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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.

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The 10-1 shot and winner of last year's Irish National was ridden by Paul Carberry, and trained by his father Tommy, who rode the last Irish winner L'Escargot in 1975.

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.

'Fantastic ride'

Bobbyjo is owned by Irish London-based businessman Bobby Burke, who was elated with the triumph.

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"I can't describe it, it's just fantastic," said Burke. "I'm delighted for Tommy Carberry, I'm happier for Tommy more than myself."

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."

[ image: Celebrations from Paul Carberry at the end]
Celebrations from Paul Carberry at the end
The jockey leapt spectacularly from the horse at the race's end and then described the success as "a dream come true".

"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."

Double spiller

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.


Aintree 3.45

1st Bobbyjo (P Carberry) 10-1
2nd Blue Charm (L Wyer) 25-1
3rd Call It A Day (R Dunwoody) 7-1
4th Addington Boy (A Maguire) 10-1

32 ran, 18 finished

The rest

5th Feels Like Gold 50-1
6th Brave Highlander 50-1
7th Kendal Cavalier 28-1
8th Earth Summit 16-1
9th St Mellion Fairway 200-1
10th Samlee 50-1
11th Nahthen Lad 14-1
12th General Wolfe 18-1
13th Suny Bay 12-1
14th Back Bar 200-1
15th Strong Chairman 50-1
16th Merry People 200-1
17th Avro Anson 40-1
18th Coome Hill 25-1

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

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