2002 Grand National: Results, Runners & Fallers

Despite the Grand National being run over more than four miles, and taking over 10 minutes, perhaps the 2002 race will be remembered most for what happened at the first fence, in the first few seconds of the race.

40 runners took part, and incredibly, nine of them, almost a quarter of the field, fell at the very first fence. That took a number out of the race, and in the end, just 11 actually crossed the finish line to complete.

The winner was Bindaree, a horse trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies and ridden by Jim Culloty. The finish was a close one, with What’s Up Boys less than two lengths in behind in second place, and a big gap to the remaining runners.

Results

Result Horse Starting Price Age Handicap Prize Money Jockey Trainer
1 Bindaree 20/1 8 10-4 £290,000 Jim Culloty Nigel Twiston-Davies
2 What's Up Boys 10/1 8 11-6 £110,000 Richard Johnson OBE Philip Hobbs
3 Blowing Wind 10/1 9 10-6 £55,000 Tony McCoy Martin Pipe
4 Kingsmark 16/1 9 11-9 £25,000 Ruby Walsh Martin Todhunter
5 Supreme Charm 28/1 10 10-00 £12,500 Robert Thornton Kim Bailey
6 Celibate 66/1 11 10-3 £7,500 Noel Fehily Charlie Mann
7 You're Agoodun 50/1 10 10-8 - John Kavanagh Martin Pipe
8 Royal Predica 80/1 8 10-8 - Jimmy McCarthy Martin Pipe
9 Streamstown 40/1 8 10-8 - John P McNamara Ferdy Murphy
10 Birkdale 50/1 11 10-2 - Jason Maguire Ferdy Murphy
11 Mely Moss 25/1 11 10-2 - Norman Williamson Charles Egerton

Non Finishers

Horse Fence Reason Starting Price Age Handicap Jockey Trainer
Marlborough 1 Fell 20/1 10 11-12 Mick Fitzgerald Nicky Henderson
Inn At The Top 1 Fell 40/1 10 10-8 Adie Smith James Turner
Paris Pike 1 Fell 10/1 10 10-13 Richard Guest Ferdy Murphy
Carryonharry 1 Fell 66/1 8 10-00 Rupert Wakeley Martin Pipe
Logician 1 Brought Down 80/1 11 10-00 Mark Bradburne Ian A Balding
Wicked Crack 1 Fell 33/1 9 10-5 Conor O’Dwyer Edward U Hales
Struggle's Glory 1 Brought Down 66/1 11 10-3 Ben Hitchott D C Robinson
Red Ark 1 Unseated Rider 50/1 9 10-00 Kenny Johnson N B Mason
Goguenard 1 Fell 66/1 8 10-00 Warren Marston Nicky Henderson
Niki Dee 4 Fell 66/1 12 10-00 Russ Garrity Peter Beaumont
Samuel Wilderspin 4 Fell 14/1 10 10-00 Tom Doyle Richard Lee
Frantic Tan 5 Unseated Rider 50/1 10 10-5 Tom Jenks Nigel Twiston-Davies
Iris Bleu 5 Fell 100/1 6 10-00 Paul Moloney Martin Pipe
Alexander Banquet 6 Unseated Rider 22/1 9 11-11 Barry Geraghty Willie Mullins
Gun'n Roses II 7 Unseated Rider 100/1 8 10-2 Marcus Foley Martin Pipe
Smarty 9 Pulled Up 16/1 9 10-1 Tom Scudamore Mark Pitman
Beau 14 Unseated Rider 11/1 9 11-1 Carl Llewellyn Nigel Twiston-Davies
Murt's Man 17 Pulled Up 66/1 8 10-1 Andrew Thornton Paul Nicholls
Super Franky 18 Fell 66/1 10 10-5 Philip O’Brien Charles Byrnes
Manx Magic 20 Fell 100/1 9 10-7 Gerry Supple Martin Pipe
Lyreen Wonder 20 Unseated Rider 40/1 9 11-4 Barry Cash Arthur Moore
Ackzo 20 Pulled Up 25/1 9 10-00 Dean Gallagher Ferdy Murphy
Majed 22 Fell 66/1 6 10-11 Barry Fenton Martin Pipe
Inis Cara 24 Pulled Up 66/1 10 10-00 Brian Crowley Venetia Williams
The Last Fling 24 Fell 40/1 12 10-6 Richard McGrath Sue Smith
Ad Hoc 27 Brought Down 10/1 8 11-1 Paul Carberry Paul Nicholls
Djeddah 27 Unseated Rider 66/1 11 10-00 Thierry Doumen Francois Doumen
Spot Thedifference 27 Unseated Rider 33/1 9 10-00 David Casey Enda Bolger
David's Lad 27 Fell 10/1 8 11-1 Timmy Murphy A J Martin

What Happened In The 2002 Grand National?

Going on the day was described as good, and a total of 40 runners went to post for the contest. In the build-up to the 2002 event, the betting market was all about two runners, and neither ran in the race. Supreme Glory won the Welsh Grand National to put his name in the frame but was then withdrawn a few weeks before. Elsewhere, Moor Lane was the talking horse for many months, and favourite, but he didn’t make the cut to get in the race at the weights.

Blowing Wind was sent off as the 8/1 favourite, a horse that was remounted and finished 3rd a year earlier in 2001, but ultimately he could do no more than finish in the same position this time around. Ahead of him in second place was one of the co-second favourites, What’s Up Boys, but it was Bindaree that took the race, he was sent off at 20/1 on the day.

The drama came at the first fence, with Wicked Crack leading them to it but then falling, bringing down others and causing a lot of problems in behind. In total, nine runners fell at the first, almost a quarter of the field.

Going offer the Melling Road, with two fences to jump, Bindaree led, followed by What’s Up Boys, Blowing Wind and Kingsmark, this group ahead of the chasing pack. This is the order they finished in, though the front two pulled well clear of the rest and didn’t look back between the final two flights.

Up the run in, What’s Up Boys was three lengths clear at one point, but Bindaree was the strongest finisher, and in the final 75 yards, he came upsides and then went by, recording a winning distance of one and three-quarter lengths.

Records Broken On Course

Aintree racecourse reported records when it came to the crowd on course and also the Tote turnover. A total of over 120,000 spectators went to the full meeting, with 63,000 of them going to the Grand National day itself.

As for the Tote returns, a record on course turnover of £3 million was recorded, while bookmakers also had a strong, profitable day. The eight most popular horses in the race were all beaten, this was certainly a contest that went the way of the bookmakers.

Moments Of Note

  • An incredible nine runners all fell at the first fence, immediately cutting the field from 40 to 31 in the early stages
  • Seven jockeys were riding in the race for the first time, and all seven failed to complete
  • With a record crowd in attendance, Tote turnover on course was also at record levels as the public turned out to support the event
  • Bookmakers came out on top this year, the eight most popular horses in the race were all beaten