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The Grand National

The Worlds Greatest Steeplechase



 

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The Grand National or the worlds greatest steeplechase as it is often referred to as is a horse race run over steeplechase fences at Aintree racecourse in Liverpool..

The distance run in this race is 4 miles 4 furlongs and is the longest race run in the UK today.

This race is a unique test or horse and rider and the 30 fences that are jumped are a real test of bravery. Unlike most racecourses in the uk the fences are varied in height, width and depth and also the landing side on many of the fences is lower than the take off side and therefore do not offer a view of the landing to the horse.

There are 16 fences and 14 of then are jumped twice, the exceptions being the water and The Chair jumps. This make a total of 30 jumps to be made.

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2008 Grand National

Pre race Information



With us now getting close to the race this area will now be updated every day until the day of the race.

Runners and form for 2008 Grand National.

Hedgehunter: W P Mullins 12 11-12
Past winner of the race. If on top form could run well but does not look like the winner.
Max winning distance - 4m5f
Winning Going - G/S to Hvy

Hi Cloy: M.Hourigan: 11 11-12
Smart type but seems better over 2m4f and has huge weight to carry.
Max winning distance - 3m
Winning Going - Gd to Hvy

Knowhere: N.A.Twiston-Davies 10 11-11
Fell last year but is having a good season. Could run well.
Max winning distance - 3m2f
Winning Going - Gd to soft

Mr. Pointment: P F Nicholls 9 11-11
Won Becher chase over these fences. Should run well but has too much weight to win but could have place claims
Max winning distance - 3m2f
Winning Going - Gd to soft

Ollie Magern: N.A.Twiston-Davies: 10 11-11
Another with good form but big weight is off-putting unless ground is quick.
Max winning distance - 3m2f
Winning Going - Gd/fm to soft

Turko: P.F.Nicholls: 6 11-10
Classy chaser in the making but 6 year olds have a terrible record in race.
Lots of weight. Unlikely winner.
Max winning distance - 3m1f
Winning Going - Gd to soft

Madison Du Berlais: D.E.Pipe: 7 11-9
Big weight at a distance that looks too far. Unlikely winner.
Max winning distance - 2m4f
Winning Going - Gd to hvy

Simon: J L Spearing: 9 11-7
Fell last year when going as well as any and better than most.
Good chance of getting into a place and could just be one of the few winners in recent times to carry over 11st
Max winning distance - 3m1f
Winning Going - Gd/sft to hvy

Opera Mundi: P.F.Nicholls: 6 11-6
Good horse, but 6 year olds don't win this race, especially off this weight.
Max winning distance - 3m
Winning Going - Gd to hvy

Iron Man: P.Bowen: 7 11-5
Good horse but has unseated rider and fell on this course.
Max winning distance - 2m7f
Winning Going - Gd to hvy

Fundamentalist: N.A.Twiston-Davies: 10 11-4
Decent recent performances but looks short of this distance over fences.
Max winning distance - 3m1f (Hurdle)
Winning Going - Gd/frm to gd/Sft

Butler's Cabin. : Jonjo OŽNeill: 8 11-3
Irish National winner looks to be spot on for this race. Got everything in his favor including the champion jockey. Could go close today.
Max winning distance - 3m1f (Hurdle)
Winning Going - Gd/frm to gd/Sft

Slim Pickings: T J Taaffe: 9 11-3
Third last year after making mistake at last. Laid out for race and must be respected, unless ground dries out significantly.
Max winning distance - 3m
Winning Going - soft to hvy

Chelsea Harbour: Thomas Mullins 8 11-2
Good Irish contender, Laid out for race. Should be respected.
Max winning distance - 3m 4f
Winning Going - soft to hvy

Vodka Bleu: D.E.Pipe: 9 11-2
Good horse from good stable. Likes good ground or firmer. Not without a chance.
Max winning distance - 3m
Winning Going - Gd/Firm to Soft

L'Ami: F.Doumen: 9 11-1
Trained by the best France by the best NH Trainer over there. 10th last year. Could improve on that.
Max winning distance - 3m 1f
Winning Going - Gd/soft to soft

