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2016 Grand National runner profile: Boston Bob

| 09.04.2016

David Metcalf | April 6, 2016

Coral’s horse racing experts profile all 40 entrants in the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National, the most prestigious steeplechase of the National Hunt season.

Boston Bob

Age: 11
Weight: 10st 10lb

Owners: Andrea and Graham Wylie

Grand National Record:
2007 Bewleys Berry (Fell 22nd)
2008 Bewleys Berry (5th), Backbeat (Fell 2nd)
2010 Royal Rosa (UR 14th)
2011 Tidal Bay (UR 10th)
2012 On His Own (leased for the day) (Fell 22nd)
2013 On His Own (Fell 25th)
2014 Prince De Beauchene (16th)

Trainer: Willie Mullins

Horse Racing - 2015 Cheltenham Festival - Champion Day - Cheltenham Racecourse

Grand National Record:
2000 Micko’s Dream (FELL 1st)
2002 Alexander Banquet (UR 6th)
2004 Alexander Banquet (FELL 18th), Hedgehunter (FELL 30th)
2006 Hedgehunter (2nd)
2007 Hedgehunter (9th), Homer Wells (PU 22nd), Bothar Na (PU 29th), Livingstonebramble (UR 6th)
2008 Snowy Morning (3rd), Hedgehunter (13th)
2009 Snowy Morning (9th), Irish Invader (11th)
2010 Snowy Morning (6th), Arbor Supreme (UR 15th)
2011 The Midnight Club (6th), Dooney’s Gate (FELL 6th), Arbor Supreme (FELL 28th)
2012 The Midnight Club (11th), Quiscover Fontaine (FELL 17th), On His Own (FELL 22nd)
2013 Quiscover Fontaine (16th), Quel Esprit (PU 24th), On His Own (FELL 25th)
2014 Vesper Bell (13th), Prince De Beauchene (16th)
2015 Ballycasey (HMP & UR 8th)

Jockey: Ruby Walsh

Grand National Record:
2001 Papillon (4th)
2002 Kingsmark (4th)
2003 Shotgun Willy (PU 22nd)
2006 Hedgehunter (2nd)
2007 Hedgehunter (9th)
2008 Hedgehunter (13th)
2009 My Will (3rd)
2011 The Midnight Club (6th)
2013 On His Own (FELL 25th)
2015 Ballycasey (BD 8th)




Boston Bob is very classy at his best, with four Grade 1 victories to his credit, as a novice over hurdles and fences, and as a senior in the Melling Chase at Aintree two years ago and the Punchestown Gold Cup three weeks later.

The gelding got back on the winning trail on his most recent run, when he edged out stablemate and fellow Grand National entry On His Own in the Bobbyjo Chase, one of Ireland’s recognised Aintree trials, at Fairyhouse in February.

Jumps Race record

Boston Bob is a consistent and tough sort who has a tremendous strike rate of 44 per cent. He stays all day long, but can have a tendency to get outpaced at a crucial stage and is not the slickest of jumpers.

Starts: 25
Wins 11
2nd: 2
3rd: 2
Career win and place prize money: £421,414.


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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.