2010 Grand National
Post Race InformationDon't Push It put up a fine performance today and perhaps it is fair to say that in some ways it is being overlooked by the fact that the jockey has broken his Grand National hoo-do.
Tony McCoy did have the horse in the perfect position throughout the race and coming to the final fence had him really well positioned so that if he was good enough he would win and today Don't Push It proved that he was good enough.
A previous winner over 3m3f he looked a stayer today and battled on up the run in to win by 5 lenghths.
Don't Push It adds this to his other 7 career wins but this of course looks to be head and shoulders above what he has achieved in the past and sure to come back for the Becher Chase and then on to this race next season.
Black Apalatchi, second today and showing that horses that have fallen in previous years should not be written off completely. Fell and unseated in two attempts the horse got it all together today for a fine run. His only mistake came three from home and who knows if not for that he may have been closer. The horse showed what he could do with a fine win in the Becher so it will be a big surprise if the horse does not come back to Aintree for the Becher and also the National next year. Given that he was up with the pace and jumped very well through the whole of the race he was unlucky to fine one too good today and would have been a very worthy winner.
State Of Play improved his 4th place last year with a 3rd place this year coming off a 5 month lay off. Connections were confident of a good run and because the horse runs well when fresh they laid him out for the race.
A really good horse who has run with much merit today.
6th last year and improved to 4th this year Big Fella Thanks still an 8 year old looks a really good prospect in the coming years. Ran well today but got tired on the run in. This horse caught the eye last year in his running and looks one to keep an eye on. Despite his finishing one paced today he should improve his racing stamina as he gets older and looks a good prospect for next years race if not treated to badly by the handicapper.
Race Eye-catchers this year included Hello Bud who ran well for a long time before falling behind from about two out. His jockey kept him up with the pace and gave him every chance. The horse gave everything and just ran out of steam. !2 now he wont be back next year but ran a really good race.
Conna Castle. Jumped like a stag for over a circuit and a half but although going well he ran too freely and jumped right at some of the fences. May well be given another crack at the race next year.
Disappointments start with last years winner Mon Mome who was never racing and did not look his usual cleaver self today.
Eric's Charm falling at the first was a big blow for this well fancied horse.
Dream Alliance was also disappointing today and did not show us anything.
With so many of the good looking horses being 10 or older without a long distance chasing star coming to prominence it could be a very interesting prospect next year with Big Fella Thanks and Tricky Trickster two of the best younger horses today and both from the Paul Nichols yard. If either of these horses are left out of The Cheltenham festival with this race in mind then that should be treated with respect.
Oh and one last thing a big WELL DONE for the 2008 Winner Comply or Die who ran a cracker again today and finished 12th.