Sunnyhillboy

Sunnyhillboy

Sunnyhillboy is an eleven-year-old racehorse trained by Jonjo O'Neill, who is a major contender for the 2014 Grand National.  A tremendous winner of the Kim Muir Challenge Cup at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival, he was then narrowly beaten in the 2012 Grand National and is looking to go one better in this year's renewal.

Age: 11

Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill

Notable Race Wins:

Kim Muir Challenge Cup: 2012

Sunnyhillboy will long go down as one of the unluckiest Grand National runners in history, as in the 2012 renewal he was reeled in by Neptune Collonges in the shadow of the post to get beaten on the line. 

His nose defeat to the Paul Nicholls-trained grey was the closest finish in National history, as Richie McLernon was just caught by Daryl Jacob on the gutsy grey to prise the crown away from his grasp, but the ten-year-old will be back in 2013 to try and go one better and finally etch his name in the coveted crown.

Having won the Kim Muir at the 2012 Cheltenham Festival, the Jackdaws Castle inmate had expected to run a cracker at Aintree, but it was a painful defeat to take for all involved in the horse, as he had looked like the winner with 100 yards to go, so owner JP McManus will hope for better fortune this time around.

He was unable to complete the course in 2013 when unseating his rider, but a win at Cheltenham in December suggested that he is in good form heading into the race and with the potential of having former winner AP McCoy on his back then he has to be respected for JP McManus, who has also tasted success in the race before.

Check out the Latest Odds for Sunnyhillboy in the 2014 Grand National.