2010 Grand National

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2010 Grand National
Grand National
2010 Grand National logo.jpgOwner Mr John P McManus.svg
Location Aintree Racecourse
Date 10 April 2010
Winning horse Don't Push It
Starting price 10/1 joint-favourite
Jockey Tony McCoy
Trainer Jonjo O'Neill
Owner J. P. McManus
Conditions Good (good to soft in places)
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The 2010 Grand National (known as the John Smith's Grand National for sponsorship reasons) was the 163rd renewal of the world-famous Grand National horse race that took place at the Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England, on 10 April 2010.

The main race was held at 16:15 BST and was won by Don't Push It, ridden by Tony McCoy, five lengths ahead of Black Apalachi in second, and twenty ahead of State of Play in third.[1]

It was McCoy's first win in the Grand National at his fifteenth attempt.[2] Don't Push It started the race as 10–1 joint-favourite, having been backed down from 20–1 in the hours prior to the race.[1] In the process of winning, McCoy avoided equalling the record for most rides in the National without winning, held by Jeff King.

The main race was seen by the largest attendance at Aintree since 2005, with a crowd of 70,341 on the day, and a total of 150,426 attending over the course of the three-day meeting.[3]

Race card[edit]


  • 1: Madison Du Berlais
Weight: 11–10. Jockey: Tom Scudamore; trainer: David Pipe. Colours: purple with hoop of yellow diamonds, yellow sleeves with red armband and cap.
  • 2: Mon Mome
Weight: 11–7. Jockey: Aidan Coleman; trainer: Venetia Williams. Colours: green jacket and cap, blue armbands on sleeves.
  • 3: Vic Venturi
Weight: 11–6. Jockey: Roger Loughran; trainer: Dessie Hughes (Ireland). Colours: black, yellow diamond on body and cap, diamonds on sleeves.
  • 4: Black Apalachi
Weight: 11–6. Jockey: Denis O'Regan; trainer: Dessie Hughes (Ireland). Colours: green, blue chevrons on sleeves, blue star on cap.
  • 5: Joe Lively
Weight: 11–6. Jockey: Joe Tizzard; trainer: Colin Tizzard. Colours: yellow with red diamond, quartered cap.
  • 6: Don't Push It
Weight: 11–5. Jockey: Tony McCoy; trainer: Jonjo O'Neill. Colours: green and yellow hoops, white cap.
  • 7: Comply or Die
Weight: 11–5. Jockey: Timmy Murphy; trainer: David Pipe. Colours: blue, green sleeves, white cap with blue spots.
  • 8: Niche Market
Weight: 11–4. Jockey: Harry Skelton; trainer: Bob Buckler. Colours: orange and blue quarters, hooped sleeves, quartered cap.
  • 9: Tricky Trickster
Weight: 11–4. Jockey: Richard Johnson; trainer: Paul Nicholls. Colours: pink with purple spotted sash, hooped sleeves. Note: Johnson replaced Barry Geraghty as the jockey of Tricky Trickster following an injury to Ruby Walsh. Geraghty switched to ride joint-favourite Big Fella Thanks.
  • 10: Made in Taipan
Weight: 11–4. Jockey: Niall Madden; trainer: Tom Mullins (Ireland). Colours: orange with black star, diablo sleeves, white and black hooped cap.
  • 11: Dream Alliance
Weight: 11–3. Jockey: Tom O'Brien; trainer: Philip Hobbs. Colours: grey with white epilettes and armbands, hooped cap.
  • 12: Cloudy Lane
Weight: 11–3. Jockey: Jason Maguire; trainer: Donald McCain, Jr. Colours: green and yellow quarters, white sleeves and cap.
  • 13: Nozic
Weight: 11–3. Jockey: Liam Treadwell; trainer: Paul Nicholls. Colours: blue, white disc, stars on sleeves and star on cap.
  • 14: My Will
Weight: 11–2. Jockey: Nick Scholfield; trainer: Paul Nicholls. Colours: black and white halves, red sleeves and cap.
  • 15: Pablo Du Charmil
Weight: 11–2. Jockey: Danny Cook; trainer: David Pipe. Colours: blue, yellow chevron, diablo sleeves.
  • 16: Ballyholland
