One of more obscurely names horses entered for the Grand National, after a bit of research it transpires that ‘Kruzhlinin’ is the name of town in Russia where Mikhail Alexandrovich Sholokov, recipient of the 1965 Nobel Prize for Literature, was born.
Whether or not that’s how this horse got his name is another matter entirely but it may of interest to all the Russian Grand National fans who fancy a flutter this year!
10th Place Finish in the 2014 Grand National
At just seven years old the odds were slightly stacked against him in 2014 but as he’s trained by Grand National winning trainer Donald McCain, he was prepped immaculately so as to put up a good show on the day.
With 13 chase starts to his name he has won four of them and placed in another three and if you include three additional fourth place finished then he starts to look like a very good each-way prospect, even at such a young age.
But before you rush off and stick your house on him take note of the fact that he has only managed a fourth spot at 3m or more and has never finished in the Top 3 of a race more than 2m7f110y which doesn’t bode well for a race run over more than four miles.
His first Grand National proved to be invaluable experience for him to get used to the notoriously difficult fences at Aintree, even if he has run there twice before, and I imagine that we will see him back again for the 2015 renewal based on his sterling performance.
Result: Things did go well for him and despite his 100/1 odds Kruzhlinin finished in 10th place with jockey Wilson Renwick on board so no doubt we will be seeing him back again for the 2015 Grand National.