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Grand National Result 2012  

Neptune Collonges Lands National Thriller
14/04/12

1 Neptune Collonges 33/1
2 Sunnyhillboy 16/1
3 Seabass 8/1J
4 Cappa Bleu 16/1
40 ran Distances: nse, 5l, 7l
TIME 9m 5.10s (fast by 4.90s)

After 52 unsuccessful runners in the John Smith’s Grand National, Paul Nicholls secured a seventh trainers’ championship when Neptune Collonges got up by a nose to win under jockey Daryl Jacob.

Neptune Collonges
© Racehorse Photos

Neptune Collonges

“Brilliant, brilliant, brilliant! I wasn’t sure we had got there,” said Nicholls. “He was running away when the other horse was stopping and I thought the verdict could have gone either way. He got there at the right time and that’s what counts. This has been a race we haven’t had the best of luck in but it’s great to win. It’s a race everyone knows and everyone watches.

“If it hadn’t been for Denman or Kauto Star then he’d have won a Gold Cup. He’s won two Guinness Gold Cups at Punchestown and been placed in a Gold Cup and no other horse apart from Synchronised had form like that. Gold Cup form counts for an awful lot. What a fantastic horse he has been and he will retire now. He’s probably the best horse we have run in the race. I knew he’d stay and keep galloping.

“Ruby (Walsh) always just felt he was too old. I’m so chuffed for Daryl, he went the brave man’s route and little short cuts like that make all the difference. Daryl keeps getting better and better and when you have a second jockey like him things like that can happen.

“When (bloodstock agent) Anthony Bromley bought him from France he said we’d be disappointed when we saw him. I thought they were having a joke when he arrived because he was so narrow and only about 15.2 hands, a typical horse from France. I said I couldn’t let Mr Hales see him for a while and fed the horse up!

“That’s seven championships now but it will be incredibly difficult to win another next year. Neptune has now retired and with Denman gone, and possibly Kauto Star as well, we’ve got to find some new ammunition for next season. I said to Nicky (Henderson) that I thought the championship was dead and buried for us after he won with Oscar Whisky today so it’s a surprise. Nicky’s a mate as well and I ain’t going to win it next year, we need to regroup.”

Speaking about the sad death of Synchronised, Nicholls added: “Neptune here has shown how much these horses mean to us. All sports have an element of risk and we all take a certain amount of risk each day. We take every effort to minimise risks but even in Flat races accidents can happen.”

Jockey Daryl Jacob dedicated his victory to former weighing-room colleague and housemate Kieran Kelly, who died in a fall in 2003.

“Kieran looked after me when I went to work for Dessie Hughes in Ireland and he virtually kicked me out of the house to tell me I had to go and ride in England so without him I wouldn’t be here. It is the same with people like Robert and Sally Alner, I’m just happy to repay them for all they did. This means the whole world to me, it’s the race every jockey wants to win,” said Jacob.

“It was a very, very close finish and I didn’t know where the finishing line was. I just kept driving until 10 yards after the line. He was going as fast as he could at the start as at the finish, I just steered him. He went his own pace, I just sat there.

“He’s a real stayer and a class horse and he just stayed on the whole way to the line. We were reeling them in all the time.”

Owner John Hales said: “This is so emotional for me and he retires today. I just wanted to get him round safely but I never dreamed he would win. I thought the handicapper had given him 6lb too much.

“My wife Pat watched with Paul but I was on the move half-watching. My thought after he jumped the last was just ‘thank God’, he’s home and well. I have nothing against Aintree but after what happened here in 1998 with One Man the place has owed me that one, so thank you Aintree.

“We had not thought about coming here but then he went to Haydock last time and, with a big weight and ground he didn’t like, I thought we were only going through the motions running there. But he ran a brilliant race, he would have won in a couple more yards and he earned his right to come here.

“He was going to retire win, lose or draw after today and will retire at my home now. It meant a lot to me when J P (McManus) congratulated me, giving me his good wishes after a terrible moment for him. It says a lot about the man that he could do that.

“My family was split about running here, my wife was 50/50 about coming here and my daughter Lisa is showjumping in South Wales although I think she might have jumped off when she hears what has happened.”

 

