How quickly time flies when you’re counting the days between Grand National 2024 scratching days.

No sooner had the entries been revealed and the weights been announced and we had already rolled around to the first declaration stage.

As anticipated, this was a largely uneventful affair with only six potential runners being taken out of contention.

With few surprises and only four horses that had guaranteed spots, getting taken out, not a lot changed.

That is, of course, except for the connections of Run Wild Fred, Latenightpass, Minella Crooner, and Mac Tottie now move up the pecking order and into the 34 places.

So from 94 official entries, 81 potential Grand National 2024 runners are now left in the running.

Making the cut won’t be easy with the reduction in field size so who is gone and where does that leave everybody else?

Grand National 2024 Withdrawals

With the Cheltenham Festival nearly upon us, it’s no surprise that a lot of trainers and connections have their eyes fixed firmly on Prestbury Park.

Only when that has ended will attention really turn to the Grand National 2024.

How they perform there will play a large hand in determining if they head to or swerve Aintree. Conflated, for example, has unseated his rider on his last two runs. Should he do it again, Gordon Elliott could easily choose to end his season.

His other headache will come from Ash Tree Meadow, who despite being guaranteed a place, hasn’t actually qualified.

He has never placed first, second, third, or fourth in a steeple chase with an official distance description of ‘two miles, seven and a half furlongs’ during his career.

And with entries only in the Ryanair Chase, and the Plate Handicap Chase, both of which are 2m4½f, he could be gone at the next declaration stage.

But before we discuss who could go next, let’s take a look at the six horses that were withdrawn at the first hurdle.

For the first declaration stage in 2024, 6 horses were withdrawn.

  • Fakir D’Oudairies
  • Le Milos
  • Dusart
  • Sail Away
  • Ashtown Lad
  • Minella Trump

Remaining Grand National 2024 Potential Runners

With 81 horses still left, the numbering has changed slightly so here are all the remaining entries in their new numerical order:

