With 16 entries for this weekend's Grimthorpe Chase at Doncaster, it looks like it's going to be a great race but more importantly, with 12 of those also entered in to the 2014 Crabbies Grand National, it could also be a key indicator as to who's got the goods to seriously challenge on April 5th at Aintree.
Run over a distance of 3m2f and with £50K in the prize pot, it's a fantastic race to gauge the form of some of the current ante-post favourites including Triolo D'Alene, Monbeg Dude and Godsmejudge, all of whom are currently at 20/1 with Paddy Power Bookmakers for the Grand National.
Speaking about Monbeg Dude, who recently bypassed Haydock due to a less than perfect scope, trainer Michael Scudamore said: Scudamore said: “He'll get lots of entries on Saturday, but Doncaster is the first choice.
“He'll also be in at Kelso and over hurdles at Newbury, but that is very much the back-up plan.
“Unless something strange happens up there with the weather, you'd hope the ground at Doncaster would be fine for him.”
Others who are also set to line-up include Alvarado, Wayward Prince, Night in Milan and Court By Surprise.
At the moment quite a few of those Grand National hopefuls haven't quite made the cut yet and will be hoping that both a solid performance at Doncaster and a significant number of withdrawals over the next few weeks will help them get into the top 40.
Storm Survivor and Real Milan, however, look to be too far down the list to make the cut this year but if connections decide to enter again for the 2015 renewal then this could certainly give them a boost and raise their official rating.
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