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2009 Grand National

2009 Grand National
Grand National
Location Aintree
Date 4 April 2009
Winning horse Mon Mome Template:Fb
Winning Jockey Liam Treadwell
Conditions Good

The 2009 Grand National (known as the John Smith's Grand National for sponsorship reasons) was the 162nd renewal of a horse race that took place at the Aintree Racecourse on 4 April 2009. The main race was held at 16:15 BST. The 100/1 outsider, Mon Mome, ridden by Liam Treadwell, won the race by 12 lengths from the previous winner Comply or Die (14-1) in a time of 9 minutes, 34 seconds.[1] Mon Mome became the first 100-1 shot to win since Foinavon in 1967.[2][3] As coincidence had it this was the first French bred winner of the race for exactly 100 years.

The winner was trained by Venetia Williams at her establishment in Aramstone, Herefordshire, England and was owned by Vida Bingham of Uckfield, East Sussex, England

Hear The Echo collapsed during the race and later died, the eightieth horse to die during the history of the race.


Race card

  • No:1 Weight:11-10

Cloudy Lane, Jockey: Jason Maguire Trainer: Donald McCain Jnr (UK) Colours: White cap, green and yellow checked vest with white sleeves

  • No:2 Weight:11-8

Chelsea Harbour Jockey: Emmet Mullins Trainer: Tom Mullins (Ire) Colours: White cap with black ring, orange vest with black star and orange and black diamond sleeves

  • No:3 Weight:11-8

Snowy Morning Jockey: Andrew McNamara Trainer: Willie Mullins (Ire) Colours: Yellow and white checked cap, yellow and black striped vest with yellow sleeves.

  • No:4 Weight:11-7

Knowhere Jockey: Paddy Brennan Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Colours: Green cap, vest and sleeves all with white stars

  • No:5 Weight:11-6

Comply or Die Jockey: Timmy Murphy Trainer: David Pipe (UK) Colours: White cap with blue stars, blue vest with green sleeves

  • No:6 Weight:11-6

Ollie Magern Jockey: Sam Waley-Cohen Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies (UK) Colours: Blue cap, blue vest with claret stars and claret sleeves

  • No:7 Weight:11-6

Stan Jockey: Aidan Coleman Trainer: Venetia Williams (UK) Colours: Pink cap, Blue vest with pink and blue striped sleeves

  • No:8 Weight:11-5

Black Apalachi Jockey: Denis O'Regan Trainer: Dessie Hughes (Ire) Colours: Green cap with blue star, green vest with blue and green striped sleeves

  • No:9 Weight:11-5

Hear The Echo Jockey: Davy Russell Trainer: Mouse Morris (Ire) Colours: Claret cap with white star, claret vest with white star and white stripe to claret sleeve

  • No:10 Weight:11-5

Priests Leap Jockey Philip Enright Trainer: Gerald O'Leary (Ire) Colours: Blue cap with yellow star, blue vest with yellow star to chest and sleeves

  • No:11 Weight:11-4

My Will Jockey: Ruby Walsh Colours: Trainer: Paul Nicholls (UK) Red cap, white and black vest with red sleeves

  • No:12 Weight:11-3

Eurotrek Jockey: Sam Thomas Trainer: Paul Nicholls (UK) Colours: Light blue cap, vest and sleeves with dark blue diamond

  • No:13 Weight:11-2

State Of Play Jockey: Paul Moloney Trainer: Evan Williams (UK) Colours: Blue cap, blue vest with pink stripe and blue sleeves

  • No:14 Weight:11-1

Big Fella Thanks Jockey: Christian Williams Trainer: Paul Nicholls (UK) Colours: Dark green and white checked cap, dark green vest with a white V and light green sleeves

  • No:15 Weight:11-0

Mon Mome Jockey: Liam Treadwell Trainer: Venetia Williams (UK) Colours: Green cap, Green vest with blue and green stripe sleeves

  • No:16 Weight:11-0

Silver Birch Jockey: Robbie Power Trainer: Gordon Elliott (Ire) Colours: Blue cap, black vest with blue star, blue sleeves with black stars

