Nice of Channel 4 to give us a good look at these novices in the parade ring . . .
Yorkhill is pulling like a madman - will he get home?
Yorkhill is really giving Paul Townend an uncomfortable time
It is raining here at Aintree. I'm not going out in it, not with such flyaway hair . . .
Softer ground means a slower race, means fewer finishers but probably a safer race.
Douvan is an even shorter price for the novice chase than was Yorkhill. Is he a certainty?
Douvan wanders around the parade ring - get ready for another photo of him coming back in after winning
Little change from previous post
Douvan looms up, cantering
Douvan's winning distance was 14 lengths. Townend never had to get serious. As a novice chaser, he's been flawless.
A slightly predictable winner's photograph
Palace 0 Norwich 0, 20 minutes gone. Newcastle are losing 1-0, which helps
Paddy Power leave Douvan unchanged at 5-4 for the Queen Mother Champion Chase, and static at 16-1 for the Gold Cup. All Ruby Walsh has to do now is clone himself . . .
Who is going to win Horse of the Year? Cue Card? Thistlecrack? Don Cossack? Annie Power?Sprinter Sacre? It would be hard to be dogmatic about any choice. There's been no real stand-out this year because there have been so many star performers.
It's raining again at Aintree, coming down quite hard. Umbrellas everywhere. Might make the ground skiddy on top . . .
A little money coming for Gallant Oscar now, but Many Clouds is still holding firm at the top of the market.
Willie Mullins now has more than £100,000 in hand over Paul Nicholls in the trainers' championship, but obviously the cash available in the Grand National could play havoc with that.
The rain is smashing down now. It's chilly, not very springlike. This will be a slow Grand National and quite attritional in regard to numbers of finishers.
Thistlecrack jumps off in front, getting a soft lead
Steady as they go, Thistlecrack swinging along in front from Different Gravey
Thistlecrack's colours are the brightest thing on the racecourse
Thistle still motoring along in front, turning out of the back straight for the last time
Thistle quickens clear despite running through the second last
Tom Scudamore never had to move. "He's very straightforward, so I thought let's just be masters of our own destiny and make it. What a wonderful racehorse. The best I've ever ridden."
Thistlecrack will go on to Punchestown. "Why would you want to turn him out now?" asks Colin Tizzard.
If you haven't had a bet yet. Why haven't you had a bet yet?
Palace 0 Norwich 0 at half-time. Wish I hadn't trimmed my nails this morning.