PAUL CARBERRY will be back on board leading Crabbie's Grand National hope Monbeg Dude when he goes on trial for the big race at Haydock on Saturday.
THIS year's Grand National, which will be sponsored by Crabbie's for the first time and worth £1 million in prize-money, has attracted 115 entries, the most since 2009 and up 31 on last year.
TIDAL BAY, who posted a huge effort when third off topweight in Saturday's Coral Welsh Grand National, will have his next run in the Crabbie's Grand National, trainer Paul Nicholls confirmed on Sunday morning.
TIDAL BAY, racing off topweight and at the age of 12, finished third in a sensational finish to the Coral Welsh Grand National, finishing just behind the Richard Lee-trained winner Mountainous and second-placed Hawkes Point in a riveting finish.
A LIVE Grand National contender emerged from Nicky Henderson's yard on Saturday when Triolo D'Alene captured the Hennessy Gold Cup and the trainer could bid to launch another Aintree hopeful in Roberto Goldback this weekend.
DON COSSACK ran out the determined winner of Fairyhouse's Drinmore Novice Chase. Ridden by Davy Russell, Gordon Elliott's six-year-old rallied well to regain the lead after the last from Carlingford Lough
TRIOLO D'ALENE completed a super Saturday for Nicky Henderson by winning the Hennessy Gold Cup from Rocky Creek and Theatre Guide.
ROSE PATERSON has been named as the new chairman of Aintree racecourse in 2014 when Lord Daresbury steps down after 25 years in the role after the Grand National.
CLAN ROYAL, who was twice placed in the Aintree Grand National, has died at owner JP McManus's Martinstown Stud in Co Limerick at the age of 18.
THE 2014 Grand National will boast a seven-figure prize fund for the first time after it was revealed that drinks company Crabbies are the race's new sponsor.
As sporting sights go, few match the sheer excitement of 40 horses thundering towards the first fence at Aintree for the John Smith's Grand National.
A race steeped in history that always provides a story, the Grand National is the ultimate test of endurance and skill for both horse and jockey, as the pairing must navigate 30 treacherous fences, and then still have enough stamina to make a challenge on the run-in.
To manage a clear round in the 4m4f epic is no mean achievement, with the fences notoriously difficult and offering unique challenges.
Over the years, there have been countless memorable moments, Devon Loch's phantom leap in the 1956 contest, Foinavon's shock 100-1 win in 1967 and the brilliance of Red Rum, who took the chase on three occasions in 1973, 74 and 77.
In 1981 Aldaniti and Bob Champion completed a heartwarming tale when winning the race, as Aldaniti had recovered from a career-threatening injury while jockey Champion had battled back from cancer.
In 2011 the race provided another fairytale story as Donald McCain emulated his father and Aintree legend Ginger when winning with Ballabriggs - and that came just a year after champion jockey Tony McCoy finally gained victory in the race at the 15th time of asking.