  • No:17 Weight:10-13

Butlers Cabin Jockey: AP McCoy Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill (UK) Colours: White cap, green and orange striped vest and sleeves

  • No:18 Weight:10-13

Offshore Account Jockey: David Casey Trainer: Charlie Swan (UK) Colours: Orange and green checked cap, white vest and sleeves with green flashes to shoulder

  • No:19 Weight:10-12

Parsons Legacy Jockey: Richard Johnson Trainer: Philip Hobbs (UK) Colours: Yellow cap, claret vest with yellow stripe and yellow sleeves

  • No:20 Weight:10-12

Reveillez Jockey: Mark Walsh Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill (UK) Colours: Orange cap, green and orange striped vest and sleeves

  • No:21 Weight:10-11

Fundamentalist Jockey: David England Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies (UK) Colours: Orange cap, black and orange striped vest, black sleeves with orange stars

  • No:22 Weight:10-11

Golden Flight Jockey: Barry Geraghty Trainer: Nicky Henderson (UK) Colours: Yellow cap with blue rings, yellow and blue striped vest and sleeves

  • No:23 Weight:10-11

Lami Jockey: Robert Thornton Trainer: Enda Bolger (Ire) Colours: Yellow and green checked cap, orange and green striped vest and sleeves

  • No:24 Weight:10-10

Battlecry Jockey: Tom Scudamore Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies (UK) Colours: Orange cap, yellow and green checked vest with white sleeves

  • No:25 Weight:10-10

Cornish Sett Jockey: Nick Scholfield Trainer: Paul Nicholls (UK) Colours: Black and white checked cap, black and white stripe vest with black and white checked sleeves

  • No:26 Weight:10-10

Fleet Street Jockey: Andrew Tinkler Trainer: Nicky Henderson (UK) Colours: Red and white checked cap, white vest and sleeves with red trim

  • No:27 Weight:10-10

Musica Bella Jockey: Philip Carberry Trainer: Francois Cottin (Fra) Colours: Orange cap, black and orange striped vest and sleeves

  • No:28 Weight:10-9

Cant Buy Time Jockey: Noel Fehilly Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill (UK) Colours: Blue cap, orange and green striped vest and sleeves

  • No:29 Weight:10-9

Darkness Jockey: Wayne Hutchinson Trainer: Charles Egerton (UK) Colours: Pink cap, pink and grey diamonded vest and sleeves

  • No:30 Weight:10-9

Irish Invader Jockey: Paul Townend Trainer: Willie Mullins (Ire) Colours: Blue cap with black spot, orange vest with white star and blue sleeves

  • No:31 Weight:10-9

Rambling Minster Jockey: James Reveley Trainer: Keith Reveley (UK) Colours: Blue cap, white vest and sleeves with blue stars

  • No:32 Weight:10-9

Southern Vic Jockey: Niall Madden Trainer: Ted Walsh (Ire) Colours: Yellow cap with black star, yellow and black checked vest with black sleeves

  • No:33 Weight:10-7

Kilbeggan Blade Jockey: Graham Lee Trainer: Tom George (Ire) Colours: Red cap with blue diamond, Blue vest and sleeves with red diamond

  • No:34 Weight:10-6

Brooklyn Brownie Jockey: Phil Kinsella Trainer: Malcolm Jefferson (UK) Colours: Orange cap, brown and orange checked vest with brown sleeves

  • No:35 Weight:10-6

Himalayan Trail Jockey: Paddy Flood Trainer: Jimmy Mangan (Ire) Colours: Red cap, blue vest with white V and blue sleeves with white stripes

  • No:36 Weight:10-5

Arteea Jockey: Richie McGrath Trainer: David Pipe (UK) Colours: White cap with black star, Green vest with white star and black and green striped sleeves

  • No:37 Weight:10-5

Cerium Jockey: Keith Mercer Trainer: Paul Murphy (UK) Colours: Green cap, Green vest with white star and black and green striped sleeves

  • No:38 Weight:10-5

Idle Talk Jockey: Brian Harding Trainer: Donald McCain jnr (UK) Colours: Green cap, yellow and green checked vest with white sleeves

