In the blink of an eye, not only has the second deadline for the Grand National been and gone, but three more horses have been declared non runners for the 2024 race.

So much has happened in the last few weeks that it would confuse even the most ardent racing fan. First, we had Cheltenham, then the second scratching stage of the Grand National, and then the Irish Grand National.

We have since had three more runners ruled out of contention from Aintree, and almost every bookmaker has gone non runner no bet, so the markets are changing faster than lightning.

With so much going on, it’s a dream for those of you who love horse racing betting and having a flutter – especially if you backed Willie Mullins trained horses at Cheltenham. For the rest of us, simply trying to keep up is a job in itself.

So where are we up to with the Grand National 2024? As mentioned above, 17 horses went at the second declaration stage and more interestingly, six more simply didn’t qualify for this year’s race.

Since then, three more have been declared non-runners, leaving 54 potential runners still in the mix.

Of course, this year, we have the new field size of just 34 runners and riders, as opposed to the usual 40, so while the entries have been significantly whittled down, there are fewer spots, so competition is still fierce.

So let’s take a look at who went out and who is left…

Withdrawn Horses At Second Deadline

  • 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

Non Runners Since Then

  • Classic Getaway
  • Bronn
  • Full Back

Interestingly, two of the non runners are from Willie Mullins and they were both guaranteed a spot.

That means Panda Boy from Martin Brassil and Eklat De Rire from Henry De Bromhead have now made the cut.

It hasn’t caused too much fuss in the betting markets as Panda Boy was always pretty short on around 14/1, with not much love coming Eklat’s way as an outsider on 100/1. That can, of course, alter over the next week as more bets go on, but in the meantime, nothing much has changed.

Connections Still Waiting For A Place

There is no getting away from the fact that with only 54 horses left on the list, this is one of the smallest numbers still in contention at this stage in years.

In 2022, 78 horses were still in, and all vying for contention, so whether it’s proximity to the Irish Grand National, fewer places, lack of entries from the UK, or fatigue from Cheltenham is responsible, it’s not a great state of affairs.

After all, the Grand National is one of the biggest races in the world and we want to see the best run in it.

That said, there will always be disappointed connections and still hovering in the wings are Venetia Williams with Chambard and Christian Williams with Kitty’s Light. They need two more to come out to be guaranteed a run.

Malina Girl, one of only a handful of mares this year, from Gavin Cromwell, and Empire Steel from Sandy Thomson are next in line.

Should Malina Girl get a spot, Cromwell could very well saddle three runners, at least two of whom have really solid chances of winnings. They are Vanillier, last year’s second-place finisher, and Limerick Lace, who won the Mares Chase last time out at Cheltenham.

It’s certainly an enviable three-hander but is it enough to counter the dominance of Willie Mullins and Gordon Elliott?

Elliott still has 14 entries, with 10 guaranteed to run. Mullins may have taken Bronn and Classic Getaway out but can still run eight, including the current second favourite in the betting markets – I Am Maximus, who won the Irish Grand National last season.

Next Stage

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

For now, here are the remaining horses still in the game…

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

With Hewick taken out, that leaves Conflated as the top weight and all others saw a rise of 3lbs, reflected above.

Who will make the cut, and who will be left looking elsewhere for a run before the end of the season? Only time will tell.