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Bryan Cooper Closer To Comeback

Back in May 2013, young up-and-coming National Hunt Jockey Bryan Cooper took a very nasty fall from the Tony Martin-trained Tepalo at Down Royal which left him side-lined when he suffered a broken left femur. Fastforward just over three months…

Quel Esprit

A classy horse, Quel Esprit is trained by Irish Champion trainer Willie Mullins and did have an entry in 2012 but was withdrawn before the final stages and didn't run. He had three more runs, one of them in a hurdle in France, before the 2013…

What A Friend

A 10 year old jointly owned by Sir Alex Ferguson and Ged Mason, he is half brother to My Little Lady a winning pointer. He is trained by Champion Trainer Paul Nicholls who was looking for back-to-back wins in the 2013 Grand National. What…

Viking Blond

Viking Blond was just seven years old when he had his first go at the national in 2012. He went off at 80/1 with Sam Twiston-Davies on board and barely made it to the first fence before he fell. Another year older, and hopefully a little…

Treacle

2013 was the second year that Treacle aimed for the Grand National having run in the 2012 renewal. Unsuccessful then, he fell at the 10th fence despite some good odds when he went off at 22/1. Owned by Bjorn Neilsen, a United States financier,…

Weird Al

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…

Tatenen

Tatenen was a French nine year old from the Richard Rowe yard who made his first appearance at the Grand National in 2012. He went off at 100/1 and didn't make it around the course successfully however, and instead unseated his rider Andrew…

Tarquinius

Trained by Gordon Elliott, Tarquinius was 10-years old when, as a result of a round of withdrawals, finally secured himself a spot in the starting line-up of 40 2013 Grand National Runners and given that he originally started in 63rd spot, that…

Roberto Goldback

Roberto Goldback was entered for the National in 2012 but following a hefty weight of 11-04 by the BHA Handicapper, the Nicky Henderson trained horse was subsequently withdrawn. Back again in 2013 and 11 years old, he was given another shot…