  • No:39 Weight:10-5

Kelami Jockey: Derek Laverty Trainer: Lisa Williamson (UK) Colours: Red and white ringed cap, black vest with red and white striped sleeves

  • No:40 Weight:10-5

Zabenz Jockey: Tom O'Brien Trainer: Philip Hobbs (UK) Colours: Green cap, beige vest and sleeves

Leading contenders

2007 Irish Grand National winner, Butler's Cabin was made the favourite having fallen in the previous year's National when going well and in addition he had champion jockey, Tony McCoy in the saddle. The Favourite was still among a group of sixteen horses who still held serious chances with four fences to jump but he made a mistake at that point and was always struggling to get back on terms with those at the head of the group. After the race, jockey Tony McCoy said "He ran OK. He's probably still a bit high in the handicap. From Becher's on the second circuit he was just starting to get a little bit tired and he made a lot of little mistakes late on."

My Will was made favourite for the race after finishing fifth in the Cheltenham Gold Cup but was sent off as joint second favourite on the day with two time winning rider, Ruby Walsh in the saddle. Despite a series of jumping errors the horse turned for the home straight marginally leading an unusually large contending pack of sixteen horses and briefly looked to be on the way to victory at the penultimate flight. The horse was quickly passed by the eventual winner and took the last flight in third place where he remained, finishing thirteen and a quarter lengths behind the winner. Jockey: Ruby Walsh said "He was just hitting the fences low and I was really having to work hard at keeping him upright. We did well to stay on our feet." [2]

Rambling Minster was identified as the 'trend' horse after winning the Blue Square Gold Cup at Haydock two months before the National. Despite ticking all the boxes the tipsters looked for in a potential National winner, he proved very disappointing in the race itself and was well to the rear when he was almost brought down at the eighteenth fence and was pulled up soon after. Jockey: James Reveley said "He didn't take to it and just didn't like it. He jumped OK until he made a mistake down the back and he was looking after himself after that so I pulled up going down the back on the second circuit." [2]

Black Apalachi had been a faller in the 2008 Grand National but became popular when he won the Becher Chase over one circuit of the course in November and followed that by winning Bobbyjo chase in February. Black Apalachi went stright to the front from the start, taking the lead at the third fence where he remained for over a circuit. He was still three lengths clear and going well when he stumbled on landing over Becher's Brook and threw his rider, Denis O'Reagan who said "It was very disappointing - he was travelling well and jumping from fence to fence. I don't know what happened until I see a replay." [2]

Comply Or Die was the defending champion and came within twelve lengths of being the first horse for over thirty years to win back to back Nationals. The horse jumped alongside Mon Mome at the final flight but was outpaced on the run in. Jockey: Timmy Murphy said "He ran a blinder. Apart from failing to get 10 lengths closer to the winner I have no complaints whatsoever." [2]

State Of Play had won the 2006 Hennessey Cognac Gold Cup but appealed to his backers after winning the Charlie Hall Chase in November at Wetherby. The horse was among the leading eight throughout the race and was mong four who shared the lead jumping the penultimate fence. He was unable to mount a challenge after that and finished fourth, fourteen lengths behind the winner. jockey, Paul Moloney said "There was a moment when I thought I was going to win going to two out. You can't do it without the horse and I had a lot of confidence in him."[2]

Big Fella Thanks was backed after winning the Sky Bet Chase in January and on race day ran an old fashioned text book National in mid division on the first circuit before moving into a challenging position at the Canal Turn on the second circuit. The horse was always having to find a few lengths and was never quite able to get on terms with the leader before finishing sixth. Jockey: Christian Williams regarded the race as a prep for a bigger bid next year saying "He'll be a year older next year, and perhaps on softer ground you never know. He's only a baby. I had AP (on Butler's Cabin) upsides me so I knew I was in the right place. He's got a slight cut on his hind leg and that may have made a slight difference, but if he improves again and comes back with a nice weight next year he could go close."[2]

Mon Mome was among the unconsidered outsiders at 100/1 despite a good racing pedigree that had seen him sent off as favourite in the Welsh Grand National in December. A disappointing run there and subsequent loss of form, in addition to his regular rider opting to ride Stan instead led the public to ignore credentials which were seen as obvious after the event.

