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.
|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|
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 Supreme Glory won the Welsh Grand National to put his name in the frame but was then withdrawn a few weeks before.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