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2016 Grand National runner profile: The Last Samuri

| 09.04.2016

David Metcalf | April 6, 2016

The Last Samuri

Age: 8
Weight: 10st 8lb

Owners: Paul and Clare Rooney

Grand National Record:
2014 Kruzhlinin (10th)

Trainer: Kim Bailey

Race horse trainer KIM BAILEY.

Grand National Record:
1983 Menford (REF 19th)
1986 Late Night Extra (PU 11th)
1991 Docklands Express (FELL 1st), Mr Frisk (PU 22nd)
1992 Docklands Express (4th)
1994 Master Oats (FELL 13th)
1995 Romany King (6th), Master Oats (7th)
1996 Over The Stream (13th)
1997 Master Oats (5th), Glemot (UR 7th)
2000 Druid’s Brook (UR 12th)
2001 Supreme Charm (UR 15th)
2002 Supreme Charm (5th)
2003 Wonder Weasel (FELL 3rd)
2004 Wonder Weasel (PU 28th)
2007 Longshanks (7th)
2012 Midnight Haze (15th)
2013 The Rainbow Hunter (UR 8th)
2014 The Rainbow Hunter (UR 9th)
2015 The Rainbow Hunter (FELL 26th)

Jockey: David Bass

Grand National Record:
2014 Shakalakaboomboom (PU 20th)
2015 The Rainbow Hunter (FELL 26th)




The Last Samuri is officially 12lb well-in after an easy 10-length success in the Grimthorpe Chase over 3m 2f at Doncaster on March 5th, after the weights for this were already announced. As that is regarded as a key trial for the National, that stands this horse in very good stead.

Joining Kim Bailey at the start of this season, having been previously trained by Donald McCain, The Last Samuri has made an excellent start for his new handler; finishing third in the Listed Rehearsal Chase at Newcastle before landing a competitive 3m handicap chase at Kempton Park over Christmas.

Jumps race record

The Last Samuri is undoubtedly one of the best handicapped horses in the Grand National. He has found a new lease of life since joining trainer Bailey, and is a consistent sort who has finished out of the frame just once in 14 starts and has a strike rate of over 50 per cent.

Starts: 14
Wins: 8
2nd: 3
3rd: 1
Career win and place prize money: £113,942


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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.