Grand National 2011 Result

The result of the 2011 Grand National is as follows:


2nd OSCAR TIME 14/1

3rd DON’T PUSH IT 9/1

4th STATE OF PLAY 28/1



Well done to all those that backed the winners and thank you to all of you that have contributed and read this blog over the last year.

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28 Responses to Grand National 2011 Result

  1. Neil S says:

    Well done Graham, shame it couldn’t keep fourth as had it in a placepot.

    On a sad note two was killed, Ornais and not sure of the second one :(

    Ballabriggs will now surely put to bed the theory of Presenting not staying.

  2. Systemsman says:

    Certainly changed a few trends while others stood up well – will come back on this in detail.

    TS 113 second lowest for some time.
    No Place in C1 chase
    No pre Jan 1st run# etc etc

    The ground clearly played a major role today.

    Ballybriggs wa stop of the Bookie stable in Racing Post on weights day!!

    Still I dont think he could have ever been on my short list. Another one oustide the old 30/30 trend (and nor even new 31/31). Going to have to reveiw trends/stats now.

    Still he was only 11.00 so the 11.05 max (OR150)stands!!

    More when i’am in a better mood.

    Oscar soooooooooo close. SBN clearly hated the ground (I was wrong about the ground and SBN)and did well to finish.

  3. Neil S says:

    Other horse killed was Dooney Gate. Had second, third, fourth & fifth. Ironic that the winner was the original ante post favorite.

  4. Aldaniti&Spartan Missile says:

    This might prove useful in future years, an account of where your money went in the 2011 grand national!

    Where your money went in the Grand National
    By ANDREW SCUTTS 6:48PM 9 APR 2011 Ballabriggs 14-1 1st
    Was prominent throughout before kicking on at halfway; leading at the 15th, he was headed onlybriefly after that. He repelled the runner-up after the Elbow when Oscar Time looked dangerous

    Oscar Time 14-1 2nd
    Travelled well in behind the leaders before moving up to be second, within a couple of lengths of the leader, running down towards the last. He kept on gallantly and he jumped well throughout

    Don’t Push It 9-1 3rd
    Last year’s winner jumped soundly and looked a live danger crossing the Melling Road for the final time, but could not find a change of gear over the last two flights, with more weight on his year-older back

    State Of Play 28-1 4th
    A third excellent run in the National on the spin, having finished fourth then third, he too looked close enough if good enough four out, but could not quicken in the straight on perhaps his last realistic chance of winning the race

    Niche Market 16-1 5th
    The 2009 Irish Grand National winner repaid each-way backers – with most firms at least – with another solid staying and jumping performance, tiring only after the last

    The Midnight Club 15-2f 6th
    The favourite wasnot helped by a bad error at the third, after which he jumped a little big and was later hampered by a faller, events that effectively put paid to his chances

    Big Fella Thanks 12-1 7th
    Did a little worse than in the past two years (sixth then fourth); he travelled well for most of the contest, despite being seriously hampered mid-race, but did not stay and finished tired

    Surface To Air 100-1 8th
    Fine effort given his price, and having had just one run since June 2008 counted against him according to jockey Tom Messenger, as he tired on the run-in. Pulled up a little unsound

    Skippers Brig 33-1 9th
    Midfield throughout, the hat-trick seeker, one of those who squeezed into the line-up only in the last couple of days, was never better than at the finish and didn’t get home

    Backstage 16-1 10th
    One of the most fancied horses, he was given a ‘creeping’ ride, as promised, by Paul Carberry but did not jump quickly enough when the leaders quickened the tempo. He did tire on the second circuit but never gave up

    King Fontaine 80-1 11th
    Decent effort given he did not start particularly quickly and was nearly brought down. He jumped well and rider Denis O’Regan reckons he will be better next season

    Silver By Nature 9-1 12th
    Another of the best-backed runners, the fear was always that the ground would be too quick for him, and stamina was not at the premium it could have been because of the surface. He jumped as well as usual but just couldn’t lay up

