Kruzhlinin will line up for the second time in the Grand National, and Philip Hobbs' nine-year-old will be aiming build on his tenth place finish in the 2014 renewal, and having warmed up for this event on April 9 with a decent run at the Cheltenham Festival then he could well be an interesting contender in the world's greatest steeplechase.
- 15th March 2016 - Cheltenham - Ultima Handicap Chase - 3m, 1f - 5th
- 9th January 2016 - Kempton Park - William Hill Handicap Chase - 3m - 1st
Kruzhlinin was sent off a huge 100/1 outsider for the 2014 Grand National, but then trained by Donald McCain he outran his lofty odds and put up a decent effort to finish tenth, but now with more experience under his belt the nine-year-old will have another crack at the Aintree marathon for new trainer Philip Hobbs.
He kicked off the season with an impressive win in a Kempton Park Handicap Chase in January, as he beat Le Reve by five lengths, and he followed that effort up a couple of months letter with a creditable fifth place finish in the Ultima Handicap Chase on the opening day of the Cheltenham Festival.
His jumping can sometimes come into question, but he will line up in the lower echelons of the handicap, and if he can touch up his jumping frailties then could well be an interesting double-figured contender, as he heads to the marathon contest for the second time in his career.
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VERDICT: An interesting runner down the handicap, and took to this test in 2014 when he finished tenth, but his jumping issues can often hinder his chances in a race, and to stand any chance of making the places he will need to improve over his obstacles, so may struggle.