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Last Updated:  Monday, 7 April, 2003, 16:11 GMT 17:11 UK
Have Your Say on Aintree
Your reaction to the Grand National victory of Monty's Pass.

The 16-1 shot, ridden by Barry Geraghty, powered to a 12-length victory from Supreme Glory with trainer Ginger McCain's Amberleigh House back in third.

How did your horse fare at Aintree?

Have Your Say using the form on the right-hand side of the page.


My favourite Nationals were both last year and this year! Not for any really big reason but my cat chose the winners! In my family we all have a bet on the National, but both last year and this year again Millie (my cat) chose the winners!

Strange I know, but last year she started to lick the box in the paper that Bindaree was mentioned in! So we put a 2 bet on him and he won. This year she did the same thing, so I put a 5 bet on Monty's Pass and he won. So next year I will put a huge bet on which ever horse my cat chooses!
Alice, England

Brilliant race, shame Shotgun Willy pulled up. Can't wait for next year's National.
Tina, Cornwall

Being at the finish line at Aintree yesterday had a thundering awesomeness to it. Glad we were there.
Owen, South Africa

What a race, what great weather and roll on next year so we can do it all again
Denis, Wigan, England

This was definitely my best Aintree for making money, and a memorable race as a bonus. I backed Monty's Pass and Gunner Welburn each-way to make a decent profit on my betting overall. I've backed all the recent Irish winners and come away happy.

Later on I was discussing the appeal of the race with an American in a chat room. He said 'Oh yes, that's the race where not many finish'. I was glad to report that there were lot of finishers this time. I was sad at the demise of Gouganard. One fall too many after his exploits at Cheltenham.
Glenn Davies, Southport, Merseyside

Great day... what a race! Wonderful Aintree action. I didn't have a bet. Was mugged Friday so no money. Still fantastic.
Archie, London

A very predictable result (and profitable one too). Pricewise in the Racing Post advised Monty's Pass at 40/1 when the weights were published in early February and pointed out that the horse had an identical preparation to the recent Irish winners and that Barry Geraghty would probably be riding him. Well done Pricewise.

It was satisfying to see that I was only one of only a handful of people getting excited on the Mound at Aintree at the finish. What a race, what great weather and roll on next year so we can do it all again.
Denis, Wigan, England

Another dead horse. The Grand National kills at least one horse each year. The full National meeting kills around three. Why is this allowed to continue? It is cruel and unnecessary.
Gerry Popple, Oxford

It was a big day for the bookies yesterday. Lots of the favourites fell in the National. In the third race the "dead cert" Rooster Booster got pipped at the post.

The National infuriates me every year with the number of horses running
Caroline Ball, Derbyshire, UK

A lot of people had big money on that horse and you could see the mood around the track descend before the National started. My Dad (who actually gave me the tip!) says if it's enough to turn me off gambling then it's money well spent.
Pauper, Manchester

The Grand National shows how shallow our care for animals is; nearly thirty horses have died in this spectacle in the past five years, and still their suffering is glossed over in the interests of bookmakers and punters. Shame on the BBC for showing this cruelty as "sport".
Adele, Surrey

The National infuriates me every year with the number of horses running. Forty horses is too many - no wonder so few fail to finish, with that many crowding over the jumps - and the press announce that only 14 finished like it's something to be proud of.

Two horses died last year, one this year, and all in the name of sport! Too many horses.
Caroline Ball, Derbyshire, UK

I had a great day! Backed both first and second to cap a wonderful three days at Aintree - the greatest sporting spectacle of the year. You need horses that stay and preferably have had experience of these unique fences.

I was so thrilled also for Ginger McCain and connections of Amberleigh House and Gunner Welburn (both balloted out as reserves for last year's renewal you may recall). Another marvellous National is over, roll on 2004!
Derek Bentall, Crawley, England

In response to Frankie Horan, I could easily persuade you to become attached to the remarkable sport that is National Hunt racing but I would use up too much room on this page!

Wasn't Barry Geraghty fantastic! What a ride! I didn't back it but it I was lucky enough to be there and it was brilliant! Also, what a day Ruby Walsh had! I can't stress enough what an excellent jockey he is, he never lets you down! Does anybody know more about him?
G H, UK

One of my cats is called Monty, therefore I had no choice but to back the winner. Thank goodness there wasn't a Dylan in the race as well, I wouldn't have known what to do!
Gail Mitchell, Nottingham

The owner backed Monty's Pass with conviction, and told everyone else to do the same. The third Irish win in five years.

