At just seven years of age, from the David Pipe yard comes Standing Ovation. A bay gelding, sired by Presenting, he has recently been on the up and up when it comes to his form and capabilities and as such has received an entry into the 2014 Crabbies Grand National.
Four back-to-back wins between October 2013 and November 2013 helped increase his official rating, allowing him to be entered but the problem he now faces is that despite two scratching stages he’s still only number 61 on the list of entries and looks set to have sit this one out and wait another year as he would need at least 21 horses above him to make the starting line-up on April 5th.
In fact, so unlikely is a trip to Aintree that even trainer David Pipe recently told me: “With a current chase rating of 133 I am not sure he will get into the Grand National this year…he could be a 2015 Grand National horse.”
On that basis he has also been given an entry for the 2014 Crabbies Topham Chase and success in that could give him a real shot at the 2015 Grand National if is form continues the way it is.
He ran at Kemptonon February and also at Cheltenham in the Terry Biddlecombe National hunt Chase where he finished 8th and 6th respecively, which bumped up his Official Rating and solidifying his claims to the next renewal in 2015.
For now though bookmakers are still offering odds on him and you can back him if you think the withdrawals will go his way.
Result: He did not run in the 2014 Grand National.
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