This is a good article. Click here for more information.

2011 Grand National

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
2011 Grand National
Grand National
Owner Mr Trevor Hemmings.svg
Location Aintree Racecourse
Date 9 April 2011
Winning horse Ballabriggs
Starting price 14/1
Jockey Jason Maguire
Trainer Donald McCain Jr.
Owner Trevor Hemmings
Conditions Good (good to soft in places)[1]
← 2010
2012 →
External video
Replay of the 2011 Grand National in full[2] BBC Sport(UK & Ireland only)

The 2011 Grand National (known as the John Smith's Grand National for sponsorship reasons) was the 164th renewal of the world-famous Grand National horse race held at Aintree Racecourse near Liverpool, England.

The showpiece steeplechase began at 4:15 pm BST on 9 April 2011, the final day of the three-day annual meeting. The maximum permitted field of forty runners competed for prize money totalling a record £950,000, making it the highest valued National Hunt race in the United Kingdom.[3]

Nineteen of the forty participants completed the 4½-mile course; of the 21 who did not, two suffered fatal falls on the first circuit, reigniting debates over the safety of the event. Irish horse Ballabriggs won the race, securing the first-place prize money of £535,135 and a first Grand National win for trainer Donald McCain, Jr., the son of four-time winning trainer Ginger McCain. Owned by Trevor Hemmings, Ballabriggs was ridden by Irish jockey Jason Maguire and was sent off at odds of 14/1,[4] the pairing completed the race in 9 minutes 1.2 seconds, the second-fastest time in Grand National history.[5]

Race card[edit]

On 2 February 2011 Aintree released the names of 102 horses submitted to enter, including 34 Irish-trained and three French-trained horses. Ten were trained by Paul Nicholls, including a leading contender in Niche Market; nine were handled by Irish trainer Willie Mullins, and three by Jonjo O'Neill, the trainer of last year's winner. Ballabriggs, another leading contender, was trained by Donald McCain, Jr., the son of Ginger McCain who trained Red Rum to three National victories in the 1970s and returned with another winner, Amberleigh House, in 2004.[6]

20 contenders were withdrawn in the first scratchings. After a second scratchings deadline on 24 March 74 horses remained on the list of entrants, with the top weight handicap of 11 st 10 lb allocated to last year's winner Don't Push It. The official odds on 24 March placed Mullins-trained The Midnight Club at 10/1 favourite. Backstage and Oscar Time were given joint-second favourite odds of 12/1.[7]

At the five-day deadline on 4 April, nine further withdrawals since the second scratchings left a total of 65 contenders still in the running to compete. Nina Carberry, the sister of 1999 winner Paul Carberry, became the first female jockey to take a third ride in the Grand National. Four amateur jockeys lined up to compete. Official odds on favourite The Midnight Club were cut to 8/1, while What A Friend replaced Oscar Time as a joint-second favourite with Backstage on odds of 11/1.[8]

On 7 April, Aintree declared the final confirmed list of 40 runners and four reserves as follows, the reserves would replace any withdrawals prior to 9 am on 8 April.[9] None of the reserves, however, were required.

