Mon Mome is Fifth National Winner to Start at 100/1
The Venetia Williams-trained Mon Mome became the fifth horse to win the John Smith’s Grand National at odds of 100/1 - the longest starting price in the race’s 162-year history.
Prior to Mon Mome, Foinavon, who had the distinction of having a fence named after him, was the most recent 100/1 winner in 1967. Others were Caughoo in 1947, while Tipperary Tim and Gregalach won consecutive Nationals in 1927 and 1928.
Mon Mome was the third female-trained winner of the race. Jenny Pitman is the only female other than Venetia Williams to saddle the winner, having sent out Corbiere in 1983 and Royal Athlete in 1995.
Mon Mome Gives Bookies Best Result Since Foinavon Says Totesport
There was a shock result of the John Smith's Grand National on Saturday afternoon as Mon Mome became the first horse since Foinavon in 1967 to win at odds of 100/1 - giving the bookies their best result for 42 years.
Venetia Williams' gelding was given a superb ride by Liam Treadwell and ran on strongly at the elbow to score by twelve lengths and deny the eventual runner-up Comply Or Die a second consecutive Grand National victory.
'The bookies always expect a nightmare result in the Grand National but we didn't envisage this result in our wildest dreams - we've absolutely cleaned up,' said totesport spokesman George Primarolo.
'We paid out on five places and that spot was filled by Cerium at 100/1 - which didn't go unbacked - but all in all it's been a champagne day for the layers.'
The totewin dividend beat SP by returning £158.40 to a £1 stake, whilst there was a record totetrifecta return of £64,356.60 to a £2 stake - beating the tricast return of £11,864.24 by £52,492.36. The previous totetrifecta record on the National was a return of £44,338.60 in 2005.
Total tootepool turnover on-course today came to £1,958,120 while the was a record placepot pool of £475,000.
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