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2016 Grand National runner profile: Gallant Oscar

| 09.04.2016

David Metcalf | April 8, 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.

Gallant Oscar

Age: 10
Weight: 10st 8lb

Owner: JP McManus

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Grand National Record:
1982 Deep Gale (FELL 1st)
1988 Bucko (PU 27th)
1992 Laura’s Beau (3rd)
1994 Laura’s Beau (FELL 6th)
1996 Wylde Hide (UR 24th)
1997 Wylde Hide (UR 22nd)
1998 Gimme Five (5th)
2002 Spot Thedifference (UR 27th)
2003 Youlneverwalkalone (PU 13th)
2004 Clan Royal (2nd), Spot Thedifference (5th), Risk Accessor (UR 6th), Le Coudray (FELL 22nd)
2005 Innox (7th), Spot Thedifference (18th), Shamawan (21st), Clan Royal (CO 22nd), Le Coudray (PU 21st), Risk Accessor (UR 2nd)
2006 Clan Royal (3rd), Risk Accessor (5th), Innox (FELL 1st), First Gold (UR 23rd)
2007 L’Ami (10th), Clan Royal (11th)
2008 King Johns Castle (2nd), L’Ami (FELL 2nd), Bob Hall (PU 19th), Butler’s Cabin (FELL 22nd)
2009 Butler’s Cabin (7th), Reveillez (BD 3rd), Can’t Buy Time (FELL 18th), L’Ami (PU 30th)
2010 DON’T PUSH IT (WON), Can’t Buy Time (FELL 8th), Arbor Supreme (UR 15th), King Johns Castle (refused to race)
2011 Don’t Push It (3rd), Blue Sea Cracker (14th), Quolibet (UR 11th), Can’t Buy Time (FELL 18th), Arbor Supreme (FELL 28th)
2012 Sunnyhillboy (2nd), Synchronised (FELL 6th), Arbor Supreme (UR 10th), Quiscover Fontaine (FELL 17th)
2013 Quiscover Fontaine (16th), Colbert Station (UR 15th), Lost Glory (PU 17th), Sunnyhillboy (UR last)
2014 Double Seven (3rd), Colbert Station (PU 25th)
2015 Shutthefrontdoor (5th), Cause Of Causes (8th), Wyck Hill (PU 29th)

Trainer: Tony Martin

Grand National Record:
2000 Hollybank Buck (10th)
2001 Hollybank Buck (Fell 3rd)
2002 Davids Lad (Fell 27th)
2004 Davids Lad (11th)
2007 Dun Doire (PU Bef 27th)
2008 Dun Doire (PU 29th)

Jockey: Mark Walsh

Grand National Record:
2009 Reveillez (BD 3rd)
2011 Quolibet (UR 11th)
2012 Arbor Supreme (UR 10th)
2013 Lost Glory (PU 17th)
2014 Colbert Station (PU 25th)




In 2013, Gallant Oscar got banned for 42 days under the non-triers’ rule, when he finished a never-nearer fourth at 50/1 on his first run over fences. Next time out, he won as he liked as 3/1 favourite.

Missing the cut for the National last year, Gallant Oscar found compensation at the Punchestown festival in May, with a runaway first victory in his new colours in a Grade B Handicap.

Gallant Oscar was closing on the leaders when he unseated at Leopardstown in December on his return to action.

His latest run brought a staying-on fifth over three miles at Naas last month on heavy going and better ground will be in his favour.

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Gallant Oscar has won just under 25 per cent of his races. Represents powerful connections that like to land a gamble. Appears to have been laid out for the race, but at his best on good ground and any rain would be a concern.

Starts: 22
Wins: 5
2nd: 2
3rd: 1
Career wind and place prize money: £88,522


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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.