Alex Ferguson fancies his chances at the National with the two race horses he owns.  Harry the Viking and What a Friend.  We’re not to sure if Sir Alex’s legendary football managing skills will transfer to the most challenging National Hunt race on the calender.  Harry the Viking doesn’t stand much of a chance at around 50/1, and he’s never raced and Aintree before.  What a Friend stands a better chance.

With all due respect to Alex Ferguson out the way, other horses not to follow at the Grand National include Big Fella Thanks.  He’s tried the National three times before and never succeeded.  This time is more heavy as well, which is something that really doesn’t help with getting over those grueling fences and ditches.  Although, Man United striker and fellow race horse owner Michael Owen has tipped Big Fella Thanks for the National.   Michael Owen also fancies The Midnight Club, and, Bluesea Cracker.  Bother with great odds at Bet365.

Don’t the believe the hype with On His Own.  He’s one of the favourites but doesn’t have enough chase starts to make him worth backing.

Going with my mother method of choosing nags for the National go for a horse with the funky name, there’s Rare Bob.  Rare Bob has lost weight for this year and was knocked down due to un foreseen circumstance last time round.

Teaforthree preforms well on soft ground, as shown in the 2013 Welsh National.  He also did well at Cheltenham last year because he has stamina.  Watch him at the National because he is an excellent jumper.

Another well fancied horse this year is Cappa Bleu is who running off good recent form, getting second place a couple of times this year, and coming in fourth at the Grand National last year.  A good each way bet candidate.  One word of caution is that Cappa Bleu was beaten easily by Across the Bay at Carlisle in November, but that may not mean anything.

The Grand National 2013 starts Saturday April 6th.  No more rain expected before Saturday with increasing temperature and sunny spells.

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