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2016 Grand National runner profile: First Lieutenant

David Metcalf | March 31, 2016

Coral’s horse racing experts profile all 40 entrants in the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National, the most prestigious steeplechase of the National Hunt season.

First Lieutenant

Age: 11
Weight: 11st 4lb

Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

Grand National Record:
2009 Hear The Echo (FELL 30th)
2012 Tharawaat (8th)
2014 Quito De La Roque (PU 21st)
2015 First Lieutenant (16th)

Trainer: Mouse Morris

Vincent O'Brien funeral

Grand National Record:
1984 Door Step (FELL 18th)
1987 Attitude Adjuster (8th), Hi Harry (Ref 19th)
1988 Attitude Adjuster (5th), Lastofthebrownies (FELL 28th)
1989 Lastofthebrownies (4th), Attitude Adjuster (12th), Cranlome (FELL 2nd)
1990 Lastofthebrownies (5th)
1991 Mick’s Star (13th)
1992 Rawhide (UR 1st)
1995 For William (15th)
1996 Three Brownies (6th)
1997 New Co (15th)
2004 Alcapone (PU 25th)
2008 Baily Breeze (8th)
2009 Hear The Echo (FELL 30th)
2015 First Lieutenant (16th)

Form

1/41311/3121P223/4232213/34234/246830-8432P

First Lieutenant has won three times at Grade 1 level, including his most recent success, which was the Betfred Bowl at the 2013 Grand National Festival at Aintree, over 3m 1f on the Mildmay course.

He was on the back foot from the early stages of last year’s Crabbie’s Grand National after making mistakes at the first two fences, eventually completing in 16th.

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Two very good runs over fences at the start of this season, including an excellent third in the Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury before First Lieutenant went down by half-a-length to Don Poli in the Grade 1 Lexus Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas.

Although pulled up last time out in the Grade 1 Irish Gold Cup at Leopardstown on February 6th, First Lieutenant has always been very well regarded with Gigginsown paying €255k for him as a three-year-old at the 2008 Tatts Ireland Derby Sale.

Race record

While seven victories from 37 starts doesn’t sound impressive, if you add in the 18 other occasions that First Lieutenant has been placed, then you can easy what a quality horse he is.

His career prize money is well in excess of half a million British pounds and he is among the most experienced of the Irish raiders.

Starts: 37
Wins: 7
2nd: 9
3rd: 9
Career win and place prize money: £556,551

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