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Grand National 2011: Finishing order & jockey comments

2011 Grand National

Grand National 2011: Fence-by-fence analysis (UK users only)

Full finishing order of the 2011 Grand National:

First place:
Ballabriggs (14-1)
Jockey Jason Maguire: "He loved it and was jumping from fence to fence. I got him to the front to get him relaxed and put breathers into him and that helped him get the trip."

Second place:
Oscar Time (14-1) 2¼ lengths behind
Jockey Sam Waley-Cohen: "The plan was always to come with one smooth run. We knew he had a huge jump in him so I was just trying to get him to pop a little bit and save and not get too keen. He did everything I asked of him."

Third place:
Don't Push It (9-1) 12 lengths
Jockey Tony McCoy: "He ran a great race and all credit to the horse. He was off the bridle a little bit early and he got a little bit low at a couple of fences late on which was energy-sapping."

Fourth place:
State Of Play (28-1) 2 lengths
Jockey Paul Moloney: "He's an incredible horse - he's just a little bit slower this year because time is catching up with him. He couldn't lay up with the pace and the ground was probably a little slower than ideal, but he's a fabulous horse."

Fifth: Niche Market, 7 lengths
Sixth: The Midnight Club, 4 lengths
Seventh: Big Fella Thanks, 13 lengths
Eighth: Surface To Air, head
Ninth: Skippers Brig, 19 lengths
10th: Backstage, 8 lengths
11th: King Fontaine, ½ length
12th: Silver By Nature, 25 lengths
13th: In Compliance, 5 lengths
14th: Bluesea Cracker, 8 lengths
15th: Character Building, 16 lengths
16th: Golden Kite, 12 lengths
17th: Chief Dan George, 30 lengths
18th: Royal Rosa, 20 lengths
19th: Piraya, 46 lengths


Fence 1 That's Rhythm (fell)
Fence 2 Becauseicouldntsee (fell), Vic Venturi (brought down)
Fence 4 Calgary Bay (fell), Ornais (fell)
Fence 6 Or Noir De Somoza (fell), Dooneys Gate (fell), The Tother One (fell), West End Rocker (brought down)
Fence 10 Tidal Bay (unseated rider)
Fence 11 Quolibet (unseated rider)
Fence 13 Grand Slam Hero (fell)
Fence 16 Quinz (pulled up)
Fence 18 Can't Buy Time (fell)
Fence 24 Majestic Concorde (unseated rider)
Fence 27 What A Friend (pulled up), Santa's Son (pulled up), Killyglen (fell)
Fence 28 Comply Or Die (pulled up), Arbor Supreme (fell)
Fence 29 Hello Bud (pulled up)


Harry Skelton (Niche Market, fifth): "He ran an absolute blinder and has given me a tremendous ride."

Ruby Walsh (The Midnight Club, sixth): "I was struggling before we were hampered heading to the final bend. We nearly fell at the third and after that he was jumping a little too big, but we just weren't good enough."

Graham Lee (Big Fella Thanks, seventh): "He gave me an absolutely magnificent ride, but he didn't stay."

Tom Messenger (Surface To Air, eighth): "We went very well for a long while but the lack of a recent run told on him and he got very tired after the last two. But he has run his guts out."

Dominic Elsworth (Skippers Brig, ninth): "He just didn't get home over that distance."

Paul Carberry (Backstage, 10th): "I got a great spin for a circuit, but he got tired on the second circuit. I gave him a bit of a breather and stayed on for home from there."

Denis O'Regan (King Fontaine, 11th): "My horse ran a blinder. I was a bit slow earlier and nearly got brought down. He jumped like a buck. He's only a novice and will be an ideal spin next year."

Peter Buchanan (Silver By Nature, 12th): "He's jumped fantastically well, but I was unable to land a blow."

Leighton Aspell (In Compliance, 13th): "I had a lovely spin round, but he was badly hampered at Becher's and proved a non-stayer, but apart from that he gave me a super ride."

Andrew McNamara (Bluesea Cracker, 14th): "The ground was a bit quick for her."

Nina Carberry (Character Building, 15th): "I was nearly brought down at Becher's and that was his race over."

Shane Hassett (Golden Kite, 16th): "He jumped brilliantly and travelled OK - he gave me a great spin, and may be back next year."

Paddy Aspell (Chief Dan George, 17th): "It was quite a fast run race. I had a great spin round, but never got competitive."

Paul Gallagher (Royal Rosa, 18th): "It was the experience of my life - and probably even better than the winner I had in the race before. I got round and that was the horse's last race so he went out on a high."

Johnny Farrelly (19th and last): "He jumped great and travelled away. I am absolutely delighted with him."


James Reveley (That's Rhythm, fell at the first): "He missed the first by about five foot!"

Davy Russell (Becauseicouldntsee, fell second): "I had a brilliant position but then just tipped up."

Andrew Lynch (Vic Venturi, brought down at the second): "We were brought down at the second - it ended too quickly."

Hadden Frost (Calgary Bay, fell fourth): "He jumped the fence fine, but landed a bit steep, which any horse could do. We were just behind Ballabriggs at the time so we were in the right place. Maybe we'll come back and try again."

Barry Geraghty (Or Noir De Somoza, fell sixth): "I'm feeling sore - it was a heavy fall when he turned over at Becher's first time and was falling from the top of the fence."

Robert Thornton (West End Rocker, brought down sixth): "I got brought down. I was jumping like a buck and thought I was in for some ride but then got brought down."

Mark Walsh (Quolibet, unseated 11th): "He was jumping away all right."

Aidan Coleman (Grand Slam Hero, fell 13th): "I got some ride off him. He fell at the 13th, but I don't know how he ended up on the deck because until then he was absolutely brilliant. I'm gutted to fall, but we are OK so that's the main thing."

Richard Johnson (Quinz, pulled up before 16th): "He burst a blood vessel."

Richie McLernon (Can't Buy Time, fell 18th): "He gave me a good spin."

Robbie McNamara (Majestic Concorde, unseated 24th): "We were too keen early. I was just starting to get him switched off when we came into the Canal Turn and got in too close and tipped up."

Daryl Jacob (What A Friend, pulled up before 27th): "I was getting a great spin off him travelling well and was in a great position, but as we came past Becher's (bypassed on the second circuit) he just got very tired on me so I pulled up and looked after him."

Jamie Moore (Santa's Son, pulled up before 27th): "I had a great spin but the horse got tired - he's a two-miler."

Robbie Power (Killyglen, fell 27th): "We were very unlucky. He was going well and I was getting a super spin off him. I still had loads of horse left, but he just left his legs in the last ditch."

Timmy Murphy (Comply Or Die, pulled up before 28th): "I would say that's his last race. He got very tired and he's not getting any younger, but he's a special horse to me and it's nice to think he's ended up at the course where we achieved our finest hour."

David Casey (Arbor Supreme, fell 28th): "We made a couple of mistakes on the way round and eventually went at the third-last. It just didn't happen for us."

Sam Twiston-Davies (Hello Bud, pulled up before 29th): "I had a great ride from him."

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