Entered in 2013, connections for Quito De La Roque opted to run him at Cheltenham and he was subsequently withdrawn from the 2013 Grand National at the second scratchings stage on March 19th 2013.
Instead he ran in the Betfred Bowl Chase at the festival where he placed fourth before heading to Punchestown three weeks later where he finished fifth. He was then rested for the Summer before returning this season where he has raced a further five times.
Last year he looked like he would have a great shot and had a win rate of seven from 12 chase starts before the 2013 renewal but the seven additional runs since then haven’t produced a win in fact he has both fallen and pulled-up in two of them.
He has also never won or placed beyond 3m 1f and does tend to like to going heavy or soft so a fast course may not suit him and if it’s Good-Soft on the day he may be out paced but despite that his odds have fallen, primarily because he’s been so well handicapped.
Traditionally Quito De La Roque runs off very high weights and the 11-01 he’s been given by the BHA Handicapper will be the lowest he’s ever run off in his career which could help with his speed around the course.
Trained by Colm Murphy, and owned by Gigginstown Stud, he could be a dark horse in the proceedings if Murphy has been able, over the last six weeks to get him back from whatever caused him to be pulled up on his last run.
Result: Pulled up by jockey Brian O’Connell at fence 21.