2008 Grand National: Results, Runners & Fallers

Comply Or Die was the 2008 Grand National winner, giving jockey Timmy Murphy his first win in the race at the 11th attempt, and also a first win for trainer David Pipe, who followed in the footsteps of his dad, Martin Pipe.

Strongly fancied on the day, Comply Or Die was sent off as the 7/1 joint-favourite, alongside Cloudy Lane, who was the long-time favourite for the race in the build-up.

After the race, Murphy told reporters that the race was the highlight of his riding career, and trainer David Pipe had told him the horse was a certainty to win the race, such was the confidence in the yard.

Owner David Johnson, a name strongly associated with national hunt racing, had previously watched 20 horses in his colours fail to win the race, but Comply Or Die made it 21st time lucky for him.


Result Horse Starting Price Age Handicap Prize Money Jockey Trainer
1 Comply or Die 7/1 9 10-9 £450,640 Timmy Murphy David Pipe
2 King John's Castle 20/1 9 10-11 £169,760 Paul Carberry Arthur Moore
3 Snowy Morning 16/1 8 11-1 £84,960 David Casey Willie Mullins
4 Slim Pickings 10/1 9 11-3 £42,480 Barry Geraghty Tom Taaffe Jnr
5 Bewley's Berry 12/1 10 11-00 £21,280 Denis O’Regan Howard Johnson
6 Cloudy Lane 7/1 8 10-11 £10,640 Jason Maguire Donald McCain Jnr
7 Nadover 125/1 7 10-9 £5,280 Robbie Power Charlie Mann
8 Bailey Breeze 66/1 9 10-11 £2,720 Paddy Flood Michael “Mouse” Morris
9 Chelsea Harbour 14/1 8 11-12 - Davy Russell Tom Mullins
10 Mon Mome 28/1 8 10-11 - Aidan Coleman Venetia Williams
11 Hi Cloy 100/1 11 11-12 - Tom Doyle Michael Hourigan
12 Cornish Sett 80/1 9 10-10 - Nick Scholfield Paul Nicholls
13 Hedgehunter 10/1 12 11-12 - Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins
14 Idle Talk 66/1 9 10-9 - Brian Harding Donald McCain Jnr
15 Milan Deux Mille 125/1 6 10-9 - Tom Malone David Pipe

Non Finishers

Horse Fence Reason Starting Price Age Handicap Jockey Trainer
L'ami 2 Fell 33/1 9 11-1 Mick Fitzgerald Francois Doumen
Black Apalachi 2 Fell 66/1 9 10-8 Andrew McNamara Dessie Hughes
Backbeat 2 Fell 100/1 11 10-9 Wilson Renwick Howard Johnson
Iron Man 3 Unseated Rider 50/1 7 11-5 Christian Williams Peter Bowen
Fundamentalist 3 Fell 66/1 10 11-4 Paddy Brennan Nigel Twiston-Davies
Tumbling Dice 3 Unseated Rider 100/1 9 10-10 Tom Ryan Tom Taaffe Jnr
Ardaghe 4 Fell 100/1 9 10-7 David England Nigel Twiston-Davies
No Full 6 Fell 125/1 7 10-12 Shay Barry Eion Doyle
Philson Run 8 Unseated Rider 25/1 11 10-8 Daryl Jacob Nick Williams
Madison Du Berlais 8 Fell 66/1 7 11-9 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
Contraband 11 Fell 100/1 10 11-00 Keith Mercer Paul Murphy
Kelami 11 Unseated Rider 66/1 10 10-9 Barry Keniry Francois Doumen
Point Barrow 17 Pulled Up 25/1 10 10-13 Tony Dobbin Pat Hughes
Bob Hall 19 Pulled Up 100/1 7 10-11 Noel Fehily Jonjo O’Neill
Vodka Bleu 19 Pulled Up 20/1 9 11-2 Paul Moloney David Pipe
Naunton Brook 19 Pulled Up 66/1 9 10-10 Andrew Tinkler Nigel Twiston-Davies
Joacci 20 Fell 66/1 8 10-13 Johnny Farrelly David Pipe
McKelvey 20 Unseated Rider 25/1 9 11-00 Tom O’Brien Peter Bowen
Butlers Cabin 22 Fell 10/1 8 11-3 Tony McCoy Jonjo O’Neill
Turko 25 Fell 33/1 6 11-10 Richard Johnson OBE Paul Nicholls
Simon 25 Unseated Rider 11/1 9 11-7 Dominic Elsworth John Spearing
Knowhere 25 Unseated Rider 66/1 10 11-11 Joe Tizzard Nigel Twiston-Davies
D'Argent 27 Unseated Rider 25/1 11 10-12 Robert Thornton Alan King
Dun Doire 29 Pulled Up 33/1 9 10-7 Richard McGrath Tony Martin
Mr Pointment 30 Pulled Up 25/1 9 11-11 Sam Thomas Paul Nicholls

What Happened In The 2008 Grand National?

Comply or Die 2008 in parade ring
Dan Heap, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Having been very well backed, and eventually going off as the joint-favourite for the race, Comply Or Die was certainly seen as a result for punters. Many will have enjoyed betting success in the race, the horse was certainly a popular winner.

40 horses set off in the race, and just 15 of them were able to finish, despite the ground being named as good on the day, and many horses looking as though they were in with a chance of winning during the second circuit.

Alongside the winner, Cloudy Lane was the other 7/1 joint-favourite, a horse that was favourite for much of the build-up, though he was only able to finish 6th in the race. Behind Comply Or Die, Irish runners filled the remaining places, with King John’s Castle in second, Snowy Morning in third and Slim Pickings in fourth.

In the race, runners were together at the final fence, but it was Comply Or Die who took the jump better, giving him the momentum to take the lead. He was never headed on the run in, moving away to win the race by four lengths.

Jockey Mick Fitzgerald rode L’Ami and suffered injuries in a fall, which would later force him to retire from race riding, while McKelvey unseated his rider and then veered off the course, falling and fatally injuring himself.

In what was a rough race, it was Comply Or Die that crossed the line first to take the prize.

Two Retirements After 2008 Grand National

We saw not one jockey retire after the race, but two. Tony Dobbin announced before the race that he would be retiring from the sport and rode in his last national here. Alongside Dobbin, this was also the last time we saw Mick Fitzgerald in the saddle.

The retirement of Fitzgerald was not planned, he suffered neck and back injuries in his fall from L’Ami, which left him requiring hospital treatment after the race. The spinal injuries suffered by Fitzgerald proved too much for the veteran rider, and he announced his retirement because of those injuries, later in the year.

Great Winner For Punters

winning punter collecting money

The win of Comply Or Die will have been celebrated up and down the country by many. Well backed on the day, he was sent off as favourite, with plenty of confidence around his chance. After the race, we found out the extent of confidence in him from the David Pipe yard, who saw him as a certainty in the race, as long as he managed to avoid trouble, something he did.

After a big priced winner in 2007 when Silver Birch won the race, this was certainly one where punters won the battle, many will have latched onto the horse, and the famous colours of David Johnson, who was rode to victory by Timmy Murphy.

Moments Of Note

  • The winner Comply Or Die was very well backed on the day, eventually going off the 7/1 favourite
  • Trainer David Pipe bagged his first win in the race, after watching his dad train Miinnehoma to victory in 1994
  • Both Tony Dobbin and Mick Fitzgerald retired with this being their last ride of their career, Dobbin planned and Fitzgerald due to injury
  • 2005 winner Hedgehunter carried top weight and completed the race, but could only finish 13th