The day we had all been waiting for finally arrived and the BHA announced that 84 horses have been entered into the 2013 Grand National, seven of which come from the yard of Ireland’s champion jump trainer, Willie Mullins, making him the leading trainer for this year’s renewal.
There are a total of 32 Irish-trained entries and the Mullins septet includes the joint ante-post favourites Prince De Beauchene and On His Own who are both currently 14/1 with Paddy Power bookmakers.
Prince De Beauchene missed out in 2012 due to a late injury and On His Own did run and was still travelling well in third place when he fell at Becher’s Brook on the second circuit with jockey Paul Townend on board. Interestingly enough he actually went off at 14/1 so clearly hopes are much higher this year and the chances are his odds will shorten even further if the weights go his way.
The other five entries from Mullins are Call The Police, Lambro, and Shakervilz who are all attempting to run the National for the first time, along with Quel Esprit who was entered last year but having received 11-07 from the handicapper was subsequently withdrawn and finally Quiscover Fontaine who went off last year at 50/1 but fell at the 17th fence with David Casey on board.
No stranger to the Grand National, Mullins has already won the prestigious race and saddled Hedgehunter to land the Aintree showpiece in 2005 and with so many horses entered, though not as many as last year when he entered 12 of them, Willie Mullins is 4/1 to train the winner!