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2016 Grand National runner profile: Onenightinvienna

| 09.04.2016

David Metcalf | April 6, 2016

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Age: 7
Weight: 10st 8lb

Owner: Judith Luff

Grand National Record:
No previous runners. Judith is the Widow of Grand National-winning owner Peter Luff, a Wokingham-based property developer who passed away in September, 2014 after a short illness aged 78. Peter’s light blue colours were made famous by West Tip. Trained by Michael Oliver, West Tip ran in six Grand Nationals, falling at second Becher’s Brook when in the lead in 1985 before returning to win the race 12 months later. He was also second in 1989 and fourth twice.

Trainer: Philip Hobbs

Philip Hobbs

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: Tom O’Brien

Grand National Record:
2007 McKelvey (2nd)
2008 McKelvey (UR 20th)
2009 Zabenz (Fell 16th)
2010 Dream Alliance (PU Bef 24th)
2013 Always Waining (10th)
2014 Chance Du Roy (6th)
2015 Chance Du Roy (10th)



Cheltenham Races - The International - Day One

Onenightinvienna is a novice who is bidding to become the first seven-year-old to win the Crabbie’s Grand National since Bogskar in 1940.

He scored decisively on chasing debut in a 3m novices’ chase at Exeter back in December, and finished runner-up on his next two starts in similar contests, including when going down by 2 1/4 lengths to subsequent RSA Chase hero Blaklion at Cheltenham in December.

Disappointed when only fifth of six in Grade Two Reynoldstown Novices’ Chase at Ascot when last seen in action, but looks the type to bounce back.

Jumps race record

Onenightinvienna has only once finished out of the frame in 11 starts under rules. Remains open to stacks of improvement after just four starts over fences, and is a bold jumper who stays well.

Starts: 11
Wins: 4
2nd: 4
3rd: 2
Career win and place prize money: £33,866


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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.