Offaly Express owner's horse entered in 2019 Aintree Grand National

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Offaly Express owner's horse entered in 2019 Aintree Grand National

Offaly Express owner's horse entered in 2019 Aintree Grand National

The owner of Iconic Newspapers, the company behind the Offaly Express, will be hoping his horse can avenge his defeat in last year's Aintree Grand National when he returns to the Liverpool track in April.

Iconic Newspapers operates 14 newspaper and website titles in Ireland, including the Limerick Leader, Leinster Leader, Kilkenny People and Donegal Democrat.

Pleasant Company, owned by Malcolm Denmark and trained by Carlow trainer Willie Mullins, has been entered among 112 rivals to contest the 2019 edition of the world's most famous steeplechase. 

Pleasant Company ran an incredible race in 2018 and was a close second to Gordon Elliott's Tiger Roll in the Aintree showpiece, beaten in an agonising photo finish. 

Tiger Roll heads the early entries again as he bids to defend his crown but a host of trainers will fancy their chances of toppling the likely top weight, including Willie Mullins who also saddles the likes of Total Recall, Pairofbrowneyes and Polidam. 

Gordon Elliott has 22 runners to choose from as April approaches including the reigning champion Tiger Roll, veteran Bless The Wings, Shattered Love, Don Poli and Monbeg Notorious. 

The British challenge will be led by the likes of Nigel Twiston-Davies and Colin Tizzard. 

The 2019 Aintree Grand National takes place on April 6.