Patrick Mullins will bid to crown his record-breaking amateur rider’s career with Grand National victory aboard Burrows Saint after injury ruled Paul Townend out of Saturday’s race.
Townend was due to partner the 2019 Irish Grand National winner for Mullins’ father Willie, but admitted defeat in his race to be fit after suffering a fractured foot in a fall at Fairyhouse on Sunday.
“Ever since I read a book on the history of the Grand National, I wanted to win it,” said Mullins, seeking to become the first jockey from the unpaid ranks to lift the National since Marcus Armytage triumphed aboard Mr Frisk 1990.
“This is the race I’ve always wanted to have a crack at.”
Despite his status as the most prolific amateur in jump racing history, success over the famous obstacles has eluded the 31-year-old.
“To win one over the National fences would be a dream before I hang up my boots,” added Mullins, whose mount is Paddy Power’s 8-1 second favourite.
As the final field of 40 was declared this morning, The Storyteller was an absentee, allowing Blaklion to take his place in the line-up.
Welsh Grand National winner Secret Reprieve is second on the reserve list – the deadline for non-runners is 1pm on Friday – and his trainer Evan Williams said: “There’s no point worrying about things we can’t control.”