One of the most important dates on the racing calendar is approaching and fans of the Grand National will be excited to read through the entries for this year’s big race.
For the third time out of the last four years, over 100 horses were entered in the Grand National. As per usual, the discussion was as much about the horses that weren’t included, as it was those that will be racing.
One of the more noticeable absentees is Native River. The Hennessy Gold Cup winner will not be amongst the maximum of 40 horses who will line-up at Aintree.
Another noticeable absentee is last year’s winner, Rule The World. The 2016 National star is now enjoying life in retirement, so will not take a place in this year’s entries.
Fans of Irish-trained horses shouldn’t be too disheartened; sure, the first Irish-trained winner since 2007 will not be present, but there are plenty of other horses entered that are trained on the emerald isle.
Last year’s excellent race may have been won by a horse that is now retired, but it wasn’t without other star performers. Among them was The Last Samuri, who managed to claim second place in the race.
This year, he will hope to go one better after being named among the 100 plus entries.
Of course, only 40 of these will make it to the final day, but if he is one of them, he will not be without support.
The weights for this year’s race have just been released, so make sure you check out our runners page to find out which horses have been kindly treated by the handicapper.