Monday’s 5 day declarations for the 2016 Crabbies Grand National means a slew of big trend horses facing the prospect of missing out on a run.
Just nine horses were withdrawn on Monday: Carlingford Lough, Third Intention, Roi Du Mee, Turban, Living Next Door, Spring Heeled, Katkeau, Golden Chieftain, Godsmejudge.
This means 2014 winner Pineau De Re (46) – now in the twilight of his career, at 13 – faces the prospect of missing a last crack at the National altogether currently sitting outside the top forty entries.
Pineau De Re’s trainer Dr Richard Newland called for a rethink about the way in which horses are qualified for the famous Aintree race.
“It’s very disappointing,” Newland said, “and all the more frustrating because he is in fantastic shape. But everyone else has paid their £5,000 to stay in the entries to this point, so I would think they want to run and we’re not going to get many dropping out.”
Monday’s declarations also leaves Alvarado (48), who has twice finished fourth in the race, outside the top 40 along with other notable ‘trend’ horses like Becher Chase winner Highland Lodge (47), Cheltenham Festival victor Cause Of Causes (49) and Grand National Trial winner Bishops Road (41).
Many Clouds is 8-1 favourite to become the first horse since Red Rum in the 1970s to win consecutive Grand Nationals, and victory would make Aspell the first rider to triumph three years on the trot.
The exact order of elimination for horses currently 41 and below on the race card has been confirmed and numbers updated in this article on Tuesday.