Pineau de Re

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Pineau de Re
Pineau De Re.jpg
Pineau De Re at Sandown in April 2014.
Sire Marresca Sorrento
Grandsire Cadoudal
Dam Elfe du Perche
Damsire Abdonski
Sex Gelding
Foaled 8 May 2003
Country France
Colour Bay
Breeder Michel Hardy
Owner Barry Connell
John Provan
Trainer Philip Fenton
Richard Newland
Record 44: 8-7-4
Earnings £677,271
Major wins
Ulster Grand National (2013)
Grand National (2014)

Pineau de Re (foaled 8 May 2003) is a French-bred, British-trained AQPS racehorse best known for winning the 2014 Grand National.


Pineau de Re is a bay gelding with no white markings bred in France by Michel Hardy. His sire Marresco Sorrento was a winning hurdler in France and has had some success as a sire of jumpers.[1] His dam, Elfe du Perche was not a Thoroughbred, being of Selle Francais ancestry. In July 2005 the gelding was consigned by the Ecurie Bayard to the Goffs France sale where he was bought for €20,000 by Seamus Murphy.[2] The gelding was sent into training with Philip Fenton at Carrick-on-Suir, County Tipperary.

Racing career[edit]

Irish career[edit]

Pineau de Re began his racing career in National Hunt Flat races in the 2007/2008 National Hunt season. He ran five times, finishing second on his debut at Limerick and recording his only success when winning at Fairyhouse on 23 February 2008.[3]

After missing the whole of the next two seasons, Pineau de Re returned as a Novice hurdler. He won on his debut over obstacles at Limerick on 17 November 2010.[4] He was beaten in four subsequent starts but showed good form when finishing second in both the Grade I Royal Bond Novice Hurdle and the Grade II Michael Purcell Memorial Novice Hurdle. The gelding continued to compete over hurdles in the 2011/2012 season recording his only success in six attempts when winning a handicap race at Thurles Racecourse in October.[5]

In the following season, Pineau de Re was moved up to compete in steeplechases. He made little initial impact, being well beaten in his first four attempts over the larger obstacles before winning a minor event at Thurles on 3 January 2013.[6] After two further defeats he was matched against more experienced opponent in the three and a half-mile Ulster Grand National at Downpatrick Racecourse on 3 April. Ridden by Danny Mullins, he started the 13/2 second favourite in a field of fifteen runners and won by twenty-three lengths.[7]

British career[edit]

After his win in the Ulster National Pineau de Re was sold to John Provan and sent to be trained in England by Richard Newland at Claines in Worcestershire. Racing for his new connections, Pineau de Re ran four times without success in the summer of 2013.

Pineau de Re began the 2013/2014 season by finishing fifth in a hurdle race at Cheltenham Racecourse and then fell in the Becher Chase on his first run at Aintree in December. Later that month he returned to handicap hurdling, finishing second at Carlisle Racecourse and seventh at Haydock Park. He recorded his first victory in England in a Veterans' Steeplechase (restricted to horses aged 10 or over) at Exeter Racecourse on 14 January. Ridden by Sam Twiston-Davies he started the 11/4 favourite and won by five lengths from Tullamore Dew.[8] On his final appearance before the Grand National, Pineau de Re ran for the first time at the Cheltenham Festival when he contested the Pertemps Final, a two-mile, five furlong handicap hurdle. Starting a 33/1 outsider, he finished strongly to take third place, beaten a nose and a neck by Fingal Bay and Southfield Theatre.

On 5 April, Pineau de Re started at odds of 25/1 for the 2014 Grand National at Aintree.[9] He was ridden by the veteran jockey Leighton Aspell as Sam Twiston-Davies had opted to ride the more fancied Tidal Bay.[10] The race was delayed by two false starts. Pineau de Re took the lead approaching the last of the thirty fences and drew away on the run-in to win by five lengths from Balthazar King, with the joint-favourite Double Seven in third place.[11] After the race Aspell said "It's a wonderful day, this is what we do it for. I've been watching the National since I was a very young boy. As much as you enjoy sharing everyone's success, you crave a bit too. To get a chance to ride in the National is a great thing, and to get on one with a chance is even better".[12]

In the following season, Pineau de Re was again aimed at the National, but his form was poor. He finished towards the rear in hurdle races at Cheltenham in November and Exeter in February and was pulled up at Carlisle in December. He again ran in the Pertemps Final in March, but on this occasion he finished eleventh of the twenty-three runners behind Call The Cops. In the Grand National he started at odds of 25/1 and finished twelfth of the nineteen finishers behind Many Clouds.

Pineau de Re returned in October 2015 and finished unplaced in a veteran's chase at Chepstow and then ran second to Vino Grigio at Sandown in November. The gelding fell at the second in the Becher Chase and then started at odds of 7/1 in a handicap hurdle at Carlisle on 13 December. Ridden by Richard Johnson he took the led at the second last and won by four lengths under a weight of 162 pounds. His victory was notable as no Grand National winner had gone on to win another race since Bindaree won the Welsh National in 2003.[13] He was pulled up in a hurdle at Chepstow in February and then finished seventh in a veterans' chase at Newbury. He was assigned a weight of 142 pounds for the 2016 Grand National but did not qualify to run: the race was restricted to forty runners and Pineau de Re was rated forty-sixth in the handicap. Newland was unhappy at the exclusion, stating "The Grand National is the public's race and the public surely want to see a previous winner" before pointing out that many of the horses rated above Pineau de Re had earned their handicap marks over much shorter distances.


In July 2014 the sign welcoming visitors to the village of Claines was redesigned to read "Welcome to Claines, Home of 2014 Grand National winner Pineau De Re".[14]


Pedigree of Pineau de Re (FR), bay gelding, 2003
Marresco Sorrento (FR)
Cadoudal (FR)
Green Dancer Nijinsky
Green Valley
Come To Sea Sea Hawk
French Free Star (FR)
Carmarthen Devon
Varga Tombeur
Elfe du Perche (FR)
Abdonski (FR)
Bolkonski Balidar
Abdecka Abdos
Ut de Perche (FR)
Carmont Carmarthen
Djoumi Vieux Chateau
Loyola (Selle Francais)
  • Pineau de Re is inbred 3 × 4 to the French stallion Carmarthen, meaning that this stallion appear in both the third and fourth generation of his pedigree.


  1. ^ "Maresca Sorrento Stud Record". 15 February 2012. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Goffs France Summer Sale". Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Rockview INH Race result". Racing Post. 23 February 2008. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  4. ^ "Christmas Festival Maiden Hurdle result". Racing Post. 17 November 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  5. ^ "Premier County Hurdle result". Racing Post. 20 October 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Devil's Bit Beginners Chase result". Racing Post. 3 January 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  7. ^ "Ulster Grand National result". Racing Post. 3 April 2013. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  8. ^ " Veterans' Handicap Chase result". Racing Post. 14 January 2014. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  9. ^ "Pineau De Re triumphs in 2014 Grand National". Racing Post. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  10. ^ "Grand National 2014 results: Pineau De Re’s beano proves small miracle". The Independent. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  11. ^ "Leighton Aspell wins Grand National on Pineau De Re at Aintree". Guardian. 5 April 2014. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 
  12. ^ Tom Kerr (5 April 2014). "Pineau De Re triumphs in 2014 Grand National". Racing Post. 
  13. ^ Jack Haynes. "Pineau De Re ends Grand National hoodoo". Racing Post. 
  14. ^ "Grand National winner sets Claines apart with new signs". Bromsgrove Advertiser. 

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