2013 was the third consecutive entry for Oscar Time in the Grand National following his terrific success in 2011 when he finished runner-up to the ultimate winner, Ballabriggs. He was entered again in 2012 but injury forced him out of the renewal.
At the time Sam Waley-Cohen who partners Oscar Time tweeted: “Terrible news today. Oscar Time needs the rest of the season off with a leg. GN dream hits the rocks! Gutted for the horse & all connected.”
Twice in the places in the Grand National and Becher Chase 2014 winner at 13 years of age
So they had to wait until 2013 and true to form Oscar Time ran another blinder to finish in 4th place, having sone off at 66/1.
He didn’t run in the 2014 Grand National and instead went to Wetherby in May 2014 to notch up yet another win and following a Summer break was back at Cheltenham in November where he unfortunately unseated Waley-Cohen.
Undeterred, off he went to the 2014 Becher Chase at Aintree where, at the age of 13 years, he promptly went and won the race to the surprise of many. Of course this led to much speculation about his Grand National 2015 chances and while connections initially dismissed the idea, they subsequently changed their minds and gave him an entry.
He is the oldest horse entered for the Grand National 2015 but at 14 years of age he shows no signs of slowing down. A formidable contender over the Aintree fences, his recent win in the Becher and a fourth place at Doncaster in February solidified his claims even further.
Do not be surprised if this legend does the business again on April 11th!