Moving rapidly up the bookies odds, West End Rocker was looking like a real contender for the 2012 Grand National on April 14th. An Irish horse, trained by Alan King, he's was 10 years old at the time and in 2011 had been very generously handicapped by Phil Smith who gave him 10-05, but in 2012 the weight was been upped and he ran off 10-12.
His form at the time was very mixed, with two wins followed swiftly by being Pulled Up, Brought Down and Pulled Up again before getting back to his wining ways which he did in the Betfred Becher Handicap Chase at Aintree on December 3rd 2011.
He likes the ground Good or Gd/Sft which should've suited him at Aintree. In the 2011 Grand National he was unfortunate enough to be brought down at fence six so connections were hoping for a far happier ending in 2012 when he went again for the second time.
At least then he had the experience under his belt, was fresh off a win and had been prepped all year for this race. It had been anticipated that he would go to the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock on February 18th and then on to Kempton a week later but neither of those two materialise with connections opting, instead, to keep him fresh for the 2012 Grand National.
Unfortunately all of that prepping was in vain and his race was over nearly as soon as it began with him falling at the second fence.