Trainer Lucinda Russell – One For Arthur (10st 2lb)
“I’m pleased – 10st 2lb is a lovely weight. If the weights go up a bit that will be fine, and if they don’t that would be even better.
“He’s 6lb lower than he was last year (finished sixth) and he’s on the same mark as when he won the National three years ago.
“I think he’s in better form than he was this time last year, certainly we’re a lot more relaxed. I think he might even be in better form than he was the year he won the National.
“We’d like to get a run in (at Haydock on Saturday), but we’ll have to see what the weather does – good old February!”
Trainer Robert Walford – Walk In The Mill (10st 4lb)
“I’m very happy with the weight he’s got and the horse seems in great form.
“You won’t see him again before Aintree. We’ve just got to try to keep him in one piece between now and then.
“In an ideal world we’d like soft ground, but that’s probably unlikely as the ground dries out so quick there.
“You never know, I suppose. Proper soft ground would be ideal.”
Trainer Christian Williams – Potters Corner (10st 6lb)
“I’m happy with the weight, it’s what we expected and we’re looking forward to it now. If you thought about it you could guess what he’d have.
“We’re going to France next. He’s been before, it suits him and it’s good money. Then there’s four weeks to the National.
“I don’t think he needs the ground soft. Aintree is a big, galloping track and he’s not just a plodder. We had a dry winter last year and he still showed solid form. It’s never quick on National day anymore.”
Trainer Willie Mullins – Cadmium (11st 2lb), Total Recall (10st 13lb), Voix Du Reve (10st 12lb), Burrows Saint (10st 10lb), Pleasant Company (10st 7lb), Acapella Bourgeois (10st 6lb), Chef Des Obeaux (10st 3lb), Class Conti (10st 3lb), Cabaret Queen (9st 13lb)
“Total Recall won the Thyestes – I’d expect this would be no problem for him.
“Cadmium probably won’t run. I ran him over three miles at Leopardstown and it didn’t work out.
“Pleasant Company has been placed in it before. He’s probably a bit on the agey side now. We were planning to qualify him at Punchestown but that has been lost, hopefully it might be on next week. He wasn’t himself earlier in the season, we’ll keep spring in mind for him.
“Class Conti might go and Chef Des Obeaux. I’m hoping they’ll all get in. They all stay and jump.”
Trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies – Bristol De Mai (11st 8lb), Ballyoptic (10st 11lb), Crievehill (10st 8lb), Cogry (9st 12lb), Flying Angel (9st 12lb), The Hollow Ginge (9st 12lb), Townshend (9st 10lb)
“Bristol will head for the Gold Cup and then we’ll see what happens. Ballyoptic will definitely run in the National – he was still going well when he fell last year.
“Crievehill will head to Kempton for the old Racing Post Chase, that’s been a decent National trial in the past. I’m pleased with him.
“Cogry has been running brilliantly all season, he needs the (National) distance – he’ll love it.
“The Hollow Ginge won the other day and is a good jumper, Flying Angel has been round there before, too. Townshend is also back to form now.
“All the others will run if they get in, but with Bristol we just need to wait and see. If he wins the Gold Cup then he won’t run in the National. He’s only young still, so he might go next year.”
Trainer Jessica Harrington – Jett (10st 13lb), Magic Of Light (10st 12lb), Moonshine Bay (9st 8lb)
“Magic Of Light is stuck at Bangor racecourse, hopefully getting on a ferry tonight – she won’t go to Exeter (on Sunday). Plan B is possibly taking on Tiger Roll at Navan this weekend over hurdles or she’ll go to Punchestown next Wednesday for a mares’ hurdle there.
“Jett will almost definitely run in the National if the ground is decent as I think he’ll love those fences and he’s got plenty of tactical speed. He’s run really well the last twice and they were in Grade One races.
“He’s really stepped up to the mark since he’s gone over three miles and I’m really happy with him. Moonshine Bay won’t get in.”
Trainer Nicky Henderson – Beware The Bear (11st), Ok Corral (10st 9lb), Valtor (10st 4lb), Dragon D’Estruval (9st 13lb)
“OK Corral ran a nice race at Doncaster and him and Beware The Bear would be the two to aim at it.
“I don’t think Beware The Bear will go for the Cheltenham race he won last year, though. He needs a run, but I don’t think Cheltenham is the place to get ready for the National for him.
“OK Corral might go straight to the National, we’ll see.”
Trainer Paul Nicholls – Yala Enki (10st 11lb), Saint Xavier (10st 4lb), Warriors Tale (10st 4lb), Romain De Senam (10st 2lb), Give Me A Copper (10st 1lb), As De Mee (9st 10lb)
“I’ve hit six entered and might run three or four, but the main two are Yala Enki and Give Me A Copper.
“Yala Enki ran well in the Welsh National and won at Taunton. He’s got a similar profile to Neptune Collonges (Grand National winner in 2012) and will be ridden by Bryony (Frost) I expect, so it’s a good story.
“Give Me A Copper goes very well fresh so will go straight there. He’s got a lovely weight, only 10st 1lb.”
Assistant trainer Joe Tizzard – Native River (11st 6lb) and Elegant Escape (11st 2lb)
“Me and dad (Colin Tizzard) aren’t hiding the fact we’re keen to run Native River in the National, but Garth and Ann (Broom, owners) need to support the idea
“He does deserve to take his chance in the Gold Cup, but Dicky (Richard) Johnson is wise enough to know if he’s not going to win it he’ll look after him. If he was mine I might skip Cheltenham, but he’s got every right to run in it.
“Elegant Escape is capable of being placed in Ladbrokes Trophys and Welsh Nationals, but he’s not quite a Gold Cup horse. If he got into a rhythm he could go well in a National.”
Trainer Tom Lacey – Kimberlite Candy (10st 4lb)
“He’s in great order – he’s certainly a much stronger horse than he’s ever been.
“He’s really come to himself this year. I thought he was very impressive in the Classic Chase, the way he galloped to the line.
“He’ll go straight to Aintree. All his best runs have been when he’s been fresh. He’s full of confidence, so we’ll look forward to it.
“If we get a wet spring, I don’t see any reason why he won’t go there as a live contender.
“We’re only a small yard so it would be a fantastic story.”