21.Shakalakaboomboom; needs good or faster ground to be seen at his best. Trainer Nicky Henderson was the toast of Cheltenham with seven winners at the Festival but the Seven Barrows trainer has never saddled the National winner. It would top a magnificent season for the Lambourn trainer and he has every chance.
22. West End Rocker; Laid out for the race since landing the Becher Chase over these obstacles back in early December on heavy ground; only got as far as Bechers’ last year when brought down and any significant rain would help.
23. On His Own: Formerly trained in North Yorkshire by Howard Johnson and impressive winner of the Thyestes Chase at Gowran Park back in January. Not considered first strong for connections before the recent injury to Prince De Beauchene and may need another year.
24. Always Right; has had a minor operation on his breathing since he pulled up as if something was amiss on desperate ground at Haydock last time. Much to like about his effort when 3rd in the Scottish National last April and he has carried my cash from the announcement of the weights back in February.
25. Cappa Bleu; former winner of the Foxhunters’ at Cheltenham and the second horse burdened with my money from the day the weights came out in February. Remains lightly-raced for one of his years and his third in the Welsh National earlier in the season on ground softer than ideal was an excellent effort.
26. Rare Bob; I don’t think he would get four-and-a-half miles in a horsebox but trainer Dessie Hughes obviously thinks otherwise. Plenty to find with Seabass from earlier in the season and likely to be one of the front-runners for the first three miles but will his stamina last?
27. Mon Mome: hasn’t won a race since winning the Big One here three years ago at 100/1! Has hinted at a return to form but he wouldn’t be for me; that said I didn’t fancy him in 2009!
28. Organisedconfusion; winner of last year’s Irish National and connections are undecided at the time of writing whether he will go to Fairyhouse for a repeat bid on Easter Monday or wait for Aintree six days later.
29. The Midnight Club; finished 6th in the race in 2010 when favourite and suggestion that was his best chance of National glory. Finished tailed off in the Gold Cup last time and hard to see him reversing the places with Synchronised on the revised terms.
30. Treacle; likes plenty of cut in the ground but handles good ground and a thorough stayer. Long considered an ideal type for the race and put up a career best in the Irish Hennessy last time.