challenge but Clan Des Obeaux is accurate again over the second last
Clan Des Obeaux looks really comfortable up front and stretches his lead from Native River
makes another big mistake and Nico de Boinville is thrown to the turf! Clan Des Obeaux into the lead now
Mister Fisher has jumped nicely until this point but makes a serious mistake! Nico de Boinville does well to stay upright
Is continuing to drift backwards – he’s now third last
Clan Des Obeaux, Native River are the top three at this point.
Tiger Roll has dropped back fairly sharply
cruises into second place and pops over the third flight comfortably.
Mister Fisher still leads
Mister Fisher and Clan Des Obeaux over the first together
Clan Des Obeaux 5/2
Waiting Patiently 7/2
Native River 4/1
Tiger Roll 8/1
The people’s champion is currently the 7/1 sixth favourite for the Betway Bowl.
Clan Des Obeaux leads the market at 3/1 – and would cap a remarkable hat-trick for Sir Alex Ferguson’s ownership group after successes in the first two races.
And he has some serious praise for Monmiral:
in front but his closest rival Adagio clatters it! Monmiral saunters to a win by seven lengths or so.
Paul Nicholls is on the board for the festival.
Another win for Sir Alex Ferguson and co!
Monmiral joins Fiveandtwenty, Adagio closing
Fiveandtwenty breezing along and has a three-length advantage over Paros
Fiveandtwenty still leads, Paros in second and Monmiral third
Is pretty keen and leads over the first hurdle
in the second race.
WINNER! A perfect start for #TeamSkelton at @AintreeRaces as Protektorat & @harryskelton89 win the Grade 1 Manifesto Novices’ Chase.
Congratulations to owners John & Lisa Hales, @ged_mason & Sir Alex Ferguson and to @hannahD_jordan & @ConorShoemark who work with him at home 🎉🥳 pic.twitter.com/SecDMSRB8j
The former Man United boss is a co-owner of first race winner Protekorat – and second race favourite Monmiral.
With a couple of minutes to go:
John Locke 16/1
Carlos Felix 125/1
If you’re already thinking about the big race on Saturday then it’s worth a look at our racing correspondent Marcus Armytage’s horse-by-horse verdict – including the runners, riders and reserves as it stands.
Is the Doom Bar Anniversary 4-Y-O Juvenile Hurdle at 2.20pm.
It’s another Grade One and there are six horses in the mix – with Monmiral the 10/11 favourite as it stands.
From Harry Skelton and Protektorat.
They rallied well heading into the last to join Hitman and The Shunter, jumped it tidily enough and then looked really strong in the run-in.
But Proketorat finished strongly for the Skeltons and won by about three lengths
Protektorat joins Hitman and The Shunter and goes clear on landing!
Lovely jump from Hitman and he extends his advantage to three lengths
Hitman over safely with The Shunter looking fairly ominous in second
Hitman has the lead from The Shunter with Eldorado Allen in third
A whack and Hitman takes the lead
Fusil Raffles joined by Hitman with The Shunter a couple of lengths back
Fusil Raffles very tidy, extends his lead on landing
Ahead of Hitman and The Shunter
In the Manifesto Novices’ Chase
They’ll get going any time.
Current betting: Fusil Raffles 5/2, Hitman 7/2 and The Shunter 7/2
We’ve answered all your questions in one place – including when Saturday’s big race starts, how you can watch it and what are the latest odds.
Our champion tipster Marlborough offers up his selections for all races on a daily basis.
Here’s what he fancies at Aintree:
1.45 Eldorado Allen
2.50 Clan Des Obeaux
3.25 Buzz NAP
4.40 Grey Diamond
At the moment there are three 11/4 co-favourites for the Manifesto Novices’ Chase which is due off at 1.45pm.
The bookies cannot split Nicky Henderson’s Fusil Raffles, Paul Nicholls’ Hitman and Emmet Mullins’ The Shunter.
The latter was an impressive winner at the Cheltenham Festival last month, claiming the Paddy Power Plate Handicap Chase in fine style.
It is his first time stepping into Grade One company today and will be interesting to see how he goes.
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Following this morning’s declarations, Bristol De Mai heads a maximum field of 40 for Saturday’s Grand National — but the strongly-fancied Secret Reprieve is only a second reserve at this stage.
The field will be confirmed at 1pm on Friday.
Read our verdict on all the runners and riders here.
It’s two days away, but the 40 runners and riders for this year’s Grand National (plus the four reserves) were confirmed this morning.
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Today's Grade 1 @betway Bowl is definitely one of the highlights of our opening day card 🏆👌
Here are the views of @Ruby_Walsh, @BarryJGeraghty, @katiewalsh9 and @TheRacingJosh from last night's @RandoxOfficial Preview Night 👀#GrandNational pic.twitter.com/ABdhADlfij
Welcome to our coverage of day one of the 2021 Grand National Festival at Aintree.
There are some big names on show today, including dual Champion Hurdle winner Buveur D’Air and 2018 Gold Cup champ Native River – but the star attraction is undoubtedly two-time Grand National hero Tiger Roll.
Unfortunately for racing fans he won’t be going for a tilt at an historic third National title on Saturday, instead taking on the Betway Bowl at 2.50pm today – but it is always a joy to see the living legend in action.
Tiger Roll comes into today’s race after an outstanding fifth Cheltenham Festival triumph, in the Cross Country Chase, which cemented his status as the most popular horse in training.
After that success, our chief sports writer Oliver Brown shared his disappointment at the news the Tiger won’t be given a chance to win his third National, writing "we cannot overstate the significance that Tiger Roll’s matching of Red Rum would have both within racing and beyond".
He added: "The regret at Tiger Roll’s National omission is perfectly simple.
It is that we have been denied the chance of watching an icon become an immortal."
Gigginstown Stud race manager Eddie O’Leary has played down Tiger Roll’s chances of success in the Betway Bowl, saying he has "no chance whatsoever" of winning – making the decision to swerve the National seem even more difficult to understand.
Kevin Blake made his thoughts clear on ITV Racing’s Opening Show this morning, saying it was "a shame" the horse is running today rather than Saturday – and there’s no doubt most racing fans will feel the same.
'It's just a shame isn't it…he should be running on Saturday' – @kevinblake2011
Have Tiger Roll's connections made the correct decision to run in the Betway Bowl?
📱https://t.co/5RCMFZq2en#TheOpeningShow #GrandNational pic.twitter.com/8kH6DkswD6
Native River also goes in the Betway Bowl, with Clan Des Obeaux the current favourite at 5/2 for that race.
Buveur D’Air has not been the force of old in recent times, and faces an uphill battle against 10 rivals including Abacadabras and Brewin’upastorm in the Aintree Hurdle at 3.25pm.
There are seven races on today’s card – including four Grade Ones – with the first race off at 1.45pm.
The going is currently good to soft.
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Grand National 2021 Cloth Cap heads field