Bobbyjo

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Bobbyjo
BobbyjoeMountbellew.JPG
Statue of Bobbyjo in Mountbellew, County Galway
Sire Bustineto
Grandsire Bustino
Dam Markup
Damsire Appiani
Sex Gelding
Foaled 5 May 1990
Country Ireland
Colour Bay
Breeder Liam Skehan
Owner Robert Burke
Trainer Tommy Carberry
Record 48: 8-6-2
Earnings £345,695
Major wins
Irish Grand National (1998)
Grand National (1999)
Last updated on February 11, 2010

Bobbyjo (1990 – 2001) was an Irish bred racehorse by Bustineto and Markup, best remembered as the winner of the 1999 Grand National steeplechase at Aintree.

Bobbyjo arrived at Aintree having won the Irish Grand National in 1998, however this was not regarded at the time as a good pointe to Grand National success as Irish trained runners had failed to win the race for twenty-four years. On the day Bobbyjo was the subject of a huge gamble that saw him sent off at the short odds of 10/1 with Paul Carberry, the son of the trainer Tommy in the saddle. As coincidence had it, Tommy had been the rider twenty-four years earlier, the last time an Irish trained runner had won the race.[1]

The victory signalled an upturn in fortunes for Irish trained runners in the decade that followed, though he himself completed the course well beaten when defending his crown in 1999.

Bobbyjo broke a knee at Fairyhouse Racecourse in February 2001 and had to be destroyed one month later due to his incurable injuries. In memorial of the horse, a new steeplechase first run at Fairyhouse Racecourse in February 2003 has been named after him.

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  1. ^ "BBC News | Sport | Bobbyjo wins the National". news.bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-08-30.