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2005 Grand National

2005 Grand National
Grand National
Location Aintree
Date 9 April 2005
Winning horse Hedgehunter Flag of Republic of Ireland Ireland
Winning Jockey Ruby Walsh
Conditions Good


The 2005 Grand National Steeplechase, sponsored by John Smiths was the one hundred and fifty-eighth official annual running of a Handicap Steeple-chase Horse race which took place at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool on Saturday 9 April 2005.[1] and attracted the maximum allowed field of forty competitors for total prize money of £700,000 including £406,000 to the winner[2].

The nine year old 7-1 favourite Hedgehunter, ridden by Ruby Walsh and trained by Willie Mullins in Carlow, Ireland, won the race by 14 lengths, in a time of 9 minutes and 21 seconds. The race was moved back twenty-five minutes in order to avoid clashing with the wedding of Prince Charles and Camilla Parker-Bowles. Over half the field completed the course and all the horses returned safely, although Frenchman's Creek was retired after the race. There was much media interest in the rider of Forest Gunner, Carrie Ford, who was considered the first genuine opportunity a woman had been given to win the race. The pair were sent off as second favourite but finished fifth.

Finishing order

Position Name Rider Age Weight Starting price Distance or fate
Winner Hedgehunter Ruby Walsh 9 11-1 7/1 favourite 14 lengths
Second Royal Auclair Christian Williams 8 11-10 40/1 A head
Third Simply Gifted Brian Harding 10 10-6 66/1 4 lengths
Fourth It Takes Time Timmy Murphy 11 10-11 18/1 9 lengths
5th Forest Gunner Carrie Ford 11 10-7 8/1 1/2 a length
6th Nil Desperandum Jim Culloty 8 10-11 16/1 11 lengths
7th Innox Robert Thornton 9 10-6 11/1 3 & 1/2 lengths
8th Heros Collonges John P. McNamara 10 10-11 66/1 2 & 1/2 lengths
9th Just In Debt Tony Dobbin 9 10-7 33/1 5 lengths
10th Amberleigh House Graham Lee 13 11-3 16/1 1 & 1/2 lengths
11th Bindaree Carl Llewellyn 11 11-3 33/1 1 length
12th Iznogoud Tom Scudamore 9 10-9 125/1 1 & 1/4 lengths
13th Polar Red Tom Malone 8 10-8 100/1 9 lengths
14th Joly Bay Mr David Dunsdon 8 10-10 16/1 15 lengths
15th L'Aventure Robbie McNally 6 10-5 66/1 5 lengths
16th Monty's Pass Barry Geraghty 12 11-6 33/1 6 lengths
17th Strong Resolve Peter Buchanan 9 10/6 9/1 16 lengths
18th Spot Thedifference Robbie Power 12 10-7 25/1 17 lengths
19th Arctic Copper Davy Russell 11 10-6 200/1 21 lengths
20th Europa Jason Maguire 9 10-6 150/1 14 lengths
21st Shamawan James Barry 10 10-6 200/1 Last to finish
Non finishers
Fence 28 Fondmort Mick Fitzgerald 9 11-6 50/1 Pulled up when tailed off
Fence 28 Glenelly Gale Mr Tom Greenall 11 10-11 150/1 Pulled up when tailed off
Fence 27 (Westhead) Colnel Rayburn Paul Carberry 9 10-7 20/1 Pulled up when tailed off
Fence 22 (Becher's) Clan Royal Tony McCoy 10 10-11 9/1 Carried out by loose horses when leading
Fence 22 (Becher's) Ad Hoc Joe Tizzard 11 10-12 33/1 Fell
Fence 22 (Becher's) Marcus Du Berlais Barry Cash 8 10-5 25/1 Unseated rider
Fence 22 (Becher's) Ballybough Rasher Alan Dempsey 10 11-04 100/1 Refused when last
Fence 21 Double Honour Paddy Brennan 7 10-8 25/1 Fell
Fence 21 Le Coudray Conor O'Dwyer 11 11-12 33/1 Pulled up when tailed off
Fence 20 Foly Pleasant Andrew Thornton 11 11-0 50/1 Fell
Fence 19 (Open Ditch) Jakari Richard Johnson 8 10-10 33/1 Pulled up when tailed off
Fence 15 (The Chair) Take The Stand Leighton Aspell 9 11-5 16/1 Unseated rider
Fence 13 Astonville Brian Crowley 11 10-13 100/1 Pulled up
Fence 10 Merchant's Friend Noel Fehily 10 10-6 80/1 Fell
Fence 9 (Valentine's) Native Emperor Dominic Elsworth 9 10-5 100/1 Unseated rider
Fence 2 Ballycassidy Seamus Durack 9 11-5 66/1 Unseated rider
Fence Risk Accessor Alan Crowe 10 11-4 100/1 Unseated rider
Fence 1 Lord Atterbury Mark Bradbourne 9 10-6 25/1 Fell
Fence 1 Frenchman's Creek James McCarthy 11 10-9 50/1 Unseated rider

Media coverage

The race was televised live by the BBC in the United Kingdom with commentary from Ian Bartlett, Tony O'Hehir, Darren Owen and Jim McGrath who called the runners home.

"It's Hedgehunter in front from Royal Auclair, Simply Gifted and Innox just behind them. But Ruby Walsh has sailed over the last in front on Hedgehunter. He's four lengths clear now of Royal Auclair, Simply Gifted. Carrie Ford is trying hard on Forrest Gunner, Innox is behind them from Nil Desperandum. They're at the elbow in the National. Ruby Walsh is going strongly. He's out in front on Hedgehunter. He's six lengths clear of Royal Auclair and Simply Gifted. And Ruby Walsh is going to win the John Smith's Grand National on Hedgehunter. Fell at the last last year but too good for them this time. Hedgehunter wins it, a second Grand National for Ruby."

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