41. Le Beau Bai; Welsh National winner earlier in the season and would love the heavens to open. If we did have a soft ground National he would have to enter calculations and expect the odds to shorten if the rains arrive.
42. State Of Play: Three of his last four runs have been in the National and this wonderful Aintree campaigner has finished 4th, 3rd and 4th in the last three years. Although reaching the veteran stage once again he has been prepared all year with this one race in mind. Cappa Bleu is considered stable first string but he has jumped 90 fences at Aintree without mishap although likely to find a couple too speedy.
43. Swing Bill; another grey but a doubtful stayer and is being leased out for the race by leading owner David Johnson. Likely to be prominent on the first circuit but unlikely to stay the marathon trip.
44. Postmaster; also entered in the Fox Hunters Chase on Thursday and that looks a more realistic target for this recent dual winner in points.
45. The Package; failed to land a gamble when returning from a long lay off at Cheltenham in last month’s Festival. Didn’t look a natural when unseating in the corresponding race two years ago and a likely candidate for the dreaded bounce. Not yet confirmed by the stable as a definite runner.
46. Giles Cross; Finished runner up in the Welsh National before landing the Haydock Park National Trial and another who can’t have the ground soft enough. Has similar credentials to Le Beau Bai and would be half his current price if the rain arrived.
47. Hello Bud; very much in the veteran stage although this 14-y-old did finish fifth in the race back in 2010. It would be a massive shock if there weren’t a number of younger improvers who take this teenager off his feet.
48. In Compliance: beaten out of sight by Killyglen at Down Royal last time and beaten the best part of 100 lengths in last year’s race. Hard to see where the required improvement is going to come from at the age of 12.
49. Midnight Haze; finished sixth in the X-Country at last month’s Cheltenham Festival, all wins over jumps have come on right-handed tracks and still entered at Fairyhouse. Let’s hope connections enjoy the day out; trainer Kim Bailey saddled the winner back in 1981 with Mr Frisk.
50 Vic Venturi: has won over these fences but has failed to complete the course in last couple of Nationals; hard to make a case for at this stage in his career although very well handicapped on his best form.