Winner of the Scottish Grand National back in 2013, Godsmejudge was fast becoming one of the favourites for the 2014 Crabbies Grand National despite only being 8-years-old.
Trained by Alan King, Godsmejudge had his ups and downs last season after finishing the previous year on a high. He had only three runs prior to the 2014 National, the first at Cheltenham where he finished in 5th place back in November before going on to Sandown in December where he had to be pulled-up by jockey Robert Thornton.
Winner of the 2013 Scottish National and second place in 2014
That can be explained, in part, by the fact that Alan King’s yard had contracted a virus and was subsequently shut down while the issue was sorted out.
So despite the less-than-perfect season he’d been having, what did make him an attractive prospect was his proven ability to go the distance in less than favourable conditions as well as his consistency which had seen him win and/or place in six of his ten chase starts at the time.
Unfortunately he wasn’t able to run and was withdrawn from the 2014 National on March 30th 2014 with trainer King saying saying: “I couldn’t get him right in time.”
King then ran him in the Scottish National just a week later where he finished in second place.
He has had two runs this season but pulled-up on his first trip out at Doncaster before finishing fifth in the Betbright Chase at Kempton in February 2015. A favourite of many due to his ability to go the long distances, he will also carry a very reasonable weight so things are looking good for connections.
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