Weight: 11–0. Jockey: Andrew McNamara; trainer: Colin McBratney (Ireland). Colours: white, yellow stripe, quartered cap.
  • 17: Backstage
Weight: 11–0. Jockey: Davy Condon; trainer: Gordon Elliott (Ireland). Colours: sky, orange epilettes, sky and purple checked cap.
  • 18: Beat the Boys
Weight: 11–0. Jockey: Brian Hughes; trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies. Colours: pink, blue diamond, diablo sleeves, pink star on blue cap.
  • 19: Priests Leap
Weight: 11–0. Jockey: Philip Enright; trainer: Tom O'Leary (Ireland). Colours: blue, yellow star, stars on sleeves, star on cap.
  • 20: Snowy Morning
Weight: 10–13. Jockey: David Casey; trainer: Willie Mullins (Ireland). Colours: yellow, black braces, yellow and white quartered cap.
  • 21: Can't Buy Time
Weight: 10–13. Jockey: Richie McLernon; trainer: Jonjo O'Neill. Colours: green and yellow hoops, white star on green cap.
  • 22: Big Fella Thanks
Weight: 10–12. Jockey: Barry Geraghty; trainer: Paul Nicholls. Colours: purple with grey hooped sleeves. Note: Twice-winning jockey Ruby Walsh was originally scheduled to ride Big Fella Thanks but was ruled out when he was injured in a heavy fall on Celestial Halo in the 2:50 pm race earlier in the day.
  • 23: State of Play
Weight: 10–11. Jockey: Paul Moloney; trainer: Evan Williams. Colours: blue with pink hoop.
  • 24: Character Building
Weight: 10–11. Jockey: Nina Carberry; trainer: John Quinn. Colours: cerise with purple crossbelts, hooped sleeves and cap.
  • 25: Ellerslie George
Weight: 10–10. Jockey: Christian Williams; trainer: Nick Mitchell. Colours: blue with green hoop and cap, red sleeves.
  • 26: Eric's Charm
Weight: 10–9. Jockey: Wayne Hutchinson; trainer: Oliver Sherwood. Colours: yellow with pink diamond chequered body.
  • 27: King Johns Castle
Weight: 10–9. Jockey: Paul Carberry; trainer: Arthur Moore (Ireland). Colours: green and yellow hoops, red cap.
  • 28: Conna Castle
Weight: 10–9. Jockey: Sean Flanagan; trainer: Jimmy Mangan (Ireland). Colours: orange with sky diamond chequered body and stars on cap.
  • 29: Ballyfitz
Weight: 10–9. Jockey: David England; trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies. Colours: sky and claret diablo and quartered cap, sky sleeves.
  • 30: Ollie Magern
Weight: 10–9. Jockey: Tom Molloy; trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies. Colours: sky, claret stars and sleeves.
  • 31: Arbor Supreme
Weight: 10–8. Jockey: Paul Townend; trainer: Willie Mullins (Ireland). Colours: green and yellow hoops, blue cap.
  • 32: Maljimar
Weight: 10–8. Jockey: Daryl Jacob; trainer: Nick Williams. Colours: orange with black star on body and cap.
  • 33: The Package
Weight: 10–7. Jockey: Graham Lee; trainer: David Pipe. Colours: green, blue sleeves, red cap.
  • 34: Piraya
Weight: 10–7. Jockey: Johnny Farrelly; trainer: David Pipe. Colours: white, red spotted sash, armbands and quartered cap.
  • 35: Irish Raptor
Weight: 10–7. Jockey: Paddy Brennan; trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies. Colours: green, yellow stars, striped sleeves and cap.
  • 36: Cerium
Weight: 10–5. Jockey: Davy Russell; trainer: Paul Murphy. Colours: green, white star, black striped sleeves, white cap with black star.
  • 37: Palypso De Creek
Weight: 10–6. Jockey: Tom Siddall; trainer: Charlie Longsdon. Colours: blue, green sleeves and cap.
  • 38: Hello Bud
Weight: 10–6. Jockey: Sam Twiston-Davies; trainer: Nigel Twiston-Davies. Colours: white, blue spotted body and sleeves, striped cap.
  • 39: Flintoff
Weight: 10–5. Jockey: Andrew Tinkler; trainer: Venetia Williams. Colours: blue, pink hooped sleeves and cap.
  • 40: Royal Rosa
Weight: 10–5. Jockey: Wilson Renwick; trainer: Howard Johnson. Colours: chocolate and cream quarters.

