Grand National 2013 | Leading fancies | Sean Goff
The final field is known and there are less than 48 hours to go to the Aintree Grand National (Saturday, 4.15pm). After giving Paddy Power a right caning on Cheltenham Gold Cup day you’re back for more.
Paddy’s hoping for some revenge but he’s not making it easy on himself with his Winning Odds Promise from 10am on Thursday and by paying 1/4 the odds the first 5 places.
Punters have taken the hint – and the prices – are these are the 5 horses giving Paddy sleepless nights before the off on Saturday.
1. Seabass 9/1
Katie Walsh (28) rides the Irish challenger for her father Ted, who trained Papillon to win the world’s most famous race in 2000. Seabass was third last year and has been heavily backed to finish in the frame again on Saturday. Katie’s was the highest-placed finish of a lady jockey in the history of the race and with Seabass being identified as the most likely winner thanks to a mathematical formula . Could start favourite come Saturday.
2. Imperial Commander 14/1
Nigel and Sam Twiston Davies bid to become the third father & son team in 14 years to capture a Grand National with the 2010 Gold Cup winner. Tommy and Paul Carberry made it a family affair in 1999 with Bobbyjo while Ted and Ruby Walsh followed up with Papillon a year later. A game second after a long lay-off in the Argento Chase at Cheltenham he later missed the Festival with a bug. That could prove to be a blessing in disguise for this classy performer.
3. TeaforThree 14/1
There could be a lot of ‘firsts’ with this year’s Welsh Grand National runner-up. Looking to give the Welsh their first win in the great race since 1965. Trainer Rebecca Curtis would become the first female handler to win since Jenny Pitman sent out Corbiere in 1983. Stamina is not an issue and he will relish any rain that falls.
4. Cappa Bleu 11/1
Was fourth here last year for another Welsh trainer Evan Williams after being badly hampered at the seventh on the first circuit. With the second and third Sunnyhillboy and Seabass taking a hike in the weights Cappa Bleu races off a 2lb ‘lower’ mark than last season. Normal luck in running should see him bang there again.
5. On His Own 15/2
Willie Mullins and Ruby Walsh combined to win with Hedgehunter (2005) and are back with On His Own who has a similar profile. Won the Thyestes Chase in 2012 (Hedgehunter 2004) and was travelling strongly until tipping up at Bechers Brook on the second circuit last year (Hedgehunter fell in 2004). Warmed up for this by winning the Grade 2 six-runner Boyne Hurdle at a staggering 10/1. Won’t even be that on Saturday. Ticks all the right boxes.