His form was mixed and all was going well over the last few races where he notched up a win and two places from three starts but on his last run-out he fell at Kempton in the Racing Plus Chase while carrying 11-08.
It would be fair to say that Deep Purples career started on the ultimate high with five back-to-back wins. His second season was nearly as good with four wins and two seconds and even season three started with two wins but since then, December 2009 that is, things have not been as successful for Deep Purple.
He has been pulled up, unseated his rider and fallen and remained inconsistent at best over the last two years. Add to that the fact that the majority of his races have been started over distances less than 2m4f and you begin to think that this race may be too much for him.
On the upside, he likes the going good and has had 14 starts on this type of ground so Aintree should've suited him from that point of view. A successful horse, he has netted connections over £300K in his career but the Grand national was too much for him and he was pulled up by jockey, Jamie Moore, at the 19th.