The 156th renewal of the world-famous Grand National took place at Aintree racecourse on 5th April 2003 at 3:45pm. 40 runners took part in the race which was won by 16/1 punt Monty’s Pass in a time of 9 minutes 21.7 seconds, the winner trained by Cork-based Jimmy Mangan and ridden by Barry Gerraghty. The ten-year-old won by 12 lengths ahead of 2001 Welsh Grand National winner Supreme Glory and of the forty runners that started the race, fourteen completed the course.
Shotgun Willy went into the 2003 Grand National as 7/1 favourite, punters backing him in their droves thanks to his Red Square Vodka Gold Cup win at Haydock Park on March 1st. Ridden by Ruby Walsh who had won the race in 2000, he remained well back throughout and pulled up after the 21st fence.
The BBC once again provided full live coverage of the Grand National, the race being broadcast as part of the popular Grandstand special with a three-hour build-up to the big event. Racing UK provided the bookmakers up and down the UK with live coverage of the race while BBC Radio broadcast commentary of the race.
Carl Llewellyn was the most experienced jockey in the 2003 Grand National, weighing in for the thirteenth time with two previous wins under his belt in the race. Eleven riders debuted in the 2003 National with Leighton Aspell faring best when finishing second aboard Supreme Glory.
1: Monty’s Pass
2: Supreme Glory
3: Amberleigh House
4: Gunner Welburn
7: Carberry Cross
8: Blowing Wind
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