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2016 Grand National runner profile: Sir Des Champs

| 09.04.2016

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.

Sir Des Champs

Age: 10
Weight: 10st 13lb

Owner: Gigginstown House Stud

Grand National Record:
2009 Hear The Echo (FELL 30th)
2012 Tharawaat (8th)
2014 Quito De La Roque (PU 21st)
2015 First Lieutenant (16th)

Trainer: Willie Mullins


Grand National Record:
2000 Micko’s Dream (FELL 1st)
2002 Alexander Banquet (UR 6th)
2004 Alexander Banquet (FELL 18th), Hedgehunter (FELL 30th)
2006 Hedgehunter (2nd)
2007 Hedgehunter (9th), Homer Wells (PU 22nd), Bothar Na (PU 29th), Livingstonebramble (UR 6th)
2008 Snowy Morning (3rd), Hedgehunter (13th)
2009 Snowy Morning (9th), Irish Invader (11th)
2010 Snowy Morning (6th), Arbor Supreme (UR 15th)
2011 The Midnight Club (6th), Dooney’s Gate (FELL 6th), Arbor Supreme (FELL 28th)
2012 The Midnight Club (11th), Quiscover Fontaine (FELL 17th), On His Own (FELL 22nd)
2013 Quiscover Fontaine (16th), Quel Esprit (PU 24th), On His Own (FELL 25th)
2014 Vesper Bell (13th), Prince De Beauchene (16th)
2015 Ballycasey (HMP and UR 8th)



Sir Des Champs

Sir Des Champs is a three-time Grade 1 winner over fences and ran a stormer when runner-up to Bobs Worth in the 2013 Cheltenham Gold Cup.

He is also a dual scorer at the Cheltenham Festival having landed the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle in 2011 and 2012 running of the JLT Novices’ Chase.

Suffered an injury and was off the track for 23 months before showing that he retained plenty of ability when winning a 2m 6f Listed chase at Thurles on November 23rd.

Sir Des Champs has been Well-beaten subsequently in the Lexus Chase and Irish Gold Cup both a Leopardstown, finishing fifth and seventh respectively.

Jumps race record

Sir Des Champs was a formidable force in his prime and has become dangerously well-treated. Clearly not the force of old, but this is the first time that he has run in a handicap for a long time and he has a strike rate of nearly 60 per cent. Capable of going well if taking to the unique fences.

Starts: 18
Wins: 11
2nd: 2
3rd: 0
Career win and place prize money: £499,874


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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.