The storyteller was the only drop out as the last 40 horse peloton – led by Cloth Cap – was nominated for the Grand National on Saturday

This means that Blaklion is the last horse to be guaranteed a race in the great race at Aintree

A reserve can be part of the roster if contenders are withdrawn before 1:00 p.m. BST on Friday

Cloth Cap, coached by Jonjo O’Neill, is the 4-1 favorite to give owner Trevor Hemmings a record-breaking fourth victory in his green, yellow and white colors

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

They will attempt to be the first amateur rider to triumph since Marcus Armytage over Mr Frisk in 1990 and will be allowed to ride after the latest easing of lockdown restrictions, having been barred from competing at the Cheltenham Festival last month

Rachael Blackmore’s steed Minella Times, who made history at Cheltenham by becoming the first woman to lead a jockey at the reunion, is one of the contenders who looks sure to be popular

Bryony Frost is on Yala Enki and Tabitha Worsley rides the second lieutenant in the chase 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 run without spectators

Police are stepping up patrols around the meeting, with residents near the Merseyside track being warned not to congregate in groups of more than six in their gardens during races

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

The 11-year-old runs in the Betway Bowl, where his rivals will include Clan Des Obeaux and Native River

This is the star race of the first day of the match, which culminates with the National on Saturday

Tiger Roll was withdrawn last month from the National, which he won in 2018 and 2019

Owners Michael and Eddie O’Leary said they were not happy with the weight assigned to the horse

Tiger Roll became the first horse since Red Rum in the 1970s to win back-to-back Grand National races in its 2019 triumph

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

Thursday’s race is a three mile competition with level weights, compared to the National’s four and a quarter mile, which is a handicap where the 40 runners carry different weights

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

Rivals include this season’s King George finalist Waiting Patience, along with Aso, Mister Fisher, Clondaw Castle, Real Steel and 100-1 underdog Militarian

Former hurdler champion Air Drinker, coached by Nicky Henderson, races in 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 national fence meet as amateur jockeys take on the Foxhunters chase

The race is run in the name of former Aintree president Rose Paterson, who took her own life last year

On Saturday, her husband, North Shropshire MP Owen Paterson, launched 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