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When are the final 40 Grand National runners confirmed?

The 172nd running of the greatest steeplechase in the world is moving ever closer and all eyes will be fixed on Aintree racecourse on 6th April to see whether or not red-hot favourite and defending champion Tiger Roll can repeat his success of 2018 and become the first horse since Red Rum to win the Grand National in two consecutive years.

Tiger Roll held Pleasant Company at bay in a thrilling climax to the 2018 Grand National and the Gordon Elliott runner is huge favourite to win this time around.

The list of runners for the race now stands at 69 following the withdrawal of twelve at the five-day confirmation stage on Monday, however this will need to be whittled down to 40 ahead of the day itself.

The exit of Bristol De Mai from the list resulted in weights being increased by 4lb and Anibale Fly now tops the weights at 11st 10lb.

The last declaration stage for the 2019 Grand National takes place on Thursday morning at 10am and this will see the list of runners reduced to 40 with four additional reserves. Any subsequent non-runners must be declared by 1pm on Friday 5th April and any one of the reserves will be drafted in should it be necessary.