Originally, Cerium and Royal Rosa were reserves, but were run because of the withdrawals of Mr. Pointment and Abbeybraney. Silver Birch was originally due to be the first reserve, but was drawn-out so that he could run in the Topham Chase instead.

Finishing order[edit]


Position Name Rider Age Weight Starting price Distance Prize money
1st Don't Push It Tony McCoy 10 11-05 10/1 JF Winner by 5 lengths £521,052
2nd Black Apalachi Denis O'Regan 11 11-06 14/1 5 lengths £196,285
3rd State of Play Paul Moloney 10 10–11 16/1 20 lengths £98,235
4th Big Fella Thanks Barry Geraghty 8 10–12 10/1 JF 3 lengths £49,117
5th Hello Bud Sam Twiston-Davies 12 10-06 20/1 7 lengths £24,605
6th Snowy Morning David Casey 10 10–13 14/1 1½ lengths £12,302
7th Character Building Nina Carberry 10 10–11 16/1 Neck £6,105
8th Cloudy Lane Jason Maguire 10 11-03 25/1 12 lengths £3,145
9th Tricky Trickster Richard Johnson 7 11-04 16/1 ¾ length Nil
10th Joe Lively Joe Tizzard 11 11-06 33/1 Short head Nil
11th Cerium Davy Russell 9 10-06 50/1 A distance Nil
12th Comply or Die Timmy Murphy 11 10-05 12/1 8 lengths Nil
13th Piraya Johnny Farrelly 7 10-07 100/1 A distance Nil
14th Priests Leap Philip Enright 10 11-00 100/1 Last to complete Nil



Fence Name Rider Age Weight Starting price Fate
Start line King John's Castle Paul Carberry 11 10-09 28/1 Refused to start
1st Eric's Charm Wayne Hutchinson 12 10-09 33/1 Fell
2nd Pablo Du Charmil Danny Cook 9 11-02 100/1 Fell
4th My Will Nick Scholfield 10 11-02 20/1 Fell
5th Made in Taipan Niall Madden 8 11-04 100/1 Fell
8th (Canal Turn) Can't Buy Time Richie McClernon 8 10–13 33/1 Unseated rider
14th Irish Raptor Paddy Brennan 11 10-07 33/1 Fell
14th Royal Rosa Wilson Renwick 11 10-05 66/1 Unseated rider
15th (The Chair) Arbor Supreme Paul Townend 8 10-08 16/1 Unseated rider
19th Madison Du Berlais Tom Scudamore 9 11–10 50/1 Unseated rider
19th Beat The Boys Brian Hughes 9 11-00 66/1 Pulled up
19th The Package Graham Lee 7 10-07 14/1 Unseated rider
20th Vic Venturi Roger Loughran 10 11-06 25/1 Fell when hampered
20th Nozic Liam Treadwell 9 11-03 40/1 Unseated rider when hampered
20th Backstage Davy Condon 8 11-00 25/1 Unseated rider when hampered
21st Flintoff Andrew Tinkler 9 10-05 50/1 Pulled up
22nd (Becher's Brook) Ballyfitz David England 10 10-09 50/1 Fell
22nd (Becher's Brook) Maljimar Daryl Jacob 10 10-08 28/1 Fell
23rd (Foinavon's) Ellerslie George Christian Williams 10 10–10 66/1 Unseated rider
24th (Canal Turn) Dream Alliance Tom O'Brien 9 11-03 16/1 Pulled up
26th Mon Mome Aidan Coleman 10 11-07 14/1 Fell
27th Palypso De Creek Tom Siddall 7 10-06 66/1 Fell
28th Ballyholland Andrew McNamara 9 11-00 28/1 Pulled up
29th Niche Market Harry Skelton 9 11-04 16/1 Pulled up
29th Conna Castle Sean Flanagan 11 10-09 100/1 Pulled up
29th Ollie Magern Tom Molloy 12 10-09 100/1 Pulled up


