2016 Grand National

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2016 Grand National
Grand National
2016 Crabbie's Grand National.jpg
Owner Gigginstown House Stud.svg
LocationAintree Racecourse
Date9 April 2016
Winning horseRule The World
Starting price1033 33/1
JockeyDavid Mullins
TrainerMouse Morris
OwnerGigginstown House Stud
ConditionsSoft (heavy in places)[1]
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The 2016 Grand National (officially known as the 2016 Crabbie's Grand National for sponsorship reasons) was the 169th annual running of the Grand National horse race at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England. The showpiece steeplechase took place on 9 April 2016, the final day of a three-day meeting. A field of 39 runners competed for a share of a prize fund of £1 million.[2]

The 2016 National was won by 1033 33/1 shot Rule The World, ridden by David Mullins and trained by Mouse Morris.[3] In second place was the 1008 8/1 joint-favourite The Last Samuri. Sixteen of the 39 runners completed the race, held on the softest going since the 2001 race.[3]

The race was sponsored by ginger-beer producer Crabbie's for the third and final time. It was broadcast live on television by Channel 4 for the fourth year running and the final time; the TV rights moved to ITV in 2017. There was live radio coverage by BBC Radio, which has held the radio rights since 1927, and by Talksport, which covered the main race live for the third time.[4]

Race card[edit]

A total of 126 entries were received for consideration in the 2016 Grand National, of which 96 remained after the second of two scratching deadlines, and 87 then advanced to the final confirmation stage. On 7 April the final field of 40 horses was announced as starters for the showpiece race. Four reserves were on standby, but there were no withdrawals before the deadline on 8 April.

O'Faolains Boy was subsequently a non-runner, being declared lame in the morning of the race, reducing the field to 39 from the maximum of 40. A notable absentee was the 2014 winner Pineau de Re, who was rated 46th in the handicap and thus did not qualify for the final field. The joint-favourites with bookmakers were the 2015 winner and top-weight Many Clouds and The Last Samuri.[5]

No Horse Age Handicap
(stlb)
SP Jockey Trainer
1 Many Clouds (IRE) 9 11–10 1008 8/1 JF Leighton Aspell Oliver Sherwood
2 Silviniaco Conti (FR) 10 11–08 1012 12/1 Noel Fehily Paul Nicholls
3 First Lieutenant (IRE) 11 11–04 1050 50/1 Bryan Cooper Mouse Morris (IRE)
4 Wonderful Charm (FR) 8 11–03 1040 40/1 Sam Twiston-Davies Paul Nicholls
5 Ballynagour (IRE) 10 11–02 1050 50/1 Tom Scudamore David Pipe
O'Faolains Boy (IRE) 9 11–01 NR Brian Hughes Rebecca Curtis
7 Gilgamboa (IRE) 8 11–01 1028 28/1 Robbie Power Enda Bolger (IRE)
8 On His Own (IRE) 12 11–01 1033 33/1 Mr. Patrick Mullins Willie Mullins (IRE)
9 The Druids Nephew (IRE) 9 11–00 1016 16/1 Denis O'Regan Neil Mulholland
10 Triolo d'Alene (FR) 9 11–00 1050 50/1 Jeremiah McGrath Nicky Henderson
11 Rocky Creek (IRE) 10 10–13 1066 66/1 Andrew Thornton Paul Nicholls
12 Sir Des Champs (FR) 10 10–13 1020 20/1 Ms. Nina Carberry Willie Mullins
13 Holywell (IRE) 9 10–12 1011 11/1 Richie McLernon Jonjo O'Neill
14 Shutthefrontdoor (IRE) 9 10–11 1012 12/1 Barry Geraghty Jonjo O'Neill
15 Soll 11 10–11 1040 40/1 Conor O'Farrell David Pipe
16 Buywise (IRE) 9 10–10 1033 33/1 Paul Moloney Evan Williams
17 Boston Bob (IRE) 11 10–10 1025 25/1 Paul Townend Willie Mullins
18 Aachen 12 10–10 1050 50/1 Henry Brooke Venetia Williams
19 Morning Assembly (IRE) 9 10–09 1016 16/1 Davy Russell Pat Fahy (IRE)
20 Double Ross (IRE) 10 10–09 1080 80/1 Ryan Hatch Nigel Twiston-Davies
21 Goonyella (IRE) 9 10–08 1012 12/1 Johnny Burke Jim Dreaper (IRE)
22 Ucello Conti (FR) 8 10–08 1025 25/1 Daryl Jacob Gordon Elliott (IRE)
23 Unioniste (FR) 8 10–08 1028 28/1 Nick Scholfield Paul Nicholls
24 Le Reve (IRE) 8 10–08 1050 50/1 Harry Skelton Lucy Wadham
25 Gallant Oscar (IRE) 10 10–08 1016 16/1 Mark Walsh Tony Martin (IRE)
26 Onenightinvienna (IRE) 7 10–08 1033 33/1 Tom O'Brien Philip Hobbs
27 The Last Samuri (IRE) 8 10–08 1008 8/1 JF David Bass Kim Bailey
28 Kruzhlinin (GER) 9 10–07 1033 33/1 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs
29 Rule The World 9 10–07 1033 33/1 David Mullins Mouse Morris
30 Just a Par (IRE) 9 10–06 1040 40/1 Sean Bowen Paul Nicholls
31 Katenko (FR) 10 10–06 1040 40/1 Will Kennedy Venetia Williams
32 Vics Canvas (IRE) 13 10–06 1100 100/1 Robert Dunne Dermot McLoughlin (IRE)
33 Black Thunder (FR) 9 10–06 1050 50/1 Mr. Sam Waley-Cohen Paul Nicholls
34 Ballycasey (IRE) 9 10–06 1050 50/1 Ms. Katie Walsh Willie Mullins
35 Hadrian's Approach (IRE) 9 10–06 1050 50/1 Nico de Boinville Nicky Henderson
36 Vieux Lion Rouge (FR) 7 10–05 1066 66/1 James Reveley David Pipe
37 Pendra (IRE) 8 10–05 1050 50/1 Aidan Coleman Charles Longsdon
38 Saint Are (FR) 10 10–05 1016 16/1 Paddy Brennan Tom George
39 Home Farm (IRE) 9 10–04 1050 50/1 Andrew Lynch Henry de Bromhead (IRE)
40 The Romford Pele (IRE) 9 10–04 1033 33/1 Trevor Whelan Rebecca Curtis
  • Great Britain unless stated.
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Race overview[edit]

