Trained by Donald McCain Jnr, Weird Al was the fourth highest weighted horse in the 2012 Grand National having been given 11-08 by the BHA Handicapper. Despite this he still ran on the day, going off at 28/1, and was so close to making it all the way around before he fell at the 27th fence under jockey Timmy Murphy.
Perfectly aged for the Grand National, Weird Al was ten years old for the 2013 renewal, had five chase wins from 12 starts and was an incredibly successful horse who had netted connections over £140K in his career.
Primarily a Cheltenham horse – has has run there five times with two wins, he only had the one run at Aintree and the 2013 race was his second shot at the Grand National under trainer Donald McCain who has already won the race with Ballabriggs in 2011.
His recent form wasn’t the best with only one course finish from his previous last four starts and his last two races before the National resulted in him being pulled-up. Added to that was the fact the weights increase made him the third heaviest on 11-08 and although things looked difficult the expertise of the McCains may have meant that he was still in with a chance.
But it was not to be and true to form he never really got going so much so that jockey Timmy Murphy pulled him up at Foinavon on the second circuit. He could still be entered for the 2014 Grand National but given that he has previously tried and failed twice McCain may opt to send him to Cheltenham instead.