Swing Bill

Swing Bill was the 11 year old from the David Pipe yard who was 10th in the 2012 National, which was won by Neptune Collonges, and so with hopes high that he could do better he was given an entry to the 2013 Grand National. Since the…

Kruzhlinin

One of more obscurely names horses entered for the Grand National, after a bit of research it transpires that 'Kruzhlinin' is the name of town in Russia where Mikhail Alexandrovich Sholokov, recipient of the 1965 Nobel Prize for Literature,…

Buckers Bridge

Trained by Henry De Bromhead, Buckers Bridge is an eight-year-old bay gelding who was handed 10-10 by the BHA Handicapper for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National. A solid chaser who had four starts over fences last season the weight he was…

The Package

The Package is the eleven year old chaser from David Pipe's yard was one of four entries from him for the 2013 Grand National. He was also entered in 2012 but didn't make the final line-up as he was withdrawn by Pipe prior to the race. Unfortunately…

Vesper Bell

Originally placed much further down the list of entries when the weights were revealed, Vesper Bell was guaranteed a spot in 2014 due to the number of withdrawals over two scratching periods. One of only two Willie Mullins trained entries…
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Across The Bay

Trainer Donald McCain said of Across The Bay prior to the 2013 Grand National "It seems strange that Across The Bay won a Grade Two Hurdle at Haydock and didn’t move in the betting. Yet you win a bad hurdle race in Ireland and you become…

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…

Prince De Beauchene

It was when Prince De Beauchene handily won the John Smith's Handicap Chase in 2011 that his connections began to consider aiming for the Grand National in 2012. Despite switching trainers at the end of the year, it seemed like his owners…

Hunt Ball

Trained by Nicky Henderson, Hunt Ball was one of four of his hopes for the 2014 Grand National, the others being Long Run, Triolo D'Alene and Shakalakaboomboom. Hunt Ball is nine years old and prior to the race had a mixed season primarily…