    In Compliance 66-1 13th
    Was badly hampered at Becher’s on the first circuit and can not be said to have truly stayed the trip, but decent effort from outsider nonetheless

    Bluesea Cracker 25-1 14th
    Had her supporters after taking the Irish Grand National last spring, but that was on heavy and the ground was too quick this time; she was outpaced

    Character Building 25-1 15th
    Was nearly brought down under Nina Carberry at Becher’s first time, which did for him

    Golden Kite 66-1 16th
    Adrian Maguire’s first runner in Britain jumped well in the main under Shane Hassett but was never going quickly enough

    Chief Dan George 40-1 17th
    Jumped soundly in the main but was never able to get competitive in a quickly run race andwas tailed off

    Royal Rosa 100-1 18th
    Connections had said before the race it would be his last, so they will have been pleased the seven-time winner made it roundin one piece, albeit in his own time

    Piraya 100-1 19th and last
    Job done for this outsider, whose jockey Johnny Farrelly was delighted by how he jumped and kept going, albeit to be last of the finishers

    That’s Rhythm 50-1 Fell 1st
    Little to say about how your cash on this fella went, other than not very far. Jockey James Reveley said he missed the fence “by about five foot!”

    Becauseicouldntsee 16-1 Fell 2nd
    Well-fancied Irish raider was tracking the leaders after the first but tipped up at the next

    Vic Venturi 50-1 Brought down 2nd
    Another from Ireland, who was prominent when unseating at the 20th the year before – he could not manage anywhere near that far this time through no fault of his own

    Calgary Bay 33-1 Fell 4th
    Was just behind Ballabriggs when landing toosteeply

    Ornais 100-1 Fell 4th
    Sadly, the nine-year-old’s fall was a fatal one – Ornais won four of his 15 races and was having his first run at Aintree

    Dooneys Gate 50-1 Fell 6th
    Another whose fall was sadly fatal, he broke his back. He finished fourth in the Topham last year and won five of his 17 starts

    Or Noir De Somoza 50-1 Fell 6th
    Was in touch when falling from the top of the fence first time at Becher’s, according to Barry Geraghty, who took a heavy tumble but was okay

    The Tother One 50-1 Fell 6th
    Was a bit further behind than Or Noir De Somoza when suffering the same fate at Becher’s

    West End Rocker 33-1 Brought down 6th
    Jumped the first five well and was simply unlucky to come a cropper when midfield

    Tidal Bay 28-1 Unseated 10th
    Was on the outside and in mid-division when his blunder did for the partnership with Brian Hughes

    Quolibet 100-1 Unseated 11th
    Had jumped okay until this point, albeit in rear, before his race-ending mistake

    Grand Slam Hero 66-1 Fell 13th
    Was chasing leaders and jockey Aidan Coleman reported his partner to have jumped brilliantly until this error

    Quinz 14-1 Pulled up 16th
    The Racing Post Chase winner never looked like striking a rare blow for the young, novice brigade, but at least coped with the fences. He was reported by rider Richard Johnson to have burst a blood vessel

    Can’t Buy Time 33-1 Fell 18th
    Gave Richie McLernon a good enough spin until suffering the same fate in this race as he had for the past two years

    Majestic Concorde 20-1 Unseated 24th
    He was prominent and keen early, and although he had been settled and was still in contention, albeit under pressure, he got rid of Robbie McNamara at the Canal Turn second time round

    Killyglen 66-1 Fell 27th
    Was a close up-third and in the process of running an excellent race – he had jumped soundly until this point – when he left his legs in this last ditch

    Santa’s Son 100-1 Pulled up 27th
    Only one significant error in an otherwise decent round of jumping from this outsider, although he was too far out of his ground to persevere with come four out; his jockey Jamie Moore said he is a two-miler

    What A Friend 12-1 Pulled up 27th
    Sir Alex Ferguson’s horse was well fancied and in a good position when bypassing Becher’s on the second circuit, but he tired after that

    Arbor Supreme 20-1 Unseated 28th
    Never jumped soundly enough to put himself in contention, making a couple of errors before getting shot of David Casey

    Comply Or Die 25-1 Pulled up 28th
    The 2008 winner became wearier as the race wore on and his jockey Timmy Murphy reckoned it might have been his last

    Hello Bud 20-1 Pulled up 29th
    Oldest horse in the line-up at 13 gave his young jockey Sam Twiston-Davies a nice spin round and was the last to call it a day

  5. Aldaniti&Spartan Missile says:

    This is my new blog name in honor of my late dad who backed Aldaniti and myself who backed Spartan Missile that year.

