Swing Bill in National field

  • Last Updated: April 3 2014, 11:20 BST

Swing Bill has made the final field of 40 for Saturday's Crabbie's Grand National with Lost Glory the only defector at the final declaration stage.

Swing Bill: The final horse to make the cut for the Crabbie's Grand National
Swing Bill: The final horse to make the cut for the Crabbie's Grand National

David Pipe's charge, now owned by the big-race sponsors, finished sixth in last year's National and will be ridden by Conor O'Farrell.

His promotion to the final field means Goonyella and Soll are the first two reserves should any more horses drop out before Friday morning's deadline.

Tidal Bay and Long Run head the runners with the former, a teenager, carrying top-weight of 11st 10lb in the hands of Sam Twiston-Davies.

Cheltenham Gold Cup and dual King George VI Chase hero Long Run is next in on 11st 9lb under Sam Waley-Cohen.

Long Run's trainer Nicky Henderson also has Hennessy Gold Cup winner Triolo D'Alene, Hunt Ball and Shakalakaboomboom in contention as he aims to secure his first victory in the race.

Last year's third home Teaforthree heads the market for the world's most famous steeplechase for Welsh trainer Rebecca Curtis, with Nick Scholfield the man on board.

Perennial champion jockey Tony McCoy had to choose between the JP McManus-owned duo of Double Seven and Colbert Station and he has, as expected, sided with the first-named.

Other leading contenders include Michael Scudamore's Monbeg Dude, the Willie Mullins-trained Prince De Beauchene and Balthazar King from Philip Hobbs' yard.