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2016 Grand National runner profile: Goonyella

| 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.


Age: 9
Weight: 10st 8lb

Owners: Ann and Alan Potts Partnership

Grand National Record:
2014 Buckers Bridge (11th)

Trainer: Jim Dreaper

Jim Dreaper Kilsallaghan Photo: Patrick McCann 21.12.2013

Grand National Record:
1972 Black Secret (3rd)
1981 Barney Maclyvie (Fell 1st)
1986 Kilkilowen (13th)
1988 Hard Case (Fell 19th)

Jockey: Jonathan (JJ) Burke

Grand National Record:
No previous rides




Like many of the Potts family horses, Goonyella’s name has a mining connection. He is named after an open-cut coal mine in central Queensland, where the haulage trucks have the names of racehorses.

He started his career with one bumper run for Nigel Twiston-Davies before reverting to pointing (very successfully) for a season and working his way back to the mainstream through hunter chasing.

Has proved a thorough stayer and is one of the few in the field with form at 4m and more, for example a victory in last year’s Midlands Grand National at Uttoxeter and runner-up spot in a photo for the Coral Scottish Grand National the following month.

Goonyella has run twice over the Grand National fences, unseating at the first in the 2014 Becher Chase and completing the same contest a year later, last of nine finishers.

Jumps race record

Goonyella is an out-and-out stayer who will have no problem with the marathon trip. He will come into his own if the going becomes soft or worse. Hails from a yard that does well with it’s chasers.

Starts: 21
Wins: 3
2nd: 3
3rd: 4
Career win and place prize money: £153,906


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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.