Grand National: Gold Present withdrawn as Aintree line-up named

Grand National: Gold Present withdrawn as Aintree line-up named

Runners will race for more than four miles in the Grand National
Randox Health Grand National
Venue: Aintree Meeting: 12-14 April Grand National: 17:15 BST Saturday
Coverage: BBC Radio 5 live, sports extra and the BBC Sport website More details

Gold Present was the only withdrawal as a field of 40 runners was named for the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

Trainer Nicky Henderson has decided not to run his horse, who was around a 25-1 chance for the famous race.

It means Road To Riches is the last contender to make the cut.

There are four reserves – Thunder And Roses, Delusionofgrandeur, Walk In The Mill and Vintage Clouds – in case any horses are pulled out before 13:00 BST on Friday.

Henderson withdrew Gold Present because of the rain-softened ground, but enjoyed an opening day treble through Might Bite, L’Ami Serge and We Have A Dream.

The bookmakers’ favourites for the Grand National, at about 10-1, are Total Recall, Anibale Fly, Blaklion and Tiger Roll.

Baie Des Isles, the mount of jockey Katie Walsh for her trainer husband Ross O’Sullivan, has been well backed this week from odds of 33-1 to 16-1.

Walsh, who finished third on Seabass in 2012, is seeking to become the first female jockey to win the race in the 171st running.

She is one of three women riding in the National, alongside Bryony Frost on Milansbar and Rachael Blackmore, with Alpha Des Obeaux.

The National is a handicap chase, with each runner allotted a different weight to carry by the official handicapper Phil Smith.

Minella Rocco, with 11st 10lb, will bid to become the first top weight to win since the legendary Red Rum in 1974.

Grand National odds
10-1 Total Recall, Anibale Fly, Blaklion, Tiger Roll
16-1 Seeyouatmidnight, Baie Des Iles, The Last Samuri
20-1 Ucello Conti, Minella Rocco 25-1 Bar
(Approximate prices as of 10:00 BST, Thursday 12 April)

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