    Formerly Neil S

  6. marko says:

    I cant believe the result today , i had 1st , 2nd and the tricast .in my vote i had synchronised 1st (nr) and ballabriggs as next best .also the niche and oscar time .Happy days :P

  7. marko says:

    Also DPI 4 out of 5 . I can’t see this happening again

  8. mrfrisk says:

    where did you manage to change your name aldaniti ??

  9. Aldaniti&Spartan Missile says:

    Hi Mr Frisk, its simple really I just put in a new name in the name box. I also put in a new email address, but I think I could have kept the old one.

    It’s got to be approved by Admin though so didn’t change it while things was busy.

  10. Billymag says:

    Well a thick head today and feeling sorry for myself, well done to those that backed the winner unfortunately I was not one of them. Really felt this year that horses to run 2 preps before start of year were at a huge advantage. Maybe this is not going to as important then now. I assume that training facilities and methods now have improved.
    Well done the Niche ran with credit and jumped brilliantly.
    Just wish Sam WC wud have been allowed his claim!!! ;-)

  11. Irish Raider says:

    Had 2nd, 4th, 5th and 6th, Gutted about Dooney’s Gate and Ornais. Great effort by all on here. Roll on 2012!! Thanks guys.

  12. Billymag says:

    This is only meant as a bit of fun and certainly not to cause offence, but severn towers in your post on the 3rd who will win the grand national thread number post119 you did offer to buy a drink if a presenting won. Next time im passing Tonbridge ill have a beer with you.
    Your strong gale stat held up though and one i will pay particular attention to next year best finisher silver by nature 12th.

  13. Aldaniti&Spartan Missile says:

    When I first heard about Presenting poor record I was a bit skeptic, thinking that its because they weren’t up to standards. However the more I dug I kept coming up with Presenting doesn’t stay 4 miles in top company.

    Then Gerald shared his knowledge about Accordion and Presenting, and while Accordion has not even been placed in such races Presenting has had 3 placed horses including Scottish National, and the Niche himself was a close 4th at Cheltenham Festival in the 4 mile race when he was 7. My conclusion was that Presenting horses who was classy enough simply was unlucky not to win.

    So the big question, DENMAN for 2012 :P

  14. Systemsman says:

    Of those that ran this year who would be worth putting on a short list for 2012? – discuss (like an “A level” question but important).

    If SBN ever got Heavy/Sft I would want to back him but this sort of ground is unlikley next year being so late and on Good or Goodish ground would not be on my list.I think he jumped OK in the main even after being hit by the legs of a faller. Still think he might be my back up for Heavy/Sft grond though in 2012 (but needs a 1/2/3 next season).

  15. Billymag says:

    Early short list spring to mind junior, quinz, Becauseicouldntsee

  16. Matriarch says:

    West End Rocker going well when brought down. Surface To Sir ran a blinder. Will keep an eye on those two with next year in mind, more so WER.

  17. National punter says:

    Agree on WER he was my big hope and annoying when thatcher brought down by others, will he have more luck next time.
    Thought skippers brig would have done better since it had beaten ballabriggs lto, may have to say if he didn’t have the stamina under a featherweight not a national horse.

