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Quiscover Fontaine

Quiscover Fontaine is trained by Willie Mullins and owned by JP McManus and was attempting the Grand National for the second time on April 6th 2013. Usually partnered with David Casey, Quiscover Fontaine has had mixed form with mediocre…

Joncol

An experienced chaser with a fantastic record of six wins, two seconds and seven third place finishes from his 18 starts, Joncol was one outsider who was definitely worth a second look. At 10-years of age and having been allocated 10-09…

Major Malarkey

At one point trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies was in danger of not having any 2013 Grand National Runners but with the confirmation that Imperial Commander would run and the subsequent withdrawals that left the door open for Major Malarkey he did,…

Join Together

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…

Big Fella Thanks

Big Fella Thanks went off at 14/1 in the 2009 Grand National, but unfortunately only managed to come 6th, proving yet again that seven year old horses don't tend to win the National - the last one was Bogskars in 1940. By the time the…

Chicago Grey

Late in October of 2011, Gordon Elliot watched Chicago Grey finish third in the Charlie Hall Chase. Soon after, he announced that the grey gelding was a serious consideration for the Grand National. He praised the horse's effort and said that…

Harry The Viking

Champion trainer Paul Nicholls brought a trio of horses to the 2013 Grand National, of which the Alex Ferguson owned Harry The Viking was one. At eight years old, it was unlikely that he was the main hope for a Nicholls back-to-back win but…

Becauseicouldntsee

At 10 year old, Becauseicouldntsee, was attempting his third Grand National on April 6th 2013, having fallen in the 2011 Grand National, when he ran under jockey Davy Russell and unseating his jockey Davy Condon in the 2012 renewal. Trained…
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Rare Bob

From the Dessie Hughes yard came Rare Bob in 2013, an eleven year old Irish horse who ran in the 2012 National but was brought down at the fifth fence under jockey Bryan Cooper. Between the 2012 and 2013 renewals he had four races, the first…