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Rocky Creek

Last season David Pipe told me that he thought that Rocky Creek had all the right credentials to win the Grand National. The fact that he doesn't even train him speaks volumes as to how highly regarded he is. He is in fact trained by…

Pineau De Re

At 11-years-old, the 2014 Crabbies Grand National was the first time Pineau De Re had received an entry and with his place fully secured it looked like it was full steam ahead for the horse whose odds just kept dropping! Trained by Dr…

Alvarado

With a weight of 10-02 for the 2014 Grand National, Alvarado found himself somewhere in no mans land on spot number 68 hoping for a large number of entries above him to be withdrawn and scratched so that he could be guaranteed a spot on…

Godsmejudge

Winner of the Scottish Grand National back in 2013, Godsmejudge was fast becoming one of the favourites for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National despite only being 8-years-old. Trained by Alan King, Godsmejudge had his ups and downs last…

Newland Defends Poor Run From Pineau De Re

As the current winner of the Grand National, hopes were high for Pineau De Re going into the Ultima Business Solutions Handicap Hurdle at Cheltenham. The 11-year-old, the mount of Daryl Jacob, went off at 20/1 under the staggeringly…

Dessie Hughes

Dessie Hughes was one of Ireland’s most established and skilled trainers who had success with many different horses, with Hardy Eustace being one of the most notable. Like a lot of other trainers, he started out as a jockey and won the 1977…

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 He was also entered in 2012 but didn't make the final line-up as he was withdrawn by Pipe prior to the race.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…