Nine year old Rose Of The Moon has just scraped into the 2014 Crabbies Grand National due to the number of withdrawals on the third round, just six days before the race takes place.
A beautiful grey gelding, Rose Of The Moon is fairly light on chase experience with only six on record but they include a trip over the Aintree fences back in December 2013 when running in the Becher Chase where he finished in 10th position.
So although he didn’t make a significant impact, he can certainly get around the course and of those six starts over fences, he has won three of them, including his last race which was at Wetherby on January 21st 2014 in the Cheltenham Preview Handicap Chase.
He ran the National Hunt Chase at last year’s Cheltenham Festival but was pulled-up by his jockey and that has been the only blip in his career. He has never fallen or unseated or refused and has won beyond 3m3f and it looks like the going at Aintree will also suit him as he does tend to prefer things somewhere around Good/Soft.
He’s a lovely addition to the Grand National but whether or not he can make an impact remains to be seen. Though his last run was a win, it had been over two years since he’d last had one but not doubt his trainer, David O’Meara, will have him nice and fresh for the Grand National which is when he does his best work.
Result: He was doing very well in the 2014 Grand National until fence 28, just two from the run-in to home when he fell and was out of the race with jockey Jake Greenall on board.