2016 Grand National runner profile: Soll
David Metcalf | April 1, 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.
Weight: 10 1lb
Owner/Breeder: Derrick Mossop
Grand National record:
2013 Soll (7th)
2015 Soll (9th)
Trainer: David Pipe
Grand National Record:
2007 Puntal (8th),Celtic Son (PU 22nd)
2008 COMPLY OR DIE (WON), Milan Deux Mille (15th), Madison Du Berlais (FELL 8th), Vodka Bleu (PU 19th), Joaaci (FELL 20th)
2009 Comply Or Die (2nd), Arteea (10th)
2010 Comply Or Die (12th), Piraya (13th), Pablo Du Charmil (Fell 2nd), Madison Du Berlais (FELL 19th), The Package (UR 19th);
2011 Piraya (19th), Or Noir De Somoza (FELL 6th), Comply Or Die (PU 29th)
2012 Swing Bill (10th), Junior (FELL 2nd)
2013 Swing Bill (6th); 2014 Swing Bill (9th), The Package (12th), Our Father (UR 8th); 2015 Soll (9th)
Soll has completed in two renewals of the Crabbie’s Grand National, coming home seventh in 2013 when trained by Jo Hughes and finishing ninth in 2015 – in between was 11th in the 2014 Crabbie’s Topham Chase over the National fences.
He Joined David Pipe (his fourth trainer after John Quinn, Willie Mullins and Hughes) after pulling up in the Grade 1 Grand Steeple-Chase de Paris in May, 2014.
This season Soll came fourth in Becher Chase over the Grand National fences at Aintree in December, before capturing the inaugural final of veterans’ chase series at Sandown Park on January 2nd.
Could come only third but beaten a long way when eased down and beaten a long way behind fellow Crabbie’s Grand National contender Unioniste at Kelso on his most recent start, but is better than that.
Soll has a strike rate of just under 33 per cent and is a tough and consistent sort who always gives it his best shot. He is an out-and-out stayer who relishes a battle, and his course form is solid.
Career win and place prize money: £144,064