The first fence is often the most difficult in the Grand National as jockeys head for it at lightening speed in bid to get out early and avoid any potential fallers and in trying to counter that strategy, the starting line has been moved forward by 90 yards this year.
[Racecard Cappa Bleu]
But jockey Paul Moloney, who will ride one of the race favourites, Cappa Bleu, for trainer Evan Williams believes that it's the first six fences that ultimately determines your chances of winning or losing the world's most famous steeple chase.
Having placed in the last four Grand Nationals, if anybody knows what they're talking about when it comes to National strategy then it is definitely him.
Speaking recently to The Telegraph Moloney said “My theory is that a lot depends on you getting a good position and into a good rhythm over the first six fences.
I’d go as far as to say the race can be won and lost in that first quarter of the race and that’s all I want, not another thing, just to get into a nice rhythm early on.”
It will be music to many punter's ears to hear him talk so positively about Cappa's preparation for the 2013 renewal and how it differs from last year saying “He’s had a totally different preparation. He’s only run twice and it will be a huge help that he didn’t go in the Welsh National this time.
“He’s had two starts. He didn’t jump great first time at Carlisle and we slightly thought he had Aintree at the back of his mind, but he ran a stormer at Ascot behind Vino Griego in February.
“I was very pleased with the way he galloped to the line that day, so we’re hoping.”
And with odds as low as 11/1 and Aintree form on his side, realistically Cappa Bleu could bag a second win for Moloney and see the Grand National Trophy head to Wales with Evan Williams!