John Smith's Grand National - 6th April 2013 

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2013 Grand National Betting Tips

The 166th annual running of the Grand National takes place on 6 April 2013, with the race being broadcast on Channel 4 for the first time ever after the TV station bought the rights from the BBC.

The National is the biggest horse race in the world and the entries were submitted at the end of January, which means the field will now be gradually reduced until we have forty runners who will arrive at Aintree on the day hoping to etch their name into National Hunt folklore.

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A great deal comes down to the handicap weights which will be announced by the British Horseracing Authority later in February, although there are some familiar names heading the betting market and the majority of horses are now primed for this great race.

That includes Seabass who ran an excellent race for Katy Walsh in 2012 and the 8/1 joint-favourite travelled strongly and finished third behind Neptune Collonges and Sunnyhillboy. The ten-year-old might be carrying more than 10-12 this time around although odds of 20/1 (Ladbrokes) are currently available.

On His Own is the current favourite with most firms and Willie Mullins will have faith that the nine-year-old will be a better horse than the one who fell at Becher’s Brook when travelling sweetly under Paul Townend.

Prince De Beauchene is the other runner vying for favouritism at this early stage and here at, we think this could be the horse that merits an early wager at odds of 16/1 with Ladbrokes.

This is another Mullins horse who has been lightly raced since winning a Handicap Chase at Aintree in 2011 and that was over three miles which suggests the ten-year-old should have few problems with the trip this time around. A facile victory at Limerick during the festive period confirmed that the horse was on the right track and it’s all systems go for the Grand National.

An interesting runner for this year’s big race could be Imperial Commander who was the Gold Cup winner in 2010 and has spent much of the ensuing three years on the sidelines. Nigel Twiston-Davies has always been bullish about a horse that is capable of jumping fluently although there is no certainty of it running.

Join Together, Teaforthree and Colbert Station are all trading at 20/1 at this juncture, while the quirky Tidal Bay remains entered for the race and Sunnyhillboy is 25/1 to go one better than last year.

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