Moore Has Two Runners in Grand National at Latest Conformations

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Sussex trainer Gary Moore is bidding for his first success at the Grand National in 2024, and he could be set to have two shots at the world’s most famous steeplechase. Nassalam and Full Back both have entries in the race at the latest confirmation stage.
A total of 56 runners now remain in the Grand National field but that will need to come down a maximum of 34 at the final declaration stage. Nassalam is guaranteed a run, but Full Back will need others to withdraw to get into the race.

Nassalam Bidding to Bounce Back from Cheltenham Festival Run

Moore’s stable star this season has been Nassalam. He has been considered a leading contender for the Grand National ever since he won the Welsh equivalent of the race at Chepstow. The seven-year-old is 25/1 in the latest bet on Grand National market for the Aintree showpiece event.

Nassalam has been one of the popular Grand National tips this year as he proved his stamina in the Welsh Grand National, a race over the distance of 3m5f. The Sussex-based trained horse prevailed by an emphatic 25 lengths in that race.

The Chepstow winner does need to bounce back from a disappointing performance at the Cheltenham Festival on his last start when he lines up at Aintree. He was pulled up by his jockey Niall Houlihan in the Cheltenham Gold Cup which was won by Galopin Des Champs.

With an official rating of 161, Nassalam will have one of the highest weight allocations in this year’s Grand National. Should Conflated and former winner Noble Yeats both run in Liverpool, only two horses will have more weight on their backs.

Nassalam is bidding to become the first horse since Earth Summit in 1998 to complete the English and Welsh Grand National double in the same season. 

Nassalam is bidding to become the first horse since Earth Summit in 1998 to complete the English and Welsh Grand National double in the same season.
Full Back Set to Be an Outsider at Aintree


It has been a disappointing season so far for Full Back who has yet to show his best form in two appearances. Moore’s chaser fell in the Fleur De Lys Chase at Lingfield on his opening start of the campaign. That was his first outing in 14 months.
The nine-year-old did finish the course on his second run of the season in the Grand National Trial at Haydock. He came home in ninth place of 10 runners in the race. That contest came in testing conditions at the Lancashire course, as the ground was described as heavy.
Full Back has three victories to his name over fences. He was victorious at Exeter and Plumpton in his novice campaign, while the best victory of his career so far came at Cheltenham in a handicap chase.
If he does make it into the final field of 34 runners, Full Back will have the lowest weight allocation at Aintree. He has been assigned 9st 4lb. The last horse to win the Grand National with less than 10st on its back was Sunloch in 1914.
Moore and the rest of the horse racing trainers involved in the 2024 Grand National will know if their horses have made the final field on Thursday, 11th of April, 48 hours before the race.

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