Albertas heads O'Neill's five-strong bid for Grand National glory
JONJO O'Neill has shortlisted five of his best horses in his attempt to win the £975,000 John Smith's Grand National for the second time.
The quintet is headed by O'Neill's three-time Cheltenham Festival winner and stable star Albertas Run – officially rated as the best horse currently trained in Gloucestershire.
The veteran chaser has won 15 of his 35 races and more than £900,000 in prize-money, but has not raced since he finished third at Aintree in April.
O'Neill could also run last year's Grand National runner-up Sunnyhillboy, Alfie Sherrin, Mister Hyde and Lost Glory.
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The Temple Guiting trainer won the 2010 Grand National with Don't Push It but endured heartache in the race last year when Gold Cup hero Synchronised sustained a fatal injury.
O'Neill's five horses feature among an 84-strong overall entry and a star-studded list of possible challengers from Gloucestershire for the big race on April 6.
Two-time Grand National winner Nigel Twiston-Davies has given an entry to 2010 Gold Cup winner Imperial Commander, who returned from a near two-year layoff to finish a narrow second at Cheltenham on Saturday.
However, the Gold Cup on March 15 remains Imperial Commander's main target this season.
Twiston-Davies has also given entries to three of his other leading chasers at his stable in Guiting Power – Little Josh, Viking Blond and Major Malarkey.
Andoversford trainer Kim Bailey, who won the 1990 Grand National with Mr Frisk, is hoping to run The Rainbow Hunter.
Slad trainer Tom George is considering the Grand National for Big Fella Thanks, who finished fourth in the race three years ago.
Martin Keighley's stable in Luckley, near Stow-on-the-Wold, could be represented by Any Currency, for whom the race has been a long-term target.
Stow-on-the-Wold trainer David Bridgwater has given an entry to his exciting chaser Wyck Hill, who beat Saturday's Cheltenham winner Katenko at Ascot last time out.
John Smith's Grand National entries: Across The Bay, Albertas Run, Alfie Sherrin, Always Waining, Any Currency, Auroras Encore, Backstage, Ballabriggs, Balthazar King, Becauseicouldntsee, Beshabar, Big Fella Thanks, Bob Lingo, Bostons Angel, Calgary Bay, Call The Police, Cappa Bleu, Chicago Grey, Cloudy Lane, Colbert Station, Cross Appeal, Fabalu, Forpadydeplasterer, Frisco Depot, Gullible Gordon, Harry The Viking, Imperial Commander, Jessies Dream, Join Together, Joncol, Katenko, Lambro, Lion Na Bearnai, Little Josh, Lost Glory, Magnanimity, Major Malarkey, Matuhi, Midnight Chase, Mister Hyde, Mortimers Cross, Mr Moonshine, Mumbles Head, Ninetieth Minute, Odysseas, On His Own, Organisedconfusion, Oscar Time, Outlaw Pete, Pandorama, Pearlysteps, Pentiffic, Planet Of Sound, Poker De Sivola, Prince De Beauchene, Problema Tic, Quel Esprit, Quinz, Quiscover Fontaine, Quito De La Roque, Rare Bob, Roberto Goldback, Roi Du Mee, Romanesco, Saint Are, Seabass, Shakervilz, Soll, Summery Justice, Sunnyhillboy, Swing Bill, Tarquinius, Tartak, Tatenen, Teaforthree, The Package, The Rainbow Hunter, Tidal Bay, Tofino Bay, Treacle, Viking Blond, Weird Al, What A Friend, Wyck Hill.