From trainer Alan King comes Walkon the ten-year-old grey gelding that is hoping to do better in the Grand National 2015 than he did in 2014 when he had to be pulled up by jockey Wayne Hutchinson despite his proven ability to get around the course as evidenced by his second place finish to Triolo D’Alene in the Topham Chase in 2013.
He may not be as widely talked about as some of this year’s race favourites but Walkon knows how to navigate the course, jump the difficult Aintree Fences and has has all of his best results on Good, Gd-Soft ground.
Hasn’t had a win since December 2011 but set to run at 2015 Cheltenham Festival
His problem is that he hasn’t won a race since December 2011 and even then that was a novice chase but in 2013 he was only marginally beaten by Triolo, by 3/4L in fact so he does have it in him, even if that race was only run over 2m51/2f.
He made his 2013/14 seasonal re-appearance at Aintree on October 26th 2013 but unseated jockey Robert Thornton before taking a break for a few months. He went to Newbury in the Betfair Denman Chase on February 8th 2014 finishing fourth from five runners.
He has had only one outing this season, finishing 4th or just four runners and that was Newbury on December 14th 2014 but looks set to get a run at the Cheltenham Festival.
He’s definitely one of the most successful entries when it comes to his record at Aintree but whether or not he can go the distance is another question entirely although with the name ‘Walkon’ I imagine he’ll have his fair share of support from Liverpool FC fans!
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