Snowy Morning: W P Mullins: 8 11-1
Progressive Chaser laid out for race. Could be an Irish dark horse.
Max winning distance - 3m
Winning Going - Gd to hvy

Bewleys Berry: J Howard Johnson: 10 11-00
Unlucky to fall last year. A good horse from a stable in form. Respectable chance.
Max winning distance - 3m
Winning Going - Gd to hvy

Contraband: Paul Murphy: 10 11-0
No chance
Max winning distance - 2m
Winning Going - fm to gd/sft

Mckelvey: P Bowen: 9 11-00
Second Last year and could well go one better. Broke down last year if back to fitness he will take all the beating.
Max winning distance - 3m 9f
Winning Going - Gd to heavy

Joaaci: D.E.Pipe: 8 10-13
Pulled up in Scottish national last year. Must improve considerably to win this.
Max winning distance - 3m 4f
Winning Going - Gd to heavy

Point Barrow: P Hughes: 10 10-12
Irish national winner who fell at 1st last year. Out of form this season.
Max winning distance - 3m 5f
Winning Going - Gd to heavy

Cornish Rebel: Mrs L.Williams: 11 10-12
Pulled up here in 2006 and has also pulled up in Scottish National. Looks to have plenty on his plate here.
Max winning distance - 3m 3f
Winning Going - Gd to heavy

D'Argent: A King: 11 10-11
Good horse but inconsistent. On his best form he would have a good chance.
Max winning distance - 3m 5f
Winning Going - Gd to heavy

No Full: Eoin Doyle: 7 10-11
A winner of two from 25 races both in soft ground at around two and a half miles.
Only 7 years. Would be a surprise winner.
Max winning distance - 2m 4f
Winning Going - soft to heavy

Baily Breeze: M.F.Morris: 9 10-11
Irish Raider looks to have it all to do.
Max winning distance - 3m
Winning Going - GD/Firm to heavy

Bob Hall: Jonjo O'Neill: 7 10-11
Young horse who prefers shorter distances. Looks to have little chance.
Max winning distance - 2m 5f
Winning Going - Good to heavy

Cloudy Lane: D McCain Jnr: 8 10-10
Good young chaser in form. Good weight. Could go close. Favorites chance.
Max winning distance - 3m 2f
Winning Going - Good to heavy

King Johns Castle: A.L.T.Moore 9 10-10
Another Irish raider who prefers shorter distances. Has it all to do.
Max winning distance - 2m 3f
Winning Going - Gd/Soft to Soft

Mon Mome: Venetia Williams 8 10-10
Good long distance chaser. One of the dark horses. Could go close.
Max winning distance - 3m 2f
Winning Going - Gd/Soft to hvy

Cornish Sett: P.F.Nicholls: 9 10-10
Nice Chaser, would have to improve to take part in the finish.
Max winning distance - 3m 2f
Winning Going - Gd/firm to soft

Naunton Brook: N.A. Twiston-Davies: 9 10-10
Pulled up last year. Looses interest when behind. If up with the pace could run well. Another dark horse.
Max winning distance - 4m
Winning Going - Gd to soft

Tumbling Dice. T.J.Taffe : 9 10-10
Irish horse who prefers shorter distances. Would be a shock winner.
Max winning distance - 2m 4f
Winning Going - Gd/soft to Hvy

Backbeat : J.H.Johnson 11 10-9
Reasonable chaser who would have to improve.
Max winning distance - 3m 1f
Winning Going - Gd to Gd/Soft

Comply or Die: D.E.Pipe 9 10-10
Eider Chase winner who has all the credentials. Looks like the winner.
Max winning distance - 4m 1f
Winning Going - Gd/firm to Gd/Soft

Idle Talk : McCain Jnr 9 10-10
Reasonable chaser will need to improve to take part in finish.
Max winning distance - 3m 2f
Winning Going - Gd to Soft

Kelami: F Doumen 10 10-8
Two previous runs were BD and pulled up. This does not reflect his chance as he is a better horse than this suggests. May not be good enough however.
Max winning distance - 3m 1f
Winning Going - Gd to Soft

Milan Deux Mille: D.E.Pipe 6 10-8
Likes course but too young and nothing to suggest he stays.
Max winning distance - 3m 1f
Winning Going - Gd to Soft

Nadover: C.J.Mann 7 10-8
Progressive. But prefers shorter distances and too young.
Max winning distance - 2m 4f
Winning Going - Gd to hvy

Black Apalachi : D.T.Hughes : 9 10-08
Reasonable Irish raider but does not look good enough for this race.
Max winning distance - 3m
Winning Going - Soft

Horses below this line may not get a run in the race.

