Treacle

2013 was the second year that Treacle aimed for the Grand National having run in the 2012 renewal. Unsuccessful then, he fell at the 10th fence despite some good odds when he went off at 22/1.

Owned by Bjorn Neilsen, a United States financier, Treacle had two runs since then – at Thurles on February 28th 2013 where he finished seventh and then at Down Royal in March where he won the Daily Mirror Chase.

Starting his career in 2006, Treacle raced four times, finishing second three of those, before getting a win in his fifth start. He raced five times in 2007 as well, winning the Kentstown Beginners Chase later in the year. Treacle was not raced in 2008 at all, but came back for five starts in 2009.

He won twice that year, in the 3m Munster National Handicap Chase and the 2m 6f Listowel Vintners Handicap Chase. In 2010, he raced twice, only to be pulled up both times. 2011 saw five starts for the gelding and one good win over 3m at Gowran Park.

Treacle was 12-years-old for the 2013 National and was trained by Tom Taaffe. Treacle had 26 lifetime starts with six wins, as well as 4 seconds and 3 thirds. With only one race under his belt since the 2012 National and a weight of 10-09, plus his age, the odds were really stacked against him in 2013.

He was once of the first trio of horses to go out of the race when he unseated jockey Noel Fehily at fence 8th and given his age it is unlikely that we will be seeing him back again for the 2014 Grand National.