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2021 Grand National: confirmed runners and riders for Saturday's big race

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - APRIL 06:  Derek Fox riding One For Arthur clears the Canal Turn during the Randox Health Grand National Handicap Chase at Aintree Racecourse on April 06, 2019 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images) ***BESTPIX**
Runners negotiate the famous Canal Turn in the 2019 Grand National won by Tiger RollCredit: Michael Steele (Getty Images)

The Randox Grand National – one of the biggest races in the world and certainly the biggest betting heat in Britain – takes place at Aintree on Saturday and the runners and riders for it were finalised on Thursday.

Connections of runaway Welsh Grand National winner Secret Reprieve were hoping for a last-minute call-up into the race on Friday, but there were no withdrawals by the 1pm deadline.

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There was one change to the field on Saturday when Henry Brooke, who was due to ride Definitly Red, was replaced on the 12-year-old by Ryan Mania, who famously won the National on Auroras Encore in 2013.

Brooke was hurt at Sedgefield on Friday and Sean Quinlan was also caught up in the incident, but he is expected to be fit to partner well-backed northern dark horse Takingrisks.

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The going for the great race is good to soft and for the other races on Aintree's card it is good to soft, good in places.

Sulekha Varma, clerk of the course, said: "We put down 6mm of irrigation last night on all courses at Aintree and the going remains the same as yesterday – good to soft, good in places on the Mildmay and hurdle courses and good to soft on the Grand National course.

"Today's forecast is for a cool day once again, but it will remain dry with long periods of sunshine."

Runner-by-runner guide: trainer quotes and ratings for the National

Randox Grand National runners and riders

1 Bristol De Mai (Daryl Jacob)
2 Chris's Dream (Darragh O'Keeffe)
3 Yala Enki (Bryony Frost)
4 Ballyoptic (Sam Twiston-Davies)
5 Definitly Red (Ryan Mania)
6 Lake View Lad (Brian Hughes)
7 Burrows Saint (Patrick Mullins)
8 Magic Of Light (Robbie Power)
9 Acapella Bourgeois (Danny Mullins)
10 Talkischeap (Tom Cannon)
11 Tout Est Permis (Sean Flanagan)
12 Anibale Fly (Denis O'Regan)
13 Mister Malarky (Jonjo O'Neill Jr)
14 Kimberlite Candy (Richie McLernon)
15 Any Second Now (Mark Walsh)
16 Balko Des Flos (Aidan Coleman)
17 Alpha Des Obeaux (Jody McGarvey)
18 OK Corral (Derek O'Connor)
19 Takingrisks (Sean Quinlan)
20 Shattered Love (Kevin Sexton)
21 Jett (Sam Waley-Cohen)
22 Lord Du Mesnil (Nick Scholfield)
23 Potters Corner (Jack Tudor)
24 Class Conti (Brian Hayes)
25 Milan Native (Jamie Codd)
26 Discorama (Bryan Cooper)
27 Vieux Lion Rouge (Conor O'Farrell)
28 Cloth Cap (Tom Scudamore)
29 Cabaret Queen (Sean O'Keeffe)
30 Minellacelebration (Ben Poste)
31 Canelo (Tom Bellamy)
32 The Long Mile (Luke Dempsey)
33 Give Me A Copper (Sean Bowen)
34 Farclas (Jack Kennedy)
35 Minella Times (Rachael Blackmore)
36 Sub Lieutenant (Tabitha Worsley)
37 Hogan's Height (Gavin Sheehan)
38 Double Shuffle (Jonathan Burke)
39 Ami Desbois (Kielan Woods)
40 Blaklion (Harry Skelton)

Reserves (missed cut)

41 Some Neck (Simon Torrens)
42 Secret Reprieve (James Bowen)
43 Kauto Riko (TBC)
44 Fagan (Harry Bannister)

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Scott BurtonFrance correspondent
Published on 8 April 2021Last updated 15:19, 10 April 2021