Join Together may have only come second in the Becher Chase in December 2012 but if that race had been two feet longer he would have won it. His reserve speed at the end was nothing short of remarkable and if he was able to bring that to Aintree on April 6th it may very well have been another Grand National success for Nicholls.
If one trainer can defy the statistics and trends to produce a Grand National winner then it’s Paul Nicholls. He won it with an 11 year old, heavy, grey Neptune Collonges in 2012 and despite being 8 years old, he could’ve very well done it again in 2013 with Join Together.
Everything pointed to the 2013 Grand National as proving to be no problem and as his jumping held up over the famous fences he was considered a leading player. And that was despite his previous run out at Doncaster resulting in him being Pulled Up.
With Ruby Walsh on board, he went off at Doncaster as 9/2 favourite amongst a field of 12 and looked to capitalise, if not go one better, than his second place finish in the Becher Chase at Aintree back in December 2012. An established Grand National trial over 3 1/4 miles, this £50,000 race was supposed to set him up nicely for April 6th and the 2013 Grand National.
But he was badly clipped by a faller so all being well and taking that particular result out of the equation he was genuinely one to watch. He went off at 25/1 with 2012 winning jockey Daryl Jacob on board and though he got around the course successfully, he couldn’t go any better than 12th place but considering he was only 8 years old, he will definitely go off as one of the favourites in the 2014 Grand National if he gets an entry.
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