The Long Mile Grand National Wins
The Long Mile has never won the Grand National.
They have never finished the race.
The Long Mile had a big career ahead of him and was an exciting runner heading into the 2021 Grand National. However, he would sadly suffer a fatal injury in that race, pulling up in the contest at the 22nd fence.
Foaled in 2014, the horse was having just his second run at a distance of more than three miles, so he had untapped potential over longer distances, something we never got to see from him. Trained by Philip Dempsey, the horse had a total of 19 starts in his career, winning on four occasions.
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The Long Mile’s Early Years
The Long Mile would have a very slow start to his racing career. He made his debut in a maiden hurdle at Clonmel in May 2018 but would not win a race until December 2019.
He ran a total of seven races over hurdles to start his career but was unable to get his head in front in these races. He made it into a better chaser but didn’t win until his fourth race over fences, which was a handicap at Naas in December 2019.
The Long Mile’s Big Race Wins
The Long Mile won a total of four contests, all of which came over fences. He was not a horse that won at a high level, but of those four wins, two did come in Irish Grade B handicaps, which are of the higher end in the handicap system in Ireland.
The first of those came at Gowran Park in March 2020, and the second came at Limerick in December 2020. His best run didn’t result in a win but did result in a third-placed finish, when The Long Mile ran in the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse, a Grade Three contest he took on his way to the Grand National at Aintree.