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2016 Grand National runner profile: Kruzhlinin

David Metcalf | April 6, 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.

Kruzhlinin

Age: 9
Weight: 10st 7lb

Owners: Paul and Clare Rooney

Grand National Record: 2
014 Kruzhlinin (10th)

Trainer: Philip Hobbs

Exeter

Grand National Record:
1990 Gallic Prince (13th); Joint Sovereignty (FELL 19th)
1995 Gold Cap (13th)
1998 Samlee (3rd); Greenhill Tare Away (UR 27th)
1999 Samlee (10th); Bells Life (PU 26th); Mudahim (UR 6th)
2000 Village King (FELL 20th); Stormy Passage (Fell 22nd)
2001 Village King (FELL 8th)
2002 What’s Up Boys (2nd)
2004 What’s Up Boys (BD 6th)
2005 Double Honour (UR 21st)
2007 Zabenz (PU 7th), Monkerhostin (REF 7th)
2009 Zabenz (FELL 16th), Parsons Legacy (FELL 22nd)
2010 Dream Alliance (PU 24th)
2011 Quinz (PU 16th)
2012 Planet Of Sound (12th)
2013 Balthazar King (15th)
2014 Balthazar King (2nd), Chance Du Roy (6th)
2015 Chance Du Roy (10th), Gas Line Boy (FELL 1st), Balthazar King (FELL 8th)

Jockey: Richard Johnson

Grand National Record:
1997 Celtic Abbey (UR 15th)
1998 Banjo (FELL 1st)
1999 Baronet (FELL 4th)
2000 Star Traveller (PU 27th)
2001 Edmond (FELL 15th)
2002 What’s Up Boys (2nd)
2003 Behrajan (10th)
2004 What’s Up Boys (BD 6th)
2005 Jakari (PU 20th)
2006 Therealbandit (PU 27th)
2007 Monkerhostin (REF 7th)
2008 Turko (FELL 25th)
2009 Parson’s Legacy (FELL 22nd)
2010 Tricky Trickster (9th)
2011 Quinz (PU 16th)
2012 Planet Of Sound (12th)
2013 Balthazar King (15th)
2014 Balthazar King (2nd)
2015 Balthazar King (FELL 8th)

Form

60221/11241P2/4411730/72-15

Kruzhlinin_alt

Kruzhlinin came home 10th in the 2014 Crabbie’s Grand National when trained by Donald McCain. He has been lightly-raced since and was switched to Philip Hobbs’ yard at the beginning of this season.

Posted an eye-catching victory over Le Reve in a 3m handicap chase at Kempton Park on January 12th, but finished behind fellow Crabbie’s Grand National contenders Holywell and Morning Assembly when fifth in the Grade 3 Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival last month

Jumps race record

Kruzhlinin has a strike rate of over 30 per cent, but consistency is not his forte. However, he remains relatively lightly-raced for his age, has shown improved form since joining Hobbs and has the services in the saddle of champion jockey elect Richard Johnson.

Starts: 23
Wins: 7
2nd: 5
3rd: 1
Career win and place prize money: £70,292

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