As the horses moved away from the tape the crowd gave a mighty roar. The horses crossed the Melling road and to the first of the 30 fences.
At the fence Double Honour and Colonel Rayburn jump it first, behind these Strong Resolve made a mistake as did Heros Collonges and Royal Auclair but they get away with the mistakes. Not so lucky were Lord Atterbury who falls and also Frenchman's Creek who unseats his rider.
28 horses are at the second fence. The leaders get over the fence well but at the back of the filed both Risk Assessor and Ballycassidy make mistakes and unseat their riders.
On to the third fence, Glenelly Gale make ground and opens up a length lean over Double Honour and Colonel Rayburn, next in the field is Astonville and Bindaree. This fence is the first open ditch and the leaders jump it well. The rest of the filed give the fence the respect it deserves and all get away from the fence without incident.
Onto the fourth fence and Glenelly Gale opens up a further 2 lengths advantage and jumps the fence really well. Behind him the rest of the field clear the fence and the runners and riders are on to the 5th.
As they approach the fifth fence Astonville is making ground and is second on the approach but Glenelly Gael is still 3 to 4 lengths out in front at the fence and all the field again jump the fence well.
The next fence is the most famous in the world 'Bechers Brook' which has been totally rebuilt for the race this years and for the first time for many years has actually got water in the ditch again. Glenelly Gale is first at the fence and puts in a really good jump but just pecks slightly on landing but gets away from the fence well. The rest of the filed pour over the fence and most jump it well with the exception of Europa who makes a bad mistake but he survives and the horses turn a slight left and run on to the Foinavon fence for the first time.
This fence is the smallest in the race but has caused problems in the past, at the fence Glenelly Gale is still in the lead. Following up and again making progress Double Honour jumps the fence in second place, then comes Astonville and Colonel Rayburn, these are followed by Forest Gunner and Montys Pass, then Strong Resolve who makes a slight mistake. Next are Hedgehunter and Nil Desperandum. Then comes Merchants Friend, Clan Royal Ad Hoc. The rest of the field clear the fence and they run onto the next fence.
The next fence is another unique fence, The Canal Turn, where the runners have t turn 90 degrees after jumping the fence. As they approach the fence the horses move out to the right so they can cut the corner of the fence and so save ground and time getting away from the fence. At the fence Glenelly gale is two lengths in front of Double Honour who is two lengths in front of Colonel Rayburn. Hedgehunter is next. Native Emperor makes a mistake but gets away with it. The field turns hard left and on to the next fence, Valentines Brook.
At the fence Glenelly gale is still 3 in front with Double honour second the rest of the field jump the fence with the exception of Native Emperor who makes his second mistake in succession but this time he pays the penalty as he unseats his rider.
At the next Glenelly gale jumps the fence well in front and the rest of the pack are coming together and three or four horses jump it together in second. Merchants friend makes a bad mistake and falls.
As they move to the next fence Clan Royal is moving through the field and is up to second place at the fence. This next fence is the open ditch and at the fence Glenelly gale is in front but his lead is shortening. Both jump the fence well and get away from it and the rest of the field come along behind. T
he next is the 12th, the horses have no problem jumping this fence and go on to the long run to the 13th.
As the horses cross the Melling road Glenelly Gale is still full of running but Clan Royal is going really well in close second place, then comes double Honour and Montys Pass, Strong Resolve. As the runners come back on to the racecourse the field is running on well. As they approach the fence two loose horses are getting up close, one runs around the fence while the other looks as if he will jump it with the leaders at the fence Glenelly Gale is first followed by Clan royal who is a lenghth behind, a further length sees Double honour and Montys pass in next , the rest of the filed who are bunching up a little. Astonville is pulled up before the fence.
At the 14th All the horses jump the fence well but the pace is getting a little faster and the horses are starting to get little strung out. All jump the fence and run on to the 15th.
The next fence is the biggest fence in the national the Chair Fence. On the approach to the next fence one of the loose horses comes across the filed again but then runs on, As the leaders approach the fence Clan Royal and Glenelly Gale meet it together but Clan royal has the better jump and jumps into the lead. Third is Double Honour as the rest of the filed clear the fence a mistake is made by Take the Stand and he unseats his rider and Forest Gunner makes a mistake.
