Trained by Henry Daly, this is the second time that Pearlysteps has been given an entry for the Aintree Grand National. Unfortunately he didn’t run last year having been withdrawn at one of the final scratchings on the week of the National but he’s back again and this time connections are no doubt hoping that he makes it to the final line-up of 40 on April 6th 2013.
With 11 chase starts, Pearlysteps has won one, placed second three times and come third once which all sounds great except that his recent form isn’t as good as it should be for a horse that truly intends to contend in the world’s toughest steeplechase.
Pearlysteps has had two races this season and both of them were in February – at Exeter and Ludlow where he finished in 4th place in each of them, but a long way of the race winners.
Pearlysteps has a good record on many different types of going having had roughly the same number of starts on Good, Gd-sft and Soft ground so the going at Aintree should suit him but having only started once at 4m with no place, and most successful on 2m4f his stamina is questionable.
Despite being guaranteed a spot in the 2013 Grand National, Pearlysteps was withdrawn at the final declaration stage.