Monday, 11 April 2016 20:27

Grand National 2016 Review

Wow. What a year. The Grand National at Aintree certainly didn't disappoint for excitement. The typical lottery of horses racing had a great mix this year of favourites taking the winning podium as well as a few unexpected results. Here we take point at reflecting on the biggest race at the festival this year, The Grand National.

It was 19 year old David Mullins who took Rule the World to an unexpected victory in the big race. Rated at a mega 33/1 RtW blitzed it right on the end to take the crown of the biggest horse racing event in the world. Imagine the adrenaline rush the 19 year old lad must have had as he went first past the post in front of a 70,000+ crowd...especially as he had never even walked around the Grand National track before! After the race Mullins was quited as saying:

 

"It's unbelievable. I couldn't expect things to have gone any better, it all went to plan.

There was one little mishap at the fourth-last, but thank god I came out (the other side). I couldn’t give you a word to describe that feeling.

Credit to Mouse, he's produced this horse without having won over fences.

 

Then there's me, who's never even walked around the Grand National track.

Mouse is a genius and he's the best man in the world for preparing a horse for one day.

That's the best ride I've ever got off a horse and it's the best feeling to come back into a place like this.”

 

Trainer Mouse Morris was understandably proud and emotional after sadly losing his son last year who died whilst travelling in Argentina, was quoted as saying; “It’s like Disneyland. Someone is looking down on me.”

 

It is certainly a testament to Mouse Morris’ training abilities as Rule The World has been rehabilitated through two broken pelvises.

 

Many Clouds was the favourite for this race after winning in 2015 but after leading the pack and appearing to be setting the pace, made a crucial mistake with only two to jumps to go. Another shock was Vics Canvas placing in 3rd who had a remarkable 100/1 odds. Even a £5 each way bet would have a returned a substantial profit of £125! It just goes to show what a lottery this event is. Which is why it will always be the most popular and exciting race in the world. That’s all from us folks, if you liked what you read feel free to share this article on Facebook and Twitter and join the discussion!