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2024 Grand National Entries – Defending Champion Corach Rambler Among 94 Involved

Corach Rambler Grand National

Last year’s winner Corach Rambler is one of 94 entries for the 2024 Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 13th. Lucinda Russell’s charge rewarded favourite backers with his 2¼-length success over Vanillier a year ago.

Both he and last year’s runner-up are among three co-favourites at best prices for this year’s renewal. The other is Coral Gold Cup runner-up Mahler Mission for John McConnell, while 2022 champion Noble Yeats also remains in the reckoning as he looks to become the first horse since Red Rum to regain the title.

Corach Rambler stands against a substantial number of Irish entries for this year’s race, with 61 of the 94 hailing from yards across the Irish Sea. Within those, 26 have been entered by three-time winning trainer Gordon Elliott, whose primary hopes appear to be dual Cross Country Chase winner Delta Work and last season’s Cheltenham Gold Cup third Conflated.

Another 13 have come from Willie Mullins’ yard, and though the likes of Galopin Des Champs are absent from the marathon contest, the master of Closutton could rely on the likes of 2023 Irish Grand National hero I Am Maximus and recent Cheltenham Trials Day winner Capodanno.

The chief entrants among the home hopes aside from the defending champion include last season’s Scottish National victor Kitty’s Light for trainer Christian Williams. Jonjo O’Neill’s Monbeg Genius and runaway Welsh National winner Nassalam are also in the mix.

The all-important weights for the race will be announced in two weeks’ time in Liverpool. They will carry extra significance in 2024 with the contest reduced in size from 40 to 34 runners for the first time. It is still run over 4m2½f, with two scratching stages and a confirmation stage five days out, left to confirm the full field.