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2016 Grand National runner profile: Pineau De Re

| 01.04.2016

David Metcalf | March 31, 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.

Pineau De Re

Age: 13
Weight: 10st 2lb

Owners: John Provan and Dr Richard Newland

Grand National winner homecoming

Their Grand National record:
2015 Pineau De Re (12th)

Trainer: Dr Richard Newland

Grand national record:
2015 Pineau De Re (12th)

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Pineau De Re won the 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National as the first-ever runner in the great race for both owner John Provan and trainer Dr Richard Newland.

Looking out of sorts last season, Pineau De Re could only finish 12th in defence of his Grand National crown. He has posted some better efforts this time around, headed by a victory over hurdles in a Pertemps Qualifier at Carlisle in December, and was also previously runner-up in a veterans’ handicap chase at Sandown Park in November.


This horse is named after a fortified wine (Pineau) produced in the Poitou-Charente region of western France, specifically in this case on the Ile de Re, an island linked by a bridge to the mainland.

Bred by the Ile de Re based Michel Hardy, Pineau De Re was sold as a three-year-old at a sale at St-Cloud for €20k and moved to Ireland. He came to Newland in the summer of 2013, aged 10, after being bought privately before a projected appearance at the Doncaster Bloodstock Sales.

Pineau De Re had been trained in Ireland for owner Barry Connell and won the Ulster National by 23 lengths at Downpatrick in April 2013.

Jumps race record

While a win rate of less than 18 per cent over fences doesn’t look that encouraging, punters must consider that Pineau De Re is a late-blooming horse. He’s been placed more often than he’s won.

Starts: 45
Wins: 8
2nd: 7
3rd: 4
Career win and place prize money: £677,271


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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.