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  Saturday, 6 April, 2002, 15:03 GMT 16:03 UK
Bindaree wins Grand National
Bindaree won a tight finish with What's Up Boys
Bindaree won a tight finish with What's Up Boys
Result:
1.
Bindaree (J Culloty, 20-1), 2. What's Up Boys (R Johnson, 10-1), 3. Blowing Wind (Tony McCoy, 8-1 fav), 4. Kingsmark (R Walsh, 16-1)

Cheltenham Gold Cup winner Jim Culloty completed a memorable double with victory in the 155th Grand National at Liverpool's famous Aintree course.

Culloty brought the Nigel Twiston-Davies-trained Bindaree home, ahead of What's Up Boys, in a frantic finish.

And the dramatic win was the perfect finale to a highly successful three-day meeting.

Record crowds totalling more than 120,000 came through the turnstiles, with 63,500 watching the "big one".

The Tote clocked up a record on-course turnover of more than 3m, and the result of the Grand National had them rubbing their hands in glee.

What's Up Boys had been well-backed in the market ahead of the race and looked set to become the first grey winner in 42 years.

And the race looked as good as over as Richard Johnson and his mount led at The Elbow.


Now that we have won the race we shall have to come back next year
Raymond Mould
Birandee's owner
But Culloty drew every bit of stamina from the eight-year-old chestnut and the pair gradually ate into the lead before going on to take the 290,000 first prize by one-and-three-quarter lengths.

Culloty, who had never before managed to finish the world's greatest steeplechase, was handed the ride after Jamie Goldstein broke his leg earlier in the week.

Record-breaking jump jockey Tony McCoy, on 8-1 favourite Blowing Wind, was 27 lengths back in third.

McCoy had only been passed fit to ride on Saturday morning following a fall the previous day.

Kingsmark, ridden by Ruby Walsh, finished fourth.

It was an emotional victory for Bindaree's owner Raymond Mould, whose wife Jenny died of cancer in November 2000.

"Now that we have won the race we shall have to come back next year," Mould said.

What's Up Boys and Bindaree jostle for position over the last with the loose Beau in attendance
The leaders jostle for position over the last
"But if my late-wife Jenny had been alive we would not have had a runner in the race," he revealed. "She didn't like the National."

A spell of dry weather ensured the going at Aintree was "good" and in sharp contrast to conditions 12 months earlier, when only four horses finished in torrential rain.

There were a number of fallers this time round, with eight going at the first fence, including the top-weighted Marlborough.

The Last Fling set the early pace, matched by Supreme Charm.

But shortly after the start of the second circuit, with 23 horses left in the race, the pair were reeled in.

Bindaree and Blowing Wind slowly stamped their authority on the race, and, surprisingly, Culloty set a pace too fast for the favourite.

Only What's up Boys managed to stay with Bindaree and coming to the last they were locked in a two-horse race.


When the second horse came by us I thought "Jesus, we're beat!"
Jim Culloty
With the loose Beau, ironically also under the guidance of Twiston-Davies, interfering with Bindaree, What's Up Boys stole the initiative.

Johnson went early and looked set for victory after charging past The Elbow, but Bindaree and Culloty found a second wind to snatch victory on the line.

The rest of the field trailed in some distance behind, with Mely Moss the last of 11 finishers.

Two horses died in the race.

Manx Magic was killed when fracturing his neck on falling at the 20th fence, while long-time leader The Last Fling was humanely put down after a fall at the 24th.

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BBC racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght
"A mighty tussle in the final run-in"
Winning jockey Jim Culloty
"I couldn't in my wildest dreams imagine winning the National"
Bindaree owner Raymond Mould
"He's done us proud today"
Runner-up Richard Johnson
"It's slightly annoying when you get caught at the line"
The world's most famous steeplechase

Bindaree's triumph

Our man at Aintree

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06 Apr 02 | Horse Racing
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