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2013 Grand National

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And so another Grand National comes to a close. With 17 horses fininshing and only two horses falling this was a good Grand National. We did see 6 riders being unseated but the horses were all fine after the race.
It would seem that the changes to the internals of the fences did make a difference with horses still having to jump well to get around.
The new distance of 4 m 3 furlongs somehow looks odd and of course the times of the race can no longer be compared to the times of the past.
His second by a short head in the Scottish National proves that this was no fluke by Auroras Encore who connections may run in the Scottish national in a few weeks. The horse jumped well and finished his race better than any of his rivals who all looked to be finishing tired and maybe this was that the horses were going fast on the better ground that was available for most of the national hunt season so far.
Cappa Bleu improved on his placing last year to be second and was finishing his race well but Teaforthree who was caught for second place on the run ran out of steam after quite a hard season but will be back to try again next year. The final horse making the frame Oscar time (who was second to Ballabriggs in 2010) ran a really fine race and looked as if he was going to win on the run in and was given a great ride by his amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen.

We look forward now to another great day next year.


















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