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Rupert Wyman 3rd Mar 2010 - 13:07

Grand National - 13 pull out as 98 remain

At the first scratching stage for this year's Grand National 13 horses had their entries withdrawn leaving 98 that remain entered.

The withdrawals include Irish Invader, who finished 11th last year, and Siegemaster, who fell last year and finished third in this season's Thyestes Chase.

The weights remain unchanged as the entries for the top-weight trio of Albertas Run, Madison Du Berlais and Notre Pere all remain.

Tricky Trickster still heads the betting at 12/1. Paul Nicholls will be hoping that the Aon Chase winner is able to help him finally break his National duck. If the ante-post favourite can't oblige the champion trainer still has last year's third My Will (40/1), 2008 Ryanair Chase winner Taranis (40/1), outsider Nozic (66/1) plus last year's sixth and this year's joint second favourite Big Fella Thanks (16/1)

Three others share second favouritism with Nicholls' eight-year-old. The first is Niche Market who lost to Tricky Trickster by a short head in the Aon Chase. He won the Irish Grand National last year so has the talent to jump well and stay the mammoth four-and-a-half mile trip at Aintree.

Backstage, also at 16/1, shares the same sire as last year's winner Mon Mome, who is 25/1 to make it two Nationals in a row.

The others available at the 16/1 price are the recent Bobbyjo Chase winner Vic Venturi and the runner-up in the same race Black Apalachi. They are two of the remaining Irish contenders for this year's race. Irish raiders have a fantastic recent record in the Grand National as they have won six of the last 11 renewals.

The remaining 98 will be further cut at the second scratching stage on 23 March and then comes the five-day confirmation deadline on 5 April, ahead of the big race on 10 April.



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