Finishing order

Position Name Rider Age Weight Starting price Distance or fate
Winner Mon Mome Liam Treadwell 9 11-0 100/1 12 lengths
Second Comply or Die Timmy Murphy 10 11-6 14/1 1 & 1/4 lengths
Third My Will Ruby Walsh 9 11-4 8/1 4 & 1/2 lengths
Fourth State Of Play Paul Moloney 9 11-2 14/1 3/4 of a length
Fifth Cerium Keith Mercer 8 10-5 100/1 4 lengths
Sixth Big Fella Thanks Christian Williams 7 11-1 14/1 1 & 3/4 lengths
Seventh Butler's Cabin Tony McCoy 9 10-13 7/1 Favourite 3/4 of a length
Eighth Southern Vic Niall Madden 10 10-9 33/1 5 lengths
Ninth Snowy Morning Andrew McNamara 9 11-8 33/1 9 lengths
Tenth Arteea Johnny Farrelly 10 10-5 200/1 4 & 1/2 lengths
11th Irish Invader Paul Townend 8 10-9 16/1 3 lengths
12th Idle Talk Brian Harding 10 10-5 66/1 3 & 1/2 lengths
13th Darkness Wayne Hutchinson 10 10-9 16/1 25 lengths
14th Priests Leap Philip Enright 9 11-5 100/1 24 lengths
15th Offshore Account David Casey 9 10-13 20/1 12 lengths
16th Battlecry Tom Scudamore 8 10-10 33/1 31 lengths
17th Cornish Sett Nick Scholfield 10 10-10 33/1 last to finish

Non finishers

The home straight Hear The Echo Davy Russell 8 11-5 33/1 Collapsed Fatally 100 yards from the finish
Fence 30 L'ami Robert Thornton 10 10-11 16/1 Towards the rear when pulled up before the jump
Fence 25 (Valentine's) Knowhere Paddy Brennan 11 11-7 50/1 Tailed off when pulled up before the fence
Fence 22 (Becher's) Black Apalachi Denis O'Regan 10 11-5 11/1 Unseated when leading
Fence 22 (Becher's) Silver Birch Robbie Power 12 11-0 40/1 Lying fourth when fell
Fence 22 (Becher's} Parson's legacy Richard Johnson 11 10-12 20/1 Fell
Fence 22 (Becher's) Kelami Derek Laverty 11 10-5 200/1 Tailed off when pulled up before the jump
Fence 21 Fundamentalist David England 11 10-11 100/1 Tailed off when pulled up before the jump
Fence 21 Kilbeggan Blade Graham Lee 10 10-7 20/1 Tailed off when pulled up before the jump
Fence 19 (Open ditch) Rambling Minster James Reveley 11 10-9 8/1 Badly hampered at fence 18, pulled up before the next jump
Fence 18 Can't Buy Time Noel Fehily 7 10-9 33/1 Towards the rear when fell
Fence 18 Fleet Street Andrew Tinkler 10 10-10 100/1 Towards the rear when unseated rider
Fence 17 (Start of second circuit) Eurotrek Sam Thomas 13 11-3 80/1 Tailed off when pulled up at the end of the first circuit
Fence 16 (Water) Zabenz Tom O'Brien 12 10-5 100/1 Towards the rear when fell
Fence 15 (The Chair) Cloudy Lane Jason Maguire 9 11-10 50/1 Unseated rider
Fence 12 Musica Bella Phillip Carberry 9 10-10 66/1 Second to last when fell
Fence 7 (Foinavon) Stan Aidan Coleman 10 11-6 50/1 Prominent when fell
Fence 3 (Open ditch) Chelsea Harbour Emmett Mullins 9 11-8 40/1 Fell
Fence 3 (Open ditch) Reveillez Mark Walsh 10 10-12 100/1 Brought down by Chelsea Harbour
Fence 2 Ollie Magern Mr Sam Waley-Cohen 11 11-6 66/1 Fell
Fence 2 Brooklyn Brownie Phil Kinsella 10 10-6 22/1 Fell
Fence 1 Golden Flight Barry Geraghty 10 10-11 66/1 Fell
Fence 1 Himalayan Trail Paddy Flood 10 10-6 28/1 Fell


