Back in November 2011, Peter Bowen decided that Always Waining would take what was probably his last go at the Grand National in 2012. Bowen said that then eleven year old gelding probably would not get another chance at the big race because of his age, but that he wanted to give him a few more starts before April.
Always Waining has taken quite a few trips over the Grand National fences in his career, particularly in the Topham Chase, but up until that point he had never run in the big race itself. Ultimately Bowen decided against the Grand National in 2012 and opted for the Topham Chase for the fourth successive year.
Always Waining has had a very long career, beginning in 2004 and most of his wins came between then and 2008. He has managed to win a few races, including the John Smith's Topham Chase at Aintree in 2010 and then again in 2011 and has consistently continued to have quite a few starts, including seven in 2011 and three at the end of last season culminating in yet another sterling win in the Topham Chase on April 13th 2012.
Always Waining is a twelve year old bay gelding by Unfuwain out of Glenarff. He is owned by Mr & Mrs Peter James Douglas and trained by Peter Bowen. Always Waining has 61 lifetime starts in jump races and 12 on the flat and despite his age and previous thoughts about his Grand National chances, trainer Peter Bowen decided to give him an entry for April 6th 2013.
He had two decent prep races at Doncaster and Chepstow and though he didn't win either of them he did jump well, finished the races and having been given 10-10 by the handicapper he was favoured by a lot of people going off at 33/1.
He may not have finished in the money for bettors but he did complete the course in 10th place with jockey Tom O'Brien on board and although the prize money for that particular place is minuscule, there's no doubt that Always Waining would have done his connections proud.