One of seven entries in 2014 from trainer Paul Nicholls, Hawkes Point didn’t initially make the cut when the BHA Handicapper revealed the weights, handing him 10-06 which put him in position number 48 on the list.
Following two rounds of withdrawals he fully qualified and although Nicholls left it late to make the decision to let him run, he eventually did with jockey Ryan Mahon pencilled in to partner him.
Second in the Coral Welsh National in 2013, was the last home in the 2014 Grand National in 18th place
Hawkes Point is a nine-year-old bay gelding that is relatively lightly run with only seven chase starts to his name, prior to the National in 2014. And although he’d done okay, he had only won one of them, while placing in a further three.
He ran at Haydock, on February 15th 2014 and a lot was expected but the conditions were dreadful and the runners just about slogged it out on a very muddy and heavy track, where Hawkes Point just hung on to finish in 6th spot, behind the ultimate winner, Rigadin De Beauchene, trained by Venetia Williams.
And while there were some doubts over his ability to really contend for the National, it is fair to say that finishing second to Mountainous in the Coral Welsh National in December 2013 did give his credentials a solid boost.
He’s definitely a stayer and can run three miles or more in his sleep but his results have come from heavy ground and he lacked the experience of some of the others but he got around the course only as the last horse to finish in 18th place.
At 10 years old for the 2015 Grand National and given that he can complete the course and the tricky Aintree fences, Nicholls is sure to keep him in mind for another entry.