As they get away from the fence the leading group is stringing out more and the leaders go onto the Water jump. At this fence Clan Royal is out in front by a half a lenghth and they are 3 lengths in from of Double Honour. The next few horses jump the fence well but Strong Resolve makes a very bad mistake and loses his position.
As they run on past the winning post for the first time. Clan Royal is out in front from Glenelly Gale and Double Honour Next is Colonel Rayburn, Hedgehunter, Montys Pass, Forest Gunner, Just in Debt, Innox , Ad Hoc, Fondmort, Heros Collonges, Royal Auclair, Simply Gifted Jolly Bay. Next is Iznogoud, It takes Time, Strong Resolve, Folly Pleasant, Europa, Marcus Du Berlais, Bindaree, Amberleigh House and Nil Desperandum.
As they horses move to the next fence this is the fence that was the first on the first circuit but this time is the 17th. Clan royal is now leading the pack with Glenelly Gale and Hedgehunter a lenghth behind sharing second place. Two loose horses are also up with the leaders and are staring to look menacing.
On to the 18th fence and the leader Clan Royal jumps the fence really well, next is Glenelly Gale who is a little untidy and makes a mistake. Double Honour is next and the rest of the field follow all horses clear the fence but some in the back of the field are slow at it.
On to the 19th and there are three horses at the front of the field but only one jockey as the two loose horses get up to the leader. Clan Royal is now opening up a commanding lead as at the fence he is 5 lengths clear and jumps it well. Next is Glenelly Gale and the rest of the filed get to the fence most jump well and the pace is hotting up. Soon after the fence Jakari is pulled up.
As Clan Royal Approaches the 20th one of the loose horses crosses his path. He takes a little pull and lets the horse cross him. He gets to the fence well in the lead, The pace is still quickening, he jumps well and so do the next few in the field Foly Pleasant who is feeling the pace at this stage makes a mistake and falls.
At the 21st fence Clan Royal is still out in front and going well within himself but one of the loose horses is getting too close to him Clan Royal jumps the fence, well as the pack approach the fence four horses jump it in unison but one, Double Honour makes a mistake and falls, as the rest of the filed jump another horse makes a mistake, it is Le Coudray, he is not going to get away with it and also falls.
On to the 22nd and the loose horse is now getting very close to Clan Royal Tony McCoy can see the horse closing in on his left hand side, Tony takes a pull again and lets this horse cross him as he did two fences before with the other loose horse, who is now 5 lengths ahead of the field. Tony does a really good job here and settles his horse again. The are approaching Bechers Brook and Tony McCoy just starts to get his horse into stride for the fence when the loose horse to his left suddenly cuts across his mount at full gallop. Both Tony and Clan Royal have no other option than to go left and the horse is now in front of them Tony tries in vain to give his horse some other option but the loose horse leads them down and across the fence as they are carried out. As they get to the inside edge of the fence Clan Royal has no option but throw Tony off the horse and the pair are dramatically out of the race. Four horses jump the fence in a line and the fastest away from the fence is Hedgehunter as he runs away in front. Ad Hoc falls at the fence and Ballybough Rasher refuses to jump the fence and Marcus Du Berlais unseats his rider. So Bechers Brook and a loose horse make a big difference once again to the big race.
At the 24th. Hedge Hunter jumps it well then comes Innox followed by Just in Debt . Joly Bay takes a wide route and loses his place. The field is now getting tired and more stretched out as they go left and on to the next.
At the 25th the leaders are now very serious as horses at the back are now getting tired and detached.. Up front however Hedgehunter who is leading Innox and Just in Debt and Royal Auclair are full of running the filed clear the fence and on to the next.
At the next Hedgehunter still in the lead as Just in Debt, Royal Auclair and Heros Collonges are all getting faster as the pace hoots up. This is the last open ditch, at the fence Hedgehunter is still just in the lead and the field jump the fence.
The next is the 27th a plain fence and at it Hedgehunter leads the field the horses at the back of the field are now very tired. Some horses however are staying on and improving, Simply Gifted is going well as is Forest Gunner. Staying on at the back is Bindaree, Monty's Pass and Amberleigh House. At the fence the leaders jump it fast and well. As the field jump it they have a long run to the next fence.
