90 remain in Grand National

A total of 90 horses remain engaged in the Randox Grand National following the first scratchings stage, details of which were revealed on Wednesday. 

The world’s greatest steeplechase takes place over four miles, two furlongs and 74 yards at Aintree on Saturday 10th April.

Kimberlite Candy has twice finished runner-up over the Grand National fences in the Becher Chase (2019 and 2020) and has been allotted 10st 10lb. The JP McManus-owned nine year old could warm up for Aintree in the Listed Premier Chase at Kelso this Saturday.

Trainer Tom Lacey reported: “Kimberlite Candy seems in really good order and he’s entered at Kelso on Saturday in the Premier Chase. We’ll monitor the ground (before deciding whether to run him).

“He does have a good record fresh, but you mustn’t underestimate the need for match practice, so we’ll take stock and then make a decision in midweek whether to have a prep run or not. 

“A host of recent winners have carried between 10-10 and 11-06, and he’s in that range, so statistically he’s got a chance. He’s the right age and has got proven form around there, so he goes there with a big chance. 

“The Grand National was always the target from the moment he came back in from his summer break. We’ll be hoping for some April showers, but he’d manage on good to soft. He’s a much stronger animal than he was this time last year. 

“I think he’s actually the finished article now whereas last year he was still improving – he hit the line very hard in the Classic Chase and I feel he’s strengthened up even more on the back of another summer. 

“I hope he’s got a chance. In the Becher Chase this year he was a bit clumsy over the first, but thereafter his jumping was very accurate.”

Trainer Evan Williams has gone close to success in the Randox Grand National before, with Cappa Bleu taking the runner-up spot in 2013 and State Of Play finishing in the first four on three occasions.

This year he could be represented by Secret Reprieve (10st 1lb), who was last seen claiming the Welsh National at Chepstow on January 9th. 
Williams said: “Secret Reprieve is good, and we’re happy with everything. I’ve sort of discussed the National with Mr and Mrs Rucker (owners), and we’re going to leave him in, but we wouldn’t want to fully commit to this race at this stage yet, because obviously the ground and how he is over the coming weeks will be a major factor in whether we decide to have a crack at the race. We’ll see how things develop. 

“What we’d like to know is exactly how everything is going to look like come April - we wouldn’t like to start being bold because that would be unfair to the horse. His last run was in the Welsh National so we just want to make sure everything is spot on with him as regards to everything really – his wellbeing, the ground and everything else. We’re taking every week as it comes.

“He wouldn’t be in the race if we didn’t hope he would be the type of horse that wouldn’t be able to excel around there. With these horses like him, it’s always best to take every week as it comes but if he could bring his best form to the table then obviously it looks like there’d be plenty of positives.

“Because he’s very inexperienced or young – rather than being bold and saying ‘this will suit him and that will suit him’, we’d be far happier ticking away and letting him tell us if he’s right.

“We’ll talk about Cheltenham after this week, because he’s due to do a piece of work in the middle of the week and I imagine come the weekend Mr and Mrs Rucker and myself will have a good chat about Cheltenham around this time next week. So let’s deal with the Cheltenham question first and then the Aintree question after.”

Williams has another potential starter in Prime Venture (9st 10lb), although the trainer acknowledges that the nine year old is far from certain to make the line-up on April 10th.

He continued: “He’s a horse that I can say that if he got a run in the Grand National we’d be delighted to take our chance, because he’s the complete opposite to Secret Reprieve. 

“He’s proven in those long distance handicaps and has been placed in a Welsh Grand National and a Midlands Grand National and if he got a run we’d be delighted to have a crack at it. Our first preference with him, because he’s got less chance of getting in, would be the Midlands National at Uttoxeter. 

“He’s a funny old devil! We’ve kept him fresh especially (in case he was to sneak into the Grand National) and I can say that Aintree would be right up his agenda. Those fences could spark him right up and he could still be going when other boys have had enough.

“He would relish the fences. He would be a big price, but I could see that fella relishing the job. If he gets in, he’ll be running in the Grand National.”

Betway PR Manager, Chad Yeomans, said: “The big talking point is that Tiger Roll will not be taking his chance in the Grand National this year, so a new Grand National hero will be crowned. It’s been a popular market since the launch of the weights a few weeks ago, with both Cloth Cap and Burrows Saint being supported into 12-1 joint-favourites.

