Kimberlite Candy Grand National Wins
Kimberlite Candy has never won the Grand National.
They have never finished the race.
Trained by Tom Lacey and owned by JP McManus, Kimberlite Candy had a nice career, although a couple of small injuries prevented us from seeing a little more of him.
Foaled in 2012, the horse would eventually reach the Grand National in 2021, but sadly pulled up two fences from home, so he did not quite finish the course. However, he did have a couple of good runs in other races at Aintree over the bigger obstacles, but crucially over a shorter distance, with the 4m2f trip of the National perhaps proving to be a little too far for this horse.
Alongside many good placed efforts and wins at a low level, Kimberlite Candy would record a big race win, landing a Grade Three handicap during his prime.
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Kimberlite Candy’s Early Years
Kimberlite Candy would actually start his career with Sophie Lacey, trainer on the point-to-point circuit, and he would win on debut under amateur rules in April 2016 to get things started. Tom Lacey would then take over the training, and the horse would run under rules, with that debut coming in November 2016.
This was in a maiden hurdle at Ascot and was another victory, while he also followed it up with a novice hurdle win at Newcastle under a penalty. He was sent to Cheltenham for a Grade Two novice hurdle next, thrown in at the deep end, but the horse was pulled up due to injury very early on in the race.
After winning a point-to-point contest, he went quickly chasing in his second season under rules, which would always be where the horse would go. Eight runs would come that season, with one win, and while that may look a little disappointing, the horse had form running well behind a number of decent horses, so things weren’t too bad at this stage.
Kimberlite Candy’s Big Race Wins
The horse would improve later in his career when tackling longer distances and would go on to have a number of good runs. In terms of Aintree and the Grand National fences, Kimberlite Candy would run two great races in the Becher Chase in back-to-back years, in 2019 and 2020.
In the middle came his biggest race win, and that was in the Grade Three Classic Chase at Warwick. A highly competitive handicap, the horse demolished the field and won the race by ten lengths, showing his big race quality over longer distances.