John Smith's Grand National - 5th April 2008 

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Comply Or Die
winner of the 2008 Grand National

Comply Or Die

Comply Or Die Lands National Glory
Comply Or Die won a thrilling John Smith's Grand National over Aintree's daunting fences. David Pipe's charge, ridden by Timmy Murphy, had to pull out all the stops after the last fence as he was pressed by Irish challengers King Johns Castle and Snowy Morning.

Aintree Winners to the Fore in Anglo-irish National Hunt Classifications 12/05/08
Runners at this year’s John Smith’s Grand National meeting fared very well in the Anglo-Irish National Hunt Classifications and the annual jump awards, which were released today, Monday, May 12.

Pipe Dynasty Alive and Kicking
Trainer David Pipe - whose father Martin won the 1994 race with Miinnehoma - was landing the John Smith’s Grand National in only his second season with a licence and admitted that he was hopeful beforehand.

Comply Gamble Hits Bookies
Comply or Die won the 2008 running of the John Smith's Grand National and the early gamble proved spot on as the horse returned 7/1 joint-favourite - three points lower than his morning price of 10/1.

Jockey's Quotes
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.

Gwanako on Springs in Topham Chase 04/04/09
Paul Nicholls, having seen his hot favourite Master Minded beaten in the previous race, the John Smith’s Melling Chase, earned immediate compensation when five-year-old Gwanako jumped his rivals into submission for victory in the John Smith’s Topham Chase.

Pipe Confident of Comply Or Die's Chances 04/04/08
In his second season as the master of Pond House, David Pipe will saddle five runner’s in Saturday’s John Smith’s Grand National.

O’Regan Hopeful of a Big Run from Bewleys Berry 04/04/08
Denis O’Regan, who will have his second mount in the John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday, is hopeful of a big run in the world's most famous steeplechase.

Order Of Elimination Decided & Nadover Runs 01/04/08
The order of elimination for the 99 horses in the John Smith’s Grand National has been decided by the British Horseracing Authority this morning.

Silver Birch on Target for 2009 31/03/08
Silver Birch, last year’s John Smith’s Grand National winner who has been sidelined through injury this season, is reported to be doing well and it is still the intention to bring him back for racing’s most famous chase next year.

Cornish Rebel Ready for Aintree Test 28/03/08
Cheshire trainer Lisa Williamson is anticipating a big effort from the talented and quirky Cornish Rebel, her first runner in the Grand National.

Simon Aiming to Uphold Tradition 27/03/08
Fred Rimell saddled four John Smith’s Grand National winners from Kinnersley Racing Stables and the famous establishment’s current incumbent, John Spearing, is hoping Simon bring home the prize for the late trainer’s widow, Mercy Rimell.

Morris Bids for Grand National Double with Baily Breeze 27/03/08
Mouse Morris is hoping to become the first trainer to pull off the John Smith’s Grand National/Irish Grand National double in the same season since Ted Walsh achieved the rare feat in 2000, when he saddles Baily Breeze in the £800,000 Aintree spectacular on Saturday, April 5.

Doumen Seeks Gallic Success in The John Smith’s Grand National 26/03/08
French trainer Francois Doumen is hoping to secure a first Gallic triumph when he saddles the brothers L’Ami and Kelami in the world’s most famous steeplechase at Aintree on Saturday, April 5.

Jefferson Hoping for Roman Conquest in John Smith’s Topham Chase 19/03/08
A total of 87 horses, three more than in 2007, have been entered for the £110,000 John Smith’s Topham Chase (3.45pm), which takes place on the second day of the John Smith’s Grand National Meeting at Aintree, on Friday, April 4.

Quinn, Williams and Hughes Happy with John Smith's Grand National Weights 14/02/08
North Yorkshire trainer John Quinn is content with the assessment of handicapper Phil Smith, who has allotted his Grand National hope, Character Building, a handy 10st 5lb.

Mr Pointment on Grand National Trail 25/11/07
Mr Pointment jumped his way to the head of the market for the John Smith’s Grand National (April 5, 2008) with a superb front-running display to win the highlight of day two of the Northwest Racing Masters, the £100,000 Becher Chase over the Grand National course at Aintree.

John SmithsJohn Smith’s Grand National Prize Money Continues to Grow 22/11/07
Aintree Racecourse today announced that the John Smith’s Grand National will increase in prize money by £100,000 (€143,000 Euros) in 2008 and will take the total prize fund up to a record £800,000 (€1,144,000 Euros) for the winner of the world’s most famous steeplechase.

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Grand National Winners 1839 -
On Tuesday February 26, 1839, Lottery became the first winner of The Grand National. In those days the field had to jump a stone wall (now the water jump), cross a stretch of plough land and finish over two hurdles.
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