Vieux Lion Rouge

Vieux Lion Rouge Betting

Vieux Lion Rouge is a seven-year-old trained by David Pipe who was last seen finishing sixth in the four-miler at the Cheltenham Festival, and will now head to Aintree on April 9 for his first crack at the Grand National, which has attracted a stellar field for the 2016 renewal.

Season Form:

  • 15th March 2016 - Cheltenham - National Hunt Chase - 4m - 6th
  • 20th February 2016 - Ascot - Appletiser Celebration Chase - 2m, 7f - 2nd
  • 11th December 2015 - Cheltenham - Ryman Stationery Handicap Chase - 3m, 2f - Fell
  • 21st November 2015 - Haydock Park - Betfair Handicap Chase - 3m - 1st

Vieux Lion Rouge has been kept busy by trainer David Pipe as having run in a few races during the summer he was first seen in the winter running in a handicap chase at Haydock Park over three miles, which he bagged success, but he was unable to follow that up when falling at Cheltenham a month later.

He was a decent second to Sausalito Sunrise at Ascot in February, while he ran creditably when finishing sixth in the National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival, which shows that he is possessed with a lot of stamina, so while he will need a career best at Aintree the extreme distance should not affect his chances.

2016 Grand National Selector Tool.

Form Horse Age OR Weight Trainer Jockey Apps Best Finish ODDS
0-111F26 Vieux Lion Rouge 7 146 10-5 D Pipe J Reveley - - 100/1

VERDICT: Stamina may not be an issue, but Vieux Lion Rouge will lack the class to land a blow at this level, so it's hard to see him being a factor in what is a cracking renewal.

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