History was made in 2009 when Mon Mome won the Grand National, going down as one of the biggest price winners in many years.
An SP of 100/1 is the biggest since Foinavon won the race at the same price in 1967. On top of that, Mon Mome was also the first French-bred winner of the race for 100 years, winning for trainer Venetia Williams and jockey Liam Tredwell.
Despite the price of the winner, some will have backed the winner, given the horse was trained by a female trainer, and if you were one of the lucky ones to do so, the 2009 race will be fond in your memory for many years.
What Happened In The 2009 Grand National?
Many will talk about the price of Mon Mome, and in many ways, his victory in the race is so well-known because of that. However, the way in which he got there remains a bit of a mystery. He was unfancied, and one of the big outsiders, despite being favourite for the Welsh Grand National just a few months before, showing that many fancied his chances then.
A big change happened, but those who were lucky enough to back this horse will not mind. He certainly didn’t run or win like a 100/1 shot, eventually coming away from the field to record a winning distance of 12 lengths.
40 runners went to post for the race, and eventually, Butler’s Cabin was sent off as the 7/1 favourite. He won the 2007 Irish Grand National and was running a great race in the 2008 race at Aintree when falling. Unfortunately, despite the urgings of AP McCoy, Butler’s Cabin was unable to stick with the leaders, making mistakes and fading from four out.
The going on the day was good, which led to a strongly run race, and relatively good conditions for the contest. Despite that, just 17 runners managed to finish the race, and unfortunately, of those that didn’t finish, there was one fatality in the race, with Hear The Echo collapsing on the run in. Butler’s Cabin eventually finished 7th, and he also collapsed, but after completing the race, and after receiving treatment, the horse was ok.
Comply Or Die, winner of the race in 2008, was back for more this time around and was with Mon Mome at the final flight, before fading away. He did stay on to finish second, a valiant effort with far more weight on his back. My Will finished third for Ruby Walsh, a horse that had been favourite for some time, and was sent off as joint-second favourite on the day.
100/1 Winner Gives Bookies A Big Win
With a race as big as the Grand National, betting is always popular, and the price of the winner, and to a lesser extent the placed runners, will be talked about in terms of being a good or bad result for the bookmakers.
In 2009, there is no doubt that the result was a great one for the bookmakers. Big runners, such as previous winner Comply Or Die, and strongly fancied runners ridden by AP McCoy and Ruby Walsh would have meant big losses for the bookmakers.
However, it didn’t go their way, and despite a few followers, Venetia Williams, Liam Tredwell and Mon Mome gave the bookies a big win on the day.
Tredwell Wins With First National Ride
For some jockeys, the Grand National goes by without them ever riding the winner of it, while some that are lucky enough to win the race, take many years to do so. For Liam Tredwell, things came instantly, he was one of eight riders racing in their first national, and won it at the first time of asking.
In doing this, Tredwell became the 22nd rider to win the race in their first attempt at it, and the second to do it in the 21st century.
Moments Of Note
- The 100/1 SP of Mon Mome made him the biggest price winner of the race since 1967
- He was also the first French trained runner to win the race for 100 years
- Jockey Liam Tredwell became the 22nd rider to win this race during their first ride
- Two horses collapsed on course, one before finishing and one after the line, forcing further looks at the safety of the race