A WHOPPING 94 entries have been revealed for this year’s Grand National – but a huge Willie Mullins chance is mysteriously missing.
Gaillard Du Mesnil had been 12-1 favourite with some bookies for the £1million Aintree showpiece.
AFPCorach Rambler will be back to defend his crown in the £1m Grand National[/caption]
But the stunning grey, who finished third last year, was not included as part of the Irish trainer’s superstar squad on Tuesday.
Lucinda Russell’s Corach Rambler will be back to defend his crown in a new-look National – while Michelle Mone’s controversial runner Monbeg Genius has also been entered.
The horse could still be blocked from running after she and husband Doug Barrowman had £75m of assets frozen.
This year’s contest – to be run on Saturday, April 13- will be different to last year’s, with the number of runners slashed from 40 to 34 as part of a radical overhaul.
Last year’s Grand National was marred by protestors storming the track minutes before the race, as police and local residents battled to stop them gluing themselves to the track and fences.
The first of the 16 fences will also be moved 60 yards closer to stop horses running too fast at the start and the traditional off-time of 5.15pm will be moved forward.
Despite Mullins not entering Gaillard Du Mesnil, he is still responsible for an almighty 13 entries including 16-1 second-fav Capodanno, who recently won at Cheltenham.
But Coral think Corach Rambler is the horse to beat despite him having beaten only two other horses in both his races this year.
They make him the standout 12-1 favourite to repeat the feat for owners The Ramblers, a syndicate which includes a student who pocketed his share of the £500,000 victory in April last year.
Among the famous names entering horses is legendary football manager Harry Redknapp.
He’s thrown Shakem Up’Arry into the mix off the back of his beloved runner scooping a big race at Cheltenham on New Year’s Day.
Ryanair boss Michael O’Leary, who won the race in successive years with Tiger Roll, has a strong book of entries.
While Darren Yates, who became a millionaire after betting on Frankie Dettori, has put Ashtown Lad’s name down.
Grand National full list of runners
Adamantly Chosen (IRE)
Ain’t That A Shame (IRE)
Angels Dawn (IRE)
Annual Invictus (IRE)
Ash Tree Meadow (FR)
Ashtown Lad (IRE)
Asterion Forlonge (FR)
Eklat de Rire
Favori de Champdou
Galia des Liteaux
Good Boy Bobby
I Am Maximus
Its On The Line
James du Berlais
Run Wild Fred
So des Flos
Where It All Began
Randox Grand National odds
12-1 Corach Rambler
16-1 Capodanno, Mahler Mission, Panda Boy, Vanillier
20-1 Ain’t That A Shame, Kitty’s Light, Monbeg Genius, Noble Yeats
25-1 Galia Des Liteaux, Hewick, I Am Maximus, Meetingofthewaters, Nassalam
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