National Quest on the cards

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Terry Casey has rethought his plans for the Cheltenham Gold Cup runner-up, Rough Quest, and may after all run him in the Grand National on Saturday week. Casey originally said he would bypass the race in favour of the Irish equivalent, and a decision will be made at the weekend.

Rough Quest has been reinstated as 4-1 favourite by Ladbrokes for the race, in which he has been allocated just 9st 12lb.

However, the pounds 250,000 contest is almost certain to have fewer than the maximum 40 runners, which means that the system for big-race reserves, introduced for the first time this year, is most unlikely to come into operation. Miracle Man, Gold Cap and Gale Again are the latest horses to defect.