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2010 Grand National

2010 Grand National
Grand National
Location Aintree
Date 10 April 2010
Winning horse Don't Push It
Winning Jockey Tony McCoy
Conditions Good to soft (good in places)

The 2010 Grand National (known as the John Smith's Grand National for sponsorship reasons) was the 163rd renewal of a horse race that took place at the Aintree Racecourse on 10 April 2010. The main race was held at 16:15 BST and was won by Don't Push It, ridden by Tony McCoy, five lengths ahead of Black Apalachi in second and twenty ahead of State of Play in third.[1] It was McCoy's first win in the Grand National at his fifteenth attempt.[2] Don't Push It started the race as 10-1 joint favourite, having been backed down from 20-1 in the hours prior to the race.[1] In the process of winning, McCoy avoided equalling the record for most rides in the National without winning, at the time held by Jeff King.


Race card

  • No:1 Weight: 11-10

Madison Du Berlais, Jockey: Tom Scudamore Trainer: David Pipe Colours: Blue with hoop of yellow diamonds, yellow sleeves with red armband and cap

  • No:2 Weight: 11-7

Mon Mome Jockey:Aidan Coleman Trainer: Venetia Williams Colours: Green jacket and cap, blue armbands on sleeves

  • No:3 Weight: 11-6

Vic Venturi Jockey: Roger Loughran Trainer: Dessie Hughes IRE Colours: Black, yellow diamond on body and cap, diamonds on sleeves

  • No:4 Weight: 11-6

Black Apalachi Jockey: Denis O'Regan Trainer: Dessie Hughes IRE Colours: Green, blue chevrons on sleeves, blue star on cap

  • No:5 Weight: 11-6

Joe Lively Jockey: Joe Tizzard Trainer: Colin Tizzard Colours: Yellow with red diamond, quartered cap

  • No:6 Weight: 11-5

Don't Push It Jockey: Tony McCoy Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill Colours: Green and yellow hoops, white cap

  • No:7 Weight: 11-5

Comply or Die Jockey: Timmy Murphy Trainer: David Pipe Colours: Blue, green sleeves, white cap with blue spots

  • No: 8 Weight: 11-4

Niche Market Jockey: Harry Skelton Trainer: Bob Buckler Colours: Orange and blue quarters, hooped sleeves, quartered cap

  • No:9 Weight:11-4

Tricky Trickster Jockey: Richard Johnson Trainer: Paul Nicholls Colours:
Pink with purple spotted sash, hooped sleeves Richard Johnson replaced Barry Geraghty as the jockey of Tricky Trickster following an injury to Ruby Walsh. Geraghty switched to ride favourite Big Fella Thanks

  • No:10 Weight: 11-4

Made in Taipan Jockey: Niall Madden Trainer: Tom Mullins IRE Colours: Orange with black star, diablo sleeves, white and black hooped cap

  • No:11 Weight: 11-3

Dream Alliance Jockey: Tom O'Brien Trainer: Philip Hobbs Colours: Grey with white epilettes and armbands, hooped cap

  • No:12 Weight: 11-3

Cloudy Lane Jockey: Jason Maguire Trainer: Donald McCain Jnr Colours: Green and yellow quarters, white sleeves and cap

  • No: 13 Weight: 11-3

Nozic Jockey: Liam Treadwell Trainer: Paul Nicholls Colours: Blue, white disc, stars on sleeves and star on cap

  • No:14 Weight: 11-2

My Will Jockey: Nick Scholfield Trainer: Paul Nicholls Colours: Black and white halves, red sleeves and cap

  • No:15 Weight: 11-2

Pablo Du Charmil Jockey: Danny Cook Trainer: David Pipe Colours: Blue, yellow chevron, diablo sleeves

  • No:16 Weight: 11-0

Ballyholland Jockey: Andrew McNamara Trainer: Colin McBratney IRE Colours: White, yellow stripe, quartered cap

  • No:17 Weight:11-0

Backstage Jockey: Davy Condon Trainer: Gordon Elliott IRE Colours: Sky, oragne epilettes, sky and purple checked cap

  • No:18 Weight: 11-0

Beat the Boys Jockey: Brian Hughes Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Colours: Pink, blue diamond, diablo sleeves, pink star on blue cap

  • No:19 Weight: 11-0

Preists Leap Jockey: Philip Enright Trainer: Tom O'Leary IRE Colours: Blue, yellow star, stars on sleeves, star on cap

