Mon Mome (Our Kid) became the first 100-1 shot to win the Grand National since Foinavon’s lucky win at the Aintree course in 1967, when a loose horse caused a pile up at a fence and left Foinavon with a clear run to the finishing line.
In contrast no stroke of luck was needed by Mon Mome to land the greatest prize in steeple chasing in 2009 and two fences out from home, Mon Mome was nicely placed between a dozen or so horses still in with a chance of winning.
Jockey Liam Treadwell kept Mon Mome out of trouble on the outside and a strong run between the last two fences left him and 2008 Grand National winner Comply Or Die in a head to head battle for the finishing post, crucially Mon Mome was carrying six pounds less in weight and managed to hold of the late challenge from Comply Or Die, who would have become the first horse to win two Grand Nationals since Red Rum.
Unfortunately none of the Grand Nationals since then have been as successful with a fall coming in 2010 no entry in 2011. He was back again in 2012 and was 12 years old, so he had a tough task ahead of him if he was to regain his title.
Having been allocated 10-12 by the BHA Handicapper, his recent form wasn’t great with his last three previous races resulting in being pulled-up twice and only finishing 12th from 19 runners at Cheltenham on March 13th when he competed in the JLT Handicap Chase.
In 2012 he was pulled up at Bechers Brook on the second circuit and was not entered again in 2013.