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Albertas Run withdrawn from Grand National field

Albertas Run
Tony McCoy rides Albertas Run to victory in Cheltenham's Ryanair Chase

Cheltenham winner Albertas Run is among 23 horses to be withdrawn from the Grand National at Aintree on 10 April.

Albertas Run, who won the Ryanair Chase last week, joins the likes of War Of Attrition, Taranis and Possol in being scratched as 75 remained in the race.

Last year's Grand National winner Mon Mome, who finished third in the Cheltenham Gold Cup, will carry 11st 7lb - an increase of 7lb on last year.

Madison du Berlais and Notre Pere head the weights with 11st 10lb.

Although out of the National, Albertas Run could still run at the Aintree meeting - either in the Totesport Bowl on 8 April or the Melling Chase the day after.

Mon Mome, a surprise 100-1 winner of the National last year, is set to carry extra weight next month but trainer Venetia Williams says she will not be too concerned if that is the case.


"It's not the be all and end all," said Williams. "A horse can fall, you are always afraid of getting hampered, you never know what might happen.

"His preparation has gone a lot better than it did last year and we have got a blueprint to follow.

"We were all very buoyed by what we saw him do at Cheltenham. It might have been a bit cheeky running in the Gold Cup as a prep race for the National, but there was £50,000 for third place and we were delighted with what he did.

"The hill at Cheltenham compensated for the extra mile he will get in the National."

Only 40 horses will run in the event, with those on a weight of 10st 1lb or less not guaranteed to make the final field.

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls is chasing a first National win and has Big Fella Thanks and Tricky Trickster as possible contenders.

Williams has expressed her hope that Flintoff is able to get in. The horse, currently 49th on the list, is part owned by England cricketer Andrew Flintoff.

"Flintoff has had a problem with his foot, but he's in good form and is doing his work well. I hope he gets in," she added.

"There's no time for a prep run before the National for him now, but he was second in the Midlands Grand National last year first time out so we wouldn't be worried about going to Aintree fresh."

Silver Birch, who won the 2007 National as a 33-1 shot with Robbie Power on board, needs 11 horses to come out of the race to be guaranteed a run.

The 2008 winner Comply Or Die, who finished second last year, is certain of a place in the 2010 line-up.

The other withdrawals from the latest entry stage are: Taranis, Our Vic, Casey Jones, Roulez Cool, Le Beau Bai, Seven Is My Number, Louping D'Ainay, Gone To Lunch, Kornati Kid, Follow The Plan, Cane Brake, New Alco, Parsons Pistol, Iris De Balme, Trust Fund, Coe, Mumbles Head, Sizing Australia, Trabolgan and Boychuk.

The National is the only race in which weights are decided at the discretion of the British Horseracing Authority's Head of Handicapping, Phil Smith.

This year's spectacle over the four-mile, four-furlong course at Aintree will have a record £925,000 prize fund.

John Smith's Grand National entries Saturday 10 April, 1615 BST
A maximum field of 40 will be declared on Thursday

