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No punter riding the Paul Nicholls wave in a campaign sprinkled liberally with high-profile victories will have had any cause for alarm regarding the well-being of the Ditcheat stable at any stage and will be further heartened by events here ahead of a potent Grand National challenge on Saturday, spearheaded by the second favourite Rocky Creek.

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The 40 runners of the Grand National have been confirmed

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Trainer Mouse Morris has voiced confidence that First Lieutenant will give Nina Carberry a “great ride” in the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday.

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Irish Grand National: Katie Walsh storms to victory with Thunder And Roses

Thunder And Roses was a 20-1 success for Sandra Hughes, who took over the training licence following the death of her father, Dessie, in November

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Grand National 2015 runners: When will the 40 runners be confirmed?

The race takes place this Saturday at 4.15pm

11 April: The Grand National, Aintree Racecourse (Getty)

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Grand National 2015 tips: The nine best (silliest) ways to pick a winner at Aintree

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A view of the Grand National

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