It's that time of year again when we eagerly anticipate just who will be entered into the 2013 Grand National and the good folks at Aintree have now advised that the closing date for entries is noon on Tuesday, January 29 2013.
To follow that up they will then let the BHA Handicapper work his magic as he attempts to allocate the weights on each of the horses entered and those will be announced on Tuesday, February 12th 2013.
With this year's renewal taking place on April 6th, over a week earlier than last year, the two scratchings' stages are going to be on February 26th and March 19th, giving connections to all of the entered horses plenty of time to decide if they should throw their hats into the 2013 Grand National ring.
Already the top four horses on the ante-post odds list from Paddy Power have seen their odds drop with Prince De Beauchene the favourite on 14/1 from 20/1 followed by second favourite On His Own who is on 16/1 also from 20/1.
My advice is to hold off until closer to to the time until the 2013 Grand National Runners have been whittled down and the odds are no longer ante-post, that way, if your horse doesn't run, you won't lose your money!