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Panda Boy Horse - Age, weight, trainer, owner, race record and form

Panda Boy is a promising sort from Martin Brassil's stable and is on course to be given a crack at the most valuable jump race in Europe, the Grand National at Aintree.

The grey gelding's entire racing career has come in Ireland, with two Punchestown victories and a Leopardstown win on his CV from 17 runs, and all eyes appear to be fixed on the Handicap Steeplechase on Saturday 13th April.

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Panda Boy Owner

Panda Boy is owned by Old Pals Partnership. Trainer Martin Brassil revealed back in March 2021 that Andy Geraghty bought this horse at the sales for his cousin.

Panda Boy Trainer

Compared to some of the bigger names in horse racing, Brassil's operation is a small one that has less than 20 horses, but he has certainly made his mark in the sport.

Brassil has been a trainer since taking out his licence in 1994, gaining his first success with the Anthony Powell-ridden Nordic Thorn at Killarney in May of that year.

Originally a Clare native, he has been working on the Curragh for nearly 50 years and his biggest success came back in 2006 when he captured the Grand National with Numbersixvalverde.

Brassil, who left Newmarket-on-Fergus in 1976 to serve his apprenticeship with the late great trainer Mick O'Toole, tasted Cheltenham Festival success for the first time in 2019 when City Island won the Ballymore Novices' Hurdle.

Another notable horse for the Irish maestro was Nickname, who won eight Graded contests including the Grade 1 Chase at Leopardstown in December 2006.

Panda Boy Age

Panda Boy is eight years old.

Panda Boy Official Rating

Panda Boy has an official hurdle rating of 136 and a chase rating of 143, with the best RPR for both of those disciplines at 144.

Panda Boy Weight

Panda Boy raced off 11st 9lbs for his most recent outing, the Race And Stay At Leopardstown Handicap Hurdle on 3rd February 2024.

Panda Boy Next Race

Panda Boy's next race is expected to be the Grand National at Aintree on Saturday 13th April, the Handicap Steeplechase starting at 16:00.

Panda Boy Record

Panda Boy has failed to tasted success since May 2022, but there have been some positive signs in his last five runs ahead of the potential Grand National challenge.

A fifth-place finish at Fairyhouse in April 2023 was followed by back-to-back fourth places at Punchestown and Naas, but the most promising performance came at Leopardstown next in December.

The eight-year-old picked up the silver medal in the Extended Handicap Chase, finishing four-and-a-half lengths behind the Willie Mullins-trained Meetingofthewaters, who is also in National contention.

Panda Boy's latest race ended with another fourth, that coming at the Race And Stay At Leopardstown Handicap Hurdle on 3rd February.

Panda Boy Prize Money

Panda Boy's career earning are £95,353, with £26,487 on the hurdle and £68,866 on the chase.

Panda Boy News

All roads point towards the Grand National in April, with Brassil revealing after the runners-up finish at Leopardstown in December that this was the plan.

He said: "I'm going to enter him for Aintree anyway and he might have a run in the three-mile handicap hurdle at the Dublin Racing Festival."

Panda Boy is 16/1 to win the Grand National, with the likes of 10/1 I Am Maximus, 12/1 Corach Rambler, who won last year's race, and 12/1 Meetingofthewaters ahead of him in the betting.

Although the final 34-horse field is yet to be confirmed, that decision is made on Thursday 11th April, Panda Boy has been given a weight of 10st 3lb and a rating of 146 for the race.

All odds displayed on this page were correct at the time of writing and are subject to withdrawal or change at any time.

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