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Silver Birch wins Grand National
14/04/07

1st (30) Silver Birch 33-1
2nd (35) Mckelvey 12-1
3rd (22) Slim Pickings 33-1
4th (31) Philson Run 100-1
5th (29) Liberthine 40/1
40 ran

Silver Birch, who had promised so much earlier in his career, finally realised that promise to win the John Smith’s Grand National in a thrilling finish.
“We thought he would run a good race, but this is a dream come true,” said Gordon Elliott, at 29 the youngest trainer in the race.

“We only got the horse a year ago, and sweetened him up with some cross country chases,” said Elliott, who was covered by almost as much water as his horse in the celebrations afterwards.

The trainer, winning the John Smith’s Grand National only a year after getting his full training licence, was confident that once the horse had mastered Barry Geraghty’s horse Slim Pickings that Silver Birch would win.

“If he jumped the last two then I thought we had it. We struggle enough in this game and I’m certainly going to celebrate tonight,” he said.

Brian Walsh, the owner and at just 26 also the youngest in the race, immediately paid credit to his trainer. “He’s done a heck of a job to get this horse ready,” he said.

Walsh also paid credit to Michael Donohoe of the Irish BBA who bought the horse for him for just £20,000 at the Doncaster Sales last year. Donohoe explained: “They were looking for a hunter chaser to have a bit of fun with and he had a bit of leg when we bought him, but this...this is a fairytale.”

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Silver Birch
G Elliott
R M Power
10st 6lbs
33 - 1
Winner
2
Mckelvey
P Bowen
T J O'Brien
10st 4lbs
12 - 1
3/4 length
3
Slim Pickings
T J Taaffe
B J Geraghty
10st 8lbs
33 - 1
1 1/4 length
4
Philson Run
Nick Williams
D Jacob
10st 5lbs
100 - 1
15 lengths
5
Liberthine
N J Henderson
Mr S Waley-Cohen
10st 6lbs
40 - 1
5 lengths
6
Numbersixvalverde
M Brassil
N P Madden
11st 3lbs
14 - 1
21 lengths
7
Longshanks
K C Bailey
A Dobbin
10st 7lbs
14 - 1
1 1/4 length
8
Puntal
D Pipe
T Scudamore
10st 5lbs
80 - 1
13 lengths
9
Hedgehunter
W P Mullins
R Walsh
11st 12lbs
9 - 1
1 1/2 length
10
L'ami
F Doumen
A P McCoy
11st 8lbs
14 - 1
distance
11
Clan Royal
Jonjo O'Neill
Mr J T McNamara
10st 9lbs
33 - 1
14 lengths
12
Gallant Approach
C R Egerton
J A McCarthy
10st 9lbs
33 - 1
2 lengths
13
Kelami
F Doumen
M A Fitzgerald
10st 12lbs
33 - 1
29 lengths
Fell
9th
Royal Auclair
P F Nicholls
J Tizzard
11st 1lbs
33 - 1
Fell
6th
Jack High
T M Walsh
R McGrath
10st 3lbs
33 - 1
Fell
25th
Simon
J L Spearing
A Thornton
10st 11lbs
20 - 1
Fell
22nd
Bewleys Berry
J Howard Johnson
P J Brennan
10st 7lbs
22 - 1
Fell
1st
Point Barrow
P Hughes
P A Carberry
10st 12lbs
8 - 1
Fell
8th
Kandjar D'allier
A King
R Thornton
10st 8lbs
100 - 1
Pulled Up
22nd
Homer Wells
W P Mullins
D J Condon
10st 6lbs
33 - 1
Pulled Up
19th

Billyvoddan
H D Daly
L Aspell
11st 4lbs
16 - 1
Pulled Up
22nd
Eurotrek
P F Nicholls
L Heard
11st 8lbs
16 - 1
Pulled Up
20th
Joes Edge
Ferdy Murphy
G Lee
10st 2lbs
8 - 1
Pulled Up
30th
Thisthatandtother
P F Nicholls
J Moore
11st 5lbs
50 - 1
Pulled Up
7th
Zabenz
P J Hobbs
B Fenton
10st 8lbs
66 - 1
Pulled Up
23rd
Naunton Brook
N A Twiston-Davies
N Fehily
10st 4lbs
125 - 1
Pulled Up
29th
Sonevafushi
Miss V Williams
Mr T Greenall
10st 3lbs
150 - 1
Pulled Up
27th