Number Horse Age Weight (st-lb) SP Jockey Trainer Owner
1 Don't Push It (IRE) 11 11–10 1009 9/1 Tony McCoy Jonjo O'Neill J. P. McManus
2 Tidal Bay (IRE) 10 11-09 1028 28/1 Brian Hughes Howard Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Graham Wylie
3 What A Friend 8 11-06 1012 12/1 Daryl Jacob Paul Nicholls Ged Mason & Sir Alex Ferguson
4 Vic Venturi (IRE) 11 11-06 1050 50/1 Andrew Lynch Dessie Hughes (IRE) Seamus Dunne
5 Majestic Concorde (IRE) 8 11-05 1020 20/1 Mr. Robbie McNamara Dermot Weld (IRE) Dr. Ronan Lambe
6 Or Noir de Somoza (FRA) 9 11-05 1050 50/1 Barry Geraghty* David Pipe Filsal Stadeg Racing
7 Dooneys Gate (IRE) 10 11-04 1050 50/1 Mr. Patrick Mullins Willie Mullins (IRE) Mrs. Jackie Mullins
8 Big Fella Thanks 9 11-01 1012 12/1 Graham Lee Ferdy Murphy Crossed Fingers Partnership
9 The Tother One (IRE) 10 11-00 1050 50/1 Mr. Ryan Mahon Paul Nicholls Graham Roach
10 Ballabriggs (IRE) 10 11-00 1014 14/1 Jason Maguire Donald McCain, Jr. Trevor Hemmings
11 The Midnight Club (IRE) 10 10–13 1007.5 15/2 F Ruby Walsh Willie Mullins (IRE) Mrs. Susannah Ricci
12 Niche Market (IRE) 10 10–13 1016 16/1 Harry Skelton Paul Nicholls Graham Regan
13 Silver by Nature (grey) 9 10–12 1009 9/1 Peter Buchanan Ms. Lucinda Russell Geoff Brown
14 Backstage (FRA) 9 10–12 1016 16/1 Paul Carberry Gordon Elliott (IRE) MPR & Capranny Syndicate
15 Chief Dan George (IRE) 11 10–12 1040 40/1 Paddy Aspell Jimmy Moffatt Maurice Chapman
16 Calgary Bay (IRE) 8 10–10 1033 33/1 Hadden Frost Ms. Henrietta Knight Mrs. Camilla Radford
17 Killyglen (IRE) 9 10–10 1066 66/1 Robbie Power Stuart Crawford (IRE) David McCammon
18 Oscar Time (IRE) 10 10-09 1014 14/1 Mr. Sam Waley-Cohen Martin Lynch (IRE) Robert Waley-Cohen & S. & M. Broughton
19 Quinz (FRA) 7 10-08 1014 14/1 Richard Johnson Philip Hobbs Andrew Cohen
20 Becauseicouldntsee (IRE) 8 10-08 1016 16/1 Davy Russell Noel Glynn (IRE) Noel Glynn
21 Comply or Die (IRE) 12 10-08 1025 25/1 Timmy Murphy David Pipe David Johnson
22 Quolibet (FRA) 7 10-08 1100 100/1 Mark Walsh Jonjo O'Neill J. P. McManus
23 Grand Slam Hero (IRE) 10 10-07 1066 66/1 Aidan Coleman Nigel Twiston-Davies Walters Plant Hire Ltd.
24 State of Play 11 10-06 1028 28/1 Paul Moloney Evan Williams Mr. & Mrs. William Rucker
25 King Fontaine (IRE) 8 10-06 1080 80/1 Denis O'Regan Malcolm Jefferson Trevor Hemmings
26 In Compliance (IRE) 11 10-05 1066 66/1 Leighton Aspell Dessie Hughes (IRE) Westerly Breeze Syndicate
27 Hello Bud (IRE) 13 10-05 1020 20/1 Sam Twiston-Davies Nigel Twiston-Davies Seamus Murphy
28 West End Rocker (IRE) 9 10-05 1033 33/1 Robert Thornton Alan King Barry Winfield & Tim Leadbeater
29 Santa's Son (IRE) 11 10-05 1100 100/1 Jamie Moore Howard Johnson Douglas Pryde & Jim Beaumont
30 Bluesea Cracker (mare) (IRE) 9 10-04 1025 25/1 Andrew McNamara James Motherway (IRE) J. P. McManus
31 That's Rhythm (FRA) 11 10-04 1050 50/1 James Reveley Martin Todhunter Don't Tell Henry
32 Surface to Air 10 10-04 1100 100/1 Tom Messenger Chris Bealby Tim Urry
33 Piraya (FRA) 8 10-04 1100 100/1 Johnny Farrelly David Pipe Terry Neill
34 Can't Buy Time (IRE) 9 10-04 1033 33/1 Richie McLernon Jonjo O'Neill J. P. McManus
35 Character Building (IRE) 11 10-04 1025 25/1 Ms. Nina Carberry John Quinn Patricia Thompson
36 Ornais (FRA) 9 10-04 1100 100/1 Nick Scholfield Paul Nicholls The Stewart family
37 Arbor Supreme (IRE) 9 10-03 1020 20/1 David Casey Willie Mullins (IRE) J. P. McManus
38 Royal Rosa (FRA) 12 10-03 1100 100/1 Paul Gallagher Howard Johnson Mr. & Mrs. Graham Wylie
39 Skippers Brig (IRE) 10 10-02 1033 33/1 Dominic Elsworth Nicky Richards Ashelybank Investments Ltd.
40 Golden Kite (IRE) 9 10-02 1066 66/1 Shane Hassett Adrian Maguire (IRE) Dr. Anthony Calnan
R1 Always Waining (IRE) 10 10-02 Peter Bowen Mr. & Mrs. Peter Douglas
R2 Faasel (IRE) 10 10-01 David Pipe Jim Ennis
R3 Le Beau Bai (FRA) 8 10-01 Richard Lee Glass Half Full Syndicate
R4 Giles Cross (IRE) 9 10-00 Victor Dartnall KCMS Partnership

