The 2012 Grand National looks set to be the last outing for stalworth Hello Bud as the veteran horse bids farewell to his racing career after the event on April 14th.

Now 14, the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained gelding was fifth in the 2010 Grand National and also won that year’s Becher Chase over the famous fences, giving owner Seamus Murphy hope that his pride and joy can end his racing career on an incredible high.

Unfortunately he wasn’t as fortunate in the 2011 Grand National, pulling up at fence 29. Now, with two good races under his belt this season, his owner has renewed hope saying,

“He ran a very good race in Warwick and we’ve decided to go for the English Grand National with him,

“That will probably be his last run. He’ll have a bit of a break now and go straight to Aintree.

“He’s probably the most consistent jumper in the UK and he’s won the Becher Chase round the Aintree fences.

“I think if we got a bit of luck, he could win the National and there would be some party that night if he did!”