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2016 Grand National runner profile: Saint Are

| 09.04.2016

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.

Saint Are

Age: 10
Weight: 10st 5lb

Owner: David Fox

Grand National record:
2013 Saint Are (9th)
2015 Saint Are (2nd)

Trainer: Tom George

Grand National Record:
2003 Tremallt (9th)
2006 Lord Of Illusion (PU 17th)
2009 Kilbeggan Blade (PU 21st)
2013 Big Fella Thanks (UR 8th)
2015 Saint Are (2nd)




Saint Are joined trainer George at the beginning of last season and ended the campaign with an excellent second in the 2015 Crabbie’s Grand National, staying on well to get within 1 3/4 lengths of the winner Many Clouds.

Ninth of the 17 finishers in the 2013 renewal when trained by Tim Vaughan, Saint Are is also a dual winner over the Mildmay Course at the National Festival, having captured the Grade 1 Doom Bar Sefton Novices’ Hurdle in 2011 and a Listed Handicap Chase in 2012.

Warming up for this year’s Grand National with a narrow victory in a veterans’ handicap chase at Doncaster on February 24th, Saint Are has displayed his best form when the going is good, and has just 10st 5lb on board him this time around. He is weighted to go well at Aintree.

Jump race record

Placed on 15 of his 35 starts, Saint Are has just five career victories to his name, but clearly performs at this course and certainly holds considerable each-way claims at the least – if he continues to replicate previous showings at the Merseyside venue.

This is evidenced by the bulk of his career prize money coming from outings at the Grand National Festival. Saint Are is a 25/1 chance with Coral to go one better than last year.

Starts: 35
Wins: 5
2nd: 4
3rd: 6
Career win and place prize money: £380,686


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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.