Ballynagour is a former Cheltenham Festival winner who is set to have his first try at the Crabbie's Grand National in 2016, and will be aiming to hand trainer David Pipe more success in the race that he last won with Comply Or Die several seasons ago, but the Pond House inmate will be a big-priced runner for the Aintree marathon on April 9.
- 17th March 2016 - Cheltenham - Brown Advisory Plate - 2m, 4f - 7th
- 13th February 2016 - Newbury - Denman Chase - 2m, 7f - PU
- 26th December 2015 - Kempton Park - King George VI Chase - 3m - PU
- 21st November 2015 - Haydock Park - Betfair Chase - 3m - 5th
- 31st October 2015 - Wetherby - Charlie Hall Chase - 3m - 3rd
David Pipe's Ballynagour career highlight came at the 2014 Cheltenham Festival when he stormed to glory in the Byrne Group Plate, but since that success he has often struggled to get his head in front on the big stage, and will now be handed his first test at the Crabbie's Grand National.
He kicked off this season with a decent third place finish in the Charlie Hall Chase at Wetherby, before he was a well-beaten fifth in the Betfair Chase at Haydock Park in November, but disappointing runs in the King George VI Chase and Denman Chase had seen his form spiral into the mire.
He was last seen returning to the Cheltenham Festival, and he was now dropped in grade to handicap company, but he could only finish seventh in the Brown Advisory Plate, so while he has shown previously in his career that he can run well at Aintree (2nd in 2015 Betfred Bowl) he will be out of sorts heading to Merseyside this term, and could be well within the handicapper's grip.
|35PP7||Ballynagour||10||157||11-2||D Pipe||T Scudamore||-||-||66/1|
VERDICT: Ballynagour has lost all his form of late, and his current mark of 157 will be too much of a burden, and he's going to struggle to hand David Pipe more success in a race he won with Comply Or Die a few seasons ago.