Victor Dartnall was hoping that Giles Cross can make an appearance in the Grand National in April 2012 and he did. Like many others, the trainer was waiting for the weights to be released and when Giles Cross was given 10-01 he also insisted that the primary condition for the horse is the ground. Giles Cross apparently prefers softer ground and would need the turf at the big race to cooperate in order for him maintain an entry.
Jockey: | Trainer: Victor Dartnall
In the meantime, Dartnall discussed some possibilities for the gelding’s 2012 campaign. He entered the Betfred Grand National Trial at Haydock, and despite the fact Dartnell said earlier in the month that the Eider Chase at Newcastle was a more likely possibility, Giles Cross went on to win the Trial on February 18th, under jockey Denis O’Regan, beating out his, at the time, potential Grand National opposition Neptune Collonges.
Giles Cross began his career in 2008 and broke his maiden quickly, in his second start, which came less than a month after his first. He came back in 2009 to win his first race out, but then was pulled up in his next two starts. With two more starts left in the year, Giles Cross did manage a second at Chepstow, but fell in his very next race at the meet.
He raced four times in 2010, beginning with a win the Les Swanwick Electrical Ltd Novices’ Chase at Chepstow, then a second and a third before being pulled up in his final race of the year. Four was the magic number in 2011 as well, and Giles Cross made a good year of it with one win and three places.
In 2012 Giles Cross was pulled up at the 11th and was not entered again in 2013.