Swing Bill was the 11 year old from the David Pipe yard who was 10th in the 2012 National, which was won by Neptune Collonges, and so with hopes high that he could do better he was given an entry to the 2013 Grand National.
Since the 2012 renewal he put another six races under his belt, including a Handicap Chase at Cheltenham and a run in the Becher Chase at Aintree on December 8th 2012, where he finished in a very respectable fourth place to the epic winner Hello Bud. Join Together and Big Fella Thanks were second and third and both were also entered into the 2013 Grand National.
[blockquote cite=”Swing Bill Grand National Record” type=”center”]9th place in 2014, 6th place in 2013 and 10th place in 2012
With 30 Chase starts by 2013, that had resulted in four wins, four seconds and five thirds Swing Bill was a decent, solid horse who definitely had what it takes to get around Aintree and more importantly, can cleanly jump it's fences.
His Official Rating was slightly better than in 2012 so he was given 10-08 for the 2013 National up from 10-03 but the odds of 80/1 did't do him any justice, having said that, at 12 years of age it was a tough ask.
He proved his critics wrong and romped home in 6th place earning connections £12,870 and with Conor O”Farrell on board, it was a fantastic result for a horse his age.
Not surprisingly he was back again for the 2014 Grand National but at 13 years of age the BHA Handicapper wasn't very generous and only gave him 10-01 which put him very far down the list of entries.
Result: He just squeezed in as number 40 at the last declaration stage and true to form ran a blinder and despite his age, finished his third consecutive Grand National and came home in 9th place again with jockey Conor O'Farrell on board.
Will we see Swing Bill back again for the 2015 Grand National? Given that he will be 14 years of age, it's unlikely that he will make an appearance but he has been a worthy contender and given us three fantastic back-to-back runs in the great race.