Eva's Oscar

Horses | Last ran in 2023
Born - 2014

Eva's Oscar Grand National Wins

Eva's Oscar has never won the Grand National.

They have never finished the race.

Eva's Oscar grand national runner 2023 head

For Grand National fans, Eva’s Oskar is a horse that will almost immediately stand out because he is a grey-coloured horse, which are always popular in this race. The Tim Vaughan trained gelding ran in the Grand National for the first time in 2023, but failed to complete the course as he unseated his rider Alan Johns at the 21st fence.

Foaled in 2014, a string of good efforts in staying handicap chase races put him in the picture for the Grand National, including a win at Cheltenham, and like many National runners, he really came into his own when tackling longer distances.

Full Results

Year Result Prize Money Handicap Jockey Trainer
2023 Fence 21 - Unseated Rider - 10-2 Alan Johns Tim Vaughan

Eva’s Oskar’s Early Years

The start of racing for Eva’s Oskar came in April 2018 when he contested a national hunt flat race at Chepstow. Down the field that day, it already looked as though a trip of two miles would not be long enough to see this horse at his best.

Hurdling would come the following season, but his first three starts were at two miles, so he failed to get anywhere close to the winner. Then the switch came, moving to handicaps and going up in trip, which resulted in a second-placed effort on handicap debut.

His second season over hurdles would see him remain a novice, but this is when he started to make inroads and move up the ranks. The horse ran six times, and won four of them, including his first three starts that season, while the only races he didn’t win were a competitive Cheltenham handicap and a Grade Two novice hurdle at Doncaster, where he finished a respectable third.

Chasing would come next, where he would run well again, over trips of three miles and beyond.

Eva’s Oskar’s Big Race Wins

So far, we’ve yet to see Eva’s Oskar win a truly big pot, but he has won a big handicap chase at Cheltenham, which came in December 2022.

He won the Dahlbury Handicap Chase, a Grade Three contest by half a length, and it was here where he really began to show his potential as a Grand National runner. Further big races followed, before this National bid, but he was unable to win any of them.

Those runs did include a fourth-placed effort in the Eidur Chase at Newcastle, a big four-mile handicap chase and the perfect prep run for a horse heading to Aintree, which he was at the time.