Trained by Henry De Bromhead, Buckers Bridge is an eight-year-old bay gelding who was handed 10-10 by the BHA Handicapper for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National.
A solid chaser who had four starts over fences last season the weight he was given was much lower than anything he has previously run off which was a significant advantage on the day. His previous four starts had been off 11-7 or more so he carried almost a stone less for the National.
Successfully completed the Grand National course to finish in 11th place in 2014
He does have his issues though, least of which is the fact that, including the National, he has only twice started at more than 3m and fortunately for him he finished third so that race made him eligible for the Grand National.
He has never won beyond 2m4f so stamina was questionable and while it’s one thing to have run but not won at the longer distances, it’s another matter entirely to expect a horse who has never even tried to go on and win the Grand National.
He has also done much better on heavier ground so although he’s been run on quicker ground he has only won once on it as opposed to the three wins from six starts on heavy going.
Result: He did run and actually did reasonably well completing the course to finish in 11th place with jockey Andrew Lynch on board.
With that in mind, and given his relatively young age, his prospects for the 2015 Grand National look good as he can certainly get around. With a few longer distance races this season he could be one to watch.
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