“JP McManus looks to have a very strong hand again this year and both Kimberlite Candy, who has been crying out for the Grand National trip, and Any Second Now for trainer Grand National winning trainer Ted Walsh, have both been popular with the Betway punters and have been backed into 14-1 and 16-1 respectively.” 

Easysland (FR) 7    11 10 Mr John P. McManus D. Cottin  
Santini (GB) 9    11 10 Mr & Mrs R. Kelvin-Hughes Nicky Henderson  
Bristol de Mai (FR) 10    11 10 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nigel Twiston-Davies  
The Storyteller (IRE) 10    11 8 Mrs Pat Sloan Gordon Elliott  
Chris's Dream (IRE) 9    11 7 Robcour Henry de Bromhead  
Yala Enki (FR) 11    11 3 Hills of Ledbury Ltd Paul Nicholls  
Ballyoptic (IRE) 11    11 1 Mills & Mason Partnership Nigel Twiston-Davies  
Definitly Red (IRE) 12    11 1 Phil & Julie Martin Brian Ellison  
Lake View Lad (IRE) 11    11 0 Mr Trevor Hemmings N. W. Alexander  
Burrows Saint (FR) 8    10 13 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins  
Ajas (FR) 7    10 13 Mr Ulf Sjoberg D. Cottin  
Magic of Light (IRE) 10    10 13 Ann & Alan Potts Limited Mrs J. Harrington  
Acapella Bourgeois (FR) 11    10 12 Slaneyville Syndicate W. P. Mullins  
Talkischeap (IRE) 9    10 12 Mr Charles Dingwall Alan King  
Tout Est Permis (FR) 8    10 12 Gigginstown House Stud Noel Meade  
Anibale Fly (FR) 11    10 12 Mr John P. McManus A. J. Martin  
Mister Malarky (GB) 8    10 12 Wendy & Malcolm Hezel Colin Tizzard  
Kimberlite Candy (IRE) 9    10 10 Mr John P. McManus Tom Lacey  
Beware The Bear (IRE) 11    10 10 Mr G. B. Barlow Nicky Henderson  
Pym (IRE) 8    10 10 Mrs Patricia Pugh Nicky Henderson  
Bellshill (IRE) 11    10 10 D & D Armstrong Ltd & Mr L Westwood Sandy Thomson  
Any Second Now (IRE) 9    10 9 Mr John P. McManus T. M. Walsh  
Balko des Flos (FR) 10    10 9 Gigginstown House Stud Henry de Bromhead  
Alpha des Obeaux (FR) 11    10 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott  
Brahma Bull (IRE) 10    10 8 Mrs S. Ricci W. P. Mullins  
Ok Corral (IRE) 11    10 8 Mr John P. McManus Nicky Henderson  
Articulum (IRE) 11    10 7 Martin McDonagh/Paul G Murphy/M J Nixon Terence O'Brien  
Takingrisks (IRE) 12    10 7 Mr Frank Bird Nicky Richards  
Shattered Love (IRE) 10    10 7 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott  
Jett (IRE) 10    10 7 Mr Robert Waley-Cohen Mrs J. Harrington  
The Jam Man (IRE) 8    10 7 Ronan M. P. McNally Ronan M. P. McNally  
Lord du Mesnil (FR) 8    10 6 Mr Paul Porter & Mike & Mandy Smith Richard Hobson  
Potters Corner (IRE) 11    10 6 All Stars Sports Racing & J Davies Christian Williams  
Class Conti (FR) 9    10 6 Mr Simon Munir/Mr Isaac Souede W. P. Mullins  
Milan Native (IRE) 8    10 6 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott  
Discorama (FR) 8    10 6 Thomas Friel/Andrew Gemmell Paul Nolan  
Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 12    10 5 Prof Caroline Tisdall & Mr John Gent David Pipe  
Cloth Cap (IRE) 9    10 5 Mr Trevor Hemmings Jonjo O'Neill  
Cabaret Queen (GB) 9    10 5 Syndicates.Racing W. P. Mullins  
Minellacelebration (IRE) 11    10 5 Mr Nick Elliott Katy Price  
Glen Forsa (IRE) 9    10 4 Mr T. P. Radford Mick Channon  
Canelo (IRE) 8    10 4 Mr John P. McManus Alan King  
