Aintree Grand National 5th April 2008 

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1st (33) Comply Or Die 7-1 Jt Fav
2nd (27) King Johns Castle 20-1
3rd (16) Snowy Morning 16-1
4th (12) Slim Pickings 10-1
40 ran
Also: 7-1 Jt Fav Cloudy Lane


The John Smith’s Grand National Chase Jockeys’ Quotes

Comply Or Die

Comply Or Die

Paul Carberry, rider of the second King John Castle, said: “He was probably a bit short at the second last but he winged the last and I thought that when he landed he would get a run behind and I thought I had the two of them but Timmy’s mount pulled out a bit more.

“The whole length of the straight and turning in I thought I would win but Davy Russell put the mockers on me, he said when I was passing him, “Go and pick it up to the line” and my horse just sort of folded.”

David Casey, the third home on Snowy Morning, commented: “He ran great. He jumped super and I just wish I had a bit more horse and had hung on a bit longer but he gave me a super ride. Timmy and Paul are both getting married this year and they need money for the wedding stuff!”

Barry Geraghty, on the fourth Slim Pickings, said: “He ran a blinder. I was just saying to the lads it was the best crack I’ve had all year. He’s only a nine-year-old so hopefully he’ll be back. He ran a blinder and it’s great to be involved.”

Tony McCoy, who fell at Becher’s second time around on Butler's Cabin, said: “I was having a good ride. He was travelling nicely and he just tipped up at Becher’s.”

Paul Moloney on Vodka Bleu: “He was just a little bit too deliberate.”

David England, on Ardaghey: “Got in a bit tight at the fourth and came down.”

Tom Doyle, on Hi Cloy: “Gave me a great spin, jumped brilliantly the whole way.”

Sam Thomas, on Mr Pointment: “I pulled up before the last. He just got very tired, but he jumped serious.”

Richard Johnson, on Turko: “He dragged his hind legs through a couple, but he was very good for a six-year-old. He took to it very well and he could be back here again.”

Dominic Elsworth, on Simon: “It was only going okay and I was unseated at Valentines the same as last year.”

Christian Williams, on Iron Man: “He just took off too far out.”

Davy Russell, on Chelsea Harbour: “Savage spin, he jumped from fence to fence. He did jump a bit left, but he is game. Perhaps I made a bit too much use of him.”

Tom O’Brien, on McKelvey: “He unseated me down the back the second time, but I really enjoyed it.“

Johnny Farrelly, on Joaaci: “He gave me a great spin, but we fell down the back on the second circuit.”

Noel Fehily, on Bob Hall: “He jumped well, but he just got tired. We pulled up going out on the second time.”

Aidan Coleman, on Mon Mome: “I had a great spin - absolutely awesome. He looked after me all the way round. I nearly got bought down at Becher’s second time around, but he did great to get away with it.”

Nick Scholfield, on Cornish Sett: “Absolutely brilliant, jumped super. It was an unreal experience. To get round was like winning for me.”

Tom Ryan, on Tumbling Dice: “He just took off way too early.”

Wilson Renwick, on Backbeat: “He fell at the second and, from the way he jumped the first, I knew he wouldn’t get very far.”

Barry Keniry, on Kelami: “He got in too close and fell. He had jumped brilliantly up to then.”

Robbie Power, on Nadover: “He was deadly. He gave me a serious spin. He’ll not be 150/1 if he comes back next year.”

Paddy Brennan, on Fundamentalist: “He got in far too close and fell at the fourth.”

Brian Harding, on Idle Talk: “He gave me a brilliant ride and I was starting to get a bit excited at Becher’s, but he fell in a heap.”

Andrew McNamara, on Black Apalachi: “I didn’t think he was going to fall, but I was on the way up when he was on the way down.”

Daryl Jacob, on Philson Run: “I hate this race! There were horses falling all around me, Philson Run went one way and I went the other.”

Richard McGrath, on Dun Doire: “He got a bit tired, so I pulled him up but he had jumped really well.”

Tom Malone, on Milan Deux Mille: “I had a fantastic ride out there in front. He’s such an exuberant horse, but I knew if I dropped him in he’d be too keen. In the end, I wasn’t competitive, but I got round and he’s a fantastic old horse.”

Shay Barry, on No Full: “He got a bit tight to Becher’s first time round and couldn’t get his landing gear out.”

Ruby Walsh, on Hedgehunter: “He was grand. He jumped round, but he just wasn’t good enough.”

Paddy Flood, on Baily Breeze: “Fantastic. He jumped well, travelled well and finished eighth.“

Andrew Tinkler, on Naunton Brook: “He didn’t really want to go today. He likes leading and he couldn’t get his own way.”

Jason Maguire, on Cloudy Lane: “I finished sixth. He gave me a great ride. He’s run really well and he’s jumped great. Turning in, I thought if I could tag on to the winning bunch that he would pick up, but the trip has taken a bit of the quickness out of him and he just kept going one pace to the line.”

Denis O’Regan, on Bewleys Berry: “A brilliant ride, got a great run and he jumped great. He probably didn’t get home, but he’s run to his mark.”

Keith Mercer, on Contraband: “He made a little mistake and his head went down. Then he was knocked by another horse and came down. I was gutted because he was really getting into his stride, but that’s the National for you. You need a lot of luck.”

Joe Tizzard, on Knowhere: “I unseated at Valentine’s the second time around.”

Tom Scudamore, on Madison Du Berlais: “He just got in too close at the Canal Turn.”

Tony Dobbin, on Point Barrow: “He fell at the first last year and I think he remembered it. He jumped safe, but too safe. He was just spending too long in the air.”

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