*Barry Geraghty rode Or Noir de Somoza after his original jockey, Tom Scudamore, withdrew due to an injury sustained in a race the day prior to the National.

Finishing order[edit]

Ten-year-old Ballabriggs led for much of the race, and the gelding eventually saw off a strong run-in challenge from amateur jockey Sam Waley-Cohen on Oscar Time who secured second place. Third was 2010 winner Tony McCoy on Don't Push It, twelve lengths behind the second. 15/2 favourite The Midnight Club made a mistake at the third fence and finished sixth.[4]

State of Play, the eleven-year-old 28/1 shot trained by Welshman Evan Williams, finished in the top four for the third successive National.[10]

Nineteen runners completed the course, including three of the six 100/1 shots, this was the highest number of finishers since 2005 when twenty-one horses passed the finishing post.

Position Horse Jockey SP Distance Prize money
1 Ballabriggs Jason Maguire 1014 14/1 Won by 2¼ lengths £535,135
2 Oscar Time Mr. Sam Waley-Cohen 1014 14/1 12 lengths £201,590
3 Don't Push It Tony McCoy 1009 9/1 2 lengths £100,890
4 State of Play Paul Moloney 1028 28/1 7 lengths £50,445
5 Niche Market Harry Skelton 1016 16/1 4 lengths £25,270
6 The Midnight Club Ruby Walsh 1007.5 15/2 F 13 lengths £12,635
7 Big Fella Thanks Graham Lee 1012 12/1 A head £6,270
8 Surface to Air Tom Messenger 1100 100/1 19 lengths £3,230
9 Skippers Brig Dominic Elsworth 1033 33/1 8 lengths
10 Backstage Paul Carberry 1016 16/1 ½ length
11 King Fontaine Denis O'Regan 1080 80/1 25 lengths
12 Silver by Nature Peter Buchanan 1009 9/1 5 lengths
13 In Compliance Leighton Aspell 1066 66/1 8 lengths
14 Bluesea Cracker Andrew McNamara 1025 25/1 16 lengths
15 Character Building Ms. Nina Carberry 1025 25/1 12 lengths
16 Golden Kite Shane Hassett 1066 66/1 A distance
17 Chief Dan George Paddy Aspell 1040 40/1 20 lengths
18 Royal Rosa Paul Gallagher 1100 100/1 A distance
19 Piraya Johnny Farrelly 1100 100/1 Last to complete

[11][12]

Non-finishers[edit]

Overview of the 4½-mile National Course at Aintree with thirty fences.

Ten horses fell during the race, four unseated their riders, two were brought down by other fallers and five were pulled up.[1]

The 100/1 outsider Santa's Son had led the field over the Canal Turn, but the short-distance runner eventually fell out of contention and jockey Jamie Moore pulled him up before the 27th fence. Killyglen fell at the 27th, having been close to leader Ballabriggs at the beginning of the second circuit.[13]

