Brave Bud Out Of Luck At Cartmel
Brave Bud Out Of Luck At Cartmel
Sporting Life

Hello Bud

Nigel Twiston-Davies’ stable stalwart Hello Bud had to make do with a gallant third in the Stone Source Grand Veterans’ Handicap Chase at Cartmel.

The Scottish Grand National and Becher Chase winner was last seen finishing seventh in the Grand National at Aintree, the second time he has completed the world’s most famous steeplechase having finished fifth in 2010.

Sent off a 5-1 shot in Cumbria, the remarkable 14-year-old was soon bowling along merrily in front under the trainer’s son, Sam, and had many of his rivals beaten off from halfway.

However having jumped the final fence in front, he tired in the closing stages of the three-mile-six-furlong journey and Susan Gardner’s Sea Saffron (7-1) claimed a length-and-a-half victory over Heez A Steel, with Hello Bud a further 16 lengths away.

Twiston-Davies said: “He ran a very good race, the ground had probably just gone a bit soft for him after the rain overnight.

“He’ll have a break now and then I’ll speak to the owner and see what he wants to do. He could have one more crack at the Becher Chase at Aintree, but we’ll see. Looking at him today, it seems there is still plenty of life in the old horse yet.”

Hello Bud‘s owner, Seamus Murphy, said: “He’s a great old horse and he must be the best jumper of a fence in the UK at the age of 14. I think the three-furlong run (from the last fence) has just done for him, but he jumped super and I’m very proud of him.

“We’ll give him a break and then see how he is. He could go for the Becher and then who knows? He might end up in the Grand National again or even the Irish Grand National.”

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