The Grand National is nearly upon us and the electrifying race includes some of the best horses to have ever raced in England, including the strong Imperial Commander. The Grand National is held at Aintree racecourse every year and is watched by millions around the world as it only allows the top 40 horses to race creating a fantastic atmosphere on the day.
This year, Imperial Commander can count himself in those top 40 horses having a chance to win one of horse racing’s greatest races to date. Betting company Betfred gave him odds at 33/1 but recently they have thought he has a better chance of winning and changed the odds to 20/1. Imperial Commander is still far from the favourite, On His Own is the favourite with odds at 7/1, but he certainly has a chance and will provide an exciting race.
Imperial Commander was the 2010 Betfred Cheltenham Gold Cup Champion but he now leads the weight at Aintree being the heaviest at 11st 10lb giving him a disadvantage against his 39 opponents on the day. Earlier this month, Imperial Commander failed to regain his Gold Cup Champion status at the Cheltenham Festival after a lung infection in the build up to the meeting. However, he did run a fine race in January coming a close second in the Grade Two Argento Chase, which was his first start for 680 days.
The 12-year old horse will certainly attempt to give his trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies, a third success at Aintree after he won in 1998 with Earth Summit and in 2002 with Bindaree. Nigel Twiston-Davies is the only current trainer who has won the Grand National on more than one occasion.
Author Daniel Foster.
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