Ornais and Dooneys Gate both suffered fatal falls on the first circuit. Ornais incurred a cervical fracture at the fourth fence (a plain 4 ft 10-inch obstacle) and Dooneys Gate fractured his thoracolumbar at fence six (the 5 ft Becher's Brook). Aintree had made significant modifications to its National Course in recent years, including improving veterinary facilities and reducing the severity of some fences, but another notable change was highlighted in this race – that the course has been widened to allow more fences to be bypassed if necessary, as the remaining contenders on the second circuit approached the 20th fence, arrowed signposts and marshals waving chequered flags signalled them to bypass on the outside as Ornais' body was covered by a tarpaulin on the landing side. Two jumps later and they were again diverted, this time around the famous Becher's Brook, where veterinary staff attended to Dooneys Gate,[1] this was the first time since the modern course was finalised in the 1880s that only 28 fences were jumped.[4]

Fence Horse Jockey SP Fate
1 That's Rhythm James Reveley 1050 50/1 Fell
2 Becauseicouldntsee Davy Russell 1016 16/1 Fell
2 Vic Venturi Andrew Lynch 1050 50/1 Brought down
4 Calgary Bay Hadden Frost 1033 33/1 Fell
4 Ornais Nick Scholfield 1100 100/1 Fell
6 (Becher's Brook) Or Noir de Somoza Barry Geraghty 1050 50/1 Fell
6 (Becher's Brook) Dooneys Gate Mr. Patrick Mullins 1050 50/1 Fell
6 (Becher's Brook) The Tother One Mr. Ryan Mahon 1050 50/1 Fell
6 (Becher's Brook) West End Rocker Robert Thornton 1033 33/1 Brought down
10 Tidal Bay Brian Hughes 1028 28/1 Unseated rider
11 Quoilbet Mark Walsh 1100 100/1 Unseated rider
13 Grand Slam Hero Aidan Coleman 1066 66/1 Fell
15 (The Chair) Quinz Richard Johnson 1014 14/1 Pulled up
18 Can't Buy Time Richie McLernon 1033 33/1 Fell
24 (Canal Turn) Majestic Concorde Mr. Robbie McNamara 1020 20/1 Unseated rider
27 What A Friend Daryl Jacob 1012 12/1 Pulled up
27 Santa's Son Jamie Moore 1100 100/1 Pulled up
27 Killyglen Robert Power 1066 66/1 Fell
28 Comply or Die Timmy Murphy 1025 25/1 Pulled up
28 Arbor Supreme David Casey 1020 20/1 Fell
29 Hello Bud Sam Twiston-Davies 1020 20/1 Pulled up

[11]

Broadcasting[edit]

The Grand National has the status of being an event of significant national interest within the United Kingdom and thus is listed on the Ofcom Code on Sports and Other Listed and Designated Events. The race therefore must be covered live on free-to-air terrestrial television in the UK, the BBC aired the race on radio for the 80th consecutive year and on television for the 52nd year.

As they race towards the elbow, Ballabriggs is being tackled now by Oscar Time... but Jason Maguire is getting another tune out of Ballabriggs! Ballabriggs with a hundred yards left to go, he's three lengths in front, he's going to outstay them I reckon. He's drifting towards the outside, but he's done enough to win. Ballabriggs and Donald McCain, it's the McCain family back with another National. Ballabriggs, Jason Maguire the winner!
BBC commentator Jim McGrath describes the climax of the race[14]

Clare Balding presented the BBC's television coverage, supported by Rishi Persad and retired jockey Richard Pitman, which was broadcast on BBC One and, for the second year, BBC HD. Former National-winning jockeys Richard Dunwoody and Mick Fitzgerald provided expert analysis, while betting news was provided by Gary Wiltshire and John Parrott. Suzi Perry was due to be providing soundbites from spectators but did not take part in the programme. Her place was taken by last-minute replacement Dan Walker who had been at Aintree to present Football Focus, aired prior to the National.