1 101-3244 MADISON DU BERLAIS (FR) 9-11-10 David Pipe

2 12-1F544U NOTRE PERE (FR) 9-11-10 Jim Dreaper IRE

3 001-P3463 MON MOME (FR) 10-11-07 Venetia Williams

4 P151U-02 BLACK APALACHI (IRE) 11-11-06 Dessie Hughes IRE

5 15-50030 JOE LIVELY (IRE) 11-11-06 Colin Tizzard

6 0-211501 VIC VENTURI (IRE) 10-11-06 Dessie Hughes IRE

7 1/P002-00 COMPLY OR DIE (IRE) 11-11-05 David Pipe

8 201-423P DON'T PUSH IT (IRE) 10-11-05 Jonjo O'Neill

9 3-3U2404P MADE IN TAIPAN (IRE) 8-11-04 Tom Mullins IRE

10 401-03520 NICHE MARKET (IRE) 9-11-04 Bob Buckler

11 22121-210 TRICKY TRICKSTER (IRE) 7-11-04 Paul Nicholls

12 31FU-3644 CLOUDY LANE 10-11-03 Donald McCain Jnr

13 PUPP/-21P DREAM ALLIANCE 9-11-03 Philip Hobbs

14 1P00-60 NOZIC (FR) 9-11-03 Paul Nicholls

15 553-2057 MY WILL (FR) 10-11-02 Paul Nicholls

16 3606-4F PABLO DU CHARMIL (FR) 9-11-02 David Pipe

17 0112313 BACKSTAGE (FR) 8-11-00 Gordon Elliott IRE

18 P6-51110 BALLYHOLLAND (IRE) 9-11-00 Colin McBratney IRE

19 FP-1P1PP BEAT THE BOYS (IRE) 9-11-00 Nigel Twiston-Davies

20 100-000U0 PREISTS LEAP (IRE) 10-11-00 Tom O'Leary IRE

21 314F-016 CAN'T BUY TIME (IRE) 8-10-13 Jonjo O'Neill

22 1103223 SNOWY MORNING (IRE) 10-10-13 Willie Mullins IRE

23 2506-P3UF AIR FORCE ONE (GER) 8-10-12 Charlie Mann

24 2U136-2U1 BIG FELLA THANKS 8-10-12 Paul Nicholls

25 113-41230 DEUTSCHLAND (USA) 7-10-12 Willie Mullins IRE

26 143301-00 CHARACTER BUILDING (IRE) 10-10-11 John Quinn

27 F0-52600 CHELSEA HARBOUR (IRE) 10-10-11 Tom Mullins IRE

28 02U-301F2 DOONEYS GATE (IRE) 9-10-11 Willie Mullins IRE

29 60/144-P STATE OF PLAY 10-10-11 Evan Williams

30 00-12100 ELLERSLIE GEORGE (IRE) 10-10-10 Nick Mitchell

31 2P-4P1540 BALLYFITZ 10-10-09 Nigel Twiston-Davies

32 043545U CONNA CASTLE (IRE) 11-10-09 Jimmy Mangan IRE

33 P23-15P6 EQUUS MAXIMUS (IRE) 10-10-09 Willie Mullins IRE

34 02P5-011 ERIC'S CHARM (FR) 12-10-09 Oliver Sherwood

35 212/0-0000 KING JOHNS CASTLE (IRE) 11-10-09 Arthur Moore IRE

36 F2-305467 OLLIE MAGERN 12-10-09 Nigel Twiston-Davies

37 330-30U2 ARBOR SUPREME (IRE) 8-10-08 Willie Mullins IRE

38 36244/-660 LENNON (IRE) 10-10-08 Howard Johnson

39 02P-253 MALJIMAR (IRE) 10-10-08 Nick Williams

40 U01-4U5 IRISH RAPTOR (IRE) 11-10-07 Nigel Twiston-Davies

41 6P/6220-0 MR POINTMENT (IRE) 11-10-07 Paul Murphy

42 000-33010 PIRAYA (FR) 7-10-07 David Pipe

43 3-012401P RAZOR ROYALE (IRE) 8-10-07 Nigel Twiston-Davies

44 03-02312 THE PACKAGE 7-10-07 David Pipe

45 11-035U00 HELLO BUD (IRE) 12-10-06 Nigel Twiston-Davies

46 1P6-1420 PALYPSO DE CREEK (FR) 7-10-06 Charlie Longsdon

47 23/32-31P ABBEYBRANEY (IRE) 9-10-05 Howard Johnson

48 50PP/05-0 CERIUM (FR) 9-10-05 Paul Murphy

49 P63/52-P FLINTOFF (USA) 9-10-05 Venetia Williams

50 56/-33P5 ROYAL ROSA (FR) 11-10-05 Howard Johnson

51 0F-26r20 SILVER BIRCH (IRE) 13-10-05 Gordon Elliott IRE

52 -3PP462F KNOWHERE (IRE) 12-10-04 Nigel Twiston-Davies

53 3025-0560 OODACHEE 11-10-04 Charlie Swan IRE

54 P4F1311 WHINSTONE BOY (IRE) 9-10-04 Jimmy Mangan IRE

55 0P03-402 FAASEL (IRE) 9-10-03 David Pipe

56 P/1r40P-0 OFFICIER DE RESERVE (FR) 8-10-03 Venetia Williams

57 115-30011 CHIEF DAN GEORGE (IRE) 10-10-02 Jimmy Moffatt

58 111P20 DUERS (IRE) 8-10-02 Paul Magnier IRE

59 P01-1F01 BALLYTRIM (IRE) 9-10-01 Willie Mullins IRE

60 20-0U004 OFFSHORE ACCOUNT (IRE) 10-10-01 Charlie Swan IRE

61 0/-P220P6 PAK JACK (FR) 10-10-01 Richard Phillips

62 366//4-547 KINGS ADVOCATE (IRE) 10-10-00 Tom Taaffe IRE

63 1/3F-116P TREACLE (IRE) 9-10-00 Tom Taaffe IRE

64 145-2613 GALANT NUIT (FR) 6-9-13 Ferdy Murphy

65 00F4215 ANOTHERCOPPERCOAST (IRE) 10-9-12 Paul Roche IRE

66 31F4-22 BELON GALE (IRE) 7-9-12 Howard Johnson

67 45-0600P POMME TIEPY (FR) 7-9-12 Willie Mullins IRE

68 1021-02D6 MERIGO (FR) 9-9-10 Andrew Parker

69 53414-00 CHIARO (FR) 8-9-09 Philip Hobbs

70 5/44-U335P ACCORDING TO JOHN (IRE) 10-9-08 Nicky Richards

71 24-512P0P LORUM LEADER (IRE) 9-9-07 Dr Richard Newland

72 1342/-0PP0 OVER THE CREEK 11-9-04 David Pipe

73 253-346 COSSACK DANCER (IRE) 12-9-01 Mark Bradstock

74 0/13P/-FP52 WEE ROBBIE 10-9-00 Nick Gifford

75 2U1/P6P-4P OFFALY (IRE) 9-8-12 Pru Townsley

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see also
Dream Alliance is a Grand chance
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Mullins trio pull out of National
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Aintree to honour National greats
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Ex-winners head Aintree entries
03 Feb 10 |  Horse Racing
Beaten Denman unseats rider McCoy
13 Feb 10 |  Horse Racing
Gold Cup an option for Mon Mome
20 Jan 10 |  Horse Racing
Mon Mome seals shock National win
04 Apr 09 |  Horse Racing
Comply Or Die wins Grand National
05 Apr 08 |  Horse Racing
Silver Birch wins Grand National
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