Philson Run: Nick Williams: 12 10-7
Great run last year for 4th place could run into a place again.
Max winning distance - 4m 2f
Winning Going - Good to Hvy

Dun Doire: A J Martin: 9 10-6
Good Chaser but poor run in this last year and poor Becher run over same fences in 2006 suggests he does not like this course.
Max winning distance - 3m 2f
Winning Going - Good to Hvy

Ardaghey : N.A.Twiston-Davies. 9 10-07
Reasonable chaser but would have to show considerable improvement to take part in finish.
Max winning distance - 3m 1f
Winning Going - Good to Hvy

Joes Edge: Ferdy Murphy: 11 10-6
Co-favorite last year and past Scottish national winner.
Could be a live outsider.
Max winning distance - 4m 1f
Winning Going - Good to Soft

Just some other facts for you ..........................


Runners who have never fell in their career: -
4 Mr Pointment
6 Turko
12 ButlerŽs Cabin
19 Contraband
24 No Full
26 Bob Hall
39 Black Apalachi
44 In The High Grass (possible non-runner)
45 Ossmoses (possible non-runner)
Horses with the highest run to win ratio
Snowy Morning
Cloudy Lane
Mr Pointment
Comply Or Die
Opera Mundi
Vodka Bleu
Knowhere
58Dun Doire
Turko
Ollie Magern
50.00%
47.37%
41.67%
36.84%
36.36%
34.38%
33.33%
32.14%
31.82%
30.77%






The_Full_Result


2008 Grand National

Full result

WINNER

Comply Or Die (IRE)    9     10-9 b    Mr D. A. Johnson    D E Pipe    Timmy Murphy    7/1J

SECOND

King Johns Castle (IRE)    9     10-11    Mr John P. McManus    A L T Moore    P Carberry    20/1

THIRD

Snowy Morning (IRE)    8     11-1    Quayside Syndicate    W P Mullins    D J Casey    16/1

FOURTH

Slim Pickings (IRE)    9     11-3    Doubtful Five Syndicate    T J Taaffe    B J Geraghty    10/1

5th

Bewleys Berry (IRE)    10     11-0    Andrea & Graham Wylie    J Howard Johnson    Denis OŽRegan    12/1

6th

Cloudy Lane    8     10-11    Mr Trevor Hemmings    D McCain Jnr    Jason Maguire    7/1J

7th

Nadover (FR)    7     10-9 p    Mr G. H. Storey    C J Mann    R M Power    125/1

8th

Baily Breeze (IRE)    9     10-11    R. A. Scott    M F Morris    P W Flood    66/1

9th

Chelsea Harbour (IRE)    8     11-2    Mrs P. Duffin    Thomas Mullins    D N Russell    14/1

10th

Mon Mome (FR)    8     10-11    Mrs Vida Bingham    Miss Venetia Williams    A Coleman    28/1

11th

Hi Cloy (IRE)    11     11-12    Mrs Susan McCloy    Michael Hourigan    T J Doyle    100/1

12th

Cornish Sett (IRE)    9     10-10    Mr Peter Hart    P F Nicholls    Mr N Scholfield    80/1

13th

Hedgehunter (IRE)    12     11-12    Mr Trevor Hemmings    W P Mullins    R Walsh    10/1

14th

Idle Talk (IRE)    9     10-9 p    Mr Trevor Hemmings    D McCain Jnr    Brian Harding    66/1

15th

Milan Deux Mille (FR)    6     10-9 t    F. G. & J. E. Wilson    D E Pipe    Tom Malone    125/1

