Double Shuffle Grand National Wins
Double Shuffle has never won the Grand National.
They have never finished the race.
A real stalwart of the game during his career and, for many years, a mainstay, running in top-quality handicaps or graded events for many years. He probably didn’t win as many as he should have during his career, and his best run was a second-placed finish, though that did come in the King George at Kempton, showing the kind of class we are talking about here.
Foaled in 2010, the horse ended his career with just five wins to his name, three over fences and two over hurdles. It should, and probably could have been, a lot more, but he was often put in at a high level, taking a chance in a better race rather than going for the easier alternative.
The horse made the Grand National on two separate occasions, once while in his prime and then once in the latter part of his career, coming in 2017 and 2021. He failed to make it round on both occasions, He pulled up two out on his first attempt at the race and then fell at the 12th fence on his second attempt.
|2021||Fence 12 - Fell||-||10-2||Jonathan Burke||Tom George|
|2017||Fence 29 - Pulled Up||-||10-12||Adrian Heskin||Tom George|
Double Shuffle Early Years
Double Shuffle ran in just one point to point contest before making the move across to the UK, and he finished third in that race. When moving over to the UK, he went to Tom George and ran in one national hunt flat race, where he finished fifth.
Hurdling came next, and while he failed his first attempt at that, he did win both his second and third starts over hurdles to find his feet in the UK.
Quickly sent over fences the following season, his first two runs over the bigger obstacles both came at Cheltenham, a sign of how much was thought of this horse at the time. He didn’t win those but won his third start at Ludlow before going to the Cheltenham Festival for a novice handicap, where he finished a very respectable third.
After this, Double Shuffle continued chasing as a second-year chaser, and this is the moment when he found himself constantly in good races, which is where he found life much tougher, and that was the moment he struggled for wins. Consistency was there, he ran many good races but was often placed slightly higher than where he should have been, you could argue, despite running some good races.
Double Shuffle Big Race Wins
Just five wins came in the career of Double Shuffle, with four of those coming in the early part of his career, and none of them can be described as big race wins. His best effort was a second placed finish in the King George at Kempton in December 2017, a great run behind Might Bite, losing out by just a length.
He’s placed in other good graded contests too, but those never turned into wins for this horse. The Grand National was tackled twice, but on both attempts, he failed to complete the course and get home.