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National to The Rainbow Hunter

Newmarket Journal March 2014
Olli Bell part owner Rainbow Hunter running in the Grand National. ANL-140328-160550002

Newmarket Journal March 2014 Olli Bell part owner Rainbow Hunter running in the Grand National. ANL-140328-160550002

Making any kind of decision while under the influence of alcohol more often than not leads to regrettable experiences for the vast majority.

In the case of Newmarket-based racing presenter and owner Oli Bell, one decision he made while slightly worse for wear could be about to land him the win of a lifetime.

Come 4.30pm on Saturday the 26-year-old could find himself richer to the tune of a six-figure sum should The Rainbow Hunter, who he owns a quarter share of, oblige in this year’s Crabbie’s Grand National at Aintree.

A winner of the Listed Sky Bet Chase chase at Doncaster last time out, the five-times race winner, who is trained by Kim Bailey, is a best priced 33/1 to win the world’s most famous horse race.

“What happened was that I was in a box at Royal Ascot with an old school friend and her family and I was asked to mark their card and give them tips for the day,” said Bell.

“I then pursued to get very drunk and it was then that I was told about this horse. At the time it seemed a very good idea to get involved and obviously I went ahead with it.

“So far it has proved to be a good decision and if he went and won the National on Saturday it would be amazing.”

Saturday’s race will mark the second time that the 10-year-old has raced over the unique National fences, having competed in the same race 12 months ago.

On that occasion The Rainbow Hunter got no further than the eighth fence before unseating Aidan Coleman into the Aintree turf.

While replays of last year’s race do the rounds inside Bell’s head, he is confident that a much better display will be seen by the son of Rainbow High this time around.

“I am lot calmer this year which is a surprise as this year he has more of a chance of winning the race,” said Bell.

“He goes into the race on the back of a career-best performance at Doncaster which was his first run back from a wind operation.

“We are very happy with him while the updates Kim Bailey has given us are very positive.”

Although The Rainbow Hunter came to grief before the completion of a full circuit 12 months ago, it is not his jumping that Bell is worried may old back battle hardened chaser from tasting victory.

“If you look at the way he jumped last year, before coming down, he was jumping well and he was a bit unlucky to come down as he went into the back of other fallers,” said Bell.

“What is more of a concern is him staying the trip as he has never raced the distance, but he has stayed three miles on soft ground.

“He is a strong travelling horse, but I don’t know what he would find if he was up there near the end.”

 

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