  • No:20 Weight: 10-13

Snowy Morning Jockey: David Casey Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE Colours: Yellow, black braces, yellow and white quartered cap

  • No:21 Weight: 10-13

Can't Buy Time Jockey: Richie McLernon Trainer: Jonjo O'Neill Colours: Green and yellow hoops, white star on green cap

  • No:22 Weight:10-12

Big Fella Thanks Jockey: Barry Geraghty Trainer: Paul Nicholls Colours:
Purple with grey hooped sleeves Twice winning jockey Ruby Walsh was originally scheduled to ride the Ante-post favourite, Big Fella Thanks but was ruled out when he was injured in a heavy fall on Celestial Halo in the 2.50 race earlier in the day

  • No:23 Weight: 10-11

State of Play Jockey: Paul Moloney Trainer: Evan Williams Colours: Blue with pink hoop

  • No:24 Weight: 10-11

Character Building Jockey: Nina Carberry Trainer: John Quinn Colours: Cerise with purple crossbelts, hooped sleeves and cap

  • No:25 Weight: 10-10

Ellerslie George Jockey: Christian Williams Trainer: Nick Mitchell Colours: Blue with green hoop and cap, red sleeves

  • No:26 Weight: 10-9

Eric's Charm Jockey: Wayne Hutchinson Trainer: Oliver Sherwood Colours: Yellow with pink diamond chequered body

  • No: 27 Weight: 10-9

King Johns Castle Jockey: Paul Carberry Trainer: Arthur Moore IRE Colours: Green and yellow hoops, red cap

  • No: 28 Weight: 10-9

Conna Castle Jockey: Sean Flanagan Trainer: Jimmy Mangan IRE Colours: Orange with sky diamond chequered body and stars on cap

  • No: 29 Weight: 10-9

Ballyfitz Jockey: David England Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Colours: Sky and claret diablo and quartered cap, sky sleeves

  • No:30 Weight: 10-9

Ollie Magern Jockey: Tom Molloy Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Colours: Sky, claret stars and sleeves

  • No:31 Weight: 10-8

Arbor Supreme Jockey: Paul Townend Trainer: Willie Mullins IRE Colours: Green and yellow hoops, blue cap

  • No:32 Weight: 10-8

Maljimar Jockey: Daryl Jacob Trainer: Nick Williams Colours: Orange with black star on body and cap

  • No:33 Weight: 10-7

The Package Jockey: Graham Lee Trainer: David Pipe Colours: Green, blue sleeves, red cap

  • No:34 Weight: 10-7

Piraya Jockey: Johnny Farrelly Trainer: David Pipe Colours: White, red spotted sash, armbands and quartered cap

  • No:35 Weight: 10-7

Irish Raptor Jockey: Paddy Brennan Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Colours: Green, yellow stars, striped sleeves and cap

  • No:36 Weight: 10-5

Cerium Jockey: Davy Russell Trainer: Paul Murphy Colours: Green, white star, black striped sleeves, white cap with black star

  • No:37 Weight:10-6

Palypso Der Creek Jockey: Tom Siddall Trainer: Charlie Longsdon Colours: Blue, green sleeves and cap

  • No:38 Weight:10-6

Hello Bud Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies Trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies Colours: White, blue spotted body and sleeves, striped cap

  • No:39 Weight: 10-5

Flintoff Jockey: Andrew Tinkler Trainer: Venetia Williams Colours: Blue, pink hooped sleeves and cap

  • No:40 Weight: 10-5

Royal Rosa Jockey: Wilson Renwick Trainer: Howard Johnson Colours: chocolate and cream quarters [3]

Cerium and Royal Rosa made the final 40 runners after the withdrawal of Mr Pointment and Abbeybraney on 9 April. Silver Birch was originally due to be the first reserve, but was drawn-out so that he could run in the Topham Chase instead.