The Grand National was accorded status as an event on national interest, therefore ensuring that the event had to be broadcast live on terrestrial television in the United Kingdom. The BBC broadcasted the race for the fiftieth consecutive year. The winner was not mentioned at any stage on the first circuit, being called for the first time in twelfth place as the runners started the second circuit. The commentary team for the sixth consecutive year was Ian Bartlett, Tony O'Hehir, Darren Owen and Jim McGrath who called the winner home for the twelfth consecutive year.

"It's Mon Mome who jumps upsides Comply or Die, behind them is My Will then State of Play. Further back, Snowy Morning, Big Fella Thanks and then Cerium who's running on. But Mon Mome has taken the lead now as they race towards the elbow. It's Mon Mome who's out in front here by four or five lengths. Comply Or Die battling on then State Of Play and My Will. But it's Mon Mome who's clearing away. Up towards the line now they race to the line it's Mon Mome, Liam Treadwell who's gonna' win the Grand National at the first attempt. It's Mon Mome who's going to come home a very very easy winner by the best part of ten lengths.

The programme was presented by Clare Balding who caused 1,477 people to lodge complaints when she asked winning rider, Liam Treadwell to show his teeth to the camera during the post race interview and then told him he would be able to get them fixed with his prize money. Balding later issued a public apology.[4] On the evening before the 2010 race Treadwell was again interviewed by Balding for the BBC One Show in which he thanked her for pointing out his teeth as it had led to him getting thousands of pounds of free dentistry resulting in a perfect Hollywood smile.

Liam Treadwell said of his winning ride "It's an absolutely unbelievable finish, I had the perfect run through the race, he jumped brilliant for me. "A couple of times loose horses fell upsides me and went under his legs but it didn't really affect the horse. "He gave me such a great ride. He was an absolute pleasure to ride. He is so genuine." [1]

Trainer Venetia Williams told the press "How can you ever expect that in a race like this? "It was just unbelievable, the owner was watching the wrong horse for the first part of the race and she thought it was out the back. "I'm so proud of the horse. I'm so proud of Liam for giving him such a good ride, and the girl who looks after him as well. "I'm so proud of everyone in the yard - I never get chance to praise them and give them the credit they deserve, it is all a team effort." [1]


Both Hear The Echo and Butlers Cabin collapsed, the former on the run in and the latter shortly after passing the post. Both required oxygen treatment but Hear The Echo did not respond and died on the course making him the seventy-ninth horse to die in the Grand National [5]

The bookmakers were delighted by the race result with a 100/1 winner. Ladbrokes spokesman, David Williams said "It was better than we could ever have dreamed of. Liam Treadwell was our saviour. A win for Walsh or McCoy would have seen a multi million pound turnaround. "The sun shone on Aintree and the sun shone on the bookies. If last year was one for the punters, 2009 was very much one for us." [1]


