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2016 Grand National runner profile: Wonderful Charm

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.

Wonderful Charm

Age: 8
Weight: 11st 3lb

Owner: Robin Geffen

Grand National Record: No previous runners

Trainer: Paul Nicholls

Ascot

Grand National Record:
1992 Just So (6th)
1996 Vicompt De Valmont (10th), Deep Bramble (PU 29th), Brackenfield (UR 19th)
1997 Straight Talk (Fell 14th)
1998 What A Hand (Fell 1st), Court Melody (Fell 6th), General Crack (PU 11th)
1999 Strong Chairman (15th), Double Thriller (Fell 1st)
2000 Earthmover (Fell 4th), Torduff Express (Fell 13th), Flaked Oats (Fell 20th), Escartefigue (UR 30th)
2001 Earthmover (Fell 4th)
2002 Murt’s Man (PU 17th), Ad Hoc (BD 27th)
2003 Montifault (5th), Fadalko (UR 6th), Ad Hoc (UR 19th), Shotgun Willy (PU 22nd), Torduff Express (UR 27th)
2004 Exit To Wave (PU 9th);
2005 Royal Auclair (2nd), Heros Collonges (8th), L’Aventure (15th), Ad Hoc (Fell 22nd)
2006 Royal Auclair (Fell 1st), Le Duc (UR 8th), Silver Birch (Fell 15th), Heros Collonges (UR 15th), Le Roi Miguel (PU 19th), Cornish Rebel (PU 19th)
2007 Le Duc (UR 6th), Royal Auclair (Fell 9th), Eurotrek (PU bef 22nd), Thisthatandtother (PU 30th)
2008 Cornish Sett (12th), Turko (Fell 25th), Mr Pointment (PU 30th)
2009 My Will (3rd), Big Fella Thanks (6th), Cornish Sett (17th), Eurotrek (PU 17th)
2010 Big Fella Thanks (4th), Tricky Trickster (9th), My Will (Fell 4th), Nozic (UR 20th)
2011 Niche Market (5th), Ornais (Fell 4th), The Tother One (Fell 6th), What A Friend (PU 27th)
2012 NEPTUNE COLLONGES (WON)
2013 Join Together (12th), What A Friend (PU 19th), Harry The Viking (PU 26th)
2014 Rocky Creek (5th), Hawkes Point (18th), Tidal Bay (UR 8th)
2015 Mon Parrain (11th), Rocky Creek (17th), Rebel Rebellion (PU 26th), Unioniste (FELL 5th)

Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies

Grand National Record:
2010 Hello Bud (5th)
2011 Hello Bud (PU 29th)
2012 Hello Bud (7th)
2013 Imperial Commander (PU 22nd)
2014 Tidal Bay (UR 8th)
2015 Rocky Creek (17th)

Form

442512/18/111253/123783P-2

Cheltenham Races - The International - Day One

Wonderful Charm’s best recent run came at last year’s Crabbie’s Grand National Festival when a close third in a Listed Handicap Chase over 3m 1f on the the Mildmay Course.

His only start this season saw him finish a well-beaten second behind Aachen in the Grade 3 Ryman Stationery Handicap Chase at Cheltenham in December.

Jumps race record

Has won or been placed in over half his races under rules. Was held in high regard by connections earlier in his career and is no forlorn hope if taking to National fences. Should stay and his handler knows what is required to win the race and appears to have laid him out for it.

Starts: 22
Wins: 6
2nd: 5
3rd: 3
Career win and place prize money: £201,560

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