John Smith's Grand National - 4th April 2009 

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Mon Mome

Mon Mome Springs 100-1 National Shock 04/04/09
Mon Mome stayed on powerfully in the hands of Liam Treadwell to spring a 100-1 shock in the John Smith's Grand National at Aintree.

Reaction from John Smith’s Grand National 04/04/09
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.

Jockey Quotes 04/04/09
Timmy Murphy (Comply Or Die, 2nd):
“He ran an absolute blinder. He jumped fantastic again and he didn't probably travel quite as well as last year but he had a stone more on his back so you wouldn't expect him to.

Twiston-Davies Aims Irish Raptor at 2010 Grand National 03/04/09
Irish Raptor put in a impressive effort to take the John Smith’s Topham Chase over the big Aintree fences by two and a quarter lengths and his trainer Nigel Twiston-Davies is hoping to return to Liverpool in 12 months’ time for the John Smith’s Grand National.

McCoy On Butler’s Cabin and Mark Walsh Gets Call Up for Reveillez 02/04/09
Riding plans for J P McManus’s four Jonjo O’Neill-trained John Smith’s Grand National runners have been decided, with Tony McCoy opting to ride hotly-fancied Butler’s Cabin.

Watering Continues at Aintree 02/04/09
"There’s been no change to the official going overnight and we have been selectively watering the Mildmay Course since 6am this morning. We will review the situation later on as to whether we water again overnight after racing," said Aintree’s Director of Racing and Clerk of the Course Andrew Tulloch.

Owner Hopes for a Change of Luck with Problem Horse Maljimar 01/04/09
Connections of Maljimar were this morning keeping their fingers crossed that they will sneak into the final line-up for Saturday's John Smith's Grand National.

John Smith's Grand National News From Tuesday Morning 31/03/09
The new order of elimination from the John Smith’s Grand National was decided this morning. War Of Attrition scratched by trainer Mouse Morris.

Joint-favourites Head The John Smith's Grand National Betting 30/03/09
Butler’s Cabin (8/1) and My Will (8/1) continue to share favouritism at the head of the betting market for Saturday’s John Smith’s Grand National, following the five-day confirmation stage.

Mangan Back on John Smith’s Grand National Trail with Himalayan 26/03/09
Six years after saddling Monty’s Pass to win the world’s greatest steeplechase, Jimmy Mangan is looking forward to a return for another shot at Aintree glory with Himalayan Trail, who is set to contest the £900,000 John Smith’s Grand National on Saturday, April 4.

Nicholls Bidding for Repeat Victory in John Smith’s Topham Chase 25/03/09
Champion trainer Paul Nicholls could have as many as four runners in the £110,000 John Smith’s Topham Chase after the weights were revealed today for the extended two mile, five furlong contest, run over the Grand National fences on Friday, April 3.

Plenty of Grand National Clues at Cheltenham and Naas 06/03/09
Malton-based handler John Quinn is looking forward to seeing Character Building take his chance in the Fulke Walwyn Kim Muir Challenge Cup Handicap Chase on the third day of The Festival on Thursday, March 12.

Endless Power to be Entered in Grand National 23/01/09
Endless Power is no stranger to success over the famous Grand National fences, having scored a dramatic pillar-to-post success in the totesuper7 Grand Sefton Chase at the Northwest Racing Masters on November 23.

Comply Or Die and Madison Du Berlais Set to Head Pipe Team 13/01/09
Trainer David Pipe looks to have a strong hand as he bids to join the elite list of trainers to have won the John Smith’s Grand National more than once.

Grand National Worth Record £900,000 in 2009 29/12/08
Aintree Racecourse is pleased to announce that the 2009 renewal of the world’s greatest steeplechase, the John Smith’s Grand National, will be worth a record £900,000, an increase of £100,000 on the 2008 value.

Walsh Looking for National Clues at Northwest Racing Masters with Southern Vic 19/11/08
Trainer Ted Walsh could be on the John Smith’s Grand National trail once again as Southern Vic is set to contest the £120,000 Listed Becher Chase, run over three miles and two furlongs of Aintree’s famous Grand National fences on Sunday, November 23, day two of the Northwest Racing Masters.

New Grade Two Novices' Chase at Aintree in 2009 21/08/08
Aintree Racecourse is pleased to announce that it will be staging a new two-and-a-half mile novices’ chase at the 2009 John Smith’s Grand National Meeting.

On-sale dates for 2009 John Smith's Grand National meeting 07/07/08
Aintree Racecourse today announced that tickets and hospitality packages for the 2009 John Smith’s Grand National meeting, which will takes place from 2nd – 4th April, will shortly go on sale.

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.

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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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