by Jack Milner of BetVictor. The Aintree Grand National 2013 betting centres around the Irish, with favoured runners from the Willie Mullins and Ted Walsh stables dominating. Willie Mullins has the Graham and Andrea Wylie-owned pair of On His Own and Prince De Beauchene, and although both do look class acts, they are far too short in such an open race.
The same comment applies to Ted Walsh’s Seabass and Colbert Station. The Irish have other runners in the field, but they don’t strike any appeal, such as Chicago Grey, Rare Bob, Bostons Angel et al.
Donald McCain’s family has a rich history at Aintree, his late father Donald Senior or “Ginger” memorably training Red Rum to three victories. He has the 2011 winner Ballabriggs, who is apparently in good heart at home, along with Across The Bay and Weird Al to tackle the marathon contest.
It is Wales that has some of the livelier contenders, with Evan Williams, Tim Vaughan and Rebecca Curtis having live chances this year with horses that warrant plenty of respect. Cappa Bleu was placed last year, staying on well, and has been allocated a 2lb lower mark. That, coupled with strong form in races to get him spot on, make him a strong contender. As is Teaforthree, who will go on any ground and is sure to stay all day. He is such a fluent jumper and was somewhat unfortunate when runner up in the Welsh National in bottomless ground at Chepstow. He could go one better at Aintree’s equivalent.
Cappa Bleu 1pt EW
Teaforthree 1pt EW
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