For the first time since 2005, there were no equine fatalities in the main race. In each of the previous four years there was one casualty.

Plaisir d'Estruval and Prudent Honour both died instantly after jumping Valentine's, the 13th fence in the Topham Chase on 9 April, a handicap over two miles and 5½ furlongs. Both horses broke their necks. Earlier the same day, in the grade one Melling Chase over standard chase fences on the Mildmay track, Schindlers Hunt was put down after fracturing a leg in a fall at the third fence. Schindlers Hunt's jockey Paddy Flood broke his collarbone in the fall; the other jockeys were unhurt.[7]

Coral bookmakers took the decision to refund bets placed on race-day for King John's Castle. The horse was bidding to become the first grey to win the National since 1961,[8] but refused to run when the race started. Although under betting rules customers bets should have been classified as losers, Coral took the decision to make a goodwill refund gesture to their customers.[9]

Jockeys and quotes[edit]

Selected quotes from the jockeys including winner at the fifteenth attempt, Tony McCoy, 17-year-old Sam Twiston-Davies who was aiming to become the second-youngest winning jockey ever, and Nina Carberry attempting to be first female rider to win the race:[10]

  • Tony McCoy (Don't Push It, first): "If you get enough goes at something and you keep going, once you're in there you've always got a chance. I'm delighted for JP [McManus, owner] as he's the best supporter this game has ever had and ever will have, and I'm very privileged to ride a Grand National winner in his colours."
  • Denis O'Regan (Black Apalachi, second): "My fella's a tremendous horse and he gave me a tremendous feel. He just loves bowling along and loves this place. He was a bit keen early on but once he settled into a lovely rhythm he was fantastic. It's a pleasure to ride a horse like him round here."
  • Paul Moloney (State of Play, third): "It was a serious run from a serious horse who's been very good to me – and he might win it next year, please God."
  • Barry Geraghty (late replacement jockey for Big Fella Thanks, fourth): "That was brilliant. He galloped from end to end, the best ride I've ever had round here. But if you can't have the winner then it's good to see AP [McCoy] win it."
  • Sam Twiston-Davies (Hello Bud, fifth): "That was brilliant. The horse has been a real star and has jumped from fence to fence."
  • Nina Carberry (Character Building, seventh): "He couldn't lay up and the plan was to give him a chance. I thought I had a really great chance of being in the money and in the first three over the Canal Turn, but he got tapped for toe and in the end I just got done for sixth. He ran a great race had it been softer he might have come back to them a bit more. Hopefully he'll come back next year."

Tony McCoy lined up as the most experienced rider in the race for the fourth consecutive year, having taken over as senior rider from Carl Llewellyn after the 2006 National. It had also been an honour he had shared for a time with Mick Fitzgerald and Paul Carberry. 2010 also marked McCoy's fifteenth ride in the National, a feat previously achieved by only nine other riders, however, defeat this year would have seen McCoy become only the second rider to take fifteen rides in the race without ever winning. His ultimate victory saw this dubious honour remain solely Jeff King's.