Dun Doire
A J Martin
P Carberry
10st 8lbs
20 - 1
Pulled Up
22nd
Celtic Son
D Pipe
T J Murphy
10st 11lbs
50 - 1
Pulled Up
29th
Bothar Na
W P Mullins
D J Casey
10st 6lbs
20 - 1
Pulled Up
22nd
Graphic Approach
C R Egerton
Paul Moloney
10st 6lbs
100 - 1
Refused
7th
Monkerhostin
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
11st 6lbs
8 - 1
Refused
15th
Cloudy Bays
C Byrnes
A J McNamara
11st 0lbs
100 - 1
Unseated
Rider
24th
Ballycassidy
P Bowen
Denis O'Regan
10st 9lbs
33 - 1
Unseated
Rider
6th
Le Duc
P F Nicholls
D Elsworth
10st 2lbs
66 - 1
Unseated
Rider
6th
Livingstonebramble
W P Mullins
D N Russell
10st 9lbs
100 - 1
Unseated
Rider
19th
The Outlier
Miss V Williams
P C O'Neill
10st 5lbs
125 - 1
Unseated
Rider
1st
Tikram
A King
W Hutchinson
10st 5lbs
125 - 1
Unseated
Rider
8th
Knowhere
N A Twiston-Davies
T Doyle
10st 13lbs
100 - 1
Unseated
Rider
19th
Idle Talk
D McCain Jnr
J M Maguire
11st 2lbs
20 - 1
       


40 ran
Time: 9m 13.6s
Distances: 3/4, 1 1/4, 15, 5, 21, 1 1/4, 13, 1 1/2, dist, 14, 2, 29
Breeding: b g Clearly Bust - All Gone
Breeder: J & Mrs Power
Totes: Win: £41.90 Places:£.20; £4.20; £9.80; £29.30 Exacta: £667.60

Winning Trainer: Gordon Elliott Age: 29 Based: Capranny, Trim, Co Meath, Ireland Background: Former point-to-point ride. Started out at Tony Martin’s Meath stables. Moved to Martin Pipe in 2002 and rode one winner from six amateur rides. Began training in 2006 at Capranny Stables, owned by Barry Callaghan, head of the Dun Doire Syndicate. Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2007 Silver Birch) Wins in Britain this season: 4

Winning Jockey: Robert Power Age: 25 Background: Robert Power is the son of legendary Irish showjumper and trainer Con Power, who is regarded as the top man in Ireland to deal with horses who find it difficult to learn to jump properly. A silver medallist at the European Junior Showjumping Championships in 2000, Power made the switch to jump racing the following year. First winner as a professional came on the Paddy Mullins-trained Bob What at Leopardstown in February, 2002. He was honoured at the 2004 Irish Jump Racing Awards as the leading claiming rider Aintree Festival Wins: John Smith’s Grand National (2007 Silver Birch) Other Big Race Wins Include: John Smiths Midlands Grand National (2003 Intelligent), Galway Plate (2003 Nearly A Moose) Wins in Ireland (2001/02-2005/6): 8; 12; 28; 35; 25 Wins in Ireland this season: 15 Wins in Britain (2002/03-2005/06): 1; 0; 0; 0 Wins in Britain in this season: 2

 

THE JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL WINNING JOCKEY

Robbie Power, the winning jockey on Silver Birch, said: “Unbelievable, what a ride I got all the way.

“He jumped and travelled great. It does not get better than this. I should retire now.

“I looked around turning for home and he was going the best. Credit to Gordon Elliott - the trainer), he has done some job to get this horse ready.

“Gordon was worried that Silver Birch wouldn't be able to lay-up early on, but it meant I was able to keep out of trouble.

"Once I got to the front he did nothing. Gordon picked him up for nothing (20,000 guineas) and he looks a bargain now."

 

THE JOHN SMITH’S GRAND NATIONAL WINNING OWNER

Brian Walsh, the winning owner, said: “Gordon (Elliott) advised me to try for Silver Birch, and, together with Mick Donohoe of the BBA, I went to Doncaster Sales last May and managed to pick him up for 20,000gns.

"I probably had only one more bid in me, but, though Silver Birch looked A1 and was surprisingly cheap for a horse who had already won a Welsh National and a Becher Chase, when he walked off the box at Troytown he was in a right old state.

"Michael Sadler rang me to tell me that he was lame here and lame there and that, in his opinion, I had two choices; either we could inject his tendons and leave him standing in his box for a month or give him a year off.

"We decided on the injections, and he was grand after a month and has never given us a bother since.

"We will be celebrating in Gregory's in Kilcock (Co Kildare) when we get home, and I've got a good lump of cash to collect, too. I had a decent bet on Silver Birch at 66-1, and, having won plenty at Cheltenham, it has been a good spring.

"I come from a farming family, but nowadays I concentrate on the horses and we have 12 in training.

"I also have the Rheindross Stud at Kilcock, which keeps me busy as we have 20 broodmares there, including two in foal to Galileo and Johannesburg, though my first love is definitely jumping.

"We also have a decent broodmare prospect in Rhacophorus, who won the Aintree bumper last season. I bought her later that month for £220,000 at Brightwells Auction at Cheltenham, and she might run at Punchestown at the end of the month."

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