Monbeg Dude is a dour stayer but might have preferred softer ground and his jumping is a concern over these fences. Last year's third Teaforthree must have a decent chance again, however, as he's 2lb lower and has been trained with this race in mind. Tidal Bay has been a terrific servant to connections but it's asking an awful lot of a 13-year-old to win a Grand National under top weight and the Nicholls' team also run the less-exposed Rocky Creek. Long Run may also struggle under a welter burden while Triolo D'Alene is only a seven-year-old and they have a shocking record in this marathon. Hunt Ball and Walkon are doubtful stayers but Lion Na Bearnai is a former Irish National winner and another raider from across the Irish Sea, Quito De La Roque, has been the subject of favourable reports. They may represent better value than A P McCoy's choice Double Seven. Burton Port is a classy sort on a decent mark and could run a big race while Chance Du Roy won the Becher Chase over the National fences in December. Mr Moonshine represents last year's winning trainer and jockey while cross-country specialists Balthazar King and Big Shu should enjoy this test. Mountainous won the Welsh National earlier this season and The Package made a very encouraging comeback at Cheltenham and looks just the type for this. The Rainbow Hunter and Shakalakaboom should also give supporters a run for their money but we're going to take a chance on the lightly-weighted ALVARADO. Paul Moloney rides these fences as well as anyone and deserves a change of luck after several near-misses in the big race. His mount has never fallen and won over 3m4f at Cheltenham in November so has the right credentials and will be a working man's price.
Tidal Bay (IRE) 5-2 (11-10) Tracked leaders, 2nd briefly before 10th, ridden and dropped to rear 3 out, under pressure and no impression in 6th entering straight, kept on run-in to go moderate 2nd close home, 2nd of 7, 9l behind Last Instalment (11-10) at Leopardstown 3m Grade 1 chs (1) in Feb.
Long Run (FR) 2-5fav (10-12) Tracked leader, led 13th, headed before 4 out, regained lead before 2 out, kept on well, driven out, won at Kelso 3m 2f chs (2) gs in Feb beating Knockara Beau (10-12) by 6l, 4 ran.
Hunt Ball (IRE) 14-1 (11-10) Held up in mid-division, closed from 12th, pushed along after 3 out, 4th when hit 2 out, stayed on same pace flat, 4th of 11, 7l behind Dynaste (11-10) at Cheltenham 2m 5f Grade 1 chs (1) gd in Mar.
Triolo D'Alene (FR) 10-1 (11-10) Held up behind in touch, headway 3 out, ridden and one pce when not much room and hampered next, weakened last, 10th of 13, 31l behind Lord Windermere (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m 2f chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Rocky Creek (IRE) 6-4fav (11-5) Tracked leaders, headway after 17th, challenged and every chance 2 out, kept on until ridden and no extra flat, just held on for 2nd, 2nd of 7, 7l behind The Giant Bolster (11-0) at Cheltenham 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Jan.
Quito De La Roque (FR) 14-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, mistake on outer 7th, 4th at 12th, weakened to moderate 5th 5 out, soon trailing, pulled up before 2 out, in a race won by On His Own (11-3) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) in Feb, 7 ran.
Colbert Station (IRE) 8-1 (11-11) Mid-division, ridden along after 3 out, 8th when fell 2 out, in a race won by Pass The Hat (9-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) sft in Mar, 12 ran.
Walkon (FR) 10-1 (11-0) Tracked leading pair, went 2nd 5th until 9th, outpaced after 11th (4 out), no chance after, tailed off, 4th of 5, well behind Harry Topper (11-10) at Newbury 3m chs Grd 2 (1) hvy in Feb.
Balthazar King (IRE) 4-1 (11-12) Always prominent, headway to lead 5 out, ridden and hard pressed approaching last, stayed on gamely flat, just held on, won at Cheltenham 3m 7f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar beating Any Currency (10-8) by shd, 16 ran.
Wayward Prince 25-1 (11-12) Held up towards rear, not fluent and reminders 4th, not fluent 8th, behind from 11th, 7th of 12, well behind Night In Milan (10-12) at Doncaster 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar.