Finishing order


Position Name Rider Age Weight Starting Price Distance or fate
Winner Don't Push It Tony McCoy 10 11-05 10/1 Jt Fav winner by 5 lengths
Second Black Apalachi Denis O'Regan 11 11-06 14/1 5 lengths behind
Third State of Play Paul Moloney 10 10-11 16/1 20 lengths
Fourth Big Fella Thanks Barry Geraghty 8 10-12 10/1 Jt Fav 3 lengths
Fifth Hello Bud Sam Twiston-Davies 12 10-06 20/1 7 lengths
Sixth Snowy Morning David Casey 10 10-13 14/1 1.5 lengths
Seventh Character Building Nina Carberry 10 10-11 16/1 neck
Eighth Cloudy Lane Jason Maguire 10 11-03 25/1 12 lengths
Ninth Tricky Trickster Richard Johnson 7 11-04 16/1 3/4 length
Tenth Joe Lively Joe Tizzard 11 11-06 33/1 short head
11th Cerium Davy Russell 9 10-06 50/1 54 lengths
12th Comply or Die Timmy Murphy 11 10-05 12/1 8 lengths
13th Piraya Johnny Farrelly 7 10-07 100/1 34 lengths
Last to finish Preists Leap Philip Enright 10 11-00 100/1 64 lengths

Non finishers

Start Line King Johns Castle Paul Carberry 11 10-09 28/1 Refused to start when under starter's orders
Fence 1 Eric's Charm Wayne Hutchinson 12 10-09 33/1 Fell when leading
Fence 2 Pablo Du Charmil Danny Cook 9 11-02 100/1 Fell towards the rear
Fence 4 My Will Nick Scholfield 10 11-02 20/1 Fell towards the rear
Fence 5 Made in Taipan Niall Madden 8 11-04 100/1 Fell towards the rear
Fence 8 - Canal Turn Can't Buy Time Richie McClernon 8 10-13 33/1 Unseated Rider in mid division
Fence 14 Irish Raptor Paddy Brennan 11 10-07 33/1 Fell when lying sixth
Fence 14 Royal Rosa Wilson Renwick 11 10-05 66/1 Unseated rider towards rear
Fence 15 - The Chair Arbor Supreme Paul Townend 8 10-08 16/1 Unseated rider in mid division
Fence 19 - Open Ditch Madison Du Berlais Tom Scudamore 9 11-10 50/1 Unseated when chasing leaders
Fence 19 - Open Ditch Beat The Boys Brian Hughes 9 11-00 66/1 Pulled Up when losing touch
Fence 19 - Open Ditch The Package Graham Lee 7 10-07 14/1 Unseated Rider when in mid division
Fence 20 Vic Venturi Roger Loughran 10 11-06 25/1 Hampered and fell when chasing leaders
Fence 20 Nozic Liam Treadwell 9 11-03 40/1 Hampered and unseated when in rear
Fence 20 Backstage Davy Condon 8 11-00 25/1 Hampered and unseated when among the leaders
Fence 21 Flintoff Andrew Tinkler 9 10-05 50/1 Pulled up when tailed off
Fence 22 - Becher's Ballyfitz David England 10 10-09 50/1 Fell when behind
Fence 22 - Becher's Maljimar Daryl Jacob 10 10-08 28/1 Fell when lying seventh
Fence 23 - Foinavon Ellerslie George Christian Williams 10 10-10 66/1 Unseated rider when losing touch
Fence 24 - Canal Turn Dream Alliance Tom O'Brien 9 11-03 16/1 Pulled up when tailed off
Fence 26 Mon Mome Aidan Coleman 10 11-07 14/1 Fell when chasing leaders
Fence 27 - Open Ditch Palypso De Creek Tom Siddall 7 10-06 66/1 Fell when behind
Fence 28 Ballyholland Andrew McNamara 9 11-00 28/1 Pulled Up when tailed off
Fence 29 Niche Market Harry Skelton 9 11-04 16/1 Pulled up when beaten
Fence 29 Conna Castle Sean Flanagan 11 10-09 100/1 Pulled up when beaten
Fence 29 Ollie Magern Tom Molloy 12 10-09 100/1 Pulled Up when beaten


  • For the first time since 2005, there were no horse fatalities in the big race. In each of the previous four years there was one casualty. During the 2010 Grand National meeting, however there were three casualties, including two in separate falls at Valentine's Brook on the National course itself.
Plaisir d'Estruval and Prudent Honour both died instantly after jumping Valentine's, the 13th obstacle in the Topham Chase on 9 April, a handicap over two miles and five and a half furlongs. Both horses broke their necks. Earlier the same day, in the Grade One Melling Chase over standard chase fences on the Mildmay track, Schindlers Hunt was put down after fracturing a leg in a fall at the third fence. Schindlers Hunts jockey , Paddy Flood, broke his collarbone in the fall, the other jockeys were unhurt.[6]
  • Coral Bookmakers took the decision to refund bets placed on race-day for King John's Castle. The horse refused to run when the race started. Although under betting rules customers bets should have been classified as losers, Coral took the decision to make a goodwill refund gesture to their customers.[7]


