2019 Grand National Runner Profile: General Principle

Published on: March 27, 2019
Author: David Metcalf
2019 Grand National runner profile for General Principle

Age: 10
Weight: 10st 4lb
Latest odds: 40/1 with William Hill.

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)
2016 Rule The World (WON), First Lieutenant (Fell 2nd), Sir Des Champs (Fell 15th)
2017 Roi Des Francs (18th), Rouge Angel (PU 30th), Wounded Warrior (PU 28th)
2018 Tiger Roll (WON), Road To Riches (6th), Valseur Lido (8th), Alpha Des Obeaux (Fell 15th), Thunder And Roses (PU 26th).

Trainer: Gordon Elliott

Grand National record:
2007 Silver Birch (WON)
2009 Silver Birch (FELL 22nd)
2010 Backstage (UR 20th)
2011 Backstage (10th)
2012 Tharawaat (8th), Chicago Grey (BD 5th)
2013 Tarquinius 8th, Chicago Grey (PU 30th)
2015 Cause Of Causes (8th)
2016 Ucello Conti (6th)
2017 Cause Of Causes (2nd), Roi Des Francs (18th), Ucello Conti (UR 22nd)
2018 Tiger Roll (WON), Bless The Wings (3rd), Ucello Conti (UR 27th).

Form

10/126/322F26115/470461-0953P

Ran out a gutsy head winner of the 2018 Irish Grand National over 3m 5f at Fairyhouse.

Bidding to become the first since the Martin Brassil-trained Numbersixvalverde who won the Irish Grand National in 2005 to follow-up in the Grand National (2006).

General Principle has contested four big staying handicap chases in Ireland so far this season, with his best efforts coming when a solid fifth in the Thyestes Chase over 3m 1f at Gowran Park and a close third behind Dounikos in the Irish Grand National Trial (3m 4f) at Punchestown in February.

Pulled up on latest start in the Grade 3 Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival and needs to bounce back to make his presence felt.

Jumps race record

Starts: 25
Wins: 5
2nd: 4
3rd: 2
Win & Place Prize Money: £311,912 Starts: 23

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