2000 Grand National: Results, Runners & Fallers

The 2000 Grand National went to a father and son team from Ireland. Ted Walsh trained the winner Papillon, while the horse was ridden by his son, Ruby Walsh.

Not only that, but the 2000 race was a first ride in the contest for Ruby, he was one of five to make his race debut this year. Just like we saw a year earlier in 1999, we witnessed a dad doing the training and a son doing the riding, and their partnerships both resulted in success on the day, and the perfect family story for everyone to enjoy.

Results

Result Horse Starting Price Age Handicap Prize Money Jockey Trainer
1 Papillon 10/1 9 10-12 £290,000 Ruby Walsh Ted Walsh
2 Mely Moss 25/1 9 10-1 £110,000 Norman Williamson Charles Egerton
3 Niki Dee 25/1 10 10-13 £55,000 Robbie Supple Peter Beaumont
4 Brave Highlander 50/1 12 10-5 £25,000 Philip Hide Josh Gifford
5 Addington Boy 33/1 12 11-2 £12,500 Adrian Maguire Ferdy Murphy
6 Call It A Day 50/1 10 10-11 £7,500 Barry Geraghty Alan King
7 The Last Fling 14/1 10 11-5 - Seamus Durack Sue Smith
8 Lucky Town 20/1 9 10-5 - David Casey Enda Bolger
9 Djeddah 16/1 9 11-8 - Thierry Doumen Francois Doumen
10 Hollybank Buck 33/1 10 10-4 - Peter Niven A J Martin
11 Bobbyjo 12/1 10 11-6 - Paul Carberry Thomas Carberry
12 Kendal Cavalier 33/1 10 10-6 - Barry Fenton G B ‘Toby’ Balding
13 Suny Bay 66/1 11 11-12 - Chris Maude Simon Sherwood
14 Feels Like Gold 28/1 12 10-7 - Brian Harding Nicky Richards
15 Camelot Knight 150/1 14 10-6 - Ollie McPhail Nigel Twiston-Davies
16 Kingdom Of Shades 50/1 10 10-4 - Tom Jenks Venetia Williams
17 Celtic Giant 100/1 10 10-7 - Bruce Gibson L Lungo

Non Finishers

Horse Fence Reason Starting Price Age Handicap Jockey Trainer
Royal Predica 1 Fell 50/1 6 10-4 Glenn Tormey Martin Pipe
Micko's Dream 1 Fell 14/1 8 10-10 Jason Titley Willie Mullins
Senor El Betrutti 1 Fell 100/1 11 10-12 Carl Llewellyn Susan Nock
Trinitro 1 Fell 100/1 9 10-3 Robert Bellamy Rune Haugen
Art Prince 1 Fell 100/1 10 10-4 Dean Gallagher Martin Pipe
Sparky Gayle 2 Unseated Rider 33/1 10 10-8 Brian Storey C Parker
Dark Stranger (2) 3 Unseated Rider 9/1 9 10-1 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
Earthmover 4 Fell 14/1 9 10-5 Joe Tizzard Paul Nicholls
Choisty 4 Fell 50/1 10 10-00 Robert Widger H Edward Haynes
Red Marauder 6 Fell 18/1 10 11-2 Richard Guest N B Mason
Young Kenny 10 Fell 14/1 9 12-00 Brendan Powell Peter Beaumont
Druid's Brook 12 Unseated Rider 66/1 11 10-5 Rupert Wakeley Kim Bailey
Torduff Express 13 Fell 50/1 9 10-3 Robert Thornton Paul Nicholls
The Gopher 13 Fell 66/1 11 10-3 Warren Marston D J Wintle
Merry People 14 Unseated Rider 40/1 12 10-5 Garrett Cotter John Queally
Listen Timmy 17 Pulled Up 50/1 11 11-5 Tony Dobbin Alan King
Village King 20 Fell 50/1 7 10-11 Jim Culloty Philip Hobbs
Flaked Oats 20 Fell 50/1 11 10-3 Timmy Murphy Paul Nicholls
Stormy Passage 22 Fell 50/1 10 11-3 Andrew Thornton Philip Hobbs
Esprit De Cotte 22 Fell 50/1 8 10-8 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
Buck Rogers 24 Fell 50/1 11 11-00 Ken Whelan V Bowens
Star Traveller 27 Pulled Up 10/1 9 10-11 Richard Johnson OBE Henry Daly
Escartefigue 30 Fell 50/1 8 11-9 Jimmy McCarthy Paul Nicholls

What Happened In The 2000 Grand National?

Papillon winner 200040 runners went to post for the 2000 Grand National, and 17 of them finished the course, a healthy number, and helped by good racing conditions. The winner Papillon was fancied in the market by many and was eventually sent off at 10/1, which made him one of the 10/1 joint-second favourites behind the 9/1 market leader Dark Stranger.

That horse, unfortunately, fell at just the third fence, giving jockey Tony McCoy a heavy fall, and ending the hopes for many who had sided with him, mainly because McCoy was in the saddle. Star Traveller was the other 10/1 joint-second favourite, and he led for most of the way before being pulled up at fence 25, where he was found to have gone lame.

Mely Moss, a 25/1 chance, was the horse to challenge Papillon, and we had a great finish between the pair. There wasn’t too much in them at the line, the official winning distance was one and a quarter lengths. A further 12 lengths back was Niki Dee, another 25/1 shot, while Brave Highlander finished fourth at 50/1 of the 17 runners that navigated the Aintree course in this one.

Father And Son Team Win Grand National

Just like a year earlier in the 1999 race, we saw another father and son duo win the race. From the Carberry’s, it was now the Walsh’s, with Ted Walsh training the winner and his son Ruby riding the winner.

In the build-up, Ted strongly fancied his horse and felt he was the ideal partner for his son to ride in the race, something that was proved right on the day.

First Time Lucky For Ruby Walsh

Ruby Walsh plaque aintreeNot only did Ruby Walsh get the joy of riding the winner for his dad, but he also rode the winner of the race in his very first attempt. Five riders made their debut in the 2000 Grand National, with four out of the five finishing the course including Walsh. Jockey Jimmy McCarthy was the only one to not finish.

Moments of Note

  • For the second year in a row, the Grand National winner was trained by a dad and ridden by a son, with the Walsh’s teaming up this time
  • The winning jockey Ruby Walsh was having his first ride in the race
  • Papillon was sent off as the joint-second favourite at 10/1 and was well supported by punters