I know Mr Mangan, and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy
Celine, Kentucky

But with the amount of dough Mike Futter will collect, this really is one in a million! Tonight we're gonna party like it's 1999 - and Bobbyjo all over again!!!
Barry Kenny, Ireland

Look at the weight carried by the horses that finished in the frame. Only one horse has carried more than 11 Stone since 1980 and won the National. The top four this year all carried no more than 10st 7lbs.

The average priced winner in the modern era averages out at 19-1! Will we remember this next year? Somehow I don't think so! What a stunning run by Monty!
Jezza, Bucks

Well two of mine, Chives and Gingembre, were both pulled up. But Supreme Glory powered on in the closing stages to finish second, thus winning me 11 from a 1 each way bet.

I'd always thought of him as a Grand National contender, and wouldn't write him off in next year's Grand National.
Phil Greenwood, Ramsgate, England

Listened to the race over the net. I know Mr Mangan, and it couldn't happen to a nicer guy, and also, well done Barry!! I have seen that horse run on many an occassion, and he has been unfortunate from time to time, but he really wanted that and he done it in style.

Well done Monty's!! I shall be watching that in McCarthy's Irish Bar in Lexington on replay tonight!! Well done all concerned.
Celine, Kentucky

I'm in Aintree wonderland!
PG, Oxford

I went through the race card and picked Monty's Pass (because he's trained in Cork), Southern Star (because that's the name of our "local" paper), Royal Predica, and Youlneverwalkalone (because I liked the names).

Monty won, ONTY Southern Star and Royal Predica came 13th and 14th, and Youlneverwalkalone was pulled up; my best "result" for years!
Siobhan, Co. Cork, Ireland

I never watch horse racing because I love horses and am against animal abuse. Persuade me otherwise.
Frankie Horan, New Forest

My nickname as a child was Monty, so no prizes for guessing that I backed the winner!!
Carl Hathaway, Essex

Hooray for Monty!! It suddenly popped out at me today - its form and preparation almost identical to Papillon and Bobbyjo in their winning years. I've just noticed that the bookies will pay out on my each-way fifth Montifault too. I'm in Aintree wonderland!

Bring on the Scottish and Aintree equivalents. My ante-post National tip Gunther McBride looks set for Ayr glory. Invest ASAP!
PG Tips, Oxford

My Granpa put a 50p bet on Monty's Pass to win the Grand National. I chose four horses and Monty's Pass was the only one left. Me and Granpa shouted "Come on Monty" and I shouted "YES!!!" when Monty's Pass won.
Danny Napton, England

Well done Barry!! Great win on Monty's Pass
Lisa, Bucks

Brilliant Bindaree! I backed him last year when he won, so I stayed with him this year. He nearly fell so many times this year but he still managed to finish sixth. What a brave horse!
Teresa, Sussex

I won 40 on the pub sweepstake! Complete joy! So I had to buy a round...can anyone lend me a fiver?
Steve, Kent

Supreme Glory came second so I won 5.50 on a 50p each way bet, but as I also put a 1 on the same horse in an office sweepstake I could win another 10! Not bad eh!

I have won something on nearly every Grand National I have bet on. Including when the horse Seagram won at the Seagram Grand National several years ago and I won over 20. But I think that is more luck than knowing the horses!
Lorraine Eastlake, Weston-super-Mare

Hooray for Monty's Pass!!! A classic race if not a classic finish...but memorable nevertheless.
Hore C Business, London

Well done Barry!! Great win on Monty's Pass. Bad luck Tony, next year will be your National. Hope Iris Bleu is okay!!
Lisa, Bucks

If the going is genuinely good or faster at Aintree I think Monty's Pass must have a great chance
BB< Cork
I think it is a dreadful shame that so many horses fell during the race, and at least one poor creature had to be shot. Something should be done about this!
Louise, Kent

What a great race! Well done Monty's Pass. Shame my cousin (Graham Lee on Amberleigh House) couldn't pull up a bit though!!
Mike Roberts, Chester

  • And those top pre-race tips...

Amberleigh House looks a bargain at 33/1 for the Grand National.
Taylor, UK

Supreme Glory and Polar Champ, currently 40-1 and 80-1 respectively. Good each way bets. You heard it here first.
Dave, Nottingham

If the going is genuinely good or faster at Aintree I think Monty's Pass must have a great chance. He is an excellent stayer and jumper with a feather weight who looks to have been laid out for this, a la Papillon and Bobbyjo. At about 25-1, he is a great each-way bet.
BB, Cork, Ireland





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