For the third successive year in a row, Calgary Bay is hoping to head to the 2013 Grand National. Previously trained by the legendary Henrietta Knight, he is now under the care of Mick Channon who looks after Knight’s horses since she announced her retirement last year.
Having entered in 2011, Calgary Bay went off at 33/1 with Hadden Frost on board but was unsuccessful and fell at the fourth fence out. Undeterred, he started the next season in good form, heading to Cheltenham three times winning his third race on 1st January 2012 before heading to Doncaster later in the same month to notch up another win.
The 2012 National soon rolled around but with a hefty 11-06 on his back it was always going to be difficult though at least he completed the course coming in 14th place with Dominic Elsworth riding him.
Most recently he’s headed to Aintree for the Betfred Chase in December 2012 where he finished fourth and he followed that up with a prep race at Doncaster on 2nd March 2013 when he finished eighth from 12 runners.
And now he has been given another chance at the 2013 Grand National but with a similar OR to last year, it’s a surprise that he has been given 5lbs less in 2013 and should carrying just 11-01 – a very winnable weight.
Despite the Handicapper going easy on him, Calgary Bay was scratched from the 2013 Grand National at the second scratchings stage on March 19th 2013.