The storyteller was the only retreat as the final field of 40 horses – led by Cloth Cap – was named after the Grand National on Saturday

This means that Blaklion will be the last horse guaranteed a run in the great race at Aintree

The line-up can form a reserve if competitors are pulled out on Friday before 1:00 p.m. CET

Cloth Cap, trained by Jonjo O’Neill, is the 4-1 favorite, giving owner Trevor Hemmings a fourth record win in its colors green, yellow and white

Mullins is one of four amateur jockeys to be booked for rides in the race – with Jamie Codd on Milan Native, Derek O’Connor on OK Corral and Sam Waley-Cohen on Jett

They want to be the first amateur rider to triumph on Mr Frisk since Marcus Armytage in 1990 and are allowed to drive after the latest lockdown easing after being banned from competition at Cheltenham Festival last month

One contender that is sure to be popular is Minella Times, the mountain of Rachael Blackmore who made history in Cheltenham by becoming the first woman to head the jockey at that meeting

Bryony Frost is on Yala Enki and Tabitha Worsley rides Sub Lieutenant on the hunt to be the first female jockey to win the Grand National

Last year’s meeting was canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic, while this year’s competition will take place without an audience

The police are stepping up patrols around the meeting Residents near the Merseyside track are warned not to gather in groups of more than six in their gardens during the races

Two-time Grand National winner Tiger Roll will return to the scene of his greatest triumphs on Thursday – albeit in a different race in Aintree

The 11-year-old runs at the Betway Bowl, where rivals like Clan Des Obeaux and Native River will be

It is the main race on the first day of the game, which culminates with the National on Saturday

Tiger Roll was withdrawn from the national last month, which it won in 2018 and 2019

Owners Michael and Eddie O’Leary said they were dissatisfied with the weight given to the horse

Tiger Roll was the first horse since Red Rum in the 1970s to win consecutive Grand National races in triumph in 2019

Currently trained by Denise Foster while Gordon Elliott is serving a suspension, he recorded a fifth win at the Cheltenham Festival in March

Thursday’s race is a three-mile, even-weighted competition versus the National’s four and a half miles, a handicap where the 40 runners wear different weights

Clan Des Obeaux is a two-time winner of King George VI Chase and Native River won the Cheltenham Gold Cup in 2018

Rivals include King George’s runner-up, who is patiently waiting this season, as well as Aso, Mister Fisher, Clondaw Castle, Real Steel and the 100-1 underdog Militarian

Former champion hurdler Buveur D’Air, who was trained by Nicky Henderson, is running the Aintree hurdle after missing the Cheltenham Festival last month

Billaway, Cat Tiger and Dashing Perk are among the runners in the first race of the meeting over the national fences as amateur jockeys battle the Foxhunters Chase

The race is being run on behalf of former Aintree chairwoman Rose Paterson, who took her own life last year

On Saturday her husband, Owen Paterson, MP from North Shropshire founded the Rose Paterson Trust, a charity that supports suicide prevention projects

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Source: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/horse-racing/56665005