The race commentary team was led by Jim McGrath, who called the winner home for the 14th consecutive year; he was supported by Ian Bartlett and Darren Owen.[15]

As well as being streamed to UK viewers on BBC Online, BBC Radio 5 Live also aired the race, presented by Mark Chapman.[15]

The BBC later received some criticism for failing to mention the deaths of Ornais and Dooneys Gate until the end of its broadcast.[5] A spokesman later said: "During the race and the re-run [the fatalities were] covered with as much sensitivity as possible."[16]

Quotes[edit]

Selected quotes of participating jockeys speaking after the race:[11]

He missed the first by about five-foot!
James Reveley, who rode That's Rhythm and fell at the first fence
  • Jason Maguire (Ballabriggs, 1st): "He loved it... I got him to the front to get him relaxed and put breathers into him and that helped him get the trip."
  • Sam Waley-Cohen (Oscar Time, 2nd): "The plan was always to come with one smooth run. We knew he had a huge jump in him so I was just trying to get him to pop a little bit and save and not get too keen, he did everything I asked of him."
  • Tony McCoy (Don't Push It, 3rd): "He ran a great race and all credit to the horse. He was off the bridle a little bit early and he got a little bit low at a couple of fences late on which was energy-sapping."
  • Paul Moloney (State of Play, 4th): "He's an incredible horse – he's just a little bit slower this year because time is catching up with him. He couldn't lay up with the pace and the ground was probably a little slower than ideal, but he's a fabulous horse."
  • Harry Skelton (Niche Market, 5th): "He ran an absolute blinder and has given me a tremendous ride."
  • Denis O'Regan (King Fontaine, 11th): "My horse ran a blinder. I was a bit slow earlier and nearly got brought down, he jumped like a buck. He's only a novice and will be an ideal spin next year."
  • Andrew McNamara (Bluesea Cracker, 14th): "The ground was a bit quick for her."
  • Nina Carberry (Character Building, 15th): "I was nearly brought down at Becher's and that was his race over."
  • Hadden Frost (Calgary Bay, fell at the 4th fence): "He jumped the fence fine, but landed a bit steep, which any horse could do. We were just behind Ballabriggs at the time so we were in the right place. Maybe we'll come back and try again."
  • Robbie McNamara (Majestic Concorde, unseated rider at 24th): "We were too keen early. I was just starting to get him switched off when we came into the Canal Turn and got in too close and tipped up."
  • Timmy Murphy (Comply or Die, pulled up before 28th): "I would say that's his last race. He got very tired and he's not getting any younger, but he's a special horse to me and it's nice to think he's ended up at the course where we achieved our finest hour."

Aftermath[edit]

The unusually warm and sunny weather conditions were credited with helping the 2011 meeting set a Grand National attendance record. A crowd of 70,291 people attended the main Saturday race day, and a total of 153,583 attended over the course of the three-day meeting, beating the previous record of 151,660 set in 2005.[17]

The Grand National is always a major event for bookmakers, particularly in the United Kingdom. An estimated £300 million in bets were said to have been placed on the 2011 race,[18] including some from as far afield as Australia, Bermuda and Kazakhstan, with British troops in Afghanistan also joining in. It is estimated that nearly half of the adult population of the UK bets on the Grand National.[19]

Ballabriggs, pictured two weeks after his Grand National win.

The race received a significant amount of negative media coverage over the two equine fatalities, which were more publicly noticeable than in prior Nationals due to two fences being bypassed for the first time, those watching the race on television were given clear views of the tarpaulin-covered body of Ornais at the fourth fence, and an aerial shot at Becher's showed veterinary staff attending to the fatally-injured Dooneys Gate, while the remaining runners diverted around them.[20][21]

Andrew Taylor, director of the animal rights group Animal Aid, called for an outright ban of the Grand National, saying: "It's a deliberately hazardous, challenging and predictably lethal event."[22] The RSPCA's equine consultant David Muir stated: "I was gutted that two horses died... What I will do now is go back and have a look at each element, with the BHA and the racecourse management, to see if the jump contributed to what happened, look at the take-off and landing side and so on, and see if the evidence suggests something can be done about it. I'm trying to make the race better, safer where I can, but the one thing I can never do is eliminate risk: that's always going to be there." Muir did however add: "There's no way I'm going to get the National banned."[23]

Aintree's managing director Julian Thick said: "We are desperately sad at the accidents during the running of the Grand National today and our thoughts go out to the connections of Ornais and Dooneys Gate... Only the best horses and the best jockeys are allowed to enter and all horses are inspected by the vet when they arrive at Aintree to ensure that they are fit to race, this year we had 20 horse-catchers, at least two attendants at each of the 16 fences, four stewards to inspect the course, two BHA course inspectors, ten vets, 50 ground staff and 35 ground repair staff... We work closely with animal welfare organisations, such as the RSPCA and World Horse Welfare, to make sure we are up to date with the latest thinking and research... and to make sure that the horses are looked after properly and that the race is run as safely as possible."[24]

Veteran trainer Ginger McCain queried the suggestion of reducing the size of the fences in the aftermath of the race. McCain said: "You don't make things better by making it easier, its speed that does the damage."[25] Champion jockey Tony McCoy also defended the National, saying, "I personally don't think the sport could be in any better shape for horses or jockeys."[21] Ornais's owner, Andy Stewart, later said: "We're still grieving but I think this whole hyped up situation regarding the Grand National is totally wrong... National Hunt racing is safer and compliant with every single sport that goes along. My son snowboarded in France and, unfortunately, he had an accident and he'll never walk again. Why don't we just get on with it and enjoy the sport?"[26]

Winning jockey Jason Maguire was subsequently handed a five-day ban by the stewards for excessive use of the whip on Ballabriggs,[27] the horse's trainer, Donald McCain, Jr., indicated that he will likely return to Aintree for the 2012 National seeking the first back-to-back wins since Red Rum in 1974: "I'd have thought next season will revolve around the National and he may well go to the Becher Chase [in December] as well."[28]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wood, Greg (9 April 2011). "Two horses die as gruelling Grand National takes its toll at Aintree". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Full replay of the race". BBC Sport. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Order of running". Aintree Racecourse. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c Keogh, Frank (9 April 2011). "Ballabriggs powers to National win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Liew, Jonathan (9 April 2011). "Emotions run high at Aintree, but thrilling race is marred by death of two horses". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  6. ^ "February list of 102 entries". Aintree Racecourse. Retrieved 2 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "74 still on target for Grand National". Aintree Racecourse. Retrieved 24 March 2011. 
  8. ^ "65 aiming for Grand National glory". Aintree Racecourse. Retrieved 4 April 2011. 
  9. ^ "Field declared for 2011 Aintree race". BBC Sport. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 7 April 2011. 
  10. ^ "Evan Williams praise for State of Play". BBC Sport. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  11. ^ a b c "Finishing order & jockey comments". BBC Sport. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  12. ^ "Aintree's full Grand National brochure publication" (PDF). Aintree Racecourse. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  13. ^ Brett, Oliver (9 April 2011). "The race as it happened". BBC Sport. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  14. ^ "Watch the closing stages of the 2011 Grand National (UK only)". BBC Sport. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  15. ^ a b "BBC racing coverage". BBC Sport. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  16. ^ Davies, Stephen (10 April 2011). "Aintree day of horror as TV audience of millions see two horses die at the National". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  17. ^ "Aintree 2011 set new records for Liverpool course". Click Liverpool. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  18. ^ "Why the Grand National sees Welsh women bet as much as men". Wales Online. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  19. ^ "Grand National punters stake £300m". Daily Finance. Retrieved 8 April 2011. 
  20. ^ Brooks, Charlie (17 April 2011). "Horse racing industry must respond to anti-Grand National agenda". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  21. ^ a b "Jockey Tony McCoy defends Grand National at Aintree". BBC Sport. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 14 April 2011. 
  22. ^ "Calls grow to ban Grand National". MSN. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  23. ^ Cook, Chris (12 April 2011). "Grand National deaths prompt RSPCA involvement in Aintree review". London: Guardian. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  24. ^ "Grand National result and round up". Aintree Racecourse. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  25. ^ "Ginger McCain queries smaller fences". BBC Sport. 10 April 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  26. ^ "Stewart leaps to National defence". Press Association. Retrieved 10 April 2011. 
  27. ^ Armytage, Marcus (9 April 2011). "Jason Maguire and Ballabriggs battle way to glory at Aintree". London: The Telegraph. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  28. ^ Townend, Marcus (11 April 2011). "It's Ballabrilliant! Ginger's so proud after McCain Jnr nabs National". London: Daily Mail. Retrieved 11 April 2011.