As usual 40 horses started the 2002 Grand National with Blowing Wind going off the 8/1 favourite for Martin Pipe and Tony McCoy who was still looking for his first victory in the race. There were 31 in the handicap proper and this meant one of the most open Grand Nationals in years, as the starting price of the favourite suggests.
First Fence Casualties
At just after 3:45 the race commenced and the first fence took a heavy toll with a total of 8 horse not getting past the first fence. Logician who was one of the unluckier first-fence casualties in that he was knocked over as another faller came across him and there were at least a couple of notable hard-luck stories much later on.
Others that got knocked over at the first were Struggles Glory who made a mistake and was brought down at the 1st along with Carryonharry who was with the leaders when he also fell at the first. Goguenard fell also fell at the first and Red Ark blundered was hampered and unseated his rider at the first. Others who never made past the first fence were Marlborough, Inn At The Top and Paris Pike
The race settled down a bit after the first and Supreme Charm taking them along, the Last Fling was also n contention with the main players coming to the fore with Bindaree joining the leaders. Another who was right up there at this point was Kingsmark who ran a blinder for a long way, gradually creeping into things from well off the pace, and is probably capable of even better given that his rider felt something went amiss three out.
Davids Lad, Ad Hoc and Djeddah all jumped well but fell when they were getting involved, with about a mile still to run Davids Lad and Ad Hoc were going very well wen Ad Hoc landed on top of Davids Lad and that was their National over.
The Final Furlong
Blowing Wind ran a good race but the distance found him out and the race was left to Bindaree and What\'s Up Boys to fight it out. What\'s Up Boys led four out and was in front going over the last but Bindaree was switched by Jim Culloty coming to the elbow and went on to lead in the last 75yds.
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