As they cross the Melling road again and get onto the racecourse proper Hedgehunter leads the National. Next Comes Innox and Hero Colognes Followed by Just in Debt, Forest Gunner and It Takes Time, Fondmort has had enough and is pulled up so is the long time leader Glenelly Gale. Colonel Rayburn another who has ran well is pulled up.
As they approach the final turn Hedgehunter is still in the lead and is opening up a by two lengths, Next is Innox Still going well Just in Debt is still there next is Heros Collonges, and Polar Red who is making ground. Next comes Forest Gunner who is going well enough.
At the second last Hedgehunter is two in front of Royal Auclair, Polar red and Simply Gifted. 10 horses are in the leading pack with a further 11 following up behind. All jump the fence.
Hedgehunter is approaching the fence that he fell at last year when in contention the 30th and last fence in the Worlds Greatest Steeplechase. He approaches the fence jumps and does really well and gets away from it full of running. Royal Auclair is next at the fence and has run a blinder carrying 9lbs more that the leader he is being asked to give more by his jockey Christian Williams and in response he finds more. Next are three in a row, Hedgehunters stalemate Simply Gifted who is running a great race under his jockey Brian Harding. Alongside him is Innox who after giving his all is now starting to tire. Also alongside is Forest Gunner whose jockey Carrie Ford is trying to make history as the first woman to win, she has given her horse a great ride and has got him in the perfect position for a challenge.
As the horses approach the elbow Hedgehunter is getting further and further ahead and is now 5 lengths ahead of the field and look to be the horse that gives Ruby Walsh his second winner in the race. Ruby is not moving on the horse and is not letting himself being carried away. He is still going well passed the elbow , the second horse Royal Auclair is still staying on under pressure but will not give way, even though they are 5 lengths behind, Simply Gifted is next putting in a great race and staying on. Forest gunner is also staying on if at one pace.
As he gets away from the elbow the great Ruby Walsh is as cool as a cucumber and starts to ride the horse out hands and heels, only halfway up the run in does he really get to work to keep the horse up to his work but he can relax they are well ahead of the field as they cross the line and win the Worlds greatest Steeplechase
Finishing second is Royal Auclair a half a lenghth in front of Simply Gifted. Next is It Takes time and 5th is a historic finishing position for Carrie Ford as Forest Gunner finishes, she has equalled the highest placing ever by a female rider.
Next is Nil Desperandum, next comes Innox and Heros Collonges followed by Just in Debt and last years winner Amberleigh House. Next is the 2002 winner Bindaree followed by Iznogoud. Next is Polar Red who faded from the last followed by Joly Bay who also weakened at the end of the race. L´Aventure comes next than Monty's Pass, Strong Resolve, Spot the Difference, Arctic Copper, Europa and finally Shamawan.
At 9 years old he will almost certainly be back to try and re-gain his crown and if he is not asked to carry too much weight next year will have every chance.
Willie was a good jockey who rode in this race in 1983 when he partnered The Ladys Master who unfortunately for him ran out. A year later on Hazy Dawn he fell at the 6th. As a trainer he has had some good horses in his charge and some of them have been in the race with the likes of Mickos Dream and Alexander Banquet both of whom failed to get around as did this horse last year, however all that has been forgotten now as this likeable man has now won the worlds greatest steeplechase.