Mr Moonshine (IRE) 5-4fav (11-2) Pressed leader, led 10th, not fluent 4 out, headed next, ridden 2 out, kept on same pace under pressure, no impression before last, 2nd of 5, 4 1/2l behind Maggio (10-12) at Kelso 2m 7f lst chs (1) gs in Mar.
Teaforthree (IRE) 33-1 (11-10) Prominent, lost place 4 out, ridden and kept under pressure 2 out, weakened last, 8th of 13, 22l behind Lord Windermere (11-10) at Cheltenham 3m 2f chs G1 (1) gd in Mar.
Across The Bay (IRE) 18-1 (11-12) In rear, pushed along 6th, behind when blundered badly and unseated rider 5 out, in a race won by Rigadin De Beauchene (10-5) at Haydock 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb, 14 ran.
Double Seven (IRE) 11-1 (11-9) Mid-division, slight mistake 8th, ridden after 3 out, no impression before straight, 6th of 12, 18l behind Pass The Hat (9-10) at Leopardstown 2m 5f Handicap Chase (Grade B) (5yo+) sft in Mar.
Battle Group 20-1 (11-4) Raced keenly, led and soon clear, reduced lead and joined 15th, headed before next, weakened rapidly, tailed off 4 out, pulled ap after next, in a race won by Houblon Des Obeaux (11-6) at Ascot 3m listed hcp chs (1) sft in Dec, 7 ran.
Buckers Bridge (IRE) 20-1 (11-8) Held up behind leaders, closer in 4th at 11th, 2nd briefly 4 out, ridden in 3rd next, moderate 3rd from 2 out, kept on same pace, 3rd of 7, 17l behind On His Own (11-3) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) in Feb.
Lion Na Bearnai (IRE) 16-1 (11-8) Tracked leaders, 2nd from 9th, ridden and dropped to 4th 4 out, soon no impression on leaders, moderate 4th before straight, 4th of 7, 50l behind On His Own (11-3) at Fairyhouse 3m 1f chs Grd 2 (1) in Feb.
Prince De Beauchene (FR) 8-1 (11-8) Disputed early, led 3rd, disputed 4 out, headed and slight mistake next, ridden in 4th entering straight, no extra 2 out, kept on one pace, 4th of 7, 10l behind Texas Jack (11-8) at Thurles 2m 4f chs Grd 2 (1) sft in Jan.
Monbeg Dude (IRE) 5-1fav (11-8) Held up in rear, not fluent 2nd, pecked next, not fluent 9th (water), headway after next, 15 lengths 6th 4 out, never on terms and no futher progress from 3 out, 5th of 12, 27l behind Night In Milan (10-12) at Doncaster 3m 2f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar.
Big Shu (IRE) 3-1fav (11-9) Towards rear, headway 5 out, tracked leaders next, ridden to challenge and every chance on inside approaching last, kept on same pace, no extra towards finish, 3rd of 16, 3 1/2l behind Balthazar King (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m 7f hcp chs (2) gd in Mar.
Burton Port (IRE) 6-1 (11-3) Chased leaders, led approaching 3rd, went left and stumbled 14th, clear after next, reduced lead bypassing omitted 3 out, headed before last, kept on same pace flat, 2nd of 7, 7l behind Summery Justice (10-4) at Newbury 3m 2f hcp chs 0-150 (2) hvy in Mar.
Our Father (IRE) 11-1 (11-7) Mid-division, mistake 2nd, headway 9th, hampered 14th, not fluent 17th, pecked 4 out, 6th and one pace when blundered badly 2 out, soon weakened, 9th of 23, 39l behind Spring Heeled (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m 1f (2) gd in Mar.
Mountainous (IRE) 8-1 (11-9) Tracked leaders in 4th, weakened before 2 out, 5th of 12, 41l behind Emperor's Choice (10-5) at Ffos Las 3m 4f hcp chs (2) hvy in Feb.
The Rainbow Hunter 25-1 (10-9) Held up mid-division, headway on outer before 8 out, went 2nd before 4 out, led before 2 out, clear before last, kept on well, driven out, won at Doncaster 3m listed hcp chs (1) sft in Jan beating Baile Anrai (10-0) by 1 1/2l, 15 ran.
