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National big guns stand ground

Ante-post favourite The Midnight Club heads 74 remaining entries for the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree on April 9.

Willie Mullins' 10-year-old leapt to the head of the market after his victory over stable companion Arbor Supreme in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse last month.

Jonjo O'Neill's Don't Push It gave Tony McCoy an emotional first success in the world's most famous steeplechase last year, but he will be forced to concede weight all round to rivals including Backstage, Ballabriggs, What A Friend and Big Fella Thanks.

The Colin Bowe-trained Snowy Morning is one of eight to have been taken out, along with Tatenen, Tricky Trickster, Dream Alliance, Deep Purple, Gullible Gordon, Meanus Dandy and The Sliotar.

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