At 11-years-old, the 2014 Crabbies Grand National was the first time Pineau De Re had received an entry and with his place fully secured it looked like it was full steam ahead for the horse whose odds just kept dropping!
Trained by Dr Richard Newland, Pineau De Re had 14 chase starts, but equally as many over hurdles and throughout his career has earned connections nearly £100K. With three wins and three places from chase starts he had a reasonable record but it was his last run at Cheltenham that saw him garner some momentum on the betting markets.
2014 Grand National Winning Horse
That was on March 13th 2014 in the Pertemps Network Final where he finished third on the back of a win at Exeter in January so his form was good even if he did have a fall in the Becher Chase back in December.
The issue is that the Becher Chase is run over the same fences as the 2014 Crabbies Grand National so no doubt connections were hoping that he would get around the course on April 5th.
Statistically he ticked a lot of the necessary boxes for the Grand National in so far as he had the experience, fell into the right age group, had won at 3m4f and had won and placed the most when the going is Good.
He did exceptionally well on the day, beating out his nearest rivals, Balthazar King and Double Seven to win the 2014 Crabbies Grand National.
He is back again in 2015 for a shot at retaining his winning title but at 12 years old and with a higher weight than last year it's going to be tricky. He has had three runs this season but not really sparkled in any, finishing 11th at Cheltenham, pulled up at Carlisle and finishing 8th of 11 runners at Exeter.
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