21st April 2012, Jockey Jamie Moore
After an exceptional season throughout 2012, our gallant Fruity O’Rooney finished the year with a very good fifth in the £180,000 Scottish Grand National at Ayr Racecourse.
It has been a season every owner dreams about, a win in a valuable handicap chase at Kempton Park, a very brave second at Ascot, a heroic performance to lead all the way and finish second at the Cheltenham Festival, a dramatic third with a slipped saddle in the Skybet Chase at Doncaster and finally a great round in one of the biggest and richest chases of all in the Scottish National.
Fruity O’Rooney always does it the hard way, going out to lead from the tape and seeing off challenger after challenger with his flamboyant jumping and determined attitude. Eventually the 4 miles today found Fruity out and he finished fifth, but it was another very good performance off a career high handicap mark of 145.
His owners made the long trip to Ayr and had a wonderful day out and we are all delighted that Fruity O’Rooney has finished the season as sound and as well as he started it.