Grand National Tips : Horses to back each way as punters look to Aintree spectacle

Its the National at Aintree as we bring you the latest each way tips and Grand National free bets on the horse racing, as Paddy Power report that plenty of money is coming from punters for Seabass, currently 8/1.

Its sure to be a scintillating race as all eyes will be glued to the television as we bring you our tips on who to back.

Two horses that are sure to be popular with the packed crowd at Aintree on Saturday for the Grand National will be Imperial Commander and Ballabriggs as both are looking to roll back the years and show they are still up there with the best of them.

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Imperial Commander is currently a 16/1 shot and can do jump racing’s most prestigious double if he wins here as he won the Cheltenham Gold Cup back in 2010.

The twelve-year-old missed this year’s Festival and some are even saying that the injury he had could be a blessing in disguise as he comes into the National fresh and ready for action.

Nigel Twiston-Davies is the man training Imperial Commander and he will be confident that his son, Sam, can steer him to success this weekend.

He has only been seen once since the Gold Cup in 2011, so it is tough to know just what to expect of Twiston-Davies’ charge, but he was impressive in his last run, which was at Cheltenham in January.

The trainer was proud of his horse as he finished in second and pushed the talented Cape Tribulation all the way, but ran out of steam in the final stages and only lost by half a length. With three miles in his locker this year and the knowhow in this big races, Imperial Commander could be a cracking bet in this Grand National.

As for Ballabriggs, he is looking to become the first horse since Red Rum in the 1970’s to regain the Grand National. He was victorious in 2011 by two-and-a-quarter lengths in the fastest time recorded since 1996.

Donald McCain’s 12-year-old is available at 20/1 to win at Aintree on Saturday and much like Imperial Commander, it is going to take a massive performance and possibly even a bit of luck to come out on top, but he is capable.

That victory in the National two-years ago was the last time that Ballabriggs came out on top as well, so he does have to turn back the years at Aintree on Saturday.

His third place finish at Kelso last month was a sign that McCain’s horse had found a bit of form and even though it wasn’t in a race with the highest quality, he did jump well and get some much needed race time under his belt.

You can get odds of 5/1 that a twelve-year-old will win the National, which again looks to be decent value as there are some talented veterans involved.

With the long odds that these two horses have, they are worth a bet in the each-way market and you never know, we could be about to see a bit of a fairytale at Aintree.

It is just another fascinating story to keep an eye on in this eagerly anticipated Grand National that is ready to entertain the nation at 4.15pm on Saturday afternoon.

The race might only last nine minutes, but a horse can become a legend in that space of time.

Bring it on.

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