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Grand National News – Hewick Heads Weights with Corach Rambler 9lb Higher

Defending champion Corach Rambler is due to carry 11st 2lb as he seeks to emulate Tiger Roll and win a second successive Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, 13th April. The ten-year-old is rated 13lb higher than his mark of 146 last season, but will carry 9lb more in physical weight given the entries for this year’s renewal.

The horse he beat into second last season, Gavin Cromwell’s Vanillier, has shortened for the race significantly since the announcement, with his weight of 10st 8lb just 2lb more than he carried when finishing strongly a year ago. His mark of 151 is just 4lb higher 12 months on and 1lb lower than the last Irish rating he ran off at Leopardstown in December.

Lucinda Russell’s charge has been the ante-post favourite to go back-to-back throughout the season, though another former winner will be looking to become the first horse since Red Rum to regain the Grand National crown. Noble Yeats won off 147 in 2022 and was fourth off 19lb higher last season. He is set to carry 11st 8lb this season and will undoubtedly be dangerous once again with 3lb less to carry than a year ago.

Heading the weights is King George winner Hewick. After his triumph at Kempton, he has been handed a rating of 169 and will carry the maximum allotted weight of 11st 12lb if connections decide to take their chance come April. Conflated is second in off a mark of 166, 3lb lower than the top-weight. Meanwhile, the joint ante-post favourite, Mahler Mission, who is rivalling Corach Rambler at the head of the betting, has been given a racing weight of 11st 1lb following his runner-up finish in the Coral Gold Cup at Newbury.

94 entries were made for the contest a fortnight ago, with 61 hailing from Ireland. The maximum field size has been reduced from 40 to 34 for the first time this season, putting a squeeze on the British entrants. The highest weighted runner for the home side is Welsh National winner Nassalam, who would be trainer Gary Moore’s first runner in the race, and has been allotted 11st 4lb.

Last year’s lowest-rated runner was Born By The Sea, who got in off a mark of 137 to carry 10st 2lb from 6lb out of the handicap. The cut-off looks set to be higher given the reduced field and quality of the entries, with a rating of 145 required to carry 10st 2lb this time around.

Seven horses either failed to qualify or have been scratched from the race, leaving 87 to have been weighted by the official handicapper.

Grand National Weights

111st 12lbHewick
211st 9lbConflated
311st 8lbNoble Yeats
411st 4lbCapodanno
511st 4lbCoko Beach
611st 4lbNassalam
711st 3lbFakir D’Oudairies
811st 2lbAsh Tree Meadow
911st 2lbCorach Rambler
1011st 2lbI Am Maximus
1111st 2lbJanidil
1211st 2lbMinella Indo
1311st 1lbAsterion Forlonge
1411st 1lbMahler Mission
1511st 1lbStattler
1611st 0lbClassic Getaway
1711st 0lbDelta Work
1811st 0lbFoxy Jacks
1910st 13lbThreeunderthrufive
2010st 12lbGalvin
2110st 11lbFarouk D’Alene
2210st 11lbSalvador Ziggy
2310st 10lbEldorado Allen
2410st 10lbLetsbeclearaboutit
2510st 9lbAin’t That A Shame
2610st 9lbFury Road
2710st 9lbJames Du Berlais
2810st 8lbBronn
2910st 8lbVanillier
3010st 7lbDusart
3110st 7lbLe Milos
3210st 7lbLonghouse Poet
3310st 7lbMr Incredible
3410st 6lbLatenightpass
3510st 6lbMinella Crooner
3610st 6lbRun Wild Fred
3710st 5lbAdamantly Chosen
3810st 5lbChemical Energy
3910st 5lbMac Tottie
4010st 4lbFavori De Champdou
4110st 4lbLimerick Lace
4210st 4lbMeetingofthewaters
4310st 4lbMonbeg Genius
4410st 4lbRoi Mage
4510st 4lbThe Goffer
4610st 3lbChambard
4710st 3lbEklat De Rire
4810st 3lbEmbittered
4910st 3lbGalia Des Liteaux
5010st 3lbGevrey
5110st 3lbGlengouly
5210st 3lbKitty’s Light
5310st 3lbPanda Boy
5410st 2lbBusselton
5510st 2lbEmpire Steel
5610st 2lbFiddlerontheroof
5710st 2lbMalina Girl
5810st 1lbDesertmore House
5910st 1lbFantastic Lady
6010st 1lbHighland Hunter
6110st 1lbKinondo Kwetu
6210st 1lbFakir D’Alene
6310st 0lbOntheropes
6410st 0lbShakem Up’Arry
659st 13lbAmirite
669st 13lbAngels Dawn
679st 13lbAnnual Invictus
689st 13lbDiol Ker
699st 13lbRiaan
709st 13lbSail Away
719st 13lbSamcro
729st 12lbMacs Charm
739st 11lbCepage
749st 11lbDunboyne
759st 11lbIron Bridge
769st 11lbTullybeg
779st 10lbFamous Bridge
789st 9lbAshtown Lad
799st 9lbFrontal Assault
809st 9lbMister Coffey
819st 8lbGood Boy Bobby
829st 7lbTommie Beau
839st 6lbRevels Hill
849st 6lbWhere It All Began
859st 2lbMoroder
869st 1lbFull Back
879st 1lbMinella Trump