2009 Grand National
Post Race InformationMon Mome ran extremely well today to win the worlds greatest steeplechase by 12 lengths. His starting price was very flattering at 100 /1. Although the first horse to finish at this price since Foinavon in 1967 this horse was not the complete outsider that Foinavon was all of the field in front of him failed to jump the fence that now bears his name. Mon Mome finished 10th last year but was hampered in running but even given that his 7lb rise in the ratings means that he shown improvement this year. Mon Mome was favourite for the Welsh National back in December and was really well fancied. He made a mistake in the race and could not get on terms after that but still ran on well enough.9th in last seasons Scottish national on ground too fast for his liking and runs in the Midlands National show how good this horse is over the longer trips. Everything seemed to go well for him today. His jockey Liam Treadwell having his first run in the race today had the horse in a good position throughout especially coming around the last bend were around a dozen horses had a chance of winning. Once the horse was shaken up after the last there was no doubt as to which horse would win and he went clear and stayed clear. Trained by Venetia Williams who today becomes only the second female trainer in the history of the race to train the winner (the other being Jenny Pitman). A good performance by horse, trainer and jockey.
Second place today went to Comply or Die who it could be argued put up as good a performance in this race as he did last year when winning. Having to carry 10lbs more than last year he seemed to be always going well however jockey Timmy Murphy stated after the race that the horse was not going as well in the race as last year, but he gave me everything again. This was not only a sensational performance by Comply or Die but was a great performance by his jockey who had the horse well placed in the race and opted to go wide at Bechers where the landing is lower and produced the horse in the perfect position to go on and win. They were just a little unlucky that another horse was showing his best off a lighter weight.
Third placed My Will who was 5th in The Gold Cup prior to this running was on form perhaps the best horse in the race and a worthy fav. Although he made a few mistakes in the race today he still ran really well in the race and perhaps was feeling the hard Cheltenham race. He had to carry 11st 4lbs in the race and because of his good run he can expect to carry more next year which is a pity really and he may in future be weighted out of the race.
State of Play made up the fourth placed horse today and ran really well throughout the race. His jockey Paul Moloney thought that they might win today and looked disappointed immediately after the race but I am sure he will see how both he and the horse did everything they could to win the race today but it was just not their year. Trainer Evan Williams was delighted and I'm sure this horse will be back to contend the race again next year.
Other runs of note in the race must start with the fantastic run of the 2007 winnerSilver Birch. He looked to be going really well when he came down at Bechers on the second Circuit. He is 12 years old now and will not be back for another crack at the race but was going as well as any when he fell.
Big Fella Thanks caught the eye today. Finishing 6th today and staying on well he made a mistake at Bechers on the first circuit and also a mistake near the end of the race and this race could have given him the experience he needs for next year. Only 7 years old and having plenty of weight at 11st 1lb he had it all to do today but showed what he is made of and was staying on well
Disappointments in the race must start for me with Butler's Cabin. He ran well enough but I thought he would be closer given the good weight he had in the race and his jockey said that he thought he was now too high in the handicap.
Another was Kilbeggan Blade who was tailed off before being pulled up. Perhaps one who found the ground too lively.
Biggest Surprise for me in the race was the good run of Cerium another at 100/1 who really did not look as if staying was his game as he had only won up to 2m 3f in the past despite a run ion the Gold Cup. One to be watched closely next year in long distance chases as he was staying on here.
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