In the slowest time since 1883, Red Marauder’s amazing win in the Aintree bog was a triumph of survival and endurance over the more conventional demands of speed and jumping agility and will be remembered as one of the bravest performances in the long history of this famous steeplechase that again lived up to its reputation for providing the unexpected.
2001 was the year only four horses finished, due to the rainy conditions at Aintree and number of horses being interfered with by two loose horses. And over the course of the whole race only two horses finished without losing their jockeys. Both Tony McCoy and Ruby Walsh who came in thrid and fourth had to re-mount during the race to finish it!
Red Marauder was a 33–1 shot at the start with Edmond, Moral Support and Inis Cara going off as 10–1 co–favorites.