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2016 Grand National repeat for Aintree runner-up Saint Are

Grand National repeat for Aintree runner-up Saint Are.

Last season’s Grand National runner-up Saint Are will be aimed at the Aintree showpiece in April once again, and his trainer believes he will begin the season in a better position than 12 months ago.


The nine-year-old was placed in all five of his races last term, culminating in a podium finish in the Aintree Grand National, finishing a length and three quarters behind Oliver Sherwood’s Many Clouds.

The former Grade 1 winning hurdler has enjoyed a good summer off, and will once more be trained for the world’s biggest steeplechase in April.

Trainer Tom George said: "He came out the National unbelievably well and, although I am not saying he didn't have a hard race, he was not a tired horse at the end of it. We trained him for the race last season and we will be doing the same again.

"At the beginning of last season, we started off with a horse that had lost his way and we had to learn about him. I now know the horse better which means we are starting in a much stronger position.”



Saint Are is likely to make his seasonal reappearance in the extended three-mile-three-furlong Grade 3 handicap chase at next month's Open Meeting at Cheltenham, a race in which he finished third in last year.

George added: "Saint Are is great. He came back in the middle of July and has been in routine work.

"He will probably have a similar route to last season.

"We might run him at the Open Meeting then the Becher Chase, which would be his first big target.”

Stablemate God's Own could make his seasonal bow in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter next month, a Grade 2 contest in which the seven-year-old won last term.

George said: "God's Own is good and he had a trip out last week and we will give him one more away trip before his first start.

"His first target could be the Haldon Gold Cup, but we will see what the weights do. He will also be entered in a graduation chase at Kempton the day before which is for horses that have not won more than two chases.

"After those we would look at the Amlin 1965 Chase at Ascot as I want to step him up in trip again. Although he still has the pace for two miles, he will benefit going further as he is bred to stay."


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2016 Grand National repeat for Aintree runner-up Saint Are

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