Vintage Star (IRE) 16-1 (11-4) Mistake 1st, behind, fell 5th, in a race won by Holywell (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar, 23 ran.
Chance Du Roy (FR) 12-1 (10-9) Chased leaders, mistake 14th, led 4 out, headed 2 out, no extra flat, 4th of 7, 8l behind Restless Harry (10-7) at Ascot 3m hcp chs Listed (1) sft in Feb.
Hawkes Point 10-1 (11-6) Towards rear, plugged on from 3 out, never dangerous, 6th of 14, 46l behind Rigadin De Beauchene (10-5) at Haydock 3m 5f hcp chs G3 (1) hvy in Feb.
Kruzhlinin (GER) 2-1 (11-2) Tracked leaders, not fluent 4th, went 3rd when mistake 4 out, went left 2 out, soon ridden and one pace, no impression when went left again last, 3rd of 5, 16l behind Maggio (10-12) at Kelso 2m 7f lst chs (1) gs in Mar.
Pineau De Re (FR) 33-1 (11-4) Behind, headway after 3 out, chased leaders and effort towards stands side between last 2, hit last, ridden and stayed on to press front pair towards finish, just held, 3rd of 23, 1/2l behind Fingal Bay (11-12) at Cheltenham 3m lstd hcp hdl (1) gd in Mar.
Golan Way 5-6fav (11-7) Prominent, led when not fluent 2nd, clear 4th, mistake 9th, reduced lead after 13th, clear again from 3 out, easily, won at Warwick 3m 2f hts chs (6) gs in Mar beating Gunmoney (11-9) by 14l, 7 ran.
Twirling Magnet (IRE) 16-1 (11-10) Tracked leaders, mistake 2nd, about 4 lengths off lead when mistake 3 out, soon weakened, blundered and unseated rider 2 out, in a race won by Spring Heeled (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m 1f (2) gd in Mar, 23 ran.
Vesper Bell (IRE) 8-1 (11-7) Chased leaders early, soon mid-division, ridden and no impression 5 out, 9th of 18, 38l behind On His Own (11-6) at Gowran Park 3m 1f hcp chs in Jan.
The Package 16-1 (11-2) Mid-division on outside, headway under pressure 3 out, chased leading pair next, soon ridden, kept on, no impression, 3rd of 23, 9l behind Holywell (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Raz De Maree (FR) 8-1 (11-0) Chased leader, mainly 3rd, 2nd 7 out, mistake 4 out, ridden before 3 out where dropped to 4th, no impression in 3rd 2 out, kept on one pace, 3rd of 5, 9l behind Yes Tom (11-0) at Down Royal 3m 2f chs in Mar.
Rose Of The Moon (IRE) 3-1 (11-12) Held up in touch on outside, joined leaders 11th, hit next, led narrowly 13th, driven clear 2 out, kept on, won at Wetherby 3m 1f hcp chs 0-135 (3) sft in Jan beating Real Milan (11-11) by 9l, 7 ran.
Shakalakaboomboom (IRE) 50-1 (11-1) Prominent, lost place 4 out, behind from next, tailed off, 17th of 23, well behind Holywell (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m hcp chs G3 (1) gs in Mar.
Alvarado (IRE) 12-1 (11-12) Held up in rear, struggling 10th, pulled up before next, in a race won by Mendip Express (11-7) at Cheltenham 3m 2f hcp chs 0-145 (2) sft in Jan, 13 ran.
Last Time D'albain (FR) 16-1 (10-8) Towards rear, pushed along entering straight and no impression in 9th 2 out, no extra, 9th of 15, 45l behind Sort It Out (10-7) at Gowran Park 2m 4f hcp hdl hvy in Mar.
One In A Milan (IRE) 8-1 (11-12) Prominent, lost place after 7th, no impression before 3 out, 5th of 8, 22l behind Minella On Line (10-13) at Chepstow 3m hcp hdl 0-120 (4) sft in Mar.
Swing Bill (FR) 33-1 (10-13) Slowly away, in rear, some headway on outside 9th, never got much closer and outpaced and no impression from 16th, 11th of 23, 46l behind Spring Heeled (11-6) at Cheltenham 3m 1f (2) gd in Mar.