The outsider Aachen led the field on the first circuit with Double Ross very prominent and The Last Samuri and Many Clouds close behind the leaders. The most notable early faller was the third-favourite Holywell at the second fence. The Romford Pele was in a handy position until falling at the Canal Turn. Silviniaco Conti was pulled up at the 14th whilst On His Own and Sir Des Champs, both trained by Willie Mullins, fell at The Chair.

As the horses set out on the second circuit some of the early leaders began to fade and the 2015 runner-up Saint Are led the field, with The Last Samuri and Many Clouds disputing second. In the heavy conditions, several riders decided to pull their horses up rather than face Becher's a second time. Many Clouds went to the front at the 19th fence and raced alongside The Last Samuri for several fences before making a bad mistake at the 26th, after which he began to struggle under the top weight.[6]

The Last Samuri led the field into the final turn ahead of Morning Assembly and the 100/1 outsider Vics Canvas, who had made a remarkable recovery after almost falling at Becher's Brook on the first circuit. Rule The World was beginning to make steady progress. The Last Samuri cleared the final fence just ahead of Vics Canvas, with Rule The World a length behind in third place. The three leaders were virtually level at the elbow with Vics Canvas on the rail, Rule The World on the outside and The Last Samuri in between them. In the final furlong Rule The World drew ahead and won by six lengths from The Last Samuri, with eight lengths back to Vics Canvas in third. Gilgamboa finished another two lengths behind in fourth, ahead of Goonyella, Ucello Conti, Vieux Lion Rouge, Morning Assembly and Shutthefrontdoor. Many Clouds was the last of the 16 finishers.[7]

All 39 runners returned to the stables with no major concerns.[8] However, over the three days of the Grand National Festival a total of five horses died from injuries sustained during racing.[9]

Finishing order[edit]

The sixteen horses to complete the course finished as follows:[7]

Position Horse Jockey SP Distance Prize money
1 Rule The World David Mullins 1033 33/1 6 lengths £561,300
2 The Last Samuri David Bass 1008 8/1 JF 8 lengths £211,100
3 Vics Canvas Robert Dunne 1100 100/1 2 lengths £105,500
4 Gilgamboa Robbie Power 1028 28/1 19 lengths £52,700
5 Goonyella Johnny Burke 1012 12/1 lengths £26,500
6 Ucello Conti Daryl Jacob 1025 25/1 11 lengths £13,200
7 Vieux Lion Rouge James Reveley 1066 66/1 14 lengths £6,800
8 Morning Assembly Davy Russell 1016 16/1 ½ lengths £3,600
9 Shutthefrontdoor Barry Geraghty 1012 12/1 9 lengths £2,000
10 Unioniste Nick Scholfield 1028 28/1 5 lengths £1,000
11 Le Reve Harry Skelton 1050 50/1 7 lengths
12 Buywise Paul Moloney 1033 33/1 A distance
13 Pendra Aidan Coleman 1050 50/1 14 lengths
14 Triolo d'Alene Jeremiah McGrath 1050 50/1 20 lengths
15 Just a Par Sean Bowen 1040 40/1 1 length
16 Many Clouds Leighton Aspell 1008 8/1 JF Last to complete

Non-finishers[edit]

The runners who failed to complete were as follow:[7]

