How time flies. One minute, we’re eagerly awaiting the entries for the 2024 Grand National, and the next, Cheltenham has been and gone, and we’re at the second scratching stage.

Normally, this is one of the least exciting stages. Trainers and connections tend to wait until closer to the time to see if their horses have recovered enough from Prestbury Park to take their chances at Aintree.

However, this time around, a lot has happened. Not only has the top-weighted horse, Hewick, been withdrawn (at exactly the same point as last year!), but that leaves Conflated as the new top-weighted horse for the 2024 Grand National.

No stranger to this position, Conflated was top weight last year before being withdrawn. It’s a three pound rise in the weights as the Gordon Elliott trained ten-year old moves to 11-12 with Noble Yeats one pound behind him on 11-11.

That also means every other horse, still in contention, has been affected by this scratching stage.

Along with Hewick mentioned above, sixteen others have also been scratched at this stage. PLUS six more who did not qualify…

Horses Withdrawn At Second Scratching Stage

  • Hewick
  • Monbeg Genius
  • Longhouse Poet
  • Asterion Forlonge
  • Threeunderthrufive
  • Letsbeclearaboutit
  • James Du Berlais
  • Diol Ker
  • Gevrey
  • Dunboyne
  • Busselton
  • Macs Charm
  • Mister Coffey
  • Moroder
  • Fiddlerontheroof
  • Highland Hunter
  • Revels Hill

Did Not Qualify

  • Ash Tree Meadow – never won or placed at 2m7½f or more
  • Salvador Ziggy – only five chase starts – six is the minimum
  • Favori De Champdou – only five chase starts
  • Embittered – never won or placed at 2m7½f or more
  • Samcro – no steeple chases run in the current season
  • Riaan – only five chase starts

So, with those 23 horses no longer in contention, quite a few have moved up the list and are now guaranteed a spot.

It was at this stage last year that Corach Rambler made the cut so is our 2024 winner amongst the seven that have now secured a spot?

Chemical Energy, Limerick Lace, Meetingofthewaters, The Goffer, Roi Mage, Glengouly, Galia Des Liteaux are now guaranteed to run.

Runners Still Waiting

This is one of the smallest numbers of horses still left in contention at this stage in years. In 2022 78 horses were still in and all vying contention but that number dropped to 57 last year.

With only 34 spots up for grabs this time around, there are still some top chasers waiting patiently in the wings, namely Panda Boy and Kitty’s Light.

Panda Boy just needs one more to come out, with Kitty’s Light needing four. But we still have plenty of time between now and April 13th for connections to make final decisions.

Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott still dominate the entries and could possibly saddle ten runners each.

Gigginstown and JP McManus own five runners a piece in what looks like, once again, a race dominated by the Irish – trainers and owners.

The last confirmation stage for the National will be on Monday, April 8th, with declarations for the final field made on April 11th.

Full List Of Grand National Runners 2024

Below are the remaining 58 horses still in contention for the 2024 Grand National. The top 34 are guaranteed their spots.

  • 1 Conflated – 11 12 – Gordon Elliott
  • 2 Noble Yeats – 11 11 – Emmet Mullins
  • 3 Nassalam – 11 07 – Gary Moore
  • 4 Coko Beach – 11 07 – Gordon Elliott
  • 5 Capodanno – 11 07 – Willie Mullins
  • 6 I Am Maximus – 11 05 – Willie Mullins
  • 7 Minella Indo – 11 05 – Henry De Bromhead
  • 8 Corach Rambler – 11 05 – Lucinda Russell
  • 9 Janidil – 11 05 – Willie Mullins
  • 10 Stattler – 11 04 – Willie Mullins
  • 11 Mahler Mission – 11 04 – John McConnell
  • 12 Delta Work – 11 03 – Gordon Elliott
  • 13 Foxy Jacks – 11 03 – Mouse Morris
  • 14 Classic Getaway – 11 03 – Willie Mullins
  • 15 Galvin – 11 01 – Gordon Elliott
  • 16 Farouk d’Alene – 11 00 – Gordon Elliott
  • 17 Eldorado Allen – 10 13 – Joe Tizzard
  • 18 Fury Road – 10 12 – Gordon Elliott
  • 19 Ain’t That A Shame – 10 12 – Henry De Bromhead
  • 20 Vanillier – 10 11 – Gavin Cromwell
  • 21 Bronn – 10 11 – Willie Mullins
  • 22 Mr Incredible – 10 10 – Willie Mullins
  • 23 Run Wild Fred – 10 09 – Gordon Elliott
  • 24 Latenightpass – 10 09 – Dan Skelton
  • 25 Minella Crooner – 10 09 – Gordon Elliott
  • 26 Adamantly Chosen – 10 08 – Willie Mullins
  • 27 Mac Tottie – 10 08 – Peter Bowen
  • 28 Chemical Energy – 10 08 – Gordon Elliott
  • 29 Limerick Lace – 10 07 – Gavin Cromwell
  • 30 Meetingofthewaters – 10 07 – Willie Mullins
  • 31 The Goffer – 10 07 – Gordon Elliott
  • 32 Roi Mage – 10 07 – Patrick Griffin
  • 33 Glengouly – 10 06 – Willie Mullins
  • 34 Galia des Liteaux – 10 06 – Dan Skelton
  • 35 Panda Boy – 10 06 – Martin Brassil
  • 36 Eklat de Rire – 10 06 – Henry De Bromhead
  • 37 Chambard – 10 06 – Venetia Williams
  • 38 Kitty’s Light – 10 06 – Christian Williams
  • 39 Malina Girl – 10 05 – Gavin Cromwell
  • 40 Empire Steel – 10 05 – Sandy Thomson
  • 41 Desertmore House – 10 04 – Martin Brassil
  • 42 Fantastic Lady – 10 04 – Nicky Henderson
  • 43 Kinondo Kwetu – 10 04 – Sam England
  • 44 Shakem Up’arry – 10 03 – Ben Pauling
  • 45 Ontheropes – 10 03 – Willie Mullins
  • 46 Fakir d’Alene – 10 03 – Gordon Elliott
  • 47 Annual Invictus – 10 02 – Chris Gordon
  • 48 Angels Dawn – 10 02 – S Curling
  • 49 Amirite – 10 02 – Henry De Bromhead
  • 50 Tullybeg – 10 00 – Gordon Elliott
  • 51 Iron Bridge – 10 00 – Jonjo O’Neill
  • 52 Cepage – 10 00 – Venetia Williams
  • 53 Famous Bridge – 9 13 – Nicky Richards
  • 54 Frontal Assault – 9 12 – Gordon Elliott
  • 55 Good Boy Bobby – 9 11 – Nigel Twiston-Davies
  • 56 Tommie Beau – 9 10 – Seamus Mullins
  • 57 Where It All Began – 9 09 – Gordon Elliott
  • 58 Full Back – 9 04 – Gary Moore
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