  • Keith Mercer (Cerium, fifth): "He was brilliant. He jumped magnificently and was in contention on the run to the second-last. it was an amazing feeling. I had just been hoping we would get round. He far surpassed my expectations and gave me an amazing spin."
  • Niall Madden (Southern Vic, eighth): "He has run a great race, the ground was just too quick for him."
  • Andrew McNamara (Snowy Morning, ninth): "We had a couple of bumps on the way round, but he ran a nice race."
  • Johnny Farrelly (Arteea, 10th): "I had a good ride round and he jumped great."
  • Paul Townend (Irish Invader, 11th): "It was great. I think he just maybe didn't see it (the trip) out."
  • Brian Harding (Idle Talk, 12th): "He jumped round, but didn't get home. He gave me a great ride and he was pretty good over the fences, but didn't get home."
  • Wayne Hutchinson (Darkness, 13th): "He gave me a good spin and he travelled away fine. He was just a bit on and off the bridle but you couldn't fault him over these fences. He's jumped economically and he galloped on round."
  • Philip Enright (Priests Leap, 14th): "He gave me a great ride and jumped well. I thought I would go very close jumping the second-last, but he got very tired. I had to use him a bit more than I would have liked early on because of the ground. He ran well and should be back next year."
  • David Casey (Offshore Account, 15th): "I had a great ride round and he jumped so well, but he hadn't run over fences for over a year and it told on him in the end. He's still a good horse to look forward to."
  • Tom Scudamore (Battlecry, 16th): "He gave me a great spin for a circuit and a half, but got tired from Becher's second time. He gave me a great thrill for a long way."
  • Nick Scholfield (Cornish Sett, 17th and last) "He got round once again and gave me a great spin and jumped well in the main, but just didn't seem to get the trip this year. He was on his nose once or twice but is so clever."
  • Graham Lee (Kilbeggan Blade, pulled up before 21st): "Not much happened in the race for me and I pulled up the one before Becher's second time."
  • Phil Kinsella (Brooklyn Brownie, fell 2nd):* "All sorts of things go through your head as you watch them gallop away from you. He was great down to the first and met it lovely and gave me a lot of confidence, but he didn't meet the second as well and that was that."
  • Robbie Power (Silver Birch, fell 22nd):* "It is disappointing, he just got a bit too close to Becher's, caught the top and just couldn't get his front end out. But the old lad was travelling really well and jumping for fun and he ran a big race."
  • Richard Johnson (Parsons Legacy, fell 22nd): "I wish I hadn't fallen. He was dead right, but it was too far out to tell where we might have finished."
  • Barry Geraghty (Golden Flight, fell 1st): "That was a bit of an anti-climax."
  • Sam Thomas (Eurotrek, pulled up before 17th): "We were never going well and pulled up after the water."
  • Tom O'Brien (Zabenz, fell 16th): "We fell at the water. Until then we were going fine."
  • Paddy Brennan (Knowhere, pulled up 25th): "All I've got to report is that he was never travelling."
  • David England (Fundamentalist, pulled up before 21st): "He was good. He ran well and jumped very well, even though he was a big outsider. I pulled him just before Becher's second time, but he's run really well for an old lad."
  • Noel Fehily (Can't Buy Time, fell 18th): "He just got in a bit deep. He jumped well up to that point.
  • Andrew Tinkler (Fleet Street, unseated rider 18th): "We went a circuit and a bit, then he hit a fence really hard and unseated me. He'd given me a fair ride up to then but we were middle to back and going nowhere."
  • Sam Waley-Cohen (Ollie Magern, fell 2nd): "He just got in under it, didn't get high enough, and couldn't get his landing gear down."
  • Aidan Coleman (Stan, fell 7th): "He didn't enjoy himself and fell at Foinavon."
  • Robert Thornton (L'Ami, pulled up before last): "He gave me a great ride, but just didn't get home and I pulled him up."
  • Davy Russell (Hear The Echo, collapsed on run-in): "Very sadly the horse died."
  • Derek Laverty (Kelami, pulled up before 22nd): "He gave me a great spin. They went a great gallop early doors and I was handy, but he is an old horse and began to feel the pinch on the second circuit. I noticed three horses disappear at Becher's and thought it best to pull him up. We were someway behind."
  • Emmet Mullins (Chelsea Harbour, fell 2nd): "He got his back up too high and came down too steeply. But he is grand and so I am. I am looking forward to next time."
  • Jason Maguire (Unseated from Cloudy Lane at the Chair): "He landed on the fence, but that is the National isn't it? I couldn't have been happier up to that point because he was jumping so well."
  • Paddy Flood (Himalayan Trail, fell 1st): "We didn't get very far did we!"
  • Mark Walsh (Reveillez, brought down at the third): "It was disappointing to (only) get as far as the third, but he is a nice horse."
  • Philip Carberry (Musica Bella, fell 12th): "She just got a bit close got her hind legs caught and flipped. She is unlucky, she was jumping quite well up to then."[2]



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