It certainly wasn’t a Grand National for Scarborough racehorse owner Tony Outhart.
O’Faolains Boy picked up an injury prior to the race at Aintree, while The Romford Pele unseated his jockey Trevor Whelan at the eighth.
Despite this, Outhart and his syndicate relished an experience they are keen to sample once again next year.
He said: “It was a magnificent experience, but sadly things didn’t go to plan.
“O’Faolains Boy banged his leg the night before. He was the one we fancied, but obviously he couldn’t run.
“Jockey Brian Hughes then broke his collarbone in the first race, so we had to recall Trevor at the last minute, so he didn’t have chance to walk the course.
“The nightmare for the owner is for your horse or a jockey to get injured in the race, but nothing like that happened, which is great news.”
O’Faolains Boy is now poised for a run in the Bet365 at Sandown on April 23 and he could also join The Romford Pele at the Punchestown Festival, which starts a week later.
Outhart added: “Our long-term target for both is next year’s Grand National. They will both be 10, so that will be the perfect age for them.”