    Oscar time was impressive and may well have won if the 2 fences were included. Will keep an eye on next yr

    Midnight club, one bad jump early doors and badly hampered too, may have had a chance if not for that (not bad for a horse that wouldnt win in a million years , from a certain what a friend backer , that had picked the winner, been mighty quiet since )

    Theirs a long list of ones that could place that are reliable for next yr if not quick enough to win. More E/W ones for me next yr I think
    so one to keep an eye on

  18. Aldaniti&Spartan Missile says:

    I think the main failure is that we came here, with prejudices for and against certain horses.

    I didn’t really considered any Presenting progeny but Niche was over priced at 55 on Betfair. My original intentions was to place small amounts throughout the year then lay off when people learned Graham was serious in running.

    Next year I let stats guide me, along with form but mid season I really wasn’t in the mood to keep track of who was running well and who was not.

    Will try and keep an open mind next year and throughout the summer I will have to reexamine my stats. Since anything can win I need to know what is value and what’s not.

  19. maureen says:

    I think Ballabriggs to place next year is a good ew bet already. Seems to be a pattern forming with that. SBN will be clobbered by the handicapper next year, I fear, but I was oh so wrong about his jumping. Willie Mullins sounded more impressed by TMC than his jockey; they obviously didn’t consult each other before making a statement.

  20. maureen says:

    I’m going to go with my initial ‘gut’ reaction when I know which horses have been entered. Follow the stats and have fun doing so, but don’t be a slave to them. And don’t try to kid myself that a horse will go on unsuitable ground [Skippers Brig; SBN etc] or that dodgy jumpers will jump well [Arbor Supreme; The'T'Other One, GSH].

  21. graham regan says:

    Hello All,

    We are very proud of The Niche and how he ran yesterday. Words can’t describe how I felt to see him bowling along at the front of the field in the world’s gratest steeplechase.

    But the most important thing of all is He is very much in one piece but a bit tired today.

    He will now be roughed off for the summer and can have a well deserved break.

    The plan is already in place for next season and We look forward to that.

    I would just like to say how much i have enjoyed this blog through the Winter and the whole build up to the National. It’s a blog of opinions, whether we agree with them or not, and long may it continue.

    I hope you all have a great Summer, and I will pick it all up again in October.


  22. Burning Briggs says:

    I have greatly enjoyed reading the posts on here over the last few years without ever contributing. I swore after last year’s result that I’d had enough, but was drawn back soon after Xmas like a binge drinker to Hogmanay. I’d like to thank everyone for their contribution – it has been an enjoyable ride.

    I’ve got one piece of advice for next year. The negatives which consigned Ballabriggs to the dustbin early on were the fact that its stamina was unproven and it hadn’t won a good enough race. We didn’t know that he was lacking in stamina, only that he was unproven. He hadn’t won a race of enough quality. Ballabriggs wasn’t known to lack class. He simply hadn’t had the chance to prove it until the National. Unproven on both counts rather than not good enough.

    Now these factors are important in whittling down the runners to a few – or indeed the one – who will carry your money. But were these two negatives sufficient to discard the horse at an early stage when there were no runners with a perfect profile and very few with only one negative? My belief is that Ballabriggs had the red pen through him early because he was the early favourite and did not represent value to a gambler. A gambler wants to beat the bookie, not agree with him. Very few people looked favourably on the horse on this site because he was looked at through gamblers’ eyes and not impartially.

    So, my advice for next year is not to look so keenly for the negatives in horses with early favouritism. I know supporting an early favourite takes a lot of the fun out of the whole process, but in this case a more positive disposition towards the horse could have provided obvious dividends.

  23. National punter says:

    Well done Graham , he certainly gave you a run for your money and didn’t let the side down with a gutsy fifth. Bet you thought for a moment he could do it.
    Although he didn’t win , I hope he got as big a bucket of carrots that ballabrigs did. See him next season and hopefully a nice 3 mile odd chase win

  24. The Stayer says:

    Excellent stuff Graham. Good to see you on the Beeb a little bit before the race and i’m glad the Niche gave you a fantastic run.
    Hopefully he can come back next year and do even better.

