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Auroras Encore provided a 66/1 shock result to the 2013 Grand National when scoring for West Yorkshire handler Sue Smith and her husband Harvey, the former top international showjumper.
Imperial Commander heads the weights for the Aintree Grand National following the 5-day confirmation stage at which 49 horses were left.
Imperial Commander (11st 10lb) heads the weights for this year’s £975,000 John Smith’s Grand National at Aintree on Saturday, April 6 2013.
The Ted Walsh-trained Seabass, who finished third in last year’s John Smith’s Grand National, has been allotted 11lb 2lb in the 166th running of the great chase, for which the weights are unveiled this morning.
The countdown to this year’s Aintree Grand National continues on Tuesday, February 12, for the eagerly-anticipated unveiling of the weights for the world’s greatest chase.
The 166th running of the world’s greatest chase, the Aintree Grand National, has attracted a high-class entry of 84, an increase of two on the 2012 figure.
Total prize money for the 2013 John Smith’s Grand National meeting at Aintree sets a new record at £2,725,000, which represents an increase of £185,000 (+7.3 per cent) for the three days over 2012.
Neptune Collonges won the 2012 Grand National in a photo finish, ahead of Sunnyhillboy but Synchronised and According To Pete were both fatally injured during the race.
The official going at Aintree for the 2012 Grand National remains Good to Soft, soft in places.
A quartet from Dessie Hughes’s Curragh yard were the first John Smith’s Grand National horses to arrive at Aintree this year.