  • 1 Hewick – 11 12 – JJ Hanlon
  • 2 Conflated – 11 09 – Gordon Elliott
  • 3 Noble Yeats – 11 08 – Emmet Mullins
  • 4 Nassalam – 11 04 – Gary Moore
  • 5 Coko Beach – 11 04 – Gordon Elliott
  • 6 Capodanno – 11 04 – Willie Mullins
  • 7 I Am Maximus – 11 02 – Willie Mullins
  • 8 Minella Indo – 11 02 – Henry De Bromhead
  • 9 Corach Rambler – 11 02 – Lucinda Russell
  • 10 Ash Tree Meadow – 11 02 – Gordon Elliott
  • 11 Janidil – 11 02 – Willie Mullins
  • 12 Stattler – 11 01 – Willie Mullins
  • 13 Asterion Forlonge – 11 01 – Willie Mullins
  • 14 Mahler Mission – 11 01 – John McConnell
  • 15 Delta Work – 11 00 – Gordon Elliott
  • 16 Foxy Jacks – 11 00 – Mouse Morris
  • 17 Classic Getaway – 11 00 – Willie Mullins
  • 18 Threeunderthrufive – 10 13 – Paul Nicholls
  • 19 Galvin – 10 12 – Gordon Elliott
  • 20 Farouk d’Alene – 10 11 – Gordon Elliott
  • 21 Salvador Ziggy – 10 11 – Gordon Elliott
  • 22 Eldorado Allen – 10 10 – Joe Tizzard
  • 23 Letsbeclearaboutit – 10 10 – Gavin Cromwell
  • 24 James du Berlais – 10 09 – Willie Mullins
  • 25 Fury Road – 10 09 – Gordon Elliott
  • 26 Ain’t That A Shame – 10 09 – Henry De Bromhead
  • 27 Vanillier – 10 08 – Gavin Cromwell
  • 28 Bronn – 10 08 – Willie Mullins
  • 29 Mr Incredible – 10 07 – Willie Mullins
  • 30 Longhouse Poet – 10 07 – Martin Brassil
  • 31 Run Wild Fred – 10 06 – Gordon Elliott
  • 32 Latenightpass – 10 06 – Dan Skelton
  • 33 Minella Crooner – 10 06 – Gordon Elliott
  • 34 Mac Tottie – 10 05 – Peter Bowen
  • 35 Adamantly Chosen – 10 05 – Willie Mullins
  • 36 Chemical Energy – 10 05 – Gordon Elliott
  • 37 The Goffer – 10 04 – Gordon Elliott
  • 38 Meetingofthewaters – 10 04 – Willie Mullins
  • 39 Roi Mage – 10 04 – Patrick Griffin
  • 40 Limerick Lace – 10 04 – Gavin Cromwell
  • 41 Favori de Champdou – 10 04 – Gordon Elliott
  • 42 Monbeg Genius – 10 04 – Jonjo O’Neill
  • 43 Embittered – 10 03 – Gordon Elliott
  • 44 Eklat de Rire – 10 03 – Henry De Bromhead
  • 45 Glengouly – 10 03 – Willie Mullins
  • 46 Gevrey – 10 03 – Gordon Elliott
  • 47 Chambard – 10 03 – Venetia Williams
  • 48 Galia des Liteaux – 10 03 – Dan Skelton
  • 49 Panda Boy – 10 03 – Martin Brassil
  • 50 Kitty’s Light – 10 03 – Christian Williams
  • 51 Fiddlerontheroof – 10 02 – Jim Boyle
  • 52 Malina Girl – 10 02 – Gavin Cromwell
  • 53 Busselton – 10 02 – Joseph O’Brien
  • 54 Empire Steel – 10 02 – Sandy Thomson
  • 55 Highland Hunter – 10 01 – Fergal O’Brien
  • 56 Desertmore House – 10 01 – Martin Brassil
  • 57 Fantastic Lady – 10 01 – Nicky Henderson
  • 58 Kinondo Kwetu – 10 01 – Sam England
  • 59 Fakir d’Alene – 10 00 – Gordon Elliott
  • 60 Ontheropes – 10 00 – Willie Mullins
  • 61 Shakem Up’arry – 10 00 – Ben Pauling
  • 62 Annual Invictus – 9 13 – Chris Gordon
  • 63 Riaan – 9 13 – Gordon Elliott
  • 64 Angels Dawn – 9 13 – S Curling
  • 65 Samcro – 9 13 – Gordon Elliott
  • 66 Amirite – 9 13 – Henry De Bromhead
  • 67 Diol Ker – 9 13 – Gordon Elliott
  • 68 Macs Charm – 9 12 – Colm Murphy
  • 69 Iron Bridge – 9 11 – Jonjo O’Neill
  • 70 Dunboyne – 9 11 – Gordon Elliott
  • 71 Cepage – 9 11 – Venetia Williams
  • 72 Tullybeg – 9 11 – Gordon Elliott
  • 73 Famous Bridge – 9 10 – Nicky Richards
  • 74 Mister Coffey – 9 09 – Nicky Henderson
  • 75 Frontal Assault – 9 09 – Gordon Elliott
  • 76 Good Boy Bobby – 9 08 – Nigel Twiston-Davies
  • 77 Tommie Beau – 9 07 – Seamus Mullins
  • 78 Where It All Began – 9 06 – Gordon Elliott
  • 79 Revels Hill – 9 06 – Harry Fry
  • 80 Moroder – 9 02 – Seamus Mullins
  • 81 Full Back – 9 01 – Gary Moore

Ante Post Race Favourite

As you can imagine a lot has happened in the two weeks since the weights for the Grand National 2024 were revealed.

Once the BHA Handicapper made his announcement, connections were then free to race their horses without fear that a great run would impact their official rating, and subsequently their weight.

I Am Maximus went flying up the odds and now vies for ante-post race favourite with Vanillier.

Trained by Ireland’s Willie Mullins, I Am Maximus won the BobbyJo Chase at Fairyhouse after the weights were announced.

That, in turn, gave his OR a five-point rise. Had that happened before the weights, he would be on 11-07 rather than the 11-02 he was given.

That’s a solid 5lbs advantage and could be the difference between winning and not winning at Aintree.

Vanillier finished in second place last year and connections must be delighted that the BHA Handicapper didn’t penalise him for it.

He looks set to only carry 10-08 and with proven experience around those tricky fences, it’s easy to see why his odds are so low at around 10/1.

Next up is Corach Rambler, last year’s winner, and Lucinda Russell will have all her fingers and toes crossed that he can win again.

But with 11-02, as opposed to 10-05, on his back, things are going to be exponentially more difficult for the Scottish chaser.

Has The First Declaration Stage Changed The National?

Honestly, not really. As mentioned above, this is usually the most uneventful stage and it passes without much fanfare.

It’s the next one that things can really heat up, especially after Cheltenham. But also in 2024, the Irish Grand National will take place on April 1st and undoubtedly there will be a lot of crossover with the entries.

Where will connections decide to go – Aintree or Fairyhouse? Only time will tell.