A very difficult horse to quantify according to the BHA Handicapper, Phil Smith, Mossey Joe comes from trainer Enda Bolger and had plenty of support for the 2014 Grand National.
He’s 11-years-old and appears to be on the form of his life bagging four back-to-back wins since March 2013 but with only one PTP this season, whether he can continue that form or not is unknown.
The reason for the lack of races and uncertainty about the seasonal route he should take is because a dispute between his former owners led to Mossey Joe going to public auction where he was snapped up for £160,000 at Cheltenham’s Brightwells Sale by owner Barry Connell.
As of January 29th 2014, Connell sent him to the care of Enda Bolger with the County Limerick trainer insisting that it is too early to say what race is definitely on the agenda.
He’s not your typical chaser and more of a cross country horse which is where the most recent wins have come from – Hunt Chases – and he can certainly go the distance having won at 3m4f so stamina is not in question.
He’s returned four wins and a second from five chase starts on ‘Good‘ ground which bodes very well for Aintree, provided the weather plays ball and he’s trained by the very capable Enda Bolger who’s had tremendous success from the likes of Garde Champetre and L’Ami.
He would have been a contender this year, and a serious one and with ante-post odds as long as 33/1 but just after the second scratchings were announced, his owner advised that he would NOT be going to the Grand National and instead would aim for the Crabbies Foxhunters Chase at the Aintree Festival instead.