Grand National: Chris’s Dream heads the weights as 78 horses remain in contention for Aintree 2022

Conflated and Galvin are among the 14 horses to be scratched.


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Chris’s Dream heads the weights for the Grand National 2022 after 14 horses were scratched at the latest forfeit stage on Tuesday.

Henry de Bromhead’s charge is set to carry 11st 10lbs at Aintree on Saturday, April 9 as Conflated, Galvin and Melon were among the entrants to be withdrawn.


Minella Times, the winner of last year’s renewal, is just 1lb off top weight so the nine-year-old will have to carry a heavy load if he’s to score at Aintree again.

Paddy Power’s antepost co-favourites Any Second Now, Delta Work and Escaria Ten will make the final field of 40 as long as they are declared at the 48-hour stage.

Delta Work, who climbed our early betting market after beating stablemate and dual Grand National winner Tiger Roll in the Cross Country Chase at the 2022 Cheltenham Festival, faces the prospect of lugging 11st 8lbs.

Any Second Now beat Escaria Ten by a nose in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse in February and the pair are set to carry 11st 7lbs and 11st respectively.

Phoenix Way – trained by Harry Fry and owned by JP McManus – has moved up to 40th on the list.

Fry said: “Phoenix Way was okay thankfully after his fall at Kempton and has very much been trained for the National. Mr McManus was talking about this race for him last summer and we’ve been really pleased to get him back on track this season.

“He won well at Ascot on his penultimate start and although the National is a totally different test altogether, it has very much been a long-term idea for Mr McManus and we’ll be trying our best to pull it off.”

Becher Chase winner Snow Leopardess is also in the top 40 as are Irish and Scottish National victors Freewheelin Dylan and Mighty Thunder.

Back On The Lash, Braeside, Chantry House, Cloudy Glen, Franco De Port, Itchy Feet, Jett, Kapcorse, Milan Native, Ontheropes, Windsor Avenue were the other horses to be scratched.

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