At 8-years-old, Goulanes, from trainer David Pipe, was entered into the Grand National for the first time in 2014 and although not initially expected to make the cut, a significant number of withdrawals over two scratching stages propelled him up the entries list.
Odds on him continued to drop bet there were some issues with him that would make a cautious bettor think twice about backing him. Firstly he was only eight and although it’s not impossible for an eight year old to win it is more unlikely.
Was entered in 2014 but withdrawn to wait until the Grand National 2015
Secondly, he had only had six chase starts and all 10 of the last winners have run in at least ten chases before going on to win the Grand National.
Having said that, he was one of only a few entries in 2014 to have won at a distance of 4m or more and that happened to be on his last run at Uttoxeter on March 15th 2014 when he won the Midlands Grand National, scooping £56K for his trouble.
He has also managed to notch up wins at other high profile courses including Wetherby, Newbury and Cheltenham so thoughts were that maybe he could defy the odds and if the going went his way he could seriously challenge.
Unfortunately David Pipe confirmed that Goulanes would not run in the 2014 Crabbies Grand National and would instead wait until the 2015 renewal to give him a shot.
And while that all seems very positive and he will undoubtedly get the entry, he hasn’t actually run a race since March 2014, meaning he has still only started in six chases and is no better off than last year.
If he doesn’t get a prep race soon he may once again struggle to qualify.