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2015 Grand National runner profile: Unioniste

| 01.04.2015


Age: 7

Weight: 11st 6lb

Trainer: Paul Nicholls. Grand National Record- 1992 Just So (6th); 1996 Vicompt De Valmont (10th), Deep Bramble (PU 29th), Brackenfield (UR 19th); 1997 Straight Talk (Fell 14th); 1998 What A Hand (Fell 1st), Court Melody (Fell 6th), General Crack (PU 11th); 1999 Strong Chairman (15th), Double Thriller (Fell 1st), 2000 Earthmover (Fell 4th), Torduff Express (Fell 13th), Flaked Oats (Fell 20th), Escartefigue (UR 30th); 2001 Earthmover (Fell 4th); 2002 Murt’s Man (PU 17th), Ad Hoc (BD 27th); 2003 Montifault (5th), Fadalko (UR 6th), Ad Hoc (UR 19th), Shotgun Willy (PU 22nd), Torduff Express (UR 27th); 2004 Exit To Wave (PU 9th); 2005 Royal Auclair (2nd), Heros Collonges (8th), L’Aventure (15th), Ad Hoc (Fell 22nd); 2006 Royal Auclair (Fell 1st), Le Duc (UR 8th), Silver Birch (Fell 15th), Heros Collonges (UR 15th), Le Roi Miguel (PU 19th), Cornish Rebel (PU 19th); 2007 Le Duc (UR 6th), Royal Auclair (Fell 9th), Eurotrek (PU bef 22nd), Thisthatandtother (PU 30th); 2008 Cornish Sett (12th), Turko (Fell 25th), Mr Pointment (PU 30th); 2009 My Will (3rd), Big Fella Thanks (6th), Cornish Sett (17th), Eurotrek (PU 17th); 2010 Big Fella Thanks (4th), Tricky Trickster (9th), My Will (Fell 4th), Nozic (UR 20th); 2011 Niche Market (5th), Ornais (Fell 4th), The Tother One (Fell 6th), What A Friend (PU 27th); 2012 NEPTUNE COLLONGES (WON); 2013 Join Together (12th), What A Friend (PU 19th), Harry The Viking (PU 26th); 2014 Rocky Creek (5th), Hawkes Point (18th), Tidal Bay (UR 8th)

Jockey: Noel Fehily. Grand National record – 2012 State of Play (Fell 5th), 2013 Treacle (UR Canal Turn), 2014 Rocky Creek (5th)

Form: 2422165/113114/31838-613

*Bidding to become first seven-year-old to win the Crabbie’s Grand National since Bogskar in 1940.

*Has won five of 14 starts over fences for current connections, most recently taking a valuable3m handicap chase by 10 lengths at Sandown Park on January 3.

*Last seen out when beaten 10 1/2 lengths into third by subsequent Gold Cup winner Coneygree in the Grade 2 Denman Chase over 3m at Newbury on February 7.

*Trainer and owner combined to win Crabbie’s Grand National with another grey, Neptune Collonges, by a nose in 2012.

*Half-brother My Will finished third to Mom Mome in 2009 Crabbie’s Grand National.

*Has never fallen or been pulled up in 21 starts.

Race record: Starts: 21; Wins: 7; 2nd: 3; 3rd: 4; Win & Place Prize Money: £213,981



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.