2019 Grand National Runner Profile: Vintage Clouds

Published on: March 30, 2019
Author: David Metcalf
2019 Grand National runner profile of Vintage Clouds

Age: 9
Weight: 10st 4lb
Latest odds: 14/1 with William Hill.

Owner: Trevor Hemmings

Grand National record:
1992 Rubika (14th)
2000 The Last Fling (7th); Esprit De Cotte (FELL 22nd)
2001 The Last Fling (UR 5th), Esprit De Cotte (UR 11th)
2002 Goguenard (FELL 1st), Beau (UR 14th)
2003 Southern Star (14th), Chives (PU 12th)
2004 Artic Jack (FELL 1st), Southern Star (PU 9th), Hedgehunter (FELL 30th)
2005 Hedgehunter (WON), Europa (20th)
2006 Hedgehunter (2nd), Juveigneur (FELL 1st)
2007 Hedgehunter (9th), Billyvoddan (PU 19th)
2008 Cloudy Lane (6th), Hedgehunter (13th), Idle Talk (14th)
2009 Idle Talk (12th), Battlecry (16th), Cloudy Lane (UR 15th)
2010 Cloudy Lane (8th)
2011 Ballabriggs (WON), King Fontaine (11th)
2012 Ballabriggs (6th)
2013 Ballabriggs (PU 24th)
2014 Burton Port (UR 2nd), Vintage Star (PU 26th)
2015 Many Clouds (WON)
2016 Many Clouds (16th)
2017 Vicente (FELL 1st)
2018 Warriors Tale (PU 29th)

Trainer: Sue Smith

Grand National record:
2000 The Last Fling (7th)
2001 The Last Fling (UR 5th)
2002 The Last Fling (FELL 24th)
2003 Goguenard (UR 19th)
2004 Ardent Scout (7th), Artic Jack (FELL 1st)
2006 Ross Comm (FELL 4th)
2013 Auroras Encore (WON), Mr Moonshine (PU 27th)
2014 Mr Moonshine (15th), Vintage Star (PU 26th)
2018 I Just Know (FELL 6th).

Form

3215/21222P/222F3F7/124233-1P2

Vintage Clouds is a progressive staying chaser who showed the benefit of a wind operation when second behind Beware The Bear in the Grade 3 Ultima Handicap Chase at the Cheltenham Festival on March 12.

Rating raised by 5lb after that excellent performance, so he’s 5lb well-in at Aintree. He started this campaign with victory in a valuable handicap chase at Haydock Park in November.

Proved himself over a marathon trip in last season’s Grade 3 Scottish Grand National over 4m at Ayr coming home a close third behind Joe Farrell.

Vintage Clouds is homebred and by the same sire, Cloudings, as Hemmings’ most recent Grand National hero Many Clouds (2015).

The combination of being a sound jumper and having proven stamina make him a serious contender for this prestigious prize. Leading claims.

Jumps race record

Starts: 26
Wins: 4
2nd: 11
3rd: 4
Win & Place Prize Money: £159,922

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