The first scratchings deadline for the 2013 Grand National has passed and it was announced on Wednesday that eleven horses had been withdrawn at the stage.
Irish Champion trainer, Willie Mullins, withdrew the largest number for any trainer with three of his no longer in contention for April 6th at Aintree. The withdrawal of Call The Police, Lambro and Shakervilz now means that Mullins has four left in the running – On His Own, Prince De Beauchene, Quiscover Fontaine and Quel Esprit, all of which are nearly certain to qualify should he leave them entered.
The other eight horses withdrawn at the first stage were the Nigel Twiston-Davies trained Little Josh who had missed the deadline to qualify, Tidal Bay and Organisedconfusion who are both injured and out for the season as well as Fabalu from Donald McCain, Mister Hyde from Jonjo O’Neill and Outlaw Pete from J Halley.
Interestingly the last two withdrawn were Pandorama and Cross Appeal, both of whom are from the Noel Meade yard and were his only entries this year.
That leaves 73 horses still in with a chance of making it to the starting line-up of the world greatest race!