The five-day declaration stage has passed and there are still 69 Grand National runners in contention. Anibale Fly takes the top spot and will go off as top weight on 11-10. The Tony Martin-trained nine-year-old was fourth in the race last season but will still have to contend with Tiger Roll, Pleasant Company and Bless The Wings this time around as well.

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There were few surprises today as many of the big named runners who were officially withdrawn were made known last week. Bristol De Mai has opted for the Betway Bowl with Blaklion, Alpha Des Obeaux and Ms Parfois all out due to injury. That has led to a weights increase of 4lbs across the board.

Yala Enki has also been withdrawn by trainer Venetia Williams. The nine-year-old was looking like a decent each-way bet after his third-place finish in the Coral Welsh National.

Gordon Elliott has also trimmed his team by also ruling out Shattered Love and The Storyteller with Mala Beach also doubtful. What it does mean though is that Bless The Wings has now entered the frame at number 40. At 14-years-old, he will be the oldest runner in the race. But, before he gets written off, he was third in the Grand National last year and doesn’t appear to have lost his love of racing.

That now gives Gordon Elliott 13 possible runners in Saturday’s race.

The 12 Grand National Runners Scratched are:

  • Abolitionist
  • Alpha Des Obeaux
  • Blaklion
  • Bristol De Mai
  • Daklondike
  • Ms Parfois
  • Polidam
  • Shattered Love
  • Sub Lieutenant
  • The Storyteller
  • Vieux Morvan
  • Yala Enki

With the latest defections, the following runners are now guaranteed a spot on Saturday:

  • Singlefarmpayment
  • Vieux Lion Rouge
  • Valseur Lido
  • Vintage Clouds
  • General Principle
  • Livelovelaugh
  • Walk In The Mill
  • Folsom blue
  • Bless The Wings