Grand National day is upon us and we have a runner in the race for the first time, with Postmaster (pictured left winning at Ludlow last time out under Bradley Gibbs, photo by kind permission of Les Hurley), who runs in the colours of the Bill and Ben Partnership and will be ridden by Dougie Costello, who will be having his first ride in the National. Everyone at the yard is really looking forward to seeing how Postie gets on!

We have three other runners on the card, starting with the unbeaten Aland Islands, who booked his place in the Grade 2 novice hurdle when successful at Doncaster last time. Though Simonsig will obviously be particularly tough to beat, Aland Islands goes to Aintree in top form and I am hopeful of a very big run from him.

Saint Are has not been at his best of late but he has been running in very competitive events and though this is obviously a good race, I believe it represents his best chance for a while and he could go close off his mark of 137.

Saute was a revelation after joining us last summer, winning three times and rising from a mark of 92 to 129 over hurdles. He returns in a really good handicap hurdle but it will be interesting to see how he fares.