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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 April, 2004, 19:22 GMT 20:22 UK
What the jockeys said
Graham Lee
Graham Lee enjoyed his first Grand National win on Amberleigh House
Graham Lee (Amberleigh House, winner)
"I didn't have a very good passage over the first six fences with loose horses. He had to jump Becher's from a standstill first time round and he got a bit of a fright.

"But I just hunted away on him and never thought of winning in order to get his confidence back. He was so brave and all I had to do was steer."

Liam Cooper (Clan Royal, second)
"He gave me a fantastic ride. I'm delighted for Amberleigh House and Graham lee, to be honest. We beat them in the Becher Chase.

"I'm sick as a pig, but also delighted to have got round and done so well. I lost my whip five out but it didn't make any difference. In fact I think it helped us."

Mark Bradburne (Lord Atterbury, third)
"You need a horse with a bit of speed at the end but he is an out-and-out galloper. He gave me a great ride and it was a big thrill to have got so close."

Barry Geraghty (Monty's Pass, fourth)
"It was a combination of the weight and the ground that beat him. He is a much better horse on fast ground, but you can't have that every year."

Richard McGrath (Spotthedifference, 5th)
"He gave me a great ride. It was a great thrill to get round."

Andrew Tinkler (Smarty, 6th)
"We were no danger on the second circuit but he kept trying the whole way and it was a fantastic experience."

Warren Marston (Ardent Scout, 7th)
"He jumped great and never touched a fence, but he was hampered at Becher's each time, especially on the second circuit, by loose horses. I think I might have been fourth or fifth otherwise."

Robert Thornton (Bear On Board, 8th)
"I had two falls before the start because he got rid of me twice. But he ran a solid race, jumping really well. We thought we might just lack the pace to reach the leaders and he got very tired in the closing stages."

Tony McCoy (Jurancon II, fell 4th)
"I don't really know what happened. We might have been knocked over. I was going all right at the time."




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