2008 Grand National
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The betting market favourite Comply or Die won this year's race. This previous winner of the Eider Chase left nothing to chance today jumping well and, thanks to his jockey Timmy Murphy he was always is a good position. Comply or Die put this final icing on the cake of a good year on his comeback year after having taken nearly two years off for leg trouble. His owner Mr David Johnson is one of the best supporters of National Hunt racing in this country so it is good to see him having success in this race at last.
Irish contender Kings John Castle did well today to run into second place and will no doubt be back next year to try and go one better. He ran a great race today especially considering that he has never won over 2m 3f before.
One time favourite for the race Snowy Morning came in third today and perhaps could have been close and maybe even second had he not make a mistake at the last. Never the less a fine performance from horse and rider.
Making up the final place in the frame was last years third Slim Pickings. He seemed very happy in running this year and although finishing a place lower he did not put up any lesser of a running than he did last year.
In the race today unusually there were no fallers at the first despite the fast pace to the fence however there were fallers at the second and unfortunately one time Grand National winning jockey Mick Fitzgerald was injured badly in the fall and was taken to hospital.
Simon again ran a good race today before falling at the same fence as last year.
Mr Pointment also ran a great race before running out of steam in the later stages of the contest.
Hedgehunter running in his fifth Grand National did really well again today and finished in 13th position.
Other runs in the race worth noting were D'Argent who ran well for a long way before falling and Mon Mome who cleverly jumped over a fallen horse at Bechers
Disappointments in the race this year started with Cloudy Lane very well fancied and well in at the weights he did not ever really look like winning finishing 6th. Other fancies that did not live up to expectations wee McKelvey and Butlers Cabin who both fell and Point Barrow and Dun Dorie who were both pulled up out of contention.
When all is said and done the 2008 Grand National was again a very good race won by a good horse and we look forward with great expectations to next years race.