Cheltenham Gold Cup winning jockey, Jim Culloty, completed a ‘double’ by riding the 20/1 Bindaree to victory in the 2002 Grand National. It was the first time Culloty had managed to finish the National course, after being brought in to replace Jamie Goldstein, who had broken a leg earlier in the week.
The going at Aintree was ‘good’, a complete contrast to the previous year when only four horses had finished, in torrential rain. The Irish bred eight year old Bindaree, trained by Nigel Twiston-Davies, won in a time of ten minutes, three seconds. Eleven competitors from a field of forty completed the course, sadly two horses, Manx Magic and The Last Fling were fatally injured. Blowing Wind started as the favourite with a number of joint second favourites including What’s Up Boys, Ad Hoc and David’s Lad.
The Last Fling set the early pace after eight horses fell at the first fence. At the start of the second circuit twenty three horses were left in contention with Bindaree, Blowing Wind (ridden by Tony McCoy) and What’s Up Boys in the running. Culloty squeezed every last ounce from Bindaree, setting a pace too fast for the favourite and, coming to the last, was locked in a two horse race with What’s Up Boys.
What’s Up Boys stole the initiative when a loose horse interfered with Bindaree and after passing the Elbow looked set to win. Bindaree and Culloty found a second wind, snatching victory on the line and winning by 1 3/4 lengths. Record breaking jockey Tony McCoy, was third on favourite Blowing Wind, with Ruby Walsh on Kingsmark in fourth place.
Aintree reported a record attendance in the modern era of 120,000 spectators over the meeting and 63,000 for the Grand National itself. Bindaree won £290,000 and the Tote had an on course record turnover of £3 million whilst the bookies enjoyed a profitable day with eight of the most popular horses defeated.
Not surprisingly, Bindaree’s trainer Twiston-Davies who had won the Grand National in 1998 with Earth Summit, had second thoughts about his decision to retire.
Pos | No | Name | Rider | Age | Weight | S/P
1st | 21 | Bindaree | Jim Culloty | 8 | 10-4 | 20/1
2nd | 4 | What’s Up Boys | Richard Johnson | 8 | 11-6 | 10/1
3rd | 16 | Blowing Wind | Tony McCoy | 9 | 10-6 | 10/1
4th | 3 | Kingsmark | Ruby Walsh | 9 | 11-9 | 16/1
5th | 40 | Supreme Charm | Robert Thornton | 10 | 10-0 | 28/1
6th | 22 | Celibate | Noel Fehily | 11 | 10-3 | 66/1
7th | 13 | You’re Agoodun | Johnny Kavanagh | 10 | 10-8 | 50/1
8th | 14 | Royal Predica | Jimmy McCarthy | 8 | 10-8 | 80/1
9th | 12 | Streamstown | John McNamara | 8 | 10-8 | 40/1
10th | 34 | Birkdale | Jason Maguire | 11 | 10-2 | 50/1
11th | 24 | Mely Moss | Norman Williamson | 11 | 10-2 | 25/1