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Monty's Pass

Monty's Pass was the winner of the 2003 Grand National at Aintree, Liverpool.

Rated as one of the best in his era the gelding by Montelimar stormed clear to win the greatest Steeplechase in the World by over 14 lengths. After jumping for fun and travelling best all the way over the four and a half mile event. His rider Barry Geraghty said after the race "I couldn't believe how easily he did it, he jumped like a cat all the way, it was fantastic!" Owned by the Dee Racing Syndicate headed by Mike Futter the gelding landed a gamble of over one million sterling for its owners. His trainer Jimmy Mangan was delighted after the race stating " That was unbelievable, he did everything right. He travelled well all the way and after he passed me with a round to go I said to myself he could win! The day was perfect and so was his performance and I have always dreamed of having a runner in the great race not to mind having the winner!" The winner was followed home by Supreme Glory and Amberleigh House with Gunner Welburn back in fourth. Amberleigh House would go on to win the 2004 renewal of the great race. Monty's Pass went on to finish fourth in 2004 and to complete it yet again in 2005 with top weight of 11st 10lbs in each of those years. Monty the winner of the Grade one Kerry Grand National retired after the 2005 renewal as a twelve year old with his trainer saying " He's the best horse I have and the best horse I will ever have, he has been a great servant and deserves to enjoy a happy retirement".

The horse still based at home in Jimmy Mangan's yard in Conna Co. Cork is now 17 years of age and is enjoying a happy life with the rest of Mangan's horses and will remain there until he departs.


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