|1st||HEDGEHUNTER||9-11-01||(Trevor Hemmings)||Willie Mullins IRE||Ruby Walsh||7/1 Fav|
|2nd||ROYAL AUCLAIR||8-11-10||(Clive Smith)||Paul Nicholls||Christian Williams||40/1|
|3rd||SIMPLY GIFTED||10-10-06||(Steve Hammond)||Jonjo O'Neill||Brian Harding||66/1|
|4th||IT TAKES TIME||11-10-11||(David Johnson)||Martin Pipe||Timmy Murphy||18/1|
|5th||FOREST GUNNER||11-10-07||(John Gilsenan)||Richard Ford||Carrie Ford|
|6th||NIL DESPERANDUM||8-10-11||(Mike Shone)||Franes Crowley IRE||Jim Culloty|
|7th||INNOX||9-10-06||(J P McManus)||Francois Doumen FR||Robert Thornton|
|8th||HEROS COLLONGES||10-10-11||(John Hales)||Paul Nicholls||J P McNamara|
|9th||JUST IN DEBT||9-10-07||(Bill Hazledean)||Martin Todhunter||Tony Dobbin|
|10th||AMBERLEIGH HOUSE||13-11-03||(Halewood International Ltd)||Ginger McCain||Graham Lee|
|11th||BINDAREE||11-11-03||(Raymond Mould)||Nigel Twiston-Davies||Carl Llewellyn|
|12th||IZNOGOUD||9-10-09||(Country Stores and Avalon Surfcing)||Martin Pipe||Tom Scudamore|
|13th||POLAR RED||8-10-08||(Lady Clarke)||Martin Pipe||Tom Malone|
|14th||JOLY BEY||8-10-10||(David Dunsdon)||Nick Gifford||Mr David Dunsdon|
|15th||L'AVENTURE||6-10-05||(Chris Harriman)||Paul Nicholls||Robbie McNally|
|16th||MONTY'S PASS||12-11-06||(Dee Racing Syndicate)||Jimmy Mangan IRE||Barry Geraghty|
|17th||STRONG RESOLVE||9-10-06||(Fair City Flyers)||Lucinda Russell||Peter Buchanan|
|18th||SPOT THEDIFFERENCE||12-10-07||(J P McManus)||Enda Bolger IRE||Robbie Power|
|19th||ARCTIC COPPER||11-10-06||(Grand Alliance Racing Club)||Noel Meade IRE||Davy Russell|
|20th||EUROPA||9-10-06||(Trevor Hemmings)||Ferdy Murphy||Jason Maguire|
|21st||SHAMAWAN||10-10-06||(J P McManus)||Jonjo O'Neill||Shay Barry|
|FELL||LORD ATTERBURY||9-10-06||(David Johnson)||Martin Pipe||Mark Bradburne|
|UR||FRENCHMAN'S CREEK||11-10-09||(Rory Sweet and Panda Christie)||Hughie Morrison||Jimmy McCarthy|
|UR||RISK ACCESSOR||10-11-04||J P McManus)||Christy Roche IRE||Alan Crowe|
|UR||BALLYCASSIDY||10-11-05||(Roddy Owen and Paul Fullager)||Peter Bowen||Seamus Durack|
|UR||NATIVE EMPEROR||9-10-05||(Jonathan, Jeremy and S R Hitchins)||Jonjo O'Neill||Dominic Elsworth|
|FELL||MERCHANTS FRIEND||10-10-06||(Magic Moments)||Charlie Mann||Noel Fehily|
|PU||ASTONVILLE||11-10-13||(Fergus Wilson)||Michael Scudamore||Brian Crowley|
|UR||TAKE THE STAND||9-11-05||(The Courters)||Peter Bowen||Leighton Aspell|
|PU||JAKARI||8-10-10||(The Earl Cadogan)||Henry Daly||Richard Johnson|
|FELL||FOLY PLEASANT||11-11-00||(Nick Shutts)||Karen Marks||Andrew Thornton|
|UR||DOUBLE HONOUR||7-10-08||(The 4th Middleham Partnership)||Philip Hobbs||Paddy Brennan|
|PU||LE COUDRAY||11-11-12||(J P McManus)||Christy Roche IRE||Conor O'Dwyer|
|FELL||AD HOC||11-10-12||(Sir Robert Ogden)||Paul Nicholls||Joe Tizzard|
|UR||MARCUS DU BERLAIS||8-10-05||(Marcus Beresford)||Arthur Moore IRE||Barry Cash|
|REF||BALLYBOUGH RASHER||10-11-04||(B D R Partnership)||Howard Johnson||Alan Dempsey|
|CO||CLAN ROYAL||10-10-11||(J P McManus)||Jonjo O'Neill||Tony McCoy|
|PU||COLNEL RAYBURN||9-10-07||(Thatch (Ferns) Racing Syndicate)||Paul Nolan IRE||Paul Carberry|
|PU||FONDMORT||9-11-06||(Bill Brown)||Nicky Henderson||Mick Fitzgerald|
|PU||GLENELLY GALE||11-10-11||(Frank Bradley)||Arthur Moore IRE||Mr Tom Greenall|