Grand National 2016 Fact Files
Crabbie's Grand National


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Venitien De Mai led home a one-two for trainer Jim Dreaper and owners Alan and Ann Potts in the Woodlands 100 Club Leinster National Handicap Chase at Naas on March 6.

Given a fine ride at the head of affairs by Jonathan Moore, the 100-30 favourite put up a terrific performance for a novice to power home six lengths ahead of stablemate Goonyella, who finished to great effect as he ran an eyecatching Crabbie's Grand National trial.

Futuramic had looked a threat when getting involved four out but was ultimately another seven and a half lengths back in third.

Dreaper confirmed Nationals now beckon for both his horses, at Fairyhouse and Aintree respectively.

He said of Venitien De Mai: "He started off well in point-to-points, but disappointed as a hurdler and didn't finish off his races. Maybe he just needs time.

"He was a bit like me in that he eats everything, but didn't show it. We sent off some of his hair for analysis and it showed up that he had a very compromised liver function, which we were able to treat.

"That performance won't help the weight he gets for the Irish National, but that is probably where he'll go now."

He added: "I was delighted with Goonyella. I couldn't see him beating Venitien De Mai giving the guts of two stone. If we can arrange a wet week before the Grand National that would be great. He stays really well, but is just short of pace."

Goonyella was partnered by Johnny Burke, retained jockey to the Potts, and he said: " I changed my mind at 11.30 on Friday morning, but it's brilliant for Venitien De Mai, who is improving.

"Goonyella jumped brilliantly, he stuck at it and roll on Aintree."

Moore said: "It was a great spin the whole way, I was always comfortable in front and he was very good to me over the last two."

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