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Comply or Die

Comply or Die
Sire Old Vic
Dam Madam Madcap
Grandsire Sadler's Wells
Damsire Furry Glen
Gender Gelding
Foaled 1999
Country Ireland
Color Bay
Breeder Martin J. Dibbs
Owner David Johnson
Trainer David Pipe
Record 20-8-4-0
Earnings £606,640[1]
Comply or Die is a thoroughbred racehorse out of Madam Madcap by Old Vic. He was born around 1999 in Ireland, and was bred by Martin J. Dibbs.
Major wins
Eider Chase (2008)
Grand National (2008)
Rising Stars Novices' Chase (2004)
Bristol Novices' Hurdle (2003)
Horse (Equus ferus caballus)
Last updated on April 5, 2009

Comply or Die is a British trained thoroughbred racehorse, owned by David Johnson. Ridden by Timmy Murphy and trained by David Pipe he was the winner of the £450,640[2] 2008 John Smith's Grand National at Aintree Racecourse, run on Saturday 5 April 2008[3]. It pushed ahead at the last fence[4] to win from the grey King John's Castle.

Bookmakers William Hill conceded that his victory had cost the chain 7 million GBP.[5]

His fabulous success story continued in the John Smith's Grand National on the 4th of April 2009, when he tried to defend his crown, he raced valiantly and came in 2nd place. The final odds were 14-1. This was surprising for many, as, he had approximately one extra stone of weight than his previous Grand National. Generally throughout the race he remained at the centre of the "pack", but by the final fence he had picked up rather well. However, it was almost certain that he would not win, as Mon Mome was considerably further on than Comply Or Die.


  1. Prize money to date
  2. Daily Telegraph Issue 47,537 dated 5th April 2008
  3. BBC details
  4. Sunday Telegraph Issue number2,443 (dated 6th April 2008
  5. Article by Alistair Osborne "it's Comply and cry for William Hill" on page B1 of the Daily Telegraph, Issue number 47,544 (dated 25th April 2008)



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