Grand National 2008: The Result
1st – Comply Or Die 7/1JF
2nd – King Johns Castle 20/1
3rd – Snowy Morning 16/1
4th – Slim Pickings 10/1
Well done to all those who picked the winner (and placed horses).
Loads of tips for the winner throughout this blog – good luck to you all!
COMPLY OR DIE
Any concerns about the closeness of his win in the Eider Chase were dismissed in no uncertain term and the trends followers are in heaven as David Pipe’s chaser ticked nearly all the boxes required of a potential winner.
In the race itself he travelled and jumped well and when faced with a battle after the last his superior stamina proved decisive.
A textbook performance and every chance he can come back and defend his title.
KING JOHNS CASTLE
Plenty of doubts about his stamina were seemingly unfounded as he has run a cracker in only finding the Pipe horse too good. Held up way off the pace in Carberry style, he worked his way into the race and looked to be going as well as the winner going into the final stages of the race.
Possibility he could come back next year with more experience of longer distances and be an even bigger threat.
Looked to be going as well as any turning for home and jumping concerns were unfounded as this young horse performed with great credit. Due to go up in the weights and it may just be that this was his beat chance of success.
Great waiting ride from Barry Geraghty trying to eek out every ounce of stamina from Slim Pickings but unfortunately it wasn’t quite enough for the second year running.
Hard Luck Stories and Disappointments
Tony McCoy won’t want a picture of Bechers Brook on his wall when he retires as he endured yet another fall at the famous old fence when looking to be going well on Butler’s Cabin.
Ante-Post punters that took advantage of the 25/1 and less about Cloudy Lane never really looked likely to collect and it seemed a combination of stamina limitations and a first look at the fences that were the downfall of the McCain horse.
The day of the race plunge on Vodka Bleu was hard to fathom and the winning rider’s rejected choice of ride never looked happy and Murphy must have breathed a sigh of relief that he didn’t follow his heart and go with Vodka Bleu.
We will analyse the race at length later on in the week but give us your initial thoughts here.