Bindaree put in an incredible performance and just when it looked like he was out of the race back he came in the final stages to win the 2002 Grand National by one and three quarter lengths.
What’s Up Boys had been well-backed in the market ahead of the race and looked set to become the first grey winner in 42 years. And the race looked as good as over as Richard Johnson and his mount led at The Elbow. Culloty drew every bit of stamina from the eight-year-old chestnut and the pair gradually ate into the lead before going on to take the £290,000 first prize by one-and-three-quarter lengths.
Culloty, who had never before managed to finish the world’s greatest steeplechase, was handed the ride after Jamie Goldstein broke his leg earlier in the week. Record-breaking jump jockey Tony McCoy, on 8-1 favourite Blowing Wind, was 27 lengths back in third.