At the opposite extreme, nine riders made their Grand National debut, though only one, Sam Twiston-Davies managed to complete the course, finishing fifth. Danny Cook's first National ended at the second fence while Ritchie McLernon, Brian Hughes, Roger Loughran, Tom Siddall, Harry Skelton and Tom Molloy were also taking part for the first time.


As the Grand National was accorded the status as an event of national interest within the United Kingdom and was listed on the Ofcom Code on Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events, the event had to be shown on free-to-air terrestrial television in the UK. As with previous years the rights to broadcast the race were held by the BBC and the race, along with several others were shown on BBC One. It was also the first horse race in the UK to be broadcast in high definition on the BBC HD channel.[11] The BBC's coverage was produced by Sunset and Vine who, with the aid of the SiS outside broadcast unit, provided coverage of fifteen races throughout the three-day meeting.[12]

Black Apalachi and Don't Push It race towards the elbow; a titanic struggle. They're clear of Big Fella Thanks. They're on the run-in for home. McCoy is rousting Don't Push It. He's galvanising him; he's started to get a real tune out of him! He's going to at last win the Grand National. It's Don't Push It, Tony McCoy at the fifteenth attempt. He wins the Grand National!

BBC commentator Jim McGrath describes the climax of the 2010 Grand National

Clare Balding served as anchor presenter for the fifth consecutive year with Rishi Persad providing interviews from the jockey's room as well as taking a closer look at the horses in the paddock with Richard Dunwoody. Mick Fitzgerald guided viewers through the course as well as providing post-race analysis from all the build-up races. Richard Pitman provided nostalgia with interviews with several famous names from the history of the race, including an interview with his ex-wife Jenny Pitman while Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes interviewed spectators in the stands for unusual and interesting stories. John Parrott and Gary Wiltshire completed the team with news from the betting ring.[13]

The commentary team for the 2010 Grand National consisted of Ian Bartlett, Darren Owen and Jim McGrath, who called the winner home for the thirteenth consecutive year.[14] This was the first time for six years that the team had been reduced from four to three with Tony O'Hehir being dropped in what the BBC called a cost-cutting exercise.[15] As is tradition, anchor presenter Balding conducted the interviews with the winning connections while Bartlett, Dunwoody and Fitzgerald then took the viewers through a detailed rerun of the race.

BBC radio also covered the race live for the seventy-ninth time as part of its wider Five Live Sports broadcast. Mark Pougatch presented the programme live from Aintree with race commentary called by Cornelius Lysaght and John Hunt. The race was also covered by Racing UK into bookmakers' offices throughout the UK and Ireland using alternative camera shots from the BBC with their own commentary team.[16]


  1. ^ a b "Tony McCoy wins Grand National on Don't Push It". BBC News. 10 April 2010. Archived from the original on 12 April 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  2. ^ "The Unreal McCoy". BBC News. 10 April 2010. Archived from the original on 14 April 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  3. ^ http://www.aintree.co.uk/docLib/2009_pages010109.pdf[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ BBC Grand National colour guide
  5. ^ a b BBC Grand National rerun
  6. ^ a b Full Result SportingLife.com
  7. ^ Three horses die at Aintree guardian.co.uk
  8. ^ Wright, Rob (10 April 2010). "King Johns Castle primed for Grand National glory". The Times. London. Retrieved 8 April 2011.
  9. ^ Coral Refund stakes on King Johns Castle
  10. ^ Quote...unquote Sportinglife.com
  11. ^ "Grand National to be UK's first horse race broadcast in HD". HowDo. 29 March 2010. Retrieved 11 April 2010.
  12. ^ SIS OB support announcement for HD Grand National Broadcast
  13. ^ UK film and television news
  14. ^ BBC closing stages
  15. ^ BBC announce three man commentary team
  16. ^ Race coverage as broadcast to bookmakers

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