Showed bags of determination when chasing stablemate Long Run in the Betfair Denman Chase at Newbury on February 17, 2012 but on that occasion Burton Port was unable to catch Long Run but did manage to finish only a half length behind the winner.
He took to the 2012 Gold Cup with high hopes, though only managing fourth spot behind the winner Synchronised.
In October 2013, owner Trevor Hemmings transferred Burton Port from Nicky Henderson to trainer Jonjo O’Neill and between then and the 2014 National, he had five runs under him. He initially failed to sparkle with his best result being a fifth place at Aintree in October 2013, but a run at Newbury where he finished in 2nd place improved his form.
He was entered into the 2012 Grand National and had been given a very high weight of 11-07 and so connections opted to run him in the Betfred Bowl Chase instead where he finished second so he definitely knows how to get around the Aintree course.
He didn’t run again for 18 months which meant that by 2014 he was on his lowest Official Rating in years and was given 10-08 to run of in the national. Unfortunately it didn’t help much and Burton Port was the second horse out when he unseated jockey Brian harding at the second fence.
Unfortunately, and very sadly for all connections, Burton Port suffered a fatal fall at Doncaster Racecourse on February 18th 2015.