Grand National 2019 runners and riders confirmed: Full start list of horses for world's most famous race

Ben Burrows
The Independent

The final 40 horses for the 2019 Grand National at Aintree have been confirmed.

The most famous horse race of them all will take place this Saturday with over £300,000,000 set to be wagered on the big race alone.

Tiger Roll, ridden again by Davy Russell, will go off as favourite for trainer Gordon Elliott as they bid to win the National for the second year in succession.

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He is one of 13 runners for Elliott, with his team also numbering last year's third Bless The Wings, the well-fancied Jury Duty and the 2018 Irish Grand National victor General Principle.

Joe Farrell is lucky No 40 squeezing into the final declaration with Pairofbrowneyes the late withdrawal after the odds of him winning the extended four-and-a-quarter-mile contest tumbled in recent days.

The absence of Pairofbrowneyes means Willie Mullins will now have four runners in the field as he bids for a second National success.

Rathvinden leads the Mullins squad with the 2018 runner-up Pleasant Company aiming to avenge his head defeat for the master of Closutton.

Cheltenham Gold Cup runner up Anibale Fly carries top weight for trainer Tony Martin, with the Trevor Hemmings-owned pair of Vintage Clouds and Lake View Lad also prominent in the betting.

Champion jockey Richard Johnson has yet to the win the National and he will team up with the Philip Hobbs-trained Rock The Kasbah as he tries to end his luckless run.

Becher Chase winner Walk In The Mill, 2017 Grand National hero One For Arthur and Step Back for Gold Cup-winning trainer Mark Bradstock are other names to note.

Mall Dini was a late withdrawal with the Paul Nicholls-trained first reserve Just A Par now in.

Tiger Roll held off Pleasant Company to take the win a year ago (Getty)
Tiger Roll held off Pleasant Company to take the win a year ago (Getty)

Full list (with reserves):

1. Anibale Fly
2. Valtor
3. Tiger Roll
4. Outlander
5. Don Poli
6. Go Conquer
7. Mala Beach
8. Minella Rocco
9. Lake View Lad
10. Pleasant Company
11. Ballyoptic
12. Dounikos
13. Rathvinden
14. One For Arthur
15. Rock The Kasbah
16. Warriors Tale
17. Regal Encore
18. Magic Of Light
19. A Toi Phil
20. Jury Duty

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21. Noble Endeavour
22. Monbeg Notorious
23. Ramses De Teillee
24. Tea For Two
25. Just A Par
26. Step Back
27. Ultragold
28. Blow By Blow
29. Up For Review
30. Singlefarmpayment
31. Vieux Lion Rouge
32. Valseur Lad
33. Vintage Clouds
34. General Principle
35. Livelovelaugh
36. Walk In The Mill
37. Folsom Blue
38. Captain Redbeard
39. Bless The Wings
40. Joe Farrell

Reserves:

1. The Young Master 2. Iselofhopendreams 3. Exitas​

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