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Elegant Escape And Black Corton Among The High Profile Withdrawals As Grand National Entries Are Whittled Down To 81

Wednesday 20th March 2019
Tiger Roll Remains The Clear Favourite To Win The Aintree Grand National
Tiger Roll Remains The Clear Favourite To Win The Aintree Grand National

A total of 81 horses remain in the field for the 2019 Grand National at the latest stage of entries were made.

In total, 16 horses were taken out of the Aintree contest this morning with Welsh Grand National winner Elegant Escape perhaps the highest profile name missing the from the list. The Colin Tizzard trained Chepstow hero was last seen in the Cheltenham Gold Cup and connections have decided to swerve Liverpool, for this year at least.

The Grand National betting remains dominated by Tiger Roll who will be looking to become the first horse since Red Rum to win the race in successive years when he takes to the start line next month. The Gordon Elliott trained in-mate hacked up in the Cross Country Chase at the Cheltenahm Festival on his last start and has been confirmed for a return to Liverpool.

Other names taken out of the potential runners list include the highly rated Black Corton, American, Edwulf and Traffic Fluide.

Anibale Fly is another horse who has attracted plenty of support in the betting in recent days after his fast finishing 2nd place in the Gold Cup with connections keeping their fingers crossed he can at least improve on his 4th place in the National from last season.

Willie Mullins famously trained Hedgehunter to win the worlds greatest steeple chase back in 2005 and will be hopeful of repeating that trick in 2019 thanks to a strong looking list of potential runners. Pleasant Company, who was only narrowly 2nd last year remains engaged in the contest, whilst Rathvinden is also expected to take his chance for the Closutton handler after missing Cheltenham.

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