    The press (in particular the Daily Wail) have obviously jumped all over the regrettable equine deaths in the big race. As a result the injury to poor Peter Toole has been somewhat overlooked. He took a crashing fall in the novice chase earlier on the card and is in an induced coma due to a bleed on his brain. As I mentioned on a previous thread, I am involved with a syndicate that has a horse with Charlie Mann and Peter as his conditional has ridden for us. He’s a really nice young lad and a very much up-and-coming talent in the weighing room and I wish him and his family the very best at this time.

  25. Matriarch says:

    The Wright Stuff on Channel 5 are “debating” whether the GN run it’s course! They’re comparing it to bull fighting!!! FFS!!

  26. The Stayer says:

    Sensationalist garbage.

  27. Aldaniti&Spartan Missile says:

    Its funny isn’t it. Not a word about how cruel it is when the are no casualties. Like last year. Now its headline news. They been calling for a stop to it since Lottery days though.

    I remember Lester Piggott falling from a horse in the breeders cup. Mr Brooks, put it leg into some hole in the ground and broke it leg. Nothing was ever said about that, or the other casualties that occasionally happen on the flat.

    National though is the shop window of racing and people these days are health and safety nuts.

    Ginger McCain would be the first to defend the national, despite having his first choice horse killed in the 73 race. Red Rum was bought as their second string.

  28. Aldaniti&Spartan Missile says:

    Must post this from Racing Post:

    BHA hits back at Grand National criticism

    By James Burn 7:00PM 11 APR 2011 THE BHA on Monday hit back at critics of Saturday’s John Smith’s Grand National, in which two horses died, launching a staunch defence of the showpiece race and its safety measures.

    Ornais and Dooneys Gate were the two horses fatally injured, meaning two of the contest’s 30 famous fences were bypassed, while the winner, Ballabriggs, was immediately dismounted by jockey Jason Maguire – in accordance with a pre-race directive from the BHA.

    The scenes sparked an outbreak of criticism from animal rights groups and the national press, but Tim Morris, the BHA’s director of equine science and welfare, said Saturday’s events demonstrated the welfare improvements.

    “The Grand National is a difficult race and was run this year on an unseasonably warm day,” Morris said in a statement on Monday night.

    “Because of that, all the jockeys had been instructed prior to the race to dismount from their horses as soon as the race was over in order to allow the team of handlers and vets to get water to the horses so as to prevent overheating [which is a main cause of collapse], as it is when people run and race over long distances.

    “This preventative action happened to all the horses, not just the winner, and shows welfare improvements in action. No horse collapsed.

    Tim Morris: BHA measures are “welfare in action”

    “The introduction of the run-outs, which were used for the first time this year, were introduced in 2009, the year after the horse McKelvey died.

    “They were introduced after much discussion, which included the RSPCA, as a welfare measure to allow loose horses to be able to go round the obstacles, and not, as has beenreported, to prevent the race from being voided. Again this is welfare in action.”

    Morris singled out animal rights pressure group Animal Aid for criticism, saying: “They are not an animal welfare group, as many newspapers and news channels have been misinformed.

    “They are an animal rights organisation against the use of animals for sport and leisure. As such their clearly stated agenda is to ban racing.

    “If racing didn’t exist, this would have a huge impact on tens of thousands of thoroughbreds across the UK; it would effectively mean that owners and trainers wouldn’t be able to look after their horses and the breed would disappear, as would a large part of British life.”



    “The Grand National was attended by over 70,000 people and watched by tens of millions, many of whom would have had a bet, or taken part in a sweepstake. Any one of those millions of people would undoubtedly have been very saddened by the accidents, seen clearly on television, which led to the death of Ornais and Dooneys Gate during the race.

