Trainer Kim Bailey’s only entry into the 2013 Grand National was The Rainbow Hunter, a nine year old bay gelding owned by the uniquely names ‘May We Never Be Found Out’ Partnership.
The Rainbow Hunter just sneaked into the top 40 due to the number of horses scratched at the second stage and with the 4lbs increase he also benefited and carried 10-06 which was much better than the 10-02 he was originally given by the BHA Handicapper.
He had been running in handicap chases for a few years and from 14 starts had won three, come second three times and placed third twice but nearly all had been in Class 3 races and of the three starts in Class 1 races he had never won or placed in any of them.
With his age, and the fact that he was partial to good ground as well as the fact that he had decent stamina and could easily go more than 3m it wasn’t all bad. A recent win at Ascot in November 2012 and things were looking up before he was pulled up in his next race.
But he returned to Ascot in February 2013 and finished in a decent 4th spot behind the winner Vino Griego but he had never run at Aintree or encountered anything like the fences there and all things considered, though he was a great horse, this race was just a little out of his league.
So much so that jockey Aidan Coleman had the dubious honour of being the first jockey out of the race when The Rainbow Hunter unseated him at the 8th fence.
But he’s back again for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National and things are looking a bit better this year. Although initially number 45 on the list after the weights were revealed, he has solidified his place after two rounds of withdrawals and will run off 10-07.
He’s had three races so far this season, winning the last out at Doncaster on January 25th so it’s all go for trainer Kim Bailey now.
Result: The Rainbow Hunter unseated jockey Aidan Coleman at the 9th fence.
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