Ballabriggs Leading 2013 Grand National Hope
Leading trainer Donald McCain has entered three horses for the 2013 Grand National, which will be run during the Aintree Festival, and believes veteran Ballabriggs is his leading chance in the prestigious event.
Ballabriggs, Weird Al and Across The Bay will all run for McCain in the Grand National and, despite being twelve-years old, McCain believes that Ballabriggs has an excellent chance to become the first horse since the great Red Rum in 1977 to reclaim the Grand National title.
The son of Presenting finished a disappointing last first-up in the 32Red Casino Handicap Chase at Warwick but impressed McCain with his third place finish at Kelso on March 2nd.
“Ballabriggs has come back from Kelso in tremendous nick,” McCain told The Racing Post.
“The Kelso race fits in nicely before the Grand National and it is like someone has flicked a switch.”
Ballabriggs is currently being kept safe in the 2013 Grand National betting market at Bet365 and is currently available at odds of 22/1.
The next fancied McCain runner is Across the Bay who is currently available at 2013 Grand National odds of 32/1.
The son of Bob’s Return won the Grade 2 Rendlesham Hurdle at his last start and according to McCain is him excellent form.
“Across The Bay is an excellent performer and it is a question of whether he takes to the course but he seems fairly handicapped,” McCain said.
Weird Al is the last of McCain’s runners and like punters doesn’t appear to have much confidence in the ten-year-olds Grand National chances.
“I am running out of plans with Weird Al,” the leading trainer said.
“He does not stand or like much racing.
“We have kept him fresh and we will go there as fresh as we can.”
On His Own (9/1) remains the favourite for the 2013 Grand National followed by Seabass (10/1) and Prince De Beauchene (12/1).
You can find the best pre-post Grand National odds at Bet365.