Robert Waley-Cohen has announced Aintree stalwart Oscar Time has been given an entry in the Crabbie’s Grand National.

Waley-Cohen, who is based at Edgehill, near Banbury, had initially expressed doubts about whether the Becher Chase winner would even be entered as he is now a 14-year-old.

However, after some deliberation, the owner-trainer has given himself the option with Oscar Time, who has twice placed in the National before under his jockey son, Sam, including when runner-up to Ballabriggs in 2011.

He tweeted: “Couldn’t resist entering Oscar Time in the Grand National. In great form and is behaving younger than his age, which anyway he doesn’t know.”