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2015 Grand National runner profile: Ely Brown

| 10.04.2015
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Ely Brown

Age: 10

Weight: 10st 2lb

Owner: Countrywide Vehicle Rentals Taxi Hire

Trainer: Charlie Longsdon. Grand National record – 2010 Palypso De Creek (Fell 27th).

Jockey: Brian Hughes. Grand National record – 2010 Beat The Boys (PU 19th); 2011 Tidal Bay (UR 10th); 2012 Viking Blond (FELL 1st); 2014 Vintage Star (PU 26th)

Form: 2123P48U1U203P/13160/10115-P

*Has run only once in the past year, when he was pulled up in a handicap hurdle at Wetherby in January. Has had airway surgery since.

*Had been a leading staying novice chaser last season and a strong fancy for the 2014 National Hunt Chase at the Cheltenham Festival before a minor injury and then a bout of pneumonia cut short his season.

*Has raced only four times over fences, with two victories including a Grade 2 novices’ race at Wetherby in February 2014.

*Has run five times at Aintree, all over hurdles, winning twice at the course, most recently a three-mile handicap in October, 2013.

*Sold as a foal for €4,200, and failed to change hands on three subsequent visits to an auction ring.

Race Record: Starts 25; Wins: 7; 2nds: 3; 3rds: 3. Win & place prize money: £70,664.

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David Metcalf

A lifelong Manchester United supporter, David has over 25 years’ experience in the media industry having worked for regional and national newspapers. He is a huge horse racing, football and greyhound fan and has done interviews on various radio and TV stations, including talkSPORT and Sky Sports, whilst working as a PR front man for a betting firm. David has also written for most of the top Premier League football fan websites, and produced a Cheltenham Festival guide with former eight-times champion national hunt jockey Peter Scudamore, MBE, after helping him to set up a syndicate for his trainer son Michael.