Although Hold On Julio was forced to miss the Sky Bet Chase, thanks to a dirty scope, trainer Alan King is still pointing him dead on towards the Grand National. The nine year old gelding recently demolished his rivals at Sandown and earned an eleven pound weight hike for his trouble. King says the gelding has continued to surprise him since he took over his training last year and is confident about his chances in the National.
[Racecard Hold On Julio]
King acquired Hold On Julio last May through a recommendation from his assistant and a bloodstock agent just before the gelding went into the ring at Doncaster. King bought the gelding after only a quick look and says he neglected to look at his age. Despite then having difficulty trying to sell him, it looks like King got a bargain at 28,000 gns. Hold On Julio went on to win two races in dominating style and was being pointed to last month's Sky Bet Chase before becoming an 11th hour scratch.
Hold On Julio is a nine year old brown gelding by Blueprint. He is trained by Alan King and owned by Mr & Mrs F Bell,n Farrell, A Marsh. He has five lifetime starts and three wins. His last race was January 7, 2012 in the HBLB Handicap Chase at Sandown Park, which he won by a strong nine lengths over Neptune Collonges. Prior to that he ran on November 5, 2011 in the Download The Blue Square Bet App Handicap Chase, also at Sandown. He also won that race easily over Earth Planet.