Saint Are Betting
Saint Are was an impressive runner-up in the 2015 Grand National, and the Tom George-trained veteran will aim to go one better in the 2016 renewal, which takes place at Aintree racecourse on April 9.
- 24th Feb 2016 - Doncaster - BetBright Veterans Handicap Chase - 3m - 1st
- 5th Dec 2015 - Aintree - Becher Chase - 3m 1f 188y - 7th
- 13th Nov 2015 - Cheltenham - Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase - 3m 4f - 6th
Saint Are chased home Many Clouds in the 2015 Grand National, and Tom George's charge will now aim to reverse those placings when the pair do battle again at Aintree on April 9 for what should be an enthralling renewal of the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National, which will start at 5:15pm.
The ten-year-old kicked off the season with a sixth placed finish over the Cross Country course at Cheltenham in November, before he returned to Aintree to do battle in the Becher Chase over the National fences, but he could only finish seventh in what was a race jam-packed with quality.
However, he returned to winning ways on his next start at Doncaster, as he bounded to victory in Doncaster's BetBright Veterans' Handicap Chase in February, but he will find it tough from his current mark to emulate last year's heroics, but having contested the race two times before then he possesses a lot more experience than most of his rivals.
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VERDICT: Saint Are put up a career best when second to Many Clouds in the 2015 Grand National, but while he was a winner last time out, he will need to improve again if he is to play his part again, and he could well be set for a minor role in the 2016 race.