With the national Hunt Season getting well under-way this month, it's no surprise that the speculation and rumours have already started regarding which horses will ultimately get an entry into the 2014 Crabbies Grand National.
Making the headlines this week is the fact that Irish Grand National winner, Liberty Counsel, looks set to join the elite group who will get an entry to take on the toughest steeple chase fences in the world next April 5th 2014 as he bids to win both Grand Nationals.
At 10-years-old, the Dot Love trained Liberty Counsel, may be aimed at the Aintree showdown but as of yet nothing has been confirmed as the horse is currently on a break but is due to be back in training very soon.
Since winning the Fairyhouse event on April 1st earlier this year, Liberty Counsel has had five further runs though none resulted in anything other than a poor performance including a 10th, and an 11th place finish as well being Pulled Up at the last run out at Galway in July.
Training assistant, Ciaran Murphy said “Liberty Counsel is perfect. She's having a break now and we're toying with the idea of bringing her back and getting her ready and hopefully going to Aintree next spring.
“She wants at least an extended three miles so we think she's made for that. If the owners and ourselves can agree on that it will be a lovely opportunity for her near the bottom of the handicap.”
Do nobody can doubt the optimism and the dream of winning both Grand Nationals, a feat last achieved by Numbersixvalverde, who was successful at Fairyhouse in 2005 and at Aintree a year later, odds on Liberty Counsel doing the double are pretty steep and as of today, ante-post odds on him winning at Aintree were offered by only one bookmaker, BetVictor, at 50/1.
But for all of the best and latest ante-post odds for the 2014 Grand National, check out the details below: