Grand National Weights 2013 -
Newcomers to the Grand National will need to know that the weight any horse carries around Aintree is likely to be absolutely crucial to their chances of going well, a horse carries a weight assigned to them by the handicapper according to their previous form. The idea of the handicap system is to create an even race, so the so called best horse in the race will carry the most wait and the lesser horses will be given a fair chance by having less on their back.
The theoretical idea behind the handicap system is that all the horses will finish the race at exactly the same time, of course this would never happen but it does give the Grand National an extra edge. The announcement of the weights for the intended entries to the race are make-or-break for many of the runners, connections will be awaiting the announcement eagerly hoping their horses are awarded a fair mark. Often you see horses withdrawn from the field after owners and trainers felt their horse had been awarded a weight which is too high in relation to their form.
First time punters on the Grand National will want to keep an eye on those horses with weights of around 11st on their back, the Grand National Tips point towards winning National horses carrying less than 11st 5lbs while less than 11st is ideal for potential winners of the race. The weight are vitally important when it comes to the Grand National Odds each year, the ones at the top of the weights tend to drift slightly after the announcement despite having the best form on their record.
2013 Grand National Weights