The Grand National 2018: Talk of the runners and riders for the Grand National is already making plenty of headlines as both try and find their form ahead of April 14.

As each week goes by, we’re getting closer and closer to finding the favourites and hearing which trainers are fancying which horses. The last few weeks have been no different. Here’s our round up of what you need to know about the Grand National over the period.

Definitly Red Will Miss The Grand National

A 14/1 shot for the National, Definitly Red could well now miss the race according to trainer Brian Ellison.

The horse is one of the favourites among Grand National free bets but has been allocated top weight meaning he could be put in the Betway Bowl Chase at Aintree.

That’ll be regardless of how he performs in the Cheltenham Gold Cup with Ellison claiming the National is too difficult for horses of that weight.

Blaklion Will Miss Cheltenham For Aintree

Sam Twiston-Davies is to ride Blaklion at the Grand National but won’t be taking the 9-year-old to Cheltenham.

Blaklion will skip the festival in order to be fresh and fully prepared for Aintree. He’s second favourite at 14/1, just behind Total Recall.

Finishing fourth last year, he went into the race off of a tough race at Haydock and trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies will be hoping a rest will take him to the front of the pack.

Long House Hall Could Be Sent To The National

Dan Skelton is fancying a tilt at the National with Long House Hall, according to reports.

He’s set to return to jumps at Cheltenham next month and it’ll be interesting to see how he fares. If he comes through that, he’ll be going for Aintree and may be worth a punt.

Whisper Is Ruled Out of The National

Nicky Henderson has ruled out Whisper from the Grand National and the entire season, after veterinary investigations found an issue with the horse.

He was among the favourites for the National but Henderson has a number of alternatives in Gold Present, O O Seven and Vyta Du Roc. The latter however is touch-and-go to be back in time after suffering from colic.

Dame Judi Dench Will Have A Horse At The National

As De Mee is expected to race in the Grand National and is a 66/1 shot of winning it.

What’s interesting about this horse is that the four-year-old is co-owned by Dame Judi Dench.

It’s been a long-standing dream for the Oscar winner to have a horse at the Grand National. He’s a “strong chasing type who goes very nicely,” according to reports. He’ll have to be an incredibly strong chasing type with those odds though.

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