1999 Grand National: Results, Runners & Fallers

A fancied runner, which gave punters a strong year against the bookmakers, combined with a popular Irish racing family taking home the prize, led to a Grand National in 1999 that many will remember.

Unusually, especially in recent times, we saw a field of just 32 go to post for this contest, which was ironic given the year was when reserves were introduced, in a bid to keep the field at 40 this year and beyond


Result Horse Starting Price Age Handicap Prize Money Jockey Trainer
1 Bobbyjo 10/1 9 10-00 £242,600 Paul Carberry Thomas Carberry
2 Blue Charm 25/1 9 10-00 £91,400 Lorcan Wyer Sue Bradburne
3 Call It A Day 7/1 9 10-2 £45,200 Richard Dunwoody David Nicholson
4 Addington Boy 10/1 11 10-7 £20,000 Adrian Maguire Ferdy Murphy
5 Feels Like Gold 50/1 11 10-00 £9,500 Brian Harding Nicky Richards
6 Brave Highlander 50/1 11 10-1 £5,300 Philip Hide Josh Gifford
7 Kendal Cavalier 28/1 9 10-3 - Barry Fenton Nigel Hawke
8 Earth Summit 16/1 11 11-00 - Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
9 St Mellion Fairway 200/1 10 10-2 - Jimmy Frost Martin Pipe
10 Samlee 50/1 10 10-00 - Rodney Farrant Philip Hobbs
11 Nahthen Lad 14/1 10 10-2 - Andrew Thornton Jenny Pitman
12 General Wolfe 18/1 10 11-1 - Norman Williamson Venetia Williams
13 Suny Bay 12/1 10 11-13 - Graham Bradley Simon Sherwood
14 Back Bar 200/1 11 10-00 - Dean Gallagher Donald ‘Ginger’ McCain
15 Strong Chairman 50/1 8 10-00 - Robert Thornton Paul Nicholls
16 Merry People 200/1 11 10-00 - Garrett Cotter John Queally
17 Avro Anson 40/1 11 10-00 - Tony Dobbin Julie Camacho
18 Coome Hill 25/1 10 10-11 - Stephen Wynne W W Dennis

Non Finishers

Horse Fence Reason Starting Price Age Handicap Jockey Trainer
Double Thriller 1 Fell 7/1 9 10-8 Joe Tizzard Paul Nicholls
Baronet 4 Fell 12/1 9 10-2 Richard Johnson OBE David Nicholson
Mudahim 6 Unseated Rider 100/1 13 10-00 Brendan Powell Philip Hobbs
Tamarindo 6 Fell 66/1 6 10-4 Timmy Murphy Martin Pipe
Cavelero 15 Pulled Up 50/1 10 10-00 Sean Curran H J Manners
Commercial Artist 18 Pulled Up 200/1 13 10-2 Tom Jenks Donald ‘Ginger’ McCain
Cyborgo 19 Pulled Up 50/1 9 10-11 Conor O’Dwyer Martin Pipe
Eudipe 22 Fell 10/1 7 10-10 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
Frazer Island 22 Fell 200/1 10 10-2 Richard Guest Richard Rowe
Fiddling The Facts 22 Fell 6/1 8 10-3 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
Camelot Knight 22 Brought Down 200/1 13 10-00 Chris Maude Nigel Twiston-Davies
Choisty 22 Unseated Rider 200/1 9 10-00 Robert Widger H Edward Haynes
Castle Coin 25 Unseated Rider 200/1 7 10-00 Adie Smith Howard Johnson
Bell's Life (2) 27 Pulled Up 66/1 10 10-00 Glenn Tormey Philip Hobbs

What Happened In The 1999 Grand National?

Bobbyjo winning team 1999A smaller field took part in the 1999 Grand National, with a total of 32 runners beginning the contest. Of those, 18 finished, a strong number, with 14 failing to get around. The race was well contested, and on good ground, which aided the number of finishers.

The winner was Bobbyjo, who was ridden by Paul Carberry. As mentioned already, this was a family affair as Paul’s dad, Tommy Carberry, was the trainer of the winner. He was sent off at 10/1, close to the head of the market, and came away nicely to win by 10 lengths.

He was ahead of Blue Charm in second place at 25/1, while Call It A Day, the joint-second favourite was third at 7/1 and lastly, Addington Boy finished fourth at 10/1. Bobbyjo flew over the last, and that jump was almost enough for him to win the race on its own, but he stormed up the finish to clear away from anyone that felt they had any chance of catching him.

Eudipe was the only fatality in the race, falling at Becher’s Brook on the second circuit, an incident that saw a total of five runners go out of the race at the same fence.

tommy carberry plaque aintreeFather And Son Team Win Grand National

The Grand National of 1999 was a great day for the Carberry family. Having anyone associated with the winner is a big deal, but this family had two. First of all, the winner was trained by Tommy Carberry, while the jockey was his son, Paul Carberry, giving them a double celebration.

The Irish hadn’t won the Grand National for 24 years up until this day, and it took a family effort to make that happen.

Grand National Rule Changes

Two new rules were brought into the race in 1999.

The first surrounded the maximum field number. This was still 40, but reserves were added at the 48hr declaration stage, three in total. These would enter the race to cover for any late non-runners and ensure the field stayed at 40. However, with only 32 declared this year, there was no need to have this in place.

The second rule banned trainers from running their Grand National horses in any other race at the meeting. Something that hadn’t happened for a while, but was more popular many years ago, finally it was banned to prevent horses from running twice in three days.

Moments Of Note

  • Ireland finally win the Grand National again after going 23 years without winning the race
  • A father and son combination won the race, Tommy and Paul Carberry
  • Two new rules were added to the race, though neither had an impact on this year’s renewal