We start off with the most obvious runner out of the 40, with the favourite Cloth Cap getting shorter and shorter by the day and one of the reasons is that he loves good ground and with the sun shining, it looks more and more likely thats what the ground will be come the off of the National.
Cloth Cap has had a superb season to date, finishing third on seasonal debut behind King George VI Chase winner Frodon at Cheltenham and then since going on to land back to back races.
After his run at Cheltenham, he was set up perfectly for the Ladbrokes Trophy at Newbury and ran out an emphatic 10 length winner of the race.
Jonjo O'Neill has sent him out one once more since and it saw him win the Listed Premier Chase at Kelso, seeing off smart rivals in Two For Gold and Aso.
Good ground or any type of good in the going description is crucial to this horse, with all three of his runs this term coming in those conditions and he has revelled in it.
Before that he has ran on good ground twice more at Stratford and Catterick and ran out an easy winner of both events, and he also has a superb third in the 2019 Scottish Grand National on good ground.
The quicker the better for this horse, that can not perform to his optimum on soft, but certainly is a force to be reckoned with on good.