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2015 Grand National runner profile: Cause Of Causes

| 09.04.2015

Cause Of Causes


Weight: 10st 9lb

Owner: J P McManus

Trainer: Gordon Elliott. Grand National record – 2007 SILVER BIRCH (WON); 2009 Silver Birch (FELL 22nd); 2010 Backstage (UR 20th); 2011 Backstage (10th); 2012 Tharawaat (8th), Chicago Grey (BD 5th); 2013 Tarquinius 8th, Chicago Grey (PU 30th).

Jockey: Paul Carberry. Grand National record – 1994 Rust Never Sleeps (FELL 27th); 1996 Three Brownies (6th); 1997 Buckboard Bounce (4th); 1998 Decyborg (PU 27th); 1999 BOBBYJO (WON); 2000 Bobbyjo (11th); 2002 Ad Hoc (BD 27th); 2003 Ad Hoc (UR 19th); 2004 Joss Naylor (PU 19th); 2005 Colnel Rayburn (PU 27th); 2006 Sir Oj (FELL 22nd); 2007 Dun Doire (PU 27th), 2008 King Johns Castle (2nd), 2010 King Johns Castle (Refused to Race); 2011 Backstage (10th); 2012 Chicago Grey (BD 5th); 2013 Chicago Grey (PU 30th); 2014 Monbeg Dude (7th).

Form: F22/17126131107/6403372220-751

*Stayed on well to win the 4m National Hunt Chase by 1 1/2 lengthsf at the Cheltenham Festival on March 10, only his third run of the season after an unplaced effort in a Grade One novices’ chase at Fairyhouse in November and a warm-up over hurdles (last of five) at Gowran Park in January.

*Went close in two competitive handicaps last season, finishing second in both the Paddy Power Chase at Leopardstown and the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival.

*Purchased by J P McManus after coming seventh to Champagne Fever in the 2013 Supreme Novices’ Hurdle at the Cheltenham Festival.

*Won the valuable Ladbroke Hurdle over two miles at Ascot in December, 2013.

Jump Race record: Starts: 27; Wins: 6; 2nd: 6; 3rd: 3. Win & Place Prize Money: £268,042



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.