The Long Mile (GB) 7    10 4 Mr John P. McManus J.P.Dempsey  
Give Me A Copper (IRE) 11    10 4 Done, Ferguson, Mason, Nicholls & Wood Paul Nicholls  
Hogan's Height (IRE) 10    10 3 Foxtrot Racing: Hogan's Height Jamie Snowden  
Minella Times (IRE) 8    10 3 Mr John P. McManus Henry de Bromhead  
Farclas (FR) 7    10 3 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott  
Agusta Gold (IRE) 8    10 3 Dr S.P. Fitzgerald W. P. Mullins 
Sub Lieutenant (IRE) 12    10 3 Ms G. Howell Georgie Howell  
Double Shuffle (IRE) 11    10 2 Crossed Fingers Partnership Tom George  
Blaklion (GB) 12    10 2 Darren & Annaley Yates Dan Skelton  
Ami Desbois (FR) 11    10 2 The Reserved Judgment Partnership Graeme McPherson  
Gold Present (IRE) 11    10 2 Mr and Mrs J. D. Cotton Nicky Henderson  
Keeper Hill (IRE) 10    10 2 McNeill Family Warren Greatrex  
Death Duty (IRE) 10    10 1 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott  
Secret Reprieve (IRE) 7    10 1 Mr & Mrs William Rucker Evan Williams  
Some Neck (FR) 10    10 1 Some Neck Partnership John McConnell  
Deise Aba (IRE) 8    9 13 Mr Trevor Hemmings Philip Hobbs  
Jerrysback (IRE) 9    9 13 Mr John P. McManus Philip Hobbs  
Kauto Riko (FR) 10    9 13 Mr and Mrs J.Dale and Partners Tom Gretton  
Saturnas (FR) 10    9 13 Mr Nick Peacock W. P. Mullins  
Storm Control (IRE) 8    9 13 Mr Will Roseff Kerry Lee  
Fagan (GB) 11    9 13 Mr Ben Brackenbury Alex Hales  
Valtor (FR) 12    9 13 Mr Simon Munir & Mr Isaac Souede Nicky Henderson  
Golan Fortune (IRE) 9    9 13 P Middleton, M Lowther Phil Middleton  
Captain Drake (IRE) 8    9 11 Gary Stevens and Brian and Sandy Lambert Harry Fry  
Run Wild Fred (IRE) 7    9 11 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott  
The Hollow Ginge (IRE) 8    9 11 The Ginge Army Nigel Twiston-Davies  
Crievehill (IRE) 9    9 11 Highclere T'Bred Racing- Crievehill Nigel Twiston-Davies  
Another Venture (IRE) 10    9 11 Racing For Maggie's Partnership Kim Bailey  
Flying Angel (IRE) 10    9 10 Mr R. J. Rexton Nigel Twiston-Davies  
Fitzhenry (IRE) 9    9 10 Mr John P. McManus Paul Nolan  
Prime Venture (IRE) 10    9 10 Mrs Janet Davies Evan Williams  
Le Breuil (FR) 9    9 10 Mrs Emma Palmer Ben Pauling  
Achille (FR) 11    9 9 Mrs Vida Bingham Venetia Williams  
Plan of Attack (IRE) 8    9 9 Mr A. Halsall Henry de Bromhead  
Roaring Bull (IRE) 8    9 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott  
Hold The Note (IRE) 7    9 9 Mr T. P. Radford Mick Channon  
Dounikos (FR) 10    9 9 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott  
Treacysenniscorthy (IRE) 9    9 8 Paula Widger Robert Widger  
Soupy Soups (IRE) 10    9 8 Equi ex Incertis Partners Neil Mulholland  
Musical Slave (IRE) 8    9 8 Mr John P. McManus Philip Hobbs  
Shantou Flyer (IRE) 11    9 7 David Maxwell Racing Limited Paul Nicholls  
Hear No Evil (IRE) 9    9 7 Mr Patrick Joseph McCartan Noel C. Kelly  
Beau Bay (FR) 10    9 7 Mr Peter Green & Dr RDP Newland Dr Richard Newland  
Monbeg Notorious (IRE) 10    9 6 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott  
Aforementioned (FR) 8    9 5 Gigginstown House Stud Gordon Elliott  
Fingerontheswitch (IRE) 11    9 3 Cahill, Atwell & Crofts Neil Mulholland  
One Style (FR) 11    9 3 The Four Bosses Venetia Williams  
Bellow Mome (FR) 10    9 2 Mrs Audrey Turley W. P. Mullins