Position
Horse
Trainer
Jockey
Weight
Starting Price
Beaten Distance
1
Neptune Collonges
P F Nicholls
D A Jacob
11st 6lbs
33 - 1
Winner
2
Sunnyhillboy
Jonjo O'Neill
R P McLernon
10st 5lbs
16 - 1
Nose
3
Seabass
T M Walsh
Ms K Walsh
10st 12lbs
8 - 1
5 lengths
4
Cappa Bleu
Evan Williams
Paul Moloney
10st 10lbs
16 - 1
7 lengths
5
In Compliance
D T Hughes
N P Madden
10st 0lbs
100 - 1
2 3/4 lengths
6
Ballabriggs
D McCain Jnr
J M Maguire
11st 9lbs
12 - 1
2 1/2 lengths
7
Hello Bud
N A Twiston-Davies
S Twiston-Davies
10st 0lbs
33 - 1
3 3/4 lengths
8
Tharawaat
G Elliott
B T O'Connell
10st 4lbs
125 - 1
3/4 length
9
Shakalakaboomboom
N J Henderson
B J Geraghty
10st 12lbs
8 - 1
6 lengths
10
Swing Bill
D Pipe
Conor O'Farrell
10st 3lbs
100 - 1
27 lengths
11
The Midnight Club
W P Mullins
A Tinkler
10st 8lbs
40 - 1
22 lengths
12
Planet Of Sound
P J Hobbs
R Johnson
11st 5lbs
33 - 1
14 lengths
13
Neptune Equester
B Ellison
Felix de Giles
10st 0lbs
100 - 1
24 lengths
14
Calgary Bay
Miss H C Knight
D Elsworth
11st 6lbs
33 - 1
14 lengths
15
Midnight Haze
K C Bailey
S Quinlan
10st 0lbs
80 - 1
10 lengths
Fell 6th
Synchronised
Jonjo O'Neill
A P McCoy
11st 10lbs
10 - 1
Fell 27th
Weird Al
D McCain Jnr
T J Murphy
11st 8lbs
28 - 1
Fell 7th
Alfa Beat
J J Hanlon
D N Russell
11st 5lbs
50 - 1
Fell 8th
Black Apalachi
D T Hughes
D F O'Regan
11st 3lbs
25 - 1
Pulled Up Before 19th
Deep Purple
Evan Williams
J E Moore
11st 3lbs
25 - 1
Fell 2nd
Junior
D Pipe
T Scudamore
11st 2lbs
16 - 1
Brought Down 5th
Chicago Grey
G Elliott
P Carberry
10st 13lbs
20 - 1
Unseated Rider 8th
Tatenen
R Rowe
A Thornton
10st 13lbs
100 - 1
Fell 2nd
West End Rocker
A King
W Hutchinson
10st 12lbs
16 - 1
Brought Down 22nd
According To Pete
J M Jefferson
Harry Haynes
10st 12lbs
28 - 1
Fell 22nd
On His Own
W P Mullins
P Townend
10st 11lbs
14 - 1
Unseated Rider 15th
Always Right
J Wade
J Reveley
10st 10lbs
25 - 1
Brought Down 5th
Rare Bob
D T Hughes
Bryan J Cooper
10st 9lbs
40 - 1
Unseated Rider 8th
Organisedconfusion
A L T Moore
Miss N Carberry
10st 8lbs
20 - 1
Fell 10th
Treacle
T J Taaffe
A E Lynch
10st 8lbs
22 - 1
Pulled Up Before 22nd
Mon Mome
Miss V Williams
Aidan Coleman
10st 8lbs
50 - 1
Unseated Rider 10th
Arbor Supreme
Jonjo O'Neill
M P Walsh
10st 7lbs
100 - 1
Unseated Rider 8th
Killyglen
S R B Crawford
R M Power
10st 4lbs
14 - 1
Fell 17th
Quiscover Fontaine
W P Mullins
D J Casey
10st 4lbs
50 - 1
Unseated Rider 8th
Becauseicouldntsee
N F Glynn
D J Condon
10st 3lbs
25 - 1
Unseated Rider 5th
State of Play
Evan Williams
N Fehily
10st 3lbs
40 - 1
Pulled Up Before 22nd
Postmaster
Tim Vaughan
D C Costello
10st 2lbs
100 - 1
Pulled Up Before 11th
Giles Cross
V R A Dartnall
P J Brennan
10st 1lbs
20 - 1
Refused 19th
Vic Venturi
D T Hughes
Harry Skelton
10st 0lbs
80 - 1
Fell 1st
Viking Blond
N A Twiston-Davies
B Hughes
10st 0lbs
80 - 1
       

 

KATIE WALSH GOES CLOSE ON SEABASS

Katie Walsh came closer than any other female rider in John Smith’s Grand National history when finishing a good third on Seabass, trained by her father Ted, five lengths behind winner Neptune Collonges and Sunnyhillboy, who was just a nose behind at the line.

Seabass
© Caroline Norris

Seabass

Walsh, 27, who was having her first ride in the National, said: “He gave me an unbelievable spin. I was wrong a couple of times and he put me right but it’s just a fantastic experience and great to get round. I want to go out and do it all over again.

“Up to the third last. I was going okay. I pulled down my goggles and turning in Barry [Geraghty, on Shakalakaboomboom] said to me ‘You’re not going too bad’, but I knew then was never going to win. I was just delighted to be placed.”

Ted Walsh, who trained Papillon to win the National in 2000 under son Ruby, added: “I’m really proud of them both. I just thought for a few moments there we were going to see history. It was brilliant.

“I was a little worried about stamina and he probably ran out of it a little bit at the elbow but he jumped well and ran well.

“A real top-class horse beat him and also Sunnhillboy, who ran well at Cheltenham. It was a good National and it was great to be part of it.”



EVAN WILLIAMS THRILLED WITH THE INEXPERIENCED CAPPA BLEU’S FOURTH PLACE FINISH

Cappa Bleu, only having his ninth start under rules, ran a terrific race to finish fourth in the John Smith’s Grand National, despite a number of horses falling in front of him during the four and a half mile marathon.

Williams said: “Cappa Bleu nearly got brought down a few times. It was carnage out there with a number of horses falling in front of him so he had no luck in running, getting shuffled back, but he then stayed on again. He is still unexposed as that is only his ninth start and it’s probably his inexperience that has beat him.”

Paul Maloney has now placed in the past four renewals of the John Smith’s Grand National after finishing in the money aboard Cappa Bleu’s stable companion State Of Play, who failed to finish this year.

Maloney said:“It didn’t go to plan really. I nearly got brought down at Foinavon and I’ve just had to use Cappa Bleu a bit to get him back into rhythm, but he a ran a tremendous race. I would certainly like to ride him again next year.”

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