What a week it has been. Monday the 10th April saw the 2023 Grand National runners get whittled down until just 50 remained.

On the same day, we had the Irish National, in which a few took their chances, knowing that making the cut for Aintree was a near-on impossible task.

On Thursday, at the final stage of the proceedings we had our 40 confirmed runners and riders for the 2023 Grand National.

However, on Saturday morning, trained Gordon Elliott withdrew 150/1 shot Escaria Ten from the race, citing lameness as the reason he would not be running.

That means only 39 runners will line up for the race.

Last Scratching Stage

With none of the main players being taken out of contention on Thursday, the numbered order stayed exactly the same with the horses previously numbered 41-50 ruled out.

That said, Gordon Elliott had already withdrawn the likes of Defi Bleu, Milan Native, Punitive and Gevrey, leaving just six not making the cut.

Horses Scratched From Grand National 2023 At Final Declaration Stage

  • Fakiera
  • Mortal
  • Fantastikas
  • Darren’s Hope
  • Captain Cattistock
  • Secret Reprieve

Of those, Darren’s Hope was the only mare left in contention so for the first time in many years, no mares will challenge in the National.

So with those six horses no longer in contention and the subsequent withdrawal of Escaria Ten, it means that we have our final 39 confirmed runners for the 2023 Grand National.

39 Grand National Runners 2023

Below are the confirmed 39 runners and jockeys who will line up for the Grand National on Saturday 15th April at Aintree.

  • 1 Any Second Now – 11 12 – Mark Walsh
  • 2 Noble Yeats – 11 11 – Sean Bowen
  • 3 Galvin – 11 11 – Davy Russell
  • 4 Fury Road – 11 06 – Jonjo O’Neill Jr
  • 5 The Big Dog – 11 05 – Aidan Coleman
  • 6 Capodanno – 11 05 – Danny Mullins
  • 7 Delta Work – 11 04 – Keith Donoghue
  • 8 Sam Brown – 11 04 – Jonathan Burke
  • 9 Lifetime Ambition – 11 03 – Sean O’Keeffe
  • 10 Carefully Selected – 11 01 – Michael O’Sullivan

 

  • 11 Coko Beach – 11 00 – Harry Cobden
  • 12 Longhouse Poet – 11 00 – JJ Slevin
  • 13 Gaillard du Mesnil – 11 00 – Paul Townend
  • 14 Darasso – 10 13 – Luke Dempsey
  • 15 Le Milos – 10 11 – Harry Skelton
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  • 17 The Big Breakaway – 10 10 – Brendan Powell
  • 18 Cape Gentleman – 10 08 – Jody McGarvey
  • 19 Roi Mage – 10 08 – Felix De Giles
  • 20 Diol Ker – 10 08 – Kieren Buckley

 

  • 21 A Wave of The Sea – 10 06 – Shane Fitzgerald
  • 22 Minella Trump – 10 06 – Theo Gillard
  • 23 Vanillier – 10 06 – Sean Flanagan
  • 24 Velvet Elvis – 10 06 – Darragh O’Keeffe
  • 25 Ain’t That A Shame – 10 05 – Rachael Blackmore
  • 26 Corach Rambler – 10 05 – Derek Fox
  • 27 Enjoy d’Allen – 10 05 – Simon Torrens
  • 28 Mr Incredible – 10 04 – Brian Hayes
  • 29 Mister Coffey – 10 04 – Nico De Boinville
  • 30 Cloudy Glen – 10 04 – Charlie Deutsch

 

  • 31 Hill Sixteen – 10 02 – Ryan Mania
  • 32 Gabbys Cross – 10 02 – Peter Carberry
  • 33 Recite A Prayer – 10 01 – Jack Foley
  • 34 Eva’s Oskar – 10 01 – Alan Johns
  • 35 Our Power – 10 00 – Sam Twiston-Davies
  • 36 Dunboyne – 10 00 – Jack Tudor
  • 37 Francky du Berlais – 10 00 – Ben Jones
  • 38 Fortescue – 9 13 – Hugh Nugent
  • 39 Back On The Lash – 9 13 – Adam Wedge
  • 40 Defi Bleu – 9 12 – Philip Enright

The Trainers

The Irish dominated the entries this year, and much has been made of the lack of British hopefuls. Despite this, it is Scottish trainer Lucinda Russell, who holds the race favourite, Corach Rambler.

Gordon Elliott will now saddler five runners with Delta Work, Galvin, Coko Beach, Dunboyne, and Fury Road making up his team.

Willie Mullins also has five runners in Gaillard Du Mesnil, Capodanno, Carefully Selected, Mr Incredible and Recite a Prayer.

Otherwise, the distribution of trainers is pretty decent, with a total of 29 trainers getting a runner to the starting tape on Saturday.

Which of them will be the ultimate winner? Only time will tell.

Booked Jockeys For The 2023 Grand National

The big news is that Grand National winning jockey Derek Fox will be on board this year’s race favourite, Corach Rambler, again for Lucinda Russell. Fox and Russell previously won with one For Arthur in 2017.

Leading jockey winner Paul Townend will pair up with the Willie Mullins fancied grey, Gaillard Du Mesnil with the duo fresh off the back of their Cheltenham win in the National Hunt Challenge Cup.

Rachael Blackmore is the only female jockey set to line up in this year’s race and will take her chances on board the Henry De Bromhead-trained Ain’t That A Shame. Expect the odds on that horse to plummet as fans back her for another victory around the Aintree racecourse.

And of course, Noble Yeats will return with connections eyeing up back-to-back Grand National wins. With last year’s winner, Sam Waley-Cohen, now retired, the baton has ben passed to Sean Bowen to guide the 8-year-old around the course again.