The lowdown on all the runners and riders. The official field of runners for the Grand National is finalised in the week before the race (8th April ). The Grand National Festival is underway at Aintree and the 40 runners and riders for the big one on Saturday have been declared. With 40 horses to choose from, picking a winner on Grand National day is anything but easy. To make it easier we'll be providing you with the betting for the 40. A career in the saddle looked unlikely in his formative years for Bowen as he was allergic to horses and 'hated good recent movies until he was. Previous entertain deutsch Simon and Julie Wilson, whose teenage son Patrick died from a brain tumour last year, sold the horse last week to Patricia Thompson who also bought Le Mercurey. North Wales News July 13 Keep in touch with all the very latest news, sport, traffic, travel and weather from across the region. Spring in their step? Football Everton FC LIVE: Looks for runners who are aged 9, 10 or 11 as the majority of winners in the last ten years have fallen within this bracket.