Fence Horse Jockey SP Fate
1 Hadrian's Approach Nico de Boinville 1050 50/1 Unseated rider
2 First Lieutenant Bryan Cooper 1050 50/1 Fell
2 Holywell Richie McLernon 1011 11/1 Fell
8 (Canal Turn) The Romford Pele Trevor Whelan 1033 33/1 Unseated rider
12 (ditch) Rocky Creek Andrew Thornton 1033 33/1 Pulled up
14 Silviniaco Conti Noel Fehily 1012 12/1 Pulled up
15 (The Chair) On His Own Mr. Patrick Mullins 1033 33/1 Fell
15 (The Chair) Sir Des Champs Ms. Nina Carberry 1020 20/1 Fell
18 Gallant Oscar Mark Walsh 1016 16/1 Unseated rider
19 (open ditch) Ballynagour Tom Scudamore 1050 50/1 Unseated rider
21 Soll Conor O'Farrell 1040 40/1 Pulled up
21 The Druid's Nephew Denis O'Regan 1016 16/1 Pulled up
21 Home Farm Andrew Lynch 1050 50/1 Pulled up
21 Black Thunder Mr. Sam Waley-Cohen 1050 50/1 Pulled up
22 (Becher's Brook) Katenko Will Kennedy 1040 40/1 Fell
22 (Becher's Brook) Onenightinvienna Tom O'Brien 1033 33/1 Unseated rider
22 (Becher's Brook) Boston Bob Paul Townend 1025 25/1 Pulled up
22 (Becher's Brook) Aachen Henry Brooke 1050 50/1 Pulled up
24 (Canal Turn) Wonderful Charm Sam Twiston-Davies 1040 40/1 Pulled up
26 Double Ross Ryan Hatch 1080 80/1 Pulled up
27 (open ditch) Kruzhlinin Richard Johnson 1033 33/1 Pulled up
29 Ballycasey Ms. Katie Walsh 1050 50/1 Unseated rider
30 Saint Are Paddy Brennan 1016 16/1 Pulled up

Broadcasting and media[edit]

The Last Samuri just leads the way in the National, but here comes Rule The World charging on the outside, then Vics Canvas, and Rule The World is beginning to get up on the nearside now, charging on in the hands of David Mullins. And racing up towards the line, Rule The World rules at Aintree and wins the Crabbie's Grand National!

Channel 4 lead commentator Simon Holt describes the climax of the race.

As the Grand National is accorded the status of an event of national interest in the United Kingdom and is listed on the Ofcom Code on Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events, it must be shown on free-to-air terrestrial television in the UK. The race was broadcast live on TV by Channel 4, as part of their four-year deal for the race secured back in 2012. This was the final year that Channel 4 broadcast the race live, after ITV secured the rights from 2017 onwards.[10]

The coverage was led by Clare Balding and Nick Luck, supported by Emma Spencer, Jim McGrath and Graham Cunningham in the trackside studio. Retired champion jockey Sir Anthony McCoy provided expert opinions throughout the coverage, with reports from Mick Fitzgerald and Alice Plunkett and betting updates by Tanya Stevenson and Brian Gleeson. The commentary team was by Richard Hoiles, Ian Bartlett and Simon Holt, who called the winner home for the final time. After the race, Luck, Fitzgerald and McCoy provided viewers with a fence-by-fence analysis of the race. Channel 4 ran all-day coverage from Aintree on the day of the race, with extended editions of The Morning Line and Weekend Brunch airing prior to the main broadcast.[11] The coverage of the race was watched by 10 million viewers, an increase of 1.1 million on the previous year, and attracted a 59% share of the television audience.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Crabbie's Grand National Chase (Grade 3 Handicap)". Sporting Life. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  2. ^ "The Crabbies Grand National". The Crabbies Grand National.
  3. ^ a b Tyers, Alan (9 April 2016). "The Grand National 2016 winner, full result, and fallers: Rule the World wins at Aintree for David Mullins and Mouse Morris". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  4. ^ Riley, Stuart (28 October 2015). "Balding to return as Grand National host". Racing Post. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  5. ^ Keogh, Frank (7 April 2016). "Grand National 2016: Aintree field headed by Many Clouds". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  6. ^ "Relive the drama of the Grand National". BBC Sport. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  7. ^ a b c "2016 Grand National result". Racing Post. 9 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Rule The World wins the Grand National with 19-year-old David Mullins". The Guardian. 9 April 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016.
  9. ^ Kathryn Snowdon, Grand National Festival 2016 At Aintree Racecourse Sees Five Horses Die After Kings Palace Is Pulled Up And Destroyed, Huffington Post, 11 April 2016
  10. ^ "British horseracing announces exclusive domestic TV rights deal with ITV". ITV Press Centre. 2 January 2016. Retrieved 10 April 2016.
  11. ^ Channel 4 To Provide Nearly 10 Hours Dedicated to the Grand National
  12. ^ Dietz, Andrew (10 April 2016). "Big boost to National audience as 10m tune in". Racing Post.

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