Problema Tic is one of the youngest horses entered into the 2013 Grand National and at seven years of age is one of four contenders from the David Pipe yard. The reality is that at seven he has very little chance at this race and whether or not he will even be let have a run is another question entirely.
With seven chase starts he has won three of them and placed second once and, unlike some of his fellow National runners, has been to Aintree on no less than three occasions so he is familiar with the course. His last trip there was in the Becher Chase back in December 2012 but unfortunately he fell in that race so maybe the fences are more imposing then he expected.
He has since had one more run, on February 22nd 2013 at Warwick where he finished in 6th position, from a field of 10 runners. This most recent form appears to be a bit of a blip on his otherwise very impressive cv, which last season saw him win three of his four races.
He is running at Cheltenham on March 14th 2013 and given his age and the improbability of him making any real impact in the National I don’t think connections are likely to send him to both so he may very well get scratched closer to April 6th.
With a couple of more years and a few more starts he should definitely be one to watch in future Grand Nationals and as was expected, Problema Tic was withdrawn from the 2013 Grand National at the second scratchings stage on March 19th 2013.
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