1st Fence

All jumped                  

2nd Fence

Black Apalachi (IRE)    9     10-8 v1    Gerard Burke    D T Hughes    Andrew J McNamara    66/1   Fell  
Backbeat (IRE)    11     10-9    Andrea & Graham Wylie    J Howard Johnson    Wilson Renwick    100/1   Fell  
LŽAmi (FR)    9     11-1 p    Mr John P. McManus    F Doumen    Mick Fitzgerald    33/1   Fell  

3rd Fence

Fundamentalist    10    11-4 t    C.Comes    N.A.Twiston-Davies    P.J.Brenon    66/1   Fell  
Tumbling Dice (IRE)    9     10-10 b    Mrs John Donegan    T J Taaffe    T G M Ryan    100/1   Unseated Rider  
Iron Man (FR)    7     11-5 p    R Owen & P Fullagar    P Bowen    Christian Williams    50/1   Unseated Rider  

4th Fence

Ardaghey (IRE)    9     10-7 t    D. J. & S. A. Goodman    N A Twiston-Davies    David England    100/1   Fell  

5th Fence

All jumped                  

6th Fence

No Full (FR)    7     10-12    Mrs P. Doyle    Eoin Doyle    J R Barry    125/1   Fell  

7th Fence

All jumped                  

8th Fence

Philson Run (IRE)    12     10-8    Gale Force One    Nick Williams    Daryl Jacob    25/1   Unseated Rider  
Madison Du Berlais (FR)    7     11-9    Roger Stanley & Yvonne Reynolds II    D E Pipe    Tom Scudamore    66/1   Fell  

9th Fence

All jumped                  

10th Fence

All jumped                  

11th Fence

Contraband    10     11-0    Mr F. G. Wilson    Paul Murphy    Keith Mercer    100/1   Fell  
Kelami (FR)    10     10-9    Halewood International Ltd    F Doumen    Barry Keniry    66/1   Unseated Rider  

12th Fence

All jumped                  

13th Fence

All jumped                  

14th Fence

All jumped                  

15th Fence

All jumped                  

16th Fence

Point Barrow (IRE)    10     10-13 b    Mrs P.Clune Hughes,Mrs M.O'Dwyer,J.Foley    P Hughes    Tony Dobbin    25/1   Pulled Up  

17th Fence

18th Fence

Bob Hall (IRE)    7     10-11    Mr John P. McManus    Jonjo OŽNeill    Noel Fehily    100/1   Pulled Up  
Naunton Brook    9     10-10 t    Mr David Langdon    N A Twiston-Davies    Andrew Tinkler    66/1   Pulled Up  
Vodka Bleu (FR)    9     11-2 b    Mr D. A. Johnson    D E Pipe    Paul Moloney    20/1   Pulled Up  

19th Fence

20th Fence

Joaaci (IRE)    8     10-13 b1    Mr D. A. Johnson    D E Pipe    J W Farrelly    66/1   Fell  
Mckelvey (IRE)    9     11-0 p    Mr N. Elliott    P Bowen    T J OŽBrien    25/1   Unseated Rider  

21st Fence

All jumped                  

22nd Fence

ButlerŽs Cabin (FR)    8     11-3 p    Mr John P. McManus    Jonjo OŽNeill    A P McCoy    10/1   Fell  

23rd Fence

All jumped                  

24th Fence

All jumped                  

25th Fence

Turko (FR)    6     11-10 t    The Stewart Family    P F Nicholls    Richard Johnson    33/1   Fell  
Knowhere (IRE)    10     11-11    Mr H. R. Mould    N A Twiston-Davies    Joe Tizzard    66/1   Unseated Rider  
Simon    9     11-7    Mrs Mercy Rimell    J L Spearing    Dominic Elsworth    11/1   Unseated Rider  

27th Fence

DŽArgent (IRE)    11     10-12 b    Mr Nigel Bunter    A King    Robert Thornton    25/1   Fell  
Dun Doire (IRE)    9     10-7 b1    Dunderry Racing Syndicate    A J Martin    Richard McGrath    33/1   Pulled Up  

28th Fence

All jumped                  

29th Fence

Mr Pointment (IRE)    9     11-11    Stockton Heath Racing    P F Nicholls    Sam Thomas    25/1   Pulled Up  

30th Fence

All jumped                  

















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