Selected quotes from the jockeys including winner at the 15th attempt AP McCoy, 17 year old Sam Twiston-Davies who was aiming to become the second-youngest winning jockey ever and Nina Carberry attempting to be first female rider to win the race.[8]

  • Tony McCoy (Don't Push It, first): "If you get enough goes at something and you keep going, once you're in there you've always got a chance. I'm delighted for JP (McManus, owner) as he's the best supporter this game has ever had and ever will have, and I'm very privileged to ride a Grand National winner in his colours."
  • Denis O'Regan (Black Apalachi, second): "My fella's a tremendous horse and he gave me a tremendous feel. He just loves bowling along and loves this place. He was a bit keen early on but once he settled into a lovely rhythm he was fantastic. It's a pleasure to ride a horse like him round here."
  • Paul Moloney (State Of Play, third): "It was a serious run from a serious horse who's been very good to me - and he might win it next year, please God."
  • Barry Geraghty, late replacement jockey (Big Fella Thanks, fourth): "That was brilliant. He galloped from end to end, the best ride I've ever had round here. But if you can't have the winner then it's good to see AP (McCoy) win it."
  • Sam Twiston-Davies (Hello Bud, fifth): "That was brilliant. The horse has been a real star and has jumped from fence to fence."
  • Nina Carberry (Character Building, seventh): "He couldn't lay up and the plan was to give him a chance. I thought I had a really great chance of being in the money and in the first three over the Canal Turn, but he got tapped for toe and in the end I just got done for sixth. He ran a great race had it been softer he might have come back to them a bit more. Hopefully he'll come back next year."


As the Grand National was accorded the status as an event on national interest within the United Kingdom and was listed on the ITC Code on Sports and Other Listed Events, the event had to be shown on free-to-air terrestrial television in the UK. As with previous years the rights to broadcast the race were held by the BBC and the race, along with several others were shown on BBC One. The race was also the first in the UK to be broadcast in high definition on the BBC HD channel.[9] The BBCs coverage was produced by Sunset and Vine who, with the aid of the SiS outside broadcast unit, provided coverage of fifteen races throughout the three day meeting.[10]

Clare Balding served as anchor presenter for the fifth consecutive year with Rishi Persad providing interviews from the jockey's room as well as taking a closer look at the horses in the paddock with Richard Dunwoody. Mick Fitzgerald guided viewers through the course as well as providing post race analysis from all the build up races. Richard Pitman provided nostalgia with interviews with several famous names from the history of the race, including an uncomfotable interview with his ex wife Jenny Pitman while Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes interviewed the general spectators in the stands for unusual and interesting stories. John Parrott and Gary Wiltshire completed the team with news from the betting ring.[11]

The commentary team for the 2010 Grand National consisted of Ian Bartlett, Darren Owen and Jim McGrath, who called the winner home for the thirteenth consecutive year. "Four with a chance with one left to jump in the National and Tony McCoy on Don't Push It ranges up to Black Apalachi. He absolutely flew the last, Don't Push It and MCCoy. They race towards the elbow. Can he make it McCoy, he's in front? Black Apalachi is coming back at him. It's Black Apalachi and Don't Push It. They race towards the elbow. A titanic struggle. Clear of Big Fella Thanks. They're on the run in for home. McCoy is rousting Don't Push It. He's galvanising him. He's started to get a real tune out of him and he's going to the last. He's going to at last win the Grand National. It's Don't Push It, Tony McCoy, at the fifteenth attempt. He wins the Grand National. Don't Push It is the winner! In second place, Black Apalachi. State Of Play is third. In fourth is Big Fella Thanks." [12] This was the first time for six years that the team had been reduced from four to three with Tony O'Heir being dropped in what the BBC called a cost cutting exercise.[13] As is tradition, Clare Balding, as anchor presenter conducted the interviews with the winning connections while Ian Bartlett, Richard Dunwoody and Mick Fitzgerald then took the viewers through a detailed rerun of the race.

BBC radio also covered the race live for the seventy-ninth time as part of its wider Five Live Sports broadcast. Mark Pougatch presented the programme live from Aintree with race commentary called by Cornelius Lysaght and John Hunt. The race was also covered by Racing UK into bookmaker's offices throughout the UK and Ireland using alternative camera shots from the BBC with their own commentary team.[14]

The BBC were once again criticised for the camera shots in the big race on the Internet forum 6-0-6. The Becher's Brook camera angle came in for particular criticism.


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