    “Racing is a sport with risk, and the Grand National is the most testing race in Great Britain; that is why it has captured the imagination of so many for over a century. Racing works hard to reduce the risk. Some risk to horses is inherent in the sport, as it is to differing degrees in the life of a horse in any environment. Racing is open and transparent about these risks, publishes information about equine fatalities on the Authority’s website, and works to further reduce these risks [see Notes for Editors 1 and 4]

    “All those involved in racing do care for their horses. At the race itself there are more than 150 specialist staff who are completely focused on making the race as safe as possible, so there is no shortage of effort or expense in this respect. [see Notes for Editors 2 for detail]. This care and concern is why Horseracing has for many years also worked closely with legitimate animal welfare charities, such as the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare. The role of both these organisations is to be critical and raise concerns with us and, if they are not happy with the action we take, there is no doubt they would be very public about it, as anyone would expect from a legitimate animal welfare organisation.

    “Beyond this proper concern for horse welfare, much of the prompting on this issue to the media has been driven by Animal Aid. Animal Aid are not an animal welfare group, as many newspapers and news channels have been misinformed. They are an animal rights organisation against the use of animals for sport and leisure. As such their clearly stated agenda is to ban racing. [see Notes for Editors 3].

    “If racing then didn’t exist, this would have a huge impact on tens of thousands of thoroughbreds across the UK; it would effectively mean that owners and trainers wouldn’t be able to look after their horses and the breed would disappear; as would a large part of British life.

    “Such Animal Rights campaigners are entitled to their views, but the overwhelming majority of the British public take an animal welfare viewpoint as to how they deal responsibly with their obligations to animals kept as pets, raised for food and used in sport and leisure. They do not want to stop eating meat, keeping pets, riding horses or watching racing, but do want risks to animals be reduced to the minimum.

    “So it is clear there are two quite distinct issues here. The first issue is how we can realistically reduce the risk in the Grand National further, and that is the job of the BHA, Animal Welfare groups and Aintree Racecourse. We do listen to those concerns that have been raised and will continue to strive to reduce risk, whether that is in specific relation to the Grand National or in any other race. The second issue is the wider ethical debate of whether it is right for humans to use animals in leisure, sport and for food. Neither of these issues is served by the emotive language and misleading information from Animal Rights campaigners.

    “The BHA would also like to clarify the following points:

    “The Grand National is a difficult race and was run this year on an unseasonably warm day. Because of that, all the jockeys had been instructed prior to the race to dismount from their horses as soon as the race was over in order to allow the team of handlers and vets to get water to the horses so as to prevent over-heating (which is a main cause of collapse), as it is when people run and race over long distances. This preventative action happened to all the horses, not just the winner, and shows welfare improvements in action. No horse collapsed.

    “The introduction of the run-outs, which were used for the first time this year, were introduced in 2009, the year after the horse McKelvey died. They were introduced after much discussion, which included the RSPCA, as a welfare measure to allow loose horses to be able to go round the obstacles, and not, as has been reported, to prevent the race from being voided. Again this is welfare in action.

    “The winning jockey, Jason Maguire has been banned for exceeding the strict limits which we place on the use of the whip. The horse was carefully examined after the race and there is no evidence of an abuse. Such abuses are dealt with very seriously and, as we do at the end of every season, we will certainly be reviewing our Rules to ensure that we have the balance right between appropriate use of the whip and controlling inappropriate, unacceptable use.”

    Notes for Editors

    (1) Including this year, in 12 runnings of the Grand National since 2000, 479 horses have raced in the Grand National. 8 horses have been fatally injured, and we openly report this, as do the media including the BBC. Put another way, 471 horses went home after the race. In addition, in the seven years previous to this year’s running of the race, just three horses had lost their lives competing in the race – Hear The Echo, McKelvey and Tyneandthyneagain. McKelvey and Tyneandthyneagain were both injured when running riderless.

    (2) 20 horse catchers; at least two fence attendants at each of the National’s 16 fences; four stewards to inspect the course; two British Horseracing Authority Course Inspectors; 10 vets; 50 ground staff; and 35 ground repair staff

    (3) In an interview with Nicky Campbell two or three years ago in advance of the Grand National, Andrew Tyler, the head of Animal Aid, was put on the spot by Nicky Campbell and he admitted that he wanted racing banned. He did the same last year ahead of the Grand National in an interview with BBC Scotland.

    (4) For more information on Equine Welfare please see: