In 2012, then 13 years old, this was, undoubtedly, Black Apalachi’s final shot at the Aintree Grand National, having entered in 2008, 2009 and 2010 where he fell and unseated his rider in the first two before getting is best finish in 2nd place in 2010, behind Don’t Push It.
Jockey: | Trainer: Dessie Hughes
Things were looking good for the 2011 renewal before it was announced that Black Apalachi had been ruled out for the rest of the season with a tendon injury. At the time trainer Dessie Hughes said “We brought him to the races and discovered some heat in his leg and when we had him scanned this morning it confirmed what I thought as he didn’t scan clean and has a torn fibre in a tendon.”
Ruled out last year, Black Apalachi was back again and with only one prep race since his last run at the 2012 Grand National, he had still been given a very hefty weight of 11-03 which came before his only run in two years, at Fairyhouse, in the Bobbyjo Race where he finished second to Prince De Beauchene on February 25th 2012.
But at 13 years of age, he was almost certainly facing an uphill battle, in fact you’d have to go back to 1923 to find the last horse, Sergeant Murphy, who won at 13. That coupled with the weight and the prolonged absence since receiving his injury in January 2011 and he would have needed a miracle to make an impact.
He fell at the Canal Turn, fence 8 and was not entered again in 2013.