Mr Moonshine

Ten years old and trained by Sue Smith who won with Auroras Encore in the 2013 Grand National, Mr Moonshine is a bay gelding with 21 chase starts under his belt.

He has been to Aintree six times and ran in his first Grand National in 2013 where he was ultimately pulled-up by jockey Peter Buchanan but after a fine preparation in 2014 he was back again with renewed hope for chances to get around and win for Sue Smith.

Pulled-up in 2013 but completed the course in 15th place in 2014

His last four races, prior to the National had been great and included two back-to-back wins at Warwick and at Musselburgh and a very fine second place finish at Kelso on March 1st 2014.

With seven runs in the season, including the Becher Chase at Aintree where he finished third, and the consistency of pairing with Grand National winning jockey Ryan Mania, everything had appeared to have worked very well.

He was given 10-12 to carry in 2014 which guaranteed him a run, in the same colours as the 2013 winner, Auroras Encore.

Result: He was doing very well al the way around the course but ran out of steam and couldn’t compete towards the end though he did finish the course in 15th place.

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