Emma Lavelle’s intended runner Eclair Surf, down to 14-1 on betting, needs multiple horses to fold from the Aintree feature. Blaklion and Poker Party are now guaranteed to have a run
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Market mover Eclair Surf still needs several runners to get out of the Grand National to earn a spot in the lineup.
Emma Lavelle’s pursuer moved up to 43rd on the list in Monday’s final confirmation phase. A total of 40 horses can compete in the Randox sponsored £1million race at Aintree on Saturday.
Chris’s Dream, Chatham Street Lad and Go Another One were dropped from the marathon. This guarantees a run for last year’s sixth blaklion and underdog poker party. Eclair Surf’s chances took a turn for the worse over the weekend when its Eider Chase conqueror Win My Wings was a runaway Scottish National winner.
Players noted that Lavelle’s attack was at a decent mark and he’s now 14-1 (up from 25-1) with William Hill. That’s what the coach said race mail he is in “brilliant form”, but it is “in the gods” whether the constantly improving eight-year-old will be included in the squad.
“He has a very good profile but the only concern is the fact that he might miss the odd fence. Of course you don’t get that chance at the National,” she said. “However, he has gotten better and better as the season has progressed. He also jumped beautifully over national fences at home.”
The departure of Chris’s Dream, the original top weight, gives his stablemate and last year’s winner Minella Times that position. Trainer Gordon Elliott has eight horses in the field, with his ninth contender Death Duty at number 41 on the long list.
Domaine De L’Isle is 42nd and Fortescue 44th, meaning they will join Eclair Surf as reserves at the time of Thursday’s declaration.
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The ground at Aintree was changed from good to soft on Monday morning after 7.5mm of overnight rain. Course leader Sulekha Varna was faced with conflicting weather forecasts less than a week before the flagship event.
“Unfortunately, we can’t plan too far ahead,” she said yesterday. “Basically, the forecasters are telling us they don’t know beyond Tuesday and Wednesday – some think it’s going to be dry, some think it’s going to be wet.”
Aintree’s game, which starts on Thursday, comes three weeks after the Cheltenham Festival, where the watered track got heavy after persistent rain.