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GRAND NATIONAL: All the Aintree weights revealed
on 14 February 2020
As the Grand National weights were released, BHA Handicapper Martin Greenwood has said that this could be "the highest quality Grand National in modern history"

TEN horses have been given 11st or more in the 2020 Grand National. They include Tiger Roll (11st 10lb), Delta Work (11st 10lb), Bristol de Mai (11st 8lb), one of seven contenders for dual Grand National-winning handler Nigel Twiston-Davies, 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup hero Native River (11st 6lb) and J P McManus' Anibale Fly (11st 2lb), fourth in 2018 and fifth in 2019.

Gordon Elliott has 18 entries in total, more than any other trainer, as he chases a record equalling fourth Grand National, with his team also featuring promising novice Champagne Classic (10st 6lb) and 2019 Galway Plate victor Borice (10st).

Fellow Irish handler Willie Mullins, successful with Hedgehunter in 2005, has impressive Irish Grand National victor Burrows Saint (10st 10lb) among his nine contenders.

Last year's runner-up Magic Of Light (Jessica Harrington) has been handed 10st 12lb. Nickel Coin in 1951 is the most recent mare to win the Aintree spectacular. The other mares engaged are Shattered Love (Gordon Elliott, 10st 6lb), Atalanta Ablaze (Henry Daly, 9st 13lb), Cabaret Queen (Willie Mullins, 9st 13lb).

Fourth-placed Walk In The Mill (Robert Walford, 10st 4lb) fared best of the British-trained runners in 2019. He continued his excellent record over the famous fences by winning the Randox Health Becher Handicap Chase for the second successive year in December.

The 2017 victor One For Arthur (Lucinda Russell, 10st 2lb) is the other previous Grand National winner among the entries. His rating of 148 is the same as he carried in 2017.

Welsh Grand National victor Potters Corner (Christian Wiliams) has been given 10st 6lb, while Scottish Grand National scorer Takingrisks (Nicky Richards) has been handed 10st 1lb.

Other names to note are Kimberlite Candy (Tom Lacey, 10st 4lb), winner of the G3 Classic Handicap Chase at Warwick, and Listed Sky Bet Chase victor Ok Corral (Nicky Henderson, 10st 9lb). Both horses are owned by J P McManus.

British Horseracing Authority chase handicapper Martin Greenwood said as the weights were revealed: "This year, 73% of the horses entered are in the handicap. Similarly, from a starting rating of 140, there are more horses than ever in the modern era entered for the race - 92 in total.

"The race is full of top-class individuals and boasts the winners of races such as the Grand National, Irish National, Welsh National, Rowland Meyrick Chase, Cheltenham Gold Cup and much more. It is as good a staying handicap as would be run anywhere.

"You could argue that it is the highest quality Grand National in modern history."

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