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Gordon Elliott set for record number of runners at 2019 Grand National

It was success for Irish trainer Gordon Elliott in 2018 when Tiger Roll won the Grand National and this horse will be joined by up to eleven other runners from the same stable which are all guaranteed a place – should Elliott wish – in the 2019 renewal of the famous steeplechase.

Twelve runners have been scratched from the 2019 Grand National following Monday’s confirmation stage, these including 20/1 shot Ms Parfois. As such there are 69 entries remaining and this will be whittled down to 40, these being named at 10am on Thursday.

Elliott has twelve runners in the top forty as things stand as well as first reserve Bless The Wings which finished in third position in 2018.

Martin Pipe currently holds the record for the most runners in a Grand National with ten taking part in 2001.

Those withdrawn from the race this week include the likes of Yala Enki, Sub Lieutenant, Abolitionist, Blaklion, Bristol De Man, Shattered Love, The Storyteller and Alpha Des Obeaux.

Tiger Roll remains firm favourite to become the first runner since Red Rum to win the race two years in succession.