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Grand National 2024: 17 horses scratched including King George VI winner Hewick

Seventeen horses, including King George VI winner Hewick, have been scratched from the Grand National.

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Hewick was given top weight of 11st12lbs, leading to speculation as to whether or not he'd run in the race, though the Grand National did still appear to be the target when soft ground prompted trainer Shark Hanlon to pull Hewick out of the Cheltenham Gold Cup.

But having missed what would have been his Grand National prep, it appears the Aintree Bowl over 3m is the new target.

Hewick's removal means former Irish Gold Cup and Savills Chase winner Conflated will take top weight, with every other horse in the race moving up 3lbs. The 40/1 shot will have history to overcome, with no top weight winning the National since Red Rum, though Many Clouds, the 2015 winner, came closest carrying 11st 9lbs.

Despite his two Grade 1 wins in Ireland, Conflated has only completed three of his last six races, and one of those was a PU in last year's Aintree Bowl.

Prominent in the early betting, Monbeg Genius has also been scratched by trainer Jonjo O'Neill after pulling up in Cheltenham's Ultima.

Kitty's Light was initially assigned 10st3lbs, with Christian Williams requiring around a dozen rivals to drop out in order to secure a passage to the Aintree showpiece, but the eight-year-old should have no troubles now.

Corach Rambler remains favourite at 5/1, though is now set to run off a full 14lbs more than last year when winning the 2023 Grand National.

bet365 are Non-Runner No Bet on the 2024 Grand National, meaning if you backed any of the below horses after 4pm on Friday 15th March 2024, you'll receive your money back (T&Cs apply).

Full list of horses scratched from the 2024 Grand National:

  • Hewick
  • Asterion Forlonge
  • Threeunderthrufive
  • Letsbeclearaboutit
  • James Du Berlais
  • Longhouse Poet
  • Monbeg Genius
  • Busselton
  • Diol Ker
  • Macs Charm
  • Dunboyne
  • Mister Coffey
  • Moroder, Gevrey
  • Fiddlerontheroof
  • Highland Hunter
  • Revels Hill

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