Coach and Everton FC remain philosophical after their Welsh National winner missed the cup for Aintree’s centerpiece and is only the second reserve

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Coach Evan Williams remained philosophical as his well-imagined secret reprieve missed the cup for Saturday’s Randox Grand National at Aintree Racecourse in Thursday’s final declaration stage

The seven-year-old won the Welsh National in December and was as low as 14-1 with the bookies before the final 40-man field was revealed for the world’s biggest steeplechase

But with only The Storyteller formed by Denise Foster undeclared at the 48 hour reporting stage, Secret Reprieve was 42nd on the list

If there are any non-starters before the 1 p.m. Friday cut-off time, Secret Reprieve – as one of the four reserves – can still race

But John O’Connell’s Some Neck is the first reserve, so Everton FC fan Williams will be biding his time and if his rising star fails to get in, he will be targeted again on the centerpiece of Aintree in 2022

The Llancarfan-based trainer told Sky Sports: “We had much worse news about horses, we knew there was a chance that would happen so there is no need to worry about it. things we can’t control

“He is safe and sound and that is still the main thing He will come home with Mr. and Mrs Rucker (owners) now and we’ll be thinking about next year

“We took a kick to qualify for the National and it won’t work That’s how it is

“What’s great about not getting into the national championship is that they’ve dropped it by 2 lbs everywhere we want to go now next year Every cloud has a silver line

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“I’m certainly not worried He’s a young horse, his fingers crossed, he’ll have his day in the sun again somewhere on the line

“He went and won a Welsh National It was only his sixth start on the fences He had a powerful season He can have a good grass field now and we can look forward to next year with him “

Triple Betfair Chase winner from Haydock Park, Bristol De Mai, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, dominates the 11st10b The final and 40th runner is Dan Skelton’s Blaklion – who will be ridden by the coach’s brother, hunter of championship, Harry Skelton – enjoying The Storyteller’s latest withdrawal

Twiston-Davies has won the Grand National twice with Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002) and believes Bristol De Mai is the ‘class horse’ of the race

The 10-year-old gray, who will be ridden by Daryl Jacob – who won the National with Neptune Collonges in 2012, makes his Aintree marathon debut after winning several times over compatriot Haydock

In his blog for bookmakers William Hill, the Naunton-based trainer said: “Bristol De Mai is a lovable horse He’s the class horse and he has the highest weight for a reason – he’s the best horse in the race He jumps for fun, gallops all day and I think all is well for him

“Obviously there will be a few who are likely to be better disabled, but they all had it beaten

“Some might question his endurance, and I guess there is a risk that he could run with the starter and run out of gas, but I hope not

“He always seems to be running hard at the end of his races, especially on the flattest tracks like Haydock and Aintree, and on bottomless terrain too, so he should stay

“I also have high hopes for Ballyoptic He fell in the race two years ago in the last fourth and it was just unlucky Let’s cross our fingers he will jump well this time and to me he seems to be in the form of his life

“He did well there are two starts in January in the Classic Chase at Warwick and I think he’s really starting to come back to himself”

The first reserve is Some Neck by McConnell, followed by Secret Reprieve, Kauto Riko third and Fagan

The ante-post’s favorite cloth cap remains on track to give owner Trever Hemmings a record-breaking fourth National victory after previous hits from Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011) and Many Clouds (2015)

He’s coached by Jonjo O’Neill, who is chasing a second national victory after the Don’t Push It win 11 years ago

Ireland will look to add to their recent domination of the Cheltenham Festival and a powerful raiding team is led by Ted Walsh’s Any Second Now

2019 Irish Grand National winner Burrows Saint leads the charge for Willie Mullins as he looks to add to Hedgehunter’s victory 16 years ago

He will be accompanied by son and assistant coach Patrick Mullins in the absence of injured Paul Townend

The other Mullins riders are Acapella Bourgeois, Class Conti and Cabaret Queen Danny Mullins rides Acapella Bourgeois, and Brian Hayes is on Class Conti – with Sean O’Keeffe on Cabaret Queen

Fresh off her Cheltenham Festival record, Rachael Blackmore will look to become the first female jockey to win the Grand National aboard Henry de Bromhead’s Minella Times Gold Cup-winning coach will also saddle Chris’s Dream and Balko Flos

Minella Times is one of seven runners for powerful owner JP McManus, who won the National with Don’t Push It in 2010

Denis O’Regan – who was a finalist on Black Apalachi behind Don’t Push It – will pilot one of those, the Anibale Fly trained by Tony Martin The 11-year-old has been placed at the National twice and has also been placed in the Cheltenham Gold Cup several times

The owners of Gigginstown House Stud – winners have won the race three times recently with Rule The World (2016) and Tiger Roll (2018, 2019) – have five entered this time

A prominent hobbyist Jamie Codd rides one of them, Foster’s Native Milan, while Sean Flanagan is part of the Everything Is Permitted formed by Noel Meade

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