A total of sixty-five horses have been declared at the latest entry stage for the Grand National 2010.
The full list of horses who were not confirmed is Notre Pere, Air Force One, Deutschland, Chelsea Harbour, Dooney’s Gate, Equus Maximus, Lennon, Razor Royale, Anothercoppercoast and Cossack Dancer.
In other recent news, the well-fancied Character Building has been purchased by David and Patricia Thompson who also bought Party Politics three days before his Grand National win in 1992. This looks likely to mean the end of a possible fairytale for amateur rider Jamie Codd as the Thompsons are keen to engage the services of a professional jockey. Top jockeys without a confirmed ride include Richard Johnson and Robert Thornton, although Character Building’s former jockey Dougie Costello has also been mentioned as a likely contender.
For fans of Silver Birch and Cerium, British Horseracing Authority Head of Handicapping Phil Smith today ranked the horses on 10st 5lb in order of current ratings and Silver Birch and Cerium are jointly on number 41. There will be a draw at Weatherbys tomorrow (Tuesday) to determine which of the two horses will be ranked 41 and 42.