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13 scratched as Easysland set to bypass Grand National

Cheltenham Festival second Easysland will not head for 2021 Grand National at Aintree, his trainer confirmed

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Easysland ridden by jockey Jonathan Plouganou on their way to winning the Glenfarclas Chase during day two of the Cheltenham Festival at Cheltenham Racecourse.

David Cottin has opted against sending stable duo Easysland and Ajas to Aintree in April for the 2021 Grand National after a further 13 contenders were axed from the list ahead of National Hunt’s most famous race.

Cross Country second at the Cheltenham Festival Easysland, who shared the same mark of 167 with Bristol De Mai and Santini, will not make the journey to Merseyside from France.

Santini and Jeremiah McGrath pulls away from the last flight before going on to win The ballymore Classic Novices' Hurdle Race run during Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Grand National top-weight Santini disappointed in the Gold Cup last week

His conqueror at Prestbury Park, Tiger Roll was also confirmed to miss a third tilt at the prestigious meeting, owing to an “unfair weight” before his Gloucestershire romp.

The French raider saw off the Irish charge with ease twelve months ago but was no match for the five-time Festival and two-time National winner at Cheltenham last week.

Easysland inflicted a punishing display in the 2020 Cross Country but there wouldn’t have been a dry eye when the Tiger roared back to inflict revenge on Wednesday

Owner JP McManus, who tasted only one success at the Festival and is represented by the absent Easysland, owns four of the top at the market at this stage.

But it’s the Jonjo O’Neill trained Cloth Cap who currently tops the bill following his two decisive victories at Newbury and Kelso this season, respectively.

Cloth Cap ridden by Tom Scudamore clears the last to win The Ladbrokes Trophy Chase at Newbury Racecourse.
Ladbrokes Trophy winner Cloth Cap has been well-backed as he bids to give Jonjo O’Neill a second win in the National

Welsh Grand National hero Secret Reprieve is another prominent figure in the betting as a result of his Chepstow heroics in January.

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the grand national has not been held since 2019 due to the 2020 edition being cancelled as a result of the covid-19 pandemic [credit: racing tv]

The Grand National Festival will be held behind-closed-doors in 2021 and gets underway on Thursday 8th April until Saturday 10th April.

Dominic Chapman is senior content writer at Low6 with a passion for horse racing. He provides a NAP and NB every day throughout the week on selected National Hunt and Flat cards in both Britain and Ireland. Additionally, he hosts the Paddock Picks Podcast with former Welsh Grand National-winning pilot, Charlie Poste - the pair interviewing and discussing current racing topics with a special guest every week.

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