John Smith's Grand National - 14th April 2012 

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How They Ran - Jockeys’ Thoughts

Daryl Jacob, who partnered Neptune Collonges, the 2012 John Smith’s Grand National winner, declared: “This is so good for my best friend Kieran Kelly, who died.

“You cannot beat this. I have always told Paul Nicholls that I someday I would ride him a National winner. I said that two years ago and I am just glad that I have done it now.”


Richie McLernon who rode runner up Sunnyhillboy, said: “He really travelled well for me and I wasn’t sure whether I had won or not. He didn’t desreve to be beaten because he ran a fantastic race for me but that how it goes.”

Dominic Elsworth, on Calgary Bay, said: “He just got a bit tired. I suffered a bit of interference from loose horses, but otherwise it was fine.”

Davy Russell, on Alfa Beat, said: “I was lucky at the first because he slithered into the back of it. At the seventh he just took his eye off the fence and that was it.”

Chicago Grey
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Chicago Grey

Denis O'Regan, on Black Apalachi, said: “He fell at the Canal Turn first time. We were dropped in and they were going very quick up front. He got in too tight and tipped over, but he’s fine and I hacked him back.”

Paul Carberry, on Chicago Grey, said: “I got brought down at the one before Becher’s on the first circuit.”

Andrew Thornton, on Tatanen, said: “I was wiped out at the Canal Turn first time - I was squeezed and had no daylight. It can happen at that fence and it happened to me. He jumped the first six or seven well and was in a good rhythm.”

Paul Townend, on On His Own, said: “He was running a very big race, and I was getting a great ride off him, but that’s the National.”

Aidan Coleman, on Mon Mome, said: “He was just flat out the whole way and got a bit too far behind. He’s been a great servant and I looked after him.”



Robbie Power, on Killyglen, said: “I went Canal Turn first time where he made a bad mistake and unseated me. He remembered last year and didn’t take to it this time.”

David Casey, on Quiscover Fontaine, said: “I fell at the first fence on the second circuit - I had a great spin up to then but he got in too close and landed too steep.”

Brian O'Connell, on Tharawaat, said: “The ground was just a little bit too quick for him. I had a good position early but he couldn’t quite hold it and I just hunted him around at the back. Once I gave him a squeeze to pass a few stragglers up the straight he just flew home as if he was a horse that needed five miles. It was my first ride and a thrill a minute.”

Niall Madden, on In Compliance, said: “He ran a blinder - the start messed me up a small bit because I didn’t really get away as I wanted, but they went a good enough gallop and he jumped great. I cannot knock him on anything.”

Paul Moloney, rider of Cappa Bleu, 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 ran a tremendous race. I would certainly like to ride him again next year."

Harry Skelton, jockey of Vic Venturi, said: "It didn’t go according to plan, but me and the horse are back in one piece."

Andrew Lynch, rider of Treacle: "Three horses fell in front of me at various fences and it just knocked Treacle’s confidence. He fell and it’s just one of those things."

Richard Johnson, on Planet Of Sound who finished in twelfth, said: “He ran really well but just didnt get four and a half miles.”

Jamie Moore, who pulled up Deep Purple before the 19th, said: “He just didn’t fancy going round on the second circuit and there is no point in fighting a losing battle.”

Tom Scudamore, on Junior who fell at the second, said: “It was brief unfortunately. We just clipped the second one and it was all over. He has been checked by the vet and we are both safe and sound.”

Barry Geraghty, on the ninth Shakalakaboomboom, said: “He ran a cracker, he’s an eight-year-old and you’d like to think he would be back next year. He jumped brilliantly and ran a great race.”

West End Rocker
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West End Rocker
Wayne Hutchinson, on West End Rocker, a faller at the 2nd , said: “We were just too quick and got to deep too the second.”

Bryan Cooper, on Rare Bob, brought down at the 5th said: “We just didn’t get round.”

Miss Nina Carberry, on Organisedconfusion, who was unseated at the 8th said: “I got sandwiched at the Canal Turn and there are no chances there. He was taking to the fences very well before that.”

Andrew Tinkler, on the eleventh placed Midnight Club, said: “I got a great ride of him. It took him a while to warm to it but once he’d warmed to it I just lacked a bit of tactical speed, but he ran very well.”

Aidan Coleman, who pulled up Mon Mome before the 22nd, said: “He’s older now and I just couldn’t get him going so we got a bit far behind. To be fair to the old boy he gave me a fantastic spin he knows his way round here. He’s been such a fantastic servant and to be fair to him he looked after me it is just that his younger rivals have more legs than him.”

Mark Walsh, who was unseated at the 10th on Arbour Supreme, said: “My fella didn’t enjoy that backing off everywhere. He just didn’t like the fences. He got nearly brought down and then that was it and he refused.”

Conor O'Farrell, on tenth Swing Bill, said: “Great fun, my first time and I got a great spin of him and I can’t wait for next year.”

Dougie Costello, on Postmaster (pulled up before the 22nd), said: “Brilliant spin, but he bled, so that is why we pulled up.”

Paddy Brennan, who pulled up Giles Cross before the 11th, said: “The ground was too quick and he never got into a rhythm.”

Sam Twiston-Davies, on seventh Hello Bud, said: “That was class, he gave me a great ride. I thought for a long way we were going to be in the places. He’s a legend, I just sit and steer.”

Felix De Giles, on thirteenth Neptune Equester, said: “I was very unlucky early on and was hampered by loose horses and fallers so I ended up a little far back. He kept staying on and has run a very good race.”

Davy Condon, who was hampered and unseated at the 8th on Becauseicouldntsee, said: “He got hampered at the Canal Turn when Nina (Carberry on Organisedconfusion) fell and he lost a little bit off confidence after that and was never really happy after that. He might have remembered his fall from last year.”

Jason Maguire on the sixth Ballabriggs said: “He gave me a super ride again, and jumped well. It was just the extra weight that did for him in the closing stages.”


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