2013 Grand National field reduced to 49 runners on Easter Monday
Imperial Commander is top of the latest Grand National list reports www.grandnational.me.uk, with the field set to reduce from 49 to 40 in the lead-up to the big race.
There has been a big gamble on Imperial Commander to win the 2013 Grand National despite the fact that the horse is now twelve-years-old and is set to be carrying the most weight for this four mile four furlong contest.
No final decision has been made on the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained horse, although connections are clearly keen for the horse to run at Aintree on Saturday, especially as the 2010 Cheltenham Gold Cup winner failed to make an appearance at the Festival in March.
Twiston-Davies told Racing UK: “It looks like he’ll be running in the National, unless it’s very deep. It’s very exciting.”
The ground is set to be good to soft which would be fine for a horse that ran well at Cheltenham in January when running a close second behind Cape Tribulation which was the horse’s seasonal reappearance.
Twiston-Davies has won the race twice with Earth Summit (1998) and Bindaree (2002), while favourite On His Own remains in the race and the money continues to come for the Willie Mullins horse which will be ridden by Ruby Walsh.
Quel Esprit and Quiscover are also set to represent the Mullins stable as the Irishman bids to enjoy a second Grand National win after claiming victory with Hedgehunter in 2005. The eight horses to come out were Prince de Beauchene, Bob Lingo, Tofino Bay, Lion Na Bearnai, Bostons Angel, Beshabar, Wyck Hill and Magnanimity.
Lion Na Bearnai is another horse that hasn’t stood his ground for the National, with trainer Thomas Gibney seeing several horses get a bug which has ruled out his Grand National hope.
“There’s a bit of a bug in the yard at the moment and he has it,” said Gibney.
“He caught in last week and it hadn’t gone according to plan before that. I couldn’t afford to miss any more time with him and everyday had to go right for the last three weeks to get there and didn’t happen.”