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2015 Grand National runner profile: Court By Surprise

| 10.04.2015

Court By Surprise

Age: 10

Weight: 10st 3lb

Owner: Nick Mustoe

Trainer: Emma Lavelle. Grand National Record – no previous runners

Jockey: Richie McLernon. Grand National Record – 2010 Can’t Buy Time (FELL 8th); 2011 Can Buy Time (FELL 18th); 2012 Sunnyhillboy (2nd); 2013 Sunnyhillboy (UR 30th); 2014 Twirling Magnet (FELL 1st)

Form: 140/3P62/31P0/33265-11

*Has won both his starts this season, firstly at Exeter on October 21 and then the Badger Ales Trophy at Wincanton on November 8. In the latter race, he finished second to The Young Master, but was awarded the race subsequently after it was discovered that The Young Master was not qualified to run.

*Ridden out every day by his trainer, for whom this is a first Crabbie’s Grand National runner

Race record: Starts: 18; Wins: 4; 2nd: 2; 3rd: 4; Win & Place Prize Money: £77,717



David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.