Twirling Magnet is an eight-year-old bay gelding and despite the cutsie name, which is most likely derived from the fact that it was sired by Imperial Ballet, he is all chaser and has notched up 12 starts over fences earning connections in excess of £38K in the process.
Trained by Jonjo O’Neill, the Grand National winning trainer with Dont Push It in 2010, he is one of four potential runners from him this year with Sunnyhillboy, Burton Port and Lost Glory also all set to line-up.
He has been given 10-05 by the BHA Handicapper for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National and although highly unlikely to seriously contend for a place this year, he could still put in a good race.
He ran in the Cheltenham Festival although he did unseat his jockey in the Kim Muir Handicap Chase, and prior to that ran at Ascot in November 2013 where he finished seventh.
He’s had a couple of solid wins at Novice level but I think this may be a huge step-up for him and although he can go the distance and does like the going on the good side, I think O’Neill may have a better chance with some of his other runners.
Though, despite all of that, anybody with a little ballerina at home may fancy him for an each-way bet!
Result: And if they did then they would have lost their money as Twirling magnet could not get around the course of the 2014 Grand National, having the dubious honour of being the first to go at fence number 1.
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