Saturday, April 10, 1999 Published at 22:35 GMT 23:35 UK
Bobbyjo wins the National
Bobbyjo leads the way in the closing stages
Bobbyjo has won the Grand National at Aintree to become the first Irish winner of the race in 24 years.
Half a dozen horses still had a chance at the final fence but it was the 10-1 shot who drew clear on the long run-in to beat Blue Charm (25-1), the mount of Lorcan Wyer, by 10 lengths.
Call It A Day, ridden by Richard Dunwoody, was a neck away third at 7-1 with Addington Boy (10-1) fourth.
Bobbyjo is owned by Irish London-based businessman Bobby Burke, who was elated with the triumph.
The quietly spoken trainer compared the victory with his own success as a jockey on L'Escargot.
"This is a lot, lot better," he said as he paid tribute to his son's riding performance.
"It was a fantastic ride he gave it."
"We had a good start and were handy throughout," he said.
"He jumped very well and as we jumped the last I knew he would quicken.
"It can't get any better than that. It'll take a while to set in but it was worth going to bed at nine last night."
Blue Charm had led for much of the race, but finished second, after being overtaken in the closing stages.
The highly-fancied Double Thriller disappointed his many supporters by falling at the first fence.
Double Thriller was not actually the favourite come the start of the race, drifting out to 7-1 as the price of Fiddling the Facts was shortened to 6-1.
1st Bobbyjo (P Carberry) 10-1
32 ran, 18 finished
5th Feels Like Gold 50-1
Brought Down: Fiddling the Facts 6-1 Fav & Choisty
Pulled Up: Cyborgo, Commercial Artist, Cavalero
Fell: Eudipe, Tamarindo, Baronet, Camelot Knight
Unseated Rider: Double Thriller