The Grand National 2008

Posted: April 7, 2008 in Uncategorized
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The Grand National, the ultimate horse race in the world.
Joint 7-1 favorite Comply or Die, ridden by Timmy Murphy and trained by David Pipe, won the 2008 Grand National by four lengths.
He took the honors at Aintree ahead of King Johns Castle, Snowy Morning and Slim Pickings.
Irish jockey Murphy took the nine-year-old to his first Grand National win after 11 previous attempts.
Record crowds gathered at Aintree on Merseyside for the running of the world greatest steeplechase – the 161st Grand National. On April 5, 2008.
It’s sad that it is never shown on American TV, or if it is, it is not publicised.
Watching it on You Tube does not have the full impact.

Although the first ‘Official Grand National’ was in 1839 the race was first run three years earlier in 1836. However the story starts sooner than that. In the mid 1820’s William Lynn of the Waterloo Hotel in Liverpool was not just an innkeeper but also a entrepreneur and he sponsored a hare coursing event called the Waterloo Cup, the success of this and also the interest being shown in the flat racing being held in Merseyside gave him the idea of leasing some land in the area at Aintree and holding race meetings. If you want to find more on the history visit this site.

What happened to your horse [courtesy The Sun].
1st Comply Or Die 7-1 jf
2nd King Johns Castle 20-1
3rd Snowy Morning 16-1
4th Slim Pickings 10-1
5th Bewleys Berry
6th Cloudy Lane
7th Nadover
8th Baily Breeze
9th Chelsea Harbour
10th Mon Mome
11th Hi Cloy
12th Cornish Sett
13th Hedgehunter
14th Idle Talk
15th Milan Deux Mille

Casualties:
2nd fence: Black Apalachi, Backbeat, L’Ami (all fell)
3rd fence: Tumbling Dice, Iron Man (both unseated)
4th fence: Ardaghey, Fundamentalist (both fell)
6th fence: No Full (fell)
8th fence: Madison Du Berlais, Philson Run (both fell)
11th fence: Contraband, Kelami (fell)
17th fence: Point Barrow (pulled up)
19th fence: Vodka Bleu, Bob Hall, Naunton Brook (all pulled up)
20th fence: Joaaci (fell), McKelvey (unseated)
22nd fence: Butler’s Cabin (fell)
25th fence: Turko (fell), Knowhere (fell), Simon (unseated)
27th fence: D’Argent (fell)
29th fence: Dun Doire (pulled up)
30th fence: Mr Pointment (pulled up).

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