The 155th renewal of the world-famous Grand National steeplechase took place on 6th April 2002 at Aintree racecourse, Liverpool. 20/1 punt Bindaree won the race, trained by Taunton-Based Nigel Twiston-Davies and ridden by Jim Culloty. The ten-year-old won by a distance of one and three-quarter lengths ahead of second-placed What’s Up Boys (10/1) in 10 minutes and 3 seconds.
Of the forty runners that started the race, eleven completed the course with nine runners falling at the first fence. Live coverage was once again provided by BBC One and during this broadcast, rivals ITV were recorded as having their lowest ever viewing figure of a mere 300,000. The Grand National itself was watched by an estimated viewing figure of 8.6 million in the UK alone.
Moor Lane was a long-time ante-post favourite for the race, however his odds began to lengthen as it became apparent that he might not make the cut given that he was so far down the handicap order. What’s Up Boys and Blowing Wind went off as joint 10/1 favourites and ultimately finished second and third respectively, the former finishing 27 lengths clear.
BBC Radio also provided live coverage of the race for the 71st consecutive year.
2: What’s Up Boys
3: Blowing Wind